If you aren’t a Marvel fanboy then you probably won’t have a clue what M.O.D.O.K means and that doesn’t make you a bad person.
Last week a special preview video was released by Marvel giving us all a sneak peek at their new stop-motion TV series, which charts the trials and tribulations of super villian M.O.D.O.K.,(Mental/Mobile/Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing).
Voiced by the super talented comedian Patton Oswalt the series deals with the daily struggle of this gigantic mechanical powered head as he tries to juggle family life and run an evil company, hell-bent on world domination. The official plot of the series rattles along like so:
After spending years failing to gain control of the world and battling superheroes along the way, M.O.D.O.K., having been removed from his company A.I.M. after it falls into bankruptcy and is sold to the rivaling GRUMBL, begins to deal with his tainting family while facing a mid-life crisis
This is a comedy animation series and a departure from Marvel’s more series content. M.O.D.O.K. is set to be released on Hulu early next year.
It was announced a few weeks back that Avengers director Joss Wedon was in negotiations to produce a TV series for ABC, based on a Marvel property, following his confirmation that he’ll be writing and directing a sequel to the hugely successful Avengers movie. For a while I was convinced he was going to remake The Incredible Hulk for the small screen but apparently Guillermo del Toro already has that TV series in-development, instead it appears that Whedon will be bringing S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) to living rooms across the globe.
For anyone unfamiliar with S.H.I.E.L.D. (don’t feel too bad because you’ve probably had sex with an actual lady), it’s basically a military law enforcement agency and peacekeeping group spearheaded by Nick Fury, who was played by Samuel L. Jackson in the Marvel movies. The organisation was responsible for bring the Avengers together but apart from these very basic details little else is known about the planned TV series. There is of course hope that the brilliant Gregg Clark, who plays Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel movies, will have a primary role and there’s no confirmation if Jackson will resume his role as Nick Fury for the small screen.
Actor Thomas Jane who appeared in the Punisher film back in 2004 obviously loves the character of Frank Castle and quite clearly wants to play him again in a reboot of the Marvel Comic’s character. Such is the man’s love for this property he went and made a rather excellent unofficial Punisher short film called Dirty Laundry, which he unveiled at this year’s Comic Con. He said:
I wanted to make a fan film for a character I’ve always loved and believed in – a love letter to Frank Castle & his fans. It was an incredible experience with everyone on the project throwing in their time just for the fun of it. It’s been a blast to be a part of from start to finish — we hope the friends of Frank enjoy watching it as much as we did making it.
In typical Frank Castle fashion it’s outrageously violent and once again maintains the whole vigilante esque vibe. It also features Ron Pearlman, (Sons Of Anarchy, Hellboy), in a cameo appearance and realistically demonstrates the many different uses of a Jack Daniels bottle.
There are many questions which we would love the answers to regarding the amazing trailer for Asylum Pictures, (straight to SyFy channel), film Almighty Thor, which you can watch and drool over above.
For example why is Thor wielding an Uzi? Why doesn’t Marvel’s Thor wield an Uzi? Who had the foresight to cast WWE’s Kevin Nash in this movie? But probably the single most important question of all would be; what in the name of all the Greek Gods has happened to Richard, 21 Jump Street, Grieco’s coupon?
Here’s the official trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger, starring Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones and Hugo Weaving.
They should really just have named this film Captain Roids: The First Abuser, about a man who goes from being weak, puny and downtrodden to a musclebound Adonis after accidentally injecting himself with anabolic steroids and shrinking his balls in the process.
We’ll still go and see this film simply because we’re suckers for World War II movies especially one which have a hard-bitten Major addressing a collection of hand picked soldiers in a courtyard, explaining to them just how dangerous the mission is that lies ahead of them. That kind of scene has never been done before…oh, unless you count this or this of course.
Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue like The Fantastic Four but get used to it because the famous super hero quad is now down to three after Marvel Comics killed off The Human Torch yesterday. As overweight, basement dwelling fans finished spitting out their Doritos in shock it became clear that the writer responsible for such a ballsy move Jonathan Hickman was sticking to his guns. In an interview he gave with the LA Times he explained that for the last 50 years The Fantastic Four have behaved as a family unit dealing with love, weddings, child rearing etc, so a death in the family would be the next logical step, which he hopes the majority of fans can relate too. (via LA Times)