Supervillain faces mid-life crisis in new comedy

By Juan Calvillo

Crazy Fellow— “Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.” is a supervillain with quite an attitude who dislikes superheroes. 

“Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.” on Hulu is a hilarious dive into the mind of a supervillain who is more common man than super anything. 

Out of all the Marvel characters that are ripe for satire M.O.D.O.K. the Hulu Original takes full advantage. 

Setting the show as part supervillain storyline and part family sitcom gives “Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.” the freedom to use frank language and situations with each tongue-in-cheek situation.

Writer, producer and voice actor Patton Oswalt leads the way on Marvel’s comedy sitcom. 

The story centers on M.O.D.O.K., Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing, and his quest to create the best possible version of the world possible. 

Being a villain means that he decides to defeat all superheroes and take over the planet using Advanced Idea Mechanics. 

This evil company is M.O.D.O.K.’s way of battling his arch nemesis Iron Man. 

The show quickly establishes corporations as villains and makes M.O.D.O.K. an underdog when his leadership is endangered.

 It’s the struggle to prove himself as a leader of his villainous group and the head of his family that creates humor and silliness.

Oswalt isn’t the only funny person on the voice cast. Melissa Fumero, from Brooklyn Nine-Nine fame, plays M.O.D.O.K.’s daughter Melissa Tarleton.

Aimee Garcia from “Lucifer” plays his wife, Jodie Tarleton and the hilarious Ben Schwartz, from “Parks and Recreations,” plays his son Lou Tarleton. 

The team voicing M.O.D.O.K.’s family is highly skilled and devastatingly funny. 

Garcia plays Jodie with equal parts fierce, modern day woman and over-the-top, matter-of-fact mother. Fumero is hilarious as Melissa. 

She expertly channels the anger, intensity and mean-spiritedness that teenagers seem to embody and then ratchets it up by 50% for her character. 

Finally, Schwartz is the comedy relief for this sitcom. On a cast of hilarious voice actors he is able to make Lou the funniest, but also most observant, of the group. 

Short quips between other characters’ lines has become the norm for many productions, but Schwartz’s character takes it to another level. 

The hilarity really hits home when the audience realizes that this is the youngest child of a supervillain like M.O.D.O.K. 

The almost innocent quality of the one-liners begs the question, “What made Lou so different from his family?”

The show is not only voice acted superbly, it’s also animated and written amazingly well. 

The show uses a combination of stop-motion-like animation and computer generated images. 

It’s a creative way to give the show a unique look and definitely shows the Disney/Marvel slickness that is given to any show that is part of the comic book  entertainment brand. 

It also brings in some unexpected characters during the show. 

Watching first-time appearances of certain characters being animated is fun, and each character model, from the recurring to the one-shot characters, is detailed and beautiful. 

This shows just how big of a fan the producers and writers are of the Marvel comic universe.

Having Seth Green as one of the producers and Oswalt as one of the writers gives the sitcom’s writing a comedic stamp of approval. 

The comedic gold starts off right from the get-go. 

In the first lines M.O.D.O.K.’s mother tries to cheer him up. 

Her first line being “One day that big, beautiful, womb-wrecking head of yours is going to dream up fantastic things, and you’re going to change the world,” guarantees the audience is in for a hilarious show.

Funny riffs on family dynamics and villainy abound in this Hulu Original. 

“Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.” manages to blend supervillains and everyday family life into a must-watch for Marvel and comedy fans. 

The show doesn’t shy away from tackling mature family dynamic themes, nor does it forget that the show is about being funny. “Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.” is rated TV-MA and all of its 10-episode first season is available to stream now on Hulu.

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