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First footage from Hulu’s MODOK is Marvel by way of Robot Chicken

The stop-motion comedy comes courtesy of Patton Oswalt

Matt Patches is an executive editor at Polygon. He has over 15 years of experience reporting on movies and TV, and reviewing pop culture.

Villains are en vogue. On the heels of HBO Max’s Harley Quinn, and walking a path charted by the late Adult Swim series The Venture Bros., Hulu’s new comedy MODOK imagines the trials and tribulations of being a Mobile Organism Designed Only for Killing. Thankfully, the story exists completely outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in a world where writer-actor Patton Oswalt can go in all sorts of zany directions.

At the 2020 New York Comic Con, Oswalt and co-creator Jordan Bum took the stage to lay out their vision for the zany take on Marvel villainy.

“He’s a supervillain who hates the Marvel heroes, but also hates all the other villains,” Oswalt explained in the panel. “He’s not even D-level. He’s G. It’s just double-barreled resentment in every episode.”

Blum added a tease of the setup: “MODOK is hellbent on taking over the world with science with his evil organization AIM [...] and in our show, MODOK has spent years trying to do this, but he’s run his evil organization into the ground.”

While the creators were tight-lipped over the actual plots in store for MODOK, Oswalt was cavalier enough to say that they’d be drawing from all over the Marvel universe — including from X-Men comics — to find characters who are worthy of menacing the menacer.

MODOK does not currently have a release date, but fans of Marvel can get a taste of the comedy in the first clip, which premiered during the panel.