Almost exactly a year ago, Marvel TV and Hulu announced four adult animated series for the streaming platform based on the following characters—Howard the Duck, M.O.D.O.K., Hit-Monkey, and Tigra and Dazzler, eventually joining forces in a Netflix Defenders style team-up special called The Offenders. Since then, quite a bit has occurred including the shutting down of Marvel Television. Nevertheless, Marvel Television shows including the Offenders shows that were already in production were said to continue, despite some hiccups including the departure of Tigra & Dazzler showrunner and writing staff.
When Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt were announced to write and co-executive produce M.O.D.O.K., which follows the egomaniacal supervillain as he struggles to maintain control of his evil organization as well as his over-the-top family, many assumed the Oswalt would voice eponymous character long before he officially confirmed it earlier this year.
— Bryan Kelly (@bryankellydraws) March 6, 2019
If we’re being honest, fans have been dying to see Patton Oswalt play M.O.D.O.K. for the last decade.
— Mike Lindsay (@mookatron) July 10, 2012
Sure enough, courtesy of Variety, today not only was Oswalt officially announced as the voice of M.O.D.O.K. (better known as the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing), but a bevy of comedic talent rounding out the rest of the cast was also revealed including—Aimee Garcia, Ben Schwartz, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Sam Richardson, Melissa Fumero, Beck Bennet, and, Jon Daly.
“I’m blown away by our insanely talented and hilarious voice cast, who have all brought their specific kind of magic to this weird and wonderful corner of the Marvel Universe,” EP and showrunner Jordan Blum said of the additions to the series. Karim Zreik, Marvel TV Studios SVP Original Programming & Production added in a statement today: “Patton and Jordan have done a phenomenal job in laying the groundwork for this exceptional ensemble. We’re thrilled to include this cast in the Marvel family.”
It looks like we’ll be seeing M.O.D.O.K. take on the unusual role as family man, something showrunner and actor Patton Oswalt will surely be pulling from his own experiences as a husband and father for the series.
While most of the characters are original created for the series, hardcore comic fans recognize some names including AIM Scientist Supreme Monica Rappaccini (created by Fred Van Lente and Leonard Kirk) and classic Avengers foe Super-Adaptoid. Check out the cast/character breakdowns courtesy of Marvel.com below:
PATTON OSWALT AS M.O.D.O.K.
After being ousted from both his evil organization and his family, super villain M.O.D.O.K. (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing) must reinvent himself if he ever wants the chance to win back the things in his life that are most important… outside of conquering the world that is. M.O.D.O.K. is about to find out that super heroes are nothing compared to his newest challenge… a midlife crisis.
AIMEE GARCIA AS JODIE
Jodie, M.O.D.O.K.’s wife and mother to his children, has had a late-in-life awakening —
excited to pursue her mommy-blog turned lifestyle-brand empire and discover who she is as an independent woman in her forties. There are just too many things to do in this world and not enough time to waste being held back by negativity. And unfortunately for M.O.D.O.K., the thing weighing her down the most… is him.
BEN SCHWARTZ AS LOU
To be honest, M.O.D.O.K. doesn’t really “get” his twelve-year-old son Lou. Not athletic enough to be a jock. Not smart enough to be a nerd. Lou is… well, Lou — a kid who clearly marches to the beat of his own drum. Lou’s lack of friends, ambition and hygiene is a constant worry for M.O.D.O.K., who often projects his own insecurities onto his overly confident son.
MELISSA FUMERO AS MELISSA
Even with her father’s “features,” seventeen-year-old Melissa has risen the ranks to become the Heathers-like queen bee of her school and a star in the world of teen figure skating. Every popular kid either wants to date her or avoid her terrifying wrath. But for all of her success, Melissa secretly yearns for her father’s approval.
WENDI MCLENDON-COVEY AS MONICA RAPPACCINI
Monica is a brilliant mad-scientist at A.I.M. and M.O.D.O.K.’s rival at work. Clearly more competent and qualified than M.O.D.O.K., Monica believes she should be running the organization. After GRUMBL acquires A.I.M., Monica relishes in M.O.D.O.K.’s suffering until the new management begins to infringe on her ungodly experiments. With a common enemy in Austin, M.O.D.O.K. and Monica are finally able to put aside their differences and work together… when they aren’t constantly betraying each other.
BECK BENNET AS AUSTIN VAN DER SLEET
After M.O.D.O.K.’s evil organization A.I.M. is run into the ground, he’s forced to sell it to silicon valley tech-giant GRUMBL. GRUMBL sends slick, twenty-something Austin as a “post-merger-integration-consultant” and M.O.D.O.K.’s new boss. Though M.O.D.O.K. wishes he could just zap Austin to the Negative Zone, M.O.D.O.K. must find new solutions to confront Austin’s corporate jargon-speak and frequent mandatory HR meetings, if he’s ever going to reclaim A.I.M. from Austin’s grip.
JON DALY AS SUPER ADAPTOID
A snarky android with ambitions to live, feel and create, but is instead forced to spend his days massaging the hoverchair sores on his creator M.O.D.O.K.’s scalp. Although the Adaptoid dreams of overwriting his programming and turning on M.O.D.O.K., there is also a begrudging friendship between these two.
SAM RICHARDSON AS GARY
Gary is a henchman or “beekeeper” at A.I.M. who is fiercely loyal to his boss M.O.D.O.K., even if M.O.D.O.K. struggles to remember his name. As M.O.D.O.K. continues to get demoted within his own organization, Gary is there by his side, always offering his help and unshakeable optimism whether M.O.D.O.K. wants it or not.
In Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., the megalomaniacal supervillain M.O.D.O.K. (Oswalt) has long pursued his dream of one day conquering the world. But after years of setbacks and failures fighting the Earth’s mightiest heroes, M.O.D.O.K. has run his evil organization A.I.M. into the ground. Ousted as A.I.M.’s leader, while also dealing with his crumbling marriage and family life, the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing is set to confront his greatest challenge yet: a midlife crisis!