Avengers: Endgame writer Christopher Markus revealed which villain he wants to see the Avengers take on next.
Speaking to CinemaBlend, Markus revealed that he would like to see Earth’s Mightiest Heroes battle MODOK and Zola in their next outing.
“I always go back to the guy I always want to see on screen, which is MODOK,” said Markus. “Also, part of me… it’s hard to say if he was officially destroyed, I wouldn’t mind seeing a third incarnation of Zola. Now in a robotic body. We got him from human to face on screen, I’d like him to get mobile now. I can’t say that’s going to happen, but it’d be fun.”
As Christopher Markus said, the first villain that he really wants to see brought to life on screen in a Marvel movie is MODOK, the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing. MODOK was originally a technician named George Tartleton who worked for Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.) a scientific terrorist organization. George Tartleton became part of an A.I.M. experiment that gave him superhuman intelligence and psionic powers.
Arnim Zola, on the other hand, has already appeared in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, causing headaches for Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger and Captain America: The Winter Solider. Toby Jones portrayed the character in both movies, as well as in the MCU TV series Agent Carter.
Christopher Markus wants to see Zola be a thorn in the good guys’ side one more time. In this third outing, Zola would reach his final form as a digitized face in a robotic body.
The writer admits that this character’s fate was not entirely clear in The Winter Soldier. His digitized self appeared to be dead, but it would be easy to write him back into things to have the mad scientist cause chaos once again, this time with his very own body. It might not happen, but as he says, it’d be fun.
This is not the first time Markus has expressed interest in seeing MODOK on the big screen. Back in June 2018, the writer made similar comments on Kevin Smith and Marc Bernadin’s Fat Man on Batman podcast, although he acknowledged that the villain’s look may be an issue.
“I’ve wanted to put M.O.D.O.K. in, and it’s very hard to go ‘here’s the supporting character the giant head,'” he said. “And then we’re going to get on with the story. We just came to him for information. Like you kind of have to design the whole movie around the guy with the giant head.”