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MODOK has been Mr Bananagrabber Arrested Development shirt a character fans have wanted to see in the MCU for a long time. However, despite visually being on the money when it comes to accuracy, this version of the villain is not the same as the source material. In the comics, the floating antagonist is instead someone named George Tarleton. Darren Cross becoming MODOK instead is an entirely unique change for Marvel Studios, and there’s no precedent for it—meaning, there’s no way to truly predict the trajectory of the character. No doubt there’ll be some fans upset that Cross’s character will be fused with Tarleton’s, which is understandable. But, the character is a hard one to pull off—and clearly, this change played a big part in Marvel feeling comfortable enough to bring such a ridiculous villain to life. What’s great about Stoll returning for this Kang-centric movie is how there’s actually a massive nod toward MODOK and his identity twist in the fifth episode of Loki. When Tom Hiddleston’s God of Mischief is at the end of time itself, a massive Yellowjack helmet can be seen in the background. Little did fans know at the time that this seemingly was a direct reference to the character’s next appearance.
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While Cross’ time as the villain is completely new, there are elements of the source material the movies could still play off of. The biggest of them being his involvement with Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM). The mysterious science organization was technically introduced in Iron Man 3, but AIM never really became the evil group they are in the comics Mr Bananagrabber Arrested Development shirt Over a decade of in-universe time has passed since they were last seen, so there’s plenty of space for the writers to take them in whatever direction they choose. In the comics, MODOK is often associated with AIM (and Intelligencia for those She-Hulk fans), usually finding himself in a leadership position within its ranks. This is even incorporated into the story of the recent Avengers video game. While it’s highly unlikely they’re involved in anything happening in the Quantum Realm, if the villain does happen to make it out of Quantumania alive and into Earth-616, his arrival could lead to a revamp at AIM. Maybe those yellow beekeeper outfits can finally make it on screen.