'Captain America 2' Screenwriter Wants MODOK as Main Villain!

In other news, 'The Avengers' director Joss Whedon plans to resurrect actress Joan Leslie as Steve Roger's girlfriend.
Peter Dinklage to take on MODOK in Captain America 2?
Peter Dinklage to take on MODOK in Captain America 2?
A couple of interesting tidbits have come in regarding the Steve Rogers character in both Captain America 2 and The Avengers. First up, screenwriter of Captain America 2, Christopher Markus, who is working alongside Stephen McFeely, revealed that he is pushing to have MODOK as the film's main villain. Not only that, he wants to cast Peter Dinklage in the role of this man whose head grew so large for his body that he can only get around in an exoskeleton and armed hoverchair.

It certainly isn't a conventional choice, though MODOK is an original villain of Steve Rogers from the 60s era comic books. This is what Christopher Markus had to say about the character and why he wants MODOK in the movie.

"I love MODOK and I think you could make a terrifying movie with MODOK but nobody seems to be on my side at the moment. 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. (They) 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."


In other Steve Rogers related new, The Avengers director Joss Whedon has revealed that he will open that ensemble superhero film with an old newsreel from the 40s featuring actress Joan Leslie as Steve Roger's girlfriend of the time. The director will digitally recreate the departed actress using footage from the film This is the Army.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released April 4th, 2014 and stars Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo. The film is directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Joss Whedon.

Marvel's The Avengers was released May 4th, 2012 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Tom Hiddleston, Clark Gregg. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.



Sources: Comic Book Movie, LA Times

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Comments (46)

  1. Justice Kowaleski

    And if anyone in this world could pull it off Peter Dinklage is the best choice.

    1 year agoby @justice-kowaleskiFlag

  2. Justice Kowaleski

    In all Honesty I would love to see this. Modok is not a joke just totaly under rated in my opinion.

    1 year agoby @justice-kowaleskiFlag

  3. CBF

    God no.

    2 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  4. Nicholaus XX

    This sounds like it would fit.

    3 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  5. Zak Lee Ferguson

    :L sorry but no- seriously though he small and the idea is to have the genisis of evil and power be thrown upon him by the abnormal energised will he has it still wont be a serious villian that you will actually feel threatened by- a good very in your face stand your ground for the small guys idea but logically its an awful idea nice thought- but i aint gunnah appen

    but what if it does?: then CA: 2 will be f*cked

    3 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

  6. Greg H

    @andrew-thompson No, MODOK is the big head in a floating chair. Arnim Zola is the guy with his face on a TV screen on his chest. Keep it straight! ;) That's why they introduced Zola with his face enlarged by the magnifying glass as a little nod to what he becomes.

    3 years agoby @Greg-HFlag

  7. LazerDude

    NO! modok sucks he is just a big head in a chair.... he is a joke! no not good news....

    3 years agoby @lazerdudeFlag

  8. Daveactor7

    The screenwriter sounds dumb lmao

    3 years agoby @daveactor7Flag

  9. bud2fresh

    Any Cap news is good news too me!!!

    3 years agoby @bud2freshFlag

  10. Fry_3000

    yes great choice, great actor, love him in games of throne

    3 years agoby @Fry-3000Flag

  11. Andrew Thompson

    thought the actor playing arnim zola was going to end up as MODOK so does that mean they will also introduce A.I.M. ? that would be very cool yes bring on MODOK maybe even Baron Zemo!

    3 years agoby @andrew-thompsonFlag

  12. Dan

    @shuabert Ant Man and Doctor Strange would certainly be thinking outside the box. Marvel would be wise to go down that path instead of more sequels summer 2014. There is no need to rush things when this is their time to build their universe properly. Anyways, I believe you and I see eye to eye on this perfectly, let's just hope Marvel/Disney feels likewise. Slow but expansive burn FTW.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  13. Josh

    @dan1 Well there are those two mystery movies that Marvel slated for 2014, and they still haven't announced what they are. It's not Thor 2 or Iron Man 3, because those are already planned for 2013, so that really only leaves Cap 2, Avengers 2, or some new property that they haven't already established. Cap 2 seems like a given, but I hope they leave more than 2 years between the Avengers and its sequel or it's going to seem rushed (there have been three years between all of Nolan's Batman movies, which has felt to me like the perfect amount of space). I'm hoping that second slot is the Ant-Man movie (though they've been talking about a Dr. Strange adaptation for a while too).

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  14. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    My favorite midget

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  15. Dan

    @shuabert Agreed. After Avengers, there will be a solid gap of time before the next one, and that would be the prime opportunity to get them off the ground and familiar in people's minds. I just love the back and forth between those two actors, and would love to see them reunited.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  16. Josh

    @dan1 That would actually be pretty sweet. I never thought of those two for the roles. A few years ago I suggested Sam Worthington and Rachael McAdams, but those are roles that a lot of actors could fill nicely.

    I still think it could be awesome if those two are introduced into the Marvel cinema universe via the Edgar Wright Ant-Man movie that's currently in limbo, because it would give time to establish those characters on their own and really create a fun action-romance superhero movie. If they go that route, I wonder if Simon Pegg would end up as Pym. That could be interesting.

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  17. Dan

    @shuabert Of course what I REALLY want to see is Nathan Fillion and Morena Baccarin play Hank and Janet Pym. They are Whedon alumni, we know they have good chemistry, and it would make up for Baccarin not getting Maria Hill.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  18. Dan

    @shuabert That would be great if they included grandma Peggy in a later film. It would certainly add more of a bittersweet tone to his story, and that extra depth couldn't hurt.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  19. Corey W.

    @dan1 I agree. I guess he just wants to use footage of Leslie because its taking footage of a classic movie actress and he probably think he's receive praise for doing that.

    3 years agoby @coreyFlag

  20. Josh

    @dan1 Right. What I meant was they are never in a romantic relationship for an extended period of time (though the movie clearly builds to that). It wouldn't make sense to ever have shown Carter as his "girlfriend" given that they didn't ever go on a date, and only kissed once right before he disappeared for decades.

    Here's a point, though. The Ultimate Avengers animated film (which is quite good, by the way) follows pretty closely the same arc of the Cap movie, with him being awoken in the present by Nick Fury to join the Avengers. In that movie, though, there is a scene in which Cap goes to meet an aged Peggy Carter to lament their romance that never was. Do you think they'll do this in the live action Avengers film too? Or do you think they'll just imply or state that Carter has died in the time that Cap was frozen? I personally hope it's the former because I think that story adds a lot to the character of Steve Rogers in his realization of all that he has lost in missing so much time.

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  21. Dan

    @shuabert Though 'never' is slightly inaccurate. They did kiss, and the date they set up was more a melodramatic formality in the face of him believing he was going to die. At that junction of the film I'd say they were an official item. But what you said still makes sense.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  22. Dan

    @shuabert This is true, on all counts.

    3 years agoby @dan1Flag

  23. ejk1

    @shuabert Excellent point.

    3 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  24. TheMime

    @wuzzy41123 .....The Mime can see your point.... non-fans wouldn't get it. But that is if they did a poor job making the movie. "Non-fans" they're just looking for a great show with characters that make sense for that movies "UNIVERSE". MODOK is not an easy character but taking a man and putting it on a hover chair could easily be sold to "non-fans." The really hard work here is to try and make the a movie and a story base that is appealing to the "FANS." A simple man-on-a-hover-chair won't do if the story is way off.

    At least that's the way The Mime sees it.

    3 years agoby @themimeFlag

  25. Josh

    Remember that the Cap movie skips forward in time fairly often. He could have dated someone during the time he was doing the travelling propaganda circuit and Atwell's character was actually, you know, fighting Nazis. She's never actually his girlfriend, because they just plan their first date (which doesn't happen) at the end of the movie.

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  26. Josh

    Dinklage would be amazing. Picture MODOK as sort of like Balthazar in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: goofy but also pretty terrifying in his power.

    3 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  27. Wuzzy41123

    I like MODOK as a character and wouldn't mind seeing him on the big screen but since people who are non-fans would watch it as well they would be better going with Baron Zemo, Baron Strucker or Arnim Zola (since his character has already been developed).

    3 years agoby @wuzzy41123Flag

  28. skywise

    I have never been much of a MODOK fan but if they go that direction Dinklage is a great choice. However, Zemo would be a little more down to Earth and probably cheaper.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  29. DuaneBarry

    Baron Zemo should be the villain in Cap 2. The Enchantress and the Executioner should be the villain in Thor 2. The perfect setup for the Masters of Evil to be the villains in the Avengers 2 (Wonder Man's sacrifice would make for a great tragic ending).

    Eventually I hope Cap or the Avengers fight the all-female Ultimate version of the Serpent Squad. Some casting suggestions: Asp (Marion Cotillard), Black Mamba (Emily Blunt), Princess Python (Tina Majorino), Anaconda (Hayden Panettiere), and Death Adder (Jena Malone).

    3 years agoby @DuaneBarryFlag