MODOK was the final show of the now defunct Marvel Television studios, but it was the perfect final show to cap things off due to its unique nature.
Marvel’s new MODOK series on Hulu is the perfect way to conclude the legacy of the now-defunct Marvel Television. Starring Patton Oswalt in the titular role, the ten-episode series produced and written by Oswalt and Jordan Blum is a hilarious and satirical look at the Marvel Universe, focused on the struggles and wacky suburban life of AIM’s MODOK, who was one of the strangest Marvel villains already. As such, it’s been highly praised by both critics and fans alike for its comedy and dynamic storytelling, allowing Marvel Television to end on a great high note.
In the past, Marvel Television had been responsible for producing series such as Netflix’s Defenders, spin-offs such as The Punisher, as well as ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., continuing the adventures of Clark Gregg’s Phil Coulson after the events of the first Avengers film. However, the decision was made in recent years that series production would go under the oversight of Marvel Studios directly, with new projects being released on Disney+ with shows such as WandaVision and Falcon and the Winter Soldier. While there had been initial plans for Marvel Television to produce other comedy series alongside MODOK involving characters such as Hit-Monkey, Howard the Duck, Tigra, and Dazzler (culminating in a crossover event entitled The Offenders), MODOK is the only series that has seen the light of day.
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Now, MODOK is the final series officially produced by Marvel Television, resulting in a very different and intentionally ridiculous series for the studio to end with. Featuring dynamic storytelling techniques such as the use of stop motion and an all-star voice cast, MODOK is an incredibly unique project set in the Marvel Universe (despite MODOK not being MCU canon). It features a wealth of hilarious comedy, comic references both big and small, as well as a solid amount of heart and dimension for many of the characters featured going beyond just MODOK himself, with each of his new family members in particular getting time to shine as well.
Marvel Television certainly had its ups and downs over the years. While shows like Daredevil and Punisher were highly praised and adored, other series such as Inhumans or Iron Fist were largely considered to be Marvel’s worst-ranked shows. Likewise, shows that used to hold large ties to the MCU such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. found themselves losing many of those connections as the Infinity Saga neared its epic conclusion, largely due to the differences of production schedules from two different studios, making it difficult combined with the secrecy surrounding the third and fourth Avengers films. All that being said, MODOK should definitely be marked in the win category, capping off Marvel Television’s legacy.
MODOK is wildly different in comparison to Marvel Television’s past offerings, but it’s also one of its most highly praised. While it’s absolutely ridiculous in its antics and comedy, it also holds a solid core narrative that runs throughout, making it a series Marvel fans should definitely watch if only to see MODOK singing Third Eye Blind‘s “Semi-Charmed Life” with the Super Adaptoid. All things considered, Marvel Television may be gone, but it certainly went down swinging with Marvel’s MODOK streaming now on Hulu.
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