‘Captain America’ writer: How about Peter Dinklage as MODOK?

Aug. 27, 2011 | 10:15 a.m.
modok Captain America writer: How about Peter Dinklage as MODOK?

MODOK from Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (Marvel/Capcom)

“Captain America: The First Avenger” has pulled in $316 million in worldwide box office, so where does the sequel go? The Winter Soldier saga seems a likely bet, although Marvel insiders seem eager to go back for another World War II adventure, a story that would be set in those battlefield seasons before Steve Rogers went down into a deep freeze.

peter dinklage Captain America writer: How about Peter Dinklage as MODOK?

"Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage (Denis Poroy/Associated Press)

There’s one soul in the Marvel camp that has a different idea for that sequel or a future Cap adventure; “First Avenger” co-writer Christopher Markus has a big idea in mind.

“I love MODOK and I think you could make a terrifying movie with MODOK but nobody seems to be on my side at the momentum,” Markus said, referring to wonderfully weird villain whose name is an acronym for Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing.

The nasty noggin of MODOK first appeared in 1967 as a classic bit of sci-fi surrealism from Jack Kirby. Markus also has a casting choice in mind, a certain “Game of Thrones” star: “I will win you over to Peter Dinklage as MODOK. If he came around the corner and you saw him floating there you would be terrified. It would be amazing.”

Markus said the cranial achievements of “First Avenger” add to the allure of  the MODOK option. “In this movie, the great thing is [the visual effects and makeup team] really pulled off the Red Skull. It doesn’t look like a mask. it looks like it’s fully integrated into his flesh. And I want to see what they can do with MODOK.”

— Geoff Boucher


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22 Responses to ‘Captain America’ writer: How about Peter Dinklage as MODOK?

  1. brettghampton says:

    I'd rather see MODOK than the Winter Soldier. Leave the Winter Soldier in the comics, where, thankfully, the storyline is pretty much over. But I'm with those Marvel insiders who'd rather see another WWII adventure.

    • Norm says:

      did the author see the movie? there cant be a WW2 movie-he was frozen at the end

      • NazzerDawk says:

        Because they purposely made the middle of the film open enough that there could have been several adventures with cap'n and his merry men during that montage. A sequel would take place during the film.

      • Joe says:

        The writer meant the squeal would take place with in the events of the first movie. So he would have been fighting Modock and the Redskull at the same time.

      • diles1 says:

        The director (I believe, or producer) are on record saying that the montage of action scenes in which Captain chases Red Skull across Europe covers a long span of time, long enough for numerous other adventures.

  2. NinjaKityCouchPotato says:

    Peter Dinklage would be an epic Modok(Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing, though computing does open an interesting origin change possibility). After Dinklage's performance in Threshold, I can't see anyone ever being a better Modok. This MUST happen.
    Maybe give us a two fold movie. Cap adapting to the modern world, facing off with Modok from the story build, but tons of flashbacks to WWII from Caps memories to give a sense of contrast to the modern world and how he's adapting. This way we get the best of both worlds, including the entire 'forever young' man out of his own time period type drama that the Avengers movie may not have much time for.

  3. MaryLou Austin says:

    Dinklage is a superb actor. Anybody seen "The Station Agent" and of course the current, "Game of Thrones". I am not too familiar with these characters in the article, but I think Mr. Dinklage would be excellent in any role he tackled.

  4. Editor says:

    Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing – not computing.

  5. cynic says:

    I think that Dinklage could work as MODOK. The technology is certainly there to pull it off. HOWEVER, I agree with the folks at Marvel who would prefer another World War II adventure for Captain America. That era provides such a rich source of material that they would be foolish not to take advantage of it. Also, a period setting for sequels would position Cap as an extremely unique superhero, one who exists in the modern day yet has a history that links him to another era. The 1940s setting works well for the straight-arrow Steve Rogers and would serve to highlight why he is the man that he is.

  6. Henderick Lui says:

    Peter Dinklage as Modok, I'm in! He was great on "Threshold as well.

  7. Martin says:

    The thing with Modok is that the original Jack Kirby design, with a tiny squashed face and big forehead, is great, with the contrast between monster looks and baby proportions. Most artists since then have made his face larger (and often giving him red lips), ruining the charm.

  8. Carly Vohringer says:

    I hope in the sequels, they will include: Rikki Barnes, Battlestar, Sharon Carter, Diamondback, Falcon, Golden Girl, Nomad, Rick Jones, Bernie Rosenthal.

    I look forward to seeing the following villains in future sequels:
    Baron Zemo, Batroc the Leaper, Crossbones, Doctor Faustus, Grand Director, Hate-Monger, MODOK, Protocide, Serpent Society, Serpent Squad, Sin, Viper.

  9. Roger says:

    Captain America's next film will be made after The Avengers. People are going to see him in the modern age. It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever to make another WWII movie with him in, people are going to be expecting to see him in the modern age after watching The Avengers. You can't go forwards and then go back again, you will lose your audience. You need to move forward. After The Avengers, what happens to Captain America? Once the world is saved from disaster, what will he do then. Yes, he is a soldier, but he is a patriot first and foremost. What will he decide to do? That's more interesting than another WWII adventure, although I am sure the fans will disagree.

  10. Roger says:

    As for MODOK. I son't believe a modern audience would buy it. They would laugh their asses off at the sight of MODOK. When I saw Avatar, people were sniggering at the Navi. MODOK just looks absurd. You need a villain that the audience can relate to in some way, and also someone that Captain America can go toe to toe with. That's what makes Captain America so appealing, you want to be him, and you want to cheer him on, because he represents the ordinary American, beefed up because of the Super Serum, but still an ordinary American. You can't pit him against such a silly looking villain. And for the record, Peter Dinklage rocks!

  11. MikeHu says:

    Madame Hydra – Steranko version – would be geeky awesome, along with all the Steranko SHIELD stuff, too.

  12. Nate H says:

    Are you people INSANE??? I'm a devoted comic fan, but MODOK would be a freakin' disaster. Fun villain for the comics? Sure. For the big screen, where Marvel – and therefore, DISNEY – are looking for a broad audience appeal and to rake in multiple 100 millions of dollars? NOPE. Just stop and look at MODOK for a second. Then try and tell yourself that the average moviegoer who has only seen The First Avenger: Captain America and never read any of the comics would actually stay in the theatre to watch him as a serious villain. Can't do it, can you? I thought not.

  13. donny says:

    people would've scoffed at a man with a red skull too. this isn't a bad idea.
    it would balance his modern story fighting MODOK with the ww2 era story when he first encountered the man who became/created MODOK (whatever). time is also a nonissue. this isn't a bad idea.

    i'd prefer an Arnim Zola and Winter Soldier story, but that's cool too. …also, black widow, amirite?

  14. Sean says:

    MODOK would have to be horrific with way more of a serious edge. I'd go for the look on the Marvel Super Villain Team Up Cover MODOKS 11 #2

  15. Seth says:

    Winter Soldier, M.O.D.O.K., whatever. Why does everyone always obsess over the villain in a new movie? That's so 90s. Ya know what sells comics, and will soon drive movie sales? Heroes teaming up with heroes. Give me the Invaders, man! Human Torch and Namor! Remember when Rise of the Silver Surfer was a better movie than the first Fantastic Four? It'd be like that, but with two of the most compelling characters to ever grace the Golden Age instead of Silver Surfer, and it'd be a good movie instead of still pretty much sucking for the most part even though they tried harder.

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  17. Jaysiah says:

    guys modak (i first saw him in marvel vs capcom) looks so weirdand creepy that its funny. and if you ever read one of his comics he is a killing machine unlike phonies like lex luther who upsess over a invinceable superhero modak just kills everything in sight. I am in for the modak idea and WWII is a aufull idea

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