MODOK Showrunner Addresses MCU Crossover Hopes

By Aeron Mer Eclarinal Posted:
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It's no secret that the multiverse is the next big thing of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as evidenced by the emergence of alternate reality-driven projects like Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. It remains to be seen what is the true endgame of this alternate worlds storyline, but it's clear that a wide array of those realities will emerge in the near future. 

This presents an opportunity for non-MCU movies and TV shows to be incorporated into the Kevin Feige-created franchise. One of those projects is Hulu's MODOK. Created by Jordan Blum, the Marvel series will revolve around the supervillain that will be played by Agents of SHIELD's Patton Oswalt

The Hulu series will be unique due to its stop-motion approach of storytelling. Plot details are still being kept under wraps, but the synopsis teased that MODOK will try to balance living a villainous life alongside his own family.

Of course, the lingering question from fans is the show's connection to the MCU, and it looks like the showrunner may have shed some light on the subject.


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MODOK showrunner Jordan Blum recently sat down with Inverse to talk about the latest Marvel show and its ties to the MCU. 

While it was confirmed that MODOK is not entirely set alongside the world of the Avengers, Blum admitted that he would “love” to be part of that world. The showrunner also revealed that the Marvel series was “given its own numbered reality” as “Earth-1226,” thus implying that they are part of the MCU's vast multiverse: 

“I would love that. That's fun. Patton and I wrote a comic called M.O.D.O.K.: Head Games, which addresses that a little. Our show was given its own numbered reality: We are Earth-1226, which is my son's birthday. We are canonically part of the Marvel multiverse, and it's up to them if they want to bridge us or not.”

Blum also discussed why he watched his own show and the rest of the Marvel projects “as a fan” while also hilariously pointing out that he “can barely keep secrets from his own show:”

"They don't tell me shit. No way. Are you kidding me? I can barely keep secrets from my own show. I watch as a fan. When people are like, “M.O.D.O.K. may show up in Falcon and Winter Soldier,” I'm like, I hope! I was a fan first and I will be a fan until the day I die. This was never work for me."


Jordan Blum's latest comments suggest that Marvel Studios may be setting up the grand reveal of the multiverse in the near future, mainly due to the idea that a specific number is now placed on MODOK's universe.

Meanwhile, Blum's remark about watching different Marvel projects “as a fan” is relatable on many levels. This just goes to show that creating and leading a Marvel show will always be fun regardless of whether it is part of the larger MCU or not. 

Blum previously revealed in another interview that Marvel Studios doesn't really care if they are not set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ultimately confirming that events that will happen in the show will not directly affect the Avengers of the main timeline. 

It is unknown if the events that will happen in the Hulu series will be referenced in a future MCU project, but it's good to know that it has its own place in the vast multiverse. 

One way for MODOK to show up in the MCU, albeit briefly, is through a montage showcasing the alternate realities from the multiverse. The Doctor Strange sequel is the prime choice to feature this sequence, thus giving the Jordan Blum-created project to shine in the confines of the Avengers-filled world. 

MODOK will premiere on Hulu on May 21, 2021.

- About The Author: Aeron Mer Eclarinal
Aeron is a news/features writer and Content Lead for The Direct who has been working for the site since March 2020. From writing about the inter-connectivity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to having an extended knowledge about DC TV's Arrowverse, Aeron's expertise has since expanded into the realm of reality TV, K-drama, animated, and live-action shows from Netflix,  Disney+, Prime Video, MGM+, Peacock, Paramount+, and Max. When he isn't writing and watching all things MCU, Aeron is heavily invested with the NBA (go Celtics!) and occasionally watches thrilling matches in the WWE.