Marvel’s Cancelled New Warriors Show Would Have Featured a Live-Action M.O.D.O.K.

Before Marvel Television officially folded into Marvel Studios last October — effectively ending Marvel TV’s run that began with Agents of SHIELD and included the likes of Agent Carter, Runaways, Cloak & Dagger, and the Netflix Defenders-verse, as the company shifted gears and looked to Marvel Studios to make streaming shows for Disney+ that would be a part of Phase 4 (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, etc) — there were still a few Marvel shows in the pipeline.

One series from the slate — which also included a Ghost Rider series and animated shows for Howard the Duck and Tigra & Dazzler — was a live-action New Warriors series for Freeform, which was to feature Milana Vayntrub as the beloved cult character Squirrel Girl.

Kevin Biegel (Scrubs, Enlisted), who was briefly the showrunner for the now defunct New Warriors series, took to Twitter today to lament the fact that, had the series gone on long enough, Keith David’s character would have transformed into a live-action version of A.I.M.’s giant-headed scientist supreme, M.O.D.O.K (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing).

For those now mourning the loss of the this particular M.O.D.O.K., keep in mind that Hulu still has an animated M.O.D.O.K. series in the works, written by Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt, with Oswalt voicing the title character. Parks and Rec’s Ben Schwartz, who recently voiced Sonic the Hedgehog in the live-action movie, is also a part of the voice cast.

M.O.D.O.K., an oversized maniac who was bioengineered by the scientists of A.I.M. to be the ultimate tyrannical leader, has been featured in various Marvel comics and shows, and appeared on IGN’s top 100 comic book villains list.


Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association. Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/MattBFowler.

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