M.O.D.O.K.’s Patton Oswalt took a lifetime of comic geekdom and made it into a TV show

For Patton Oswalt, Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. is the culmination of not only a lifetime of comic book geekdom but of years spent questioning the lives built outside the book’s pages. As he explained to us, “When Doc Ock isn’t out robbing a bank, does he have an apartment?… Does he like to sit and watch a TV show or read a book? Otherwise what’s he doing all this for?” If The Avengers aren’t able to rest and enjoy their lives, then what’s the point of fighting?

As a comedian noted for his keen observation of the mundanities of human life, Oswalt seems especially equipped to tackle those types of big questions. The result is M.O.D.O.K., a deeply funny and heartfelt show that also just happens to be about a supervillain who looks like a giant floating head. Sure, M.O.D.O.K. is trying to kill Iron Man for what seems to be no good reason, but he’s also trying to scrape his way out of a divorce, connect with his increasingly distant teenagers, and regain control of his struggling company. As Oswalt told The A.V. Club, “As big as the consequences for failing at world domination are, there are also consequences for being a shitty husband and an absentee dad.”

There’s more from Oswalt both in the video above, including his thoughts on The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, The Avengers’ shawarma moment, and why Marge should have left Homer decades ago. Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. hits Hulu Friday, May 21.

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