There were a lot of things that I liked about Captain America: The First Avenger, but my biggest disappointment with the film was that we didn’t get nearly enough time spent with Cap battling the Red Skull and his crazy group of science driven terrorists. It felt like 90% of the film was all setup and then we got the action in a 10-minute montage. That’s why I’m super pumped to hear Captain America co-writer Christopher Markus tell Hero Complex that he’s got some crazy, Cap battling science ideas for the sequel.
Markus starts off the crazy by saying, “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 [sic].” For those of you not comic book savvy, MODOK is one of the most ludicrous villains with a long time publishing history. He’s basically a giant head inside of a metal helmet that has little metal arms and legs dangling off of it. He started off as a guy named George Tarleton who got experimented on by the Advanced Idea Mechanics (or AIM) and turned into a living computer named MODOC (or Mental Organism Designed Only for Computing). Tarleton had other ideas though. Despite the fact that he was designed for computing, that wasn’t exactly what he intended on doing; so he killed his creators, took control of AIM, and renamed himself MODOK (or Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing).
Why would a character so ridiculous have a long publishing history instead of being thrown on the trash heap of forgotten ideas? Because he’s so ridiculous that he comes all the way back around to awesome, and Markus has an idea on how to sell the public on the idea. He wants to cast Peter Dinklage in the role.
Markus says, “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,” he continues, “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.” Markus is only a writer, so he’s going to write whatever the studio tells him to write, and he certainly will have no input on a Captain America sequel’s casting, so the chances of this happening are enormously slim.
But I have to say, he’s got me sold. A character as out there as MODOK is something that these super hero movies have been afraid to tackle ever since Nolan hit it big with the gritty realism of his Batman series, so it would feel pretty fresh. And anyone who has watched what Dinklage has been doing as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones should be able to see that he would be perfect for bringing MODOK to life. I’m not going to count on this happening any time soon, but maybe if enough people like the idea we can start one of those oh-so-effective online petitions and take this one all the way to the Supreme Court.