What does make M.O.D.O.K a successful villain?
One thing that many modern day comic fans sadly overlook is the success that this freakish over-sized monstrousity of a villain is actually one of Marvel’s most successfull that climbed a few feet away from the likes of Dr Doom (Yes, by saying a bold and outlandish thing like that when talking about a villain like M.O.D.O.K, it’s sadly a fact if you agree or disagree). When looking upon M.O.D.O.K, it’s sad how I see a villain that catches my interest with what he did in the past instead of how I currently look upon him. Of course most say that M.O.D.O.K was a successful villain within the Fall of the Hulks storyline, but after reading a recent Comicvine article, I realized how many fans don’t see what Marvel had intended for this guy from the very start of his appearance within comics.
The complete opposite of being perfect, is something that Marvel wanted our beloved hero Steve Rogers to find himself going against. So we both can agree that M.O.D.O.K was perfectly designed to convince both readers and characters within the storyline that this new villain was the byproduct of something extremely abnormal. But what gave the final ingredient when defining this villain was how Marvel displayed him as a man who hated all life because of what he unwillingly became, and seeing this monstrous villain take it out on humanity and our most favorite heroes in so many attempted ways was what has me convinced that M.O.D.O.K isn’t the type of guy that anybody wouldn’t want to laugh at. From his horrible creation to the violent assassination within the hands of Death Adder, M.O.D.O.K was probably the first badguy who successfully gave a whole new outlook within the world of villainy that showed the audience a rare form of representation of one of the darkest human emotions within society. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then think of all the people who were overwhelmed with jealousy and hatred because of how they could never be or look perfect, and the tragic results that naturally followed when finding him or her constantly being laughed at for something that isn’t their fault.
As a man who grew up studying the world of criminal and abnormal psychology, there’s a very dark part within the human mind of some social misfit or anybody who develops an intense hatred for humanity because of their current appearance that’s easily overlooked until it’s too late. So making a strong connection with our ugly fictional villain here with my personal outlook, you kinda see how this guy isn’t going have people look upon him as a sad joke once he’s finally back in the hands of somebody creative within Marvel.
It’s a sad fact that when I currently see M.O.D.O.K, I see the sad results of what Marvel fails to look at. From Elvis M.O.D.O.K's, Baby M.O.D.O.K, to Marvel's dumbass What The? show, we get to see the full extent of how creative most of the Marvel team really is. Of course many fans wouldn’t take M.O.D.O.K seriously, thanks to the beloved Marvel writers who can’t take the villain seriously.
So of course, laugh at the big headed sniviling snarly man, because it’s a waiting fact that this one villain is one step away from showing us exactly how pissed he is when taking it out on some poor soul or hero. And as a fan of villains, I can’t wait until I get the chance to read an issue like that and I also can’t wait for M.O.D.O.K’s return.