Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. season 1 review – bringing good comedy and easy entertainment Welcome MODOK.

May 20, 2021
Daniel Hart 0
Hulu, TV Reviews
3.5

Summary

Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. has many good chunks of comedy, making it easy entertainment and doing just enough to extend our imagination within the Marvel realms.

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3.5

Summary

Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. has many good chunks of comedy, making it easy entertainment and doing just enough to extend our imagination within the Marvel realms.

This review of Hulu’s Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. season 1 contains spoilers — the animated supervillain series will be released on the streaming service on May 21, 2021. 

I always forget how vast the Marvel universe is, and if you ignore the legal spaces to where these characters belong, you have an ever-extensive place for more content. Of course, it’s been a significant year for Disney+ as they have started to roll out their MCU series, and now Hulu, who are technically Disney within the legal makeup of the organization, is launching Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., bringing the George Tarleton character who became the first MODOK.

It’s not really an origin story as such, as MODOK exists from the first episode, but it does ignite the story from his failings; MODOK has ambitions to gain control of the world and defeat superheroes, via his company A.I.M, but in reality, he has achieved none of that. The premise, at its core, shows MODOK battling with his failures, and having a comical identity crisis, folding in his family and relationship issues.

Of course, this animated series is built to be a comedy, so it’s aggressive and loud by nature. There’s not an episode that loses pace, and, like many other animated series, audiences will be familiar with the whiplash comedy, where it dares to be offensive but foolish at the same time. Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. season 1 does reveal a plethora of references, but it does not rely on them; it feels like a separate story while the Avengers are at arm’s length.

In terms of whether Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. passes the acid test for future seasons — I believe season 1 manages to achieve enough endearment for the main character — while he is “evil” in the sense of morality, his desire to be “successful” and have a loving environment, makes his personality confusing and interesting. His midlife crisis drives the story, and it essentially becomes less about being a supervillain and more about figuring out his life. I believe critics will adore what has been achieved here, but what’s key is whether it can reel in enough eager audiences — Helstrom popped like a balloon.

The animation itself is fun — using stop-motion aspects; the proof is in the pudding that the visuals were worked on with considerable effort. Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. has a desire to sell a more futuristic part of the marvel world without fledging too many aspects to the fans, which I think strikes a good balance when it comes to aesthetics.

Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. has many good chunks of comedy, making it easy entertainment and doing just enough to extend our imagination within the Marvel realms.

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