‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season 7 Almost Featured M.O.D.O.K.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has come to an end with its seventh season. Our team of misfits had their final confrontation with an alien race of sentient robots called the Chronicoms. The last season was a wild ride featuring time travel, outer-space ship battles, and super-powered fights. In an interview with the A.V. Club, showrunners Maurissa Tancharoen, Jeffrey Bell and Jed Whedon revealed some plans that had to be scrapped before starting production. The most significant detail was that they were planning on featuring MODOK as the central villain but weren’t allowed to by Marvel Studios. Here a quote by Jeffrey Bell:
We had a lot of ideas where we were—and I’ll say this, I don’t care—we were given the green light originally to use certain characters from Marvel, and started to break story based on those characters—[Coughs.] MODOK—and then they retracted it. So there were a bunch of things that were going to get a little batshit crazy that were above our pay grade, in terms of the toys we were allowed to play with.
This opens up the question, why weren’t they allowed to use MODOK? He has seen growing popularity, especially with the reveal as the main villain in the upcoming Avengers game by Square-Enix. The most likely reason may be connected to the rumors surrounding Ant-Man 3. Back in April, a rumor started that suggested that he was part of a previous draft of the film. They may still have some plans for the character, especially with AIM already existing in this universe since Iron Man 3. A villain that is just a giant head also seems like a good fit for a more comedy-driven franchise like Ant-Man. A character like MODOK would make for an interesting addition to the franchise and it would’ve been strange to force him into the final season without AIM lurking around. His role was most likely taken over by the Chonicom Sibyl. She acted as the mastermind behind the race, so he may have taken on that role. Still, MODOK joining the larger MCU is a fun prospect and can’t wait to see what plans they have with him. Hopefully, they will balance his ridiculous design and more vicious nature.