All of those months of patience and justifiable concerns that the series would go the way that much of the planned Hulu/Marvel animation slate went paid off on Thursday, with Hulu announcing that Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt's animated series Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. will be hitting the streaming service this May. Not only is there now an official premiere date, but Hulu was also kind enough to drop a date announcement video that does a fine job doing two things. First, by offering a little backstory to explain how M.O.D.O.K. got into the situation that he's now in. But probably more important for his fragile ego, M.O.D.O.K. had a chance to teach everyone what the letters in his name stand for. A win-win in our book… and his…
Here's a look at the official date announcement video for Marvel's M.O.D.O.K., set to premiere all 10 episodes on Friday, May 21, 2021:
Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. Season 1, Episode 1 "If This Be … M.O.D.O.K.": Supervillain M.O.D.O.K. runs his evil organization AIM into the ground and is forced to sell it to the tech company GRUMBL. As the megalomaniacal M.O.D.O.K. struggles to regain control of AIM he risks losing something even more important… his family! Written by Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt, directed by Eric Towner and Alex Kramer.
Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. Season 1, Episode 2 "The M.O.D.O.K. That Time Forgot": In an effort win back his wife Jodie, M.O.D.O.K. takes her traveling through time to a Third Eye Blind concert they missed years ago. There they are attacked by a college-aged M.O.D.O.K. who steals their time machine and strands them in past. Written by Geoff Barbanell and Itai Grunfeld, directed by Eric Towner and Alex Kamer.
Earlier this month, Blum confirmed via Twitter that Mr. Sinister will be playing a role (more on that below). In addition, Blum also confirmed during an interview with ComicsXF that the Brood Queen, head of a parasitic race of aliens, will also appear.
For those who missed it, the very fabulous Mr. Sinister will be popping up on @MarvelsMODOK in all his deep v-neck glory. If you need a quicker Sinister fix I highly recommend @zebwells Hellions comic. A real treat for cape fetishists. pic.twitter.com/wiYg6Xifu0
— Jordan Blum (@BlumJordan) February 8, 2021
— Jordan Blum (@BlumJordan) February 9, 2021
With a voice cast that includes Oswalt as the constantly-foiled Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing (M.O.D.O.K.), Sam Richardson (Veep), Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), Ben Schwartz (House of Lies), Aimee Garcia (Lucifer), Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Beck Bennet (Bill & Ted Face The Music), and Jon Daly (Curb Your Enthusiasm), the series finds the megalomaniacal supervillain M.O.D.O.K. (Oswalt) reassessing his dream of one day conquering the world. Just how tough have things gotten? You'll see in the previews included during the NYCCxM panel (at the beginning of the video, with additional previews throughout):
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.
Leading up to their NYCC panel (above), Blum shared behind-the-scenes looks at the season's (pre-COVID) table reads and announcing Hulu was promoting his and Oswalt's Marvel Comics comic book series M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games at the end of each episode as well as a comics "playlist" of the issues/storylines that inspired that episode.
Take a quick doom scrolling break for some more @MarvelsMODOK BTS in honor of our @NY_Comic_Con panel on Friday. Here are a few more shots from our first and last table reads of the season (pre-COVID). pic.twitter.com/cs4NNW3H4a
— Jordan Blum (@BlumJordan) October 6, 2020
In honor of our @MarvelsMODOK #NYCC panel on Friday I'm going to share some BTS photos each day leading up to it. Here are a few from our first table read (we were non-subtly nicknamed Bighead by Marvel security). pic.twitter.com/vFCFjWjKy0
— Jordan Blum (@BlumJordan) October 5, 2020