3 Reasons We Need to Stop Speculating Peter Dinklage Will Play M.O.D.O.K in Avengers: Infinity War

Some fan sites have speculated that Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, X-Men: Days of Future Past) would appear as M.O.D.O.K,  which stands for Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing in Marvel Studios’ upcoming Avengers: Infinity War (though I get the feeling the people who are making this suggestion are not only unaware who M.O.D.O.K is, but how ultimately insulting an idea that actually is

And speaking of ‘insulting,’ that’s also my first reason.

  • It’s Really Insulting Toward Dinklage

Here is an image of M.O.D.O.K.

He has such tiny arms and legs because he was created to lead AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics) so all their efforts went toward developing his mental abilities, which are pretty impressive.

Now keep in mind that some characters don’t make the transition from comics to movies visually intact–this was the case for the Falcon, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, Zemo and many others so it’s entirely possible that M.O.D.O.K could be played by Dinklage and translate to the screen in such a way that is reminiscent of the character from the comics, yet reinterpreted, like with the case of Arnim Zola from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

 

The problem is that M.O.D.O.K’s massive cabeza IS his most distinctive feature, and I am unsure how they could reinterpret that and capture how bizarre and unusual the character actually is.

Which is strangely enough where our problems start.

Here is a picture of Dinklage from the after party of The Station Agent.   He’s a person of short-stature, and while he’s played a whole gamut of roles I am not sure how playing a giant head doesn’t become more than a little offensive.

And while some people may call that PC, that’s just a cross I’ll have to bear.

  • AIM Has Barely Been Introduced Into the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe)

The organization known as AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics) was introduced into the MCU in Iron Man 3 (in the movies it was a company started by Aldrich Killian, who developed Extremis) though it was one of those ‘blink and you’ll miss it‘ sort of moments.

With Hydra on the decline it would be nice for the movies to introduce another villainous organization to take up the slack, and AIM could serve that purpose admirably (plus we’d get a chance to see people wearing those cool yellow ‘beekeeper’ helmets, so there’s always that).

Though to introduce MODOK as a main villain means reintroducing AIM, something not likely to happen if Avengers: Infinity War has half the characters it’s supposed to have.

  • Most Importantly, M.O.D.O.K Has No Connection to the Infinty Gauntlet or Infinity Watch Storylines 

I am aware that Marvel Studios movies don’t adapt any storyline verbatim from the comics, though introducing  M.O.D.O.K would be worse than clutter because it would be adding a character and a supporting organization the film would hardly need.

So those are the reasons why Dinklage will not be M.O.D.O.K but instead be playing…

Pip the Troll!  It’s not exactly rocket science, and actually makes a lot of sense when you think about it.  Dinklage already looks like Pip, all that’s required to complete the look would be a shave and a loincloth (which isn’t necessarily to say that that’s the direction they’re going with visually, though if it is, it would be really work).

Doctor Strange End Titles Score

I’d be the first person to admit that the scores for most Marvel Studios movies have been less than memorable (at this point only two tracks from Henry Jackman’s theme to Captain America: The Winter Soldier stick in my mind at, and those are ‘Winter Soldier’ and ‘Lemurian Star’) and that’s taking into account ALL their movies.

That being said, Michael Giacchino’s score–the End Titles at any rate–are particularly fascinating because it sounds to me evocative of The Moody Blues in songs like Knights In White Satin, with instruments that sound like guitars, sitars and drums taking center stage.


There’s a curious lack of menace to it though, which is fascinating because if the music that accompanies the trailer is any indicator, then Giacchino’s score holds a few surprises.

Doctor Strange International Trailer

Comicbook.com posted an international trailer for Scott Derrickson’s upcoming Doctor Strange, and you can see it here.

I haven’t watched it because a movie trailer is a like a single puzzle piece, which when combined with others form a more complete image of what that movie happen to be.

The problems start when you assemble those pieces, which defeats the purpose of seeing it, if whomever is doing the marketing isn’t careful.

As I said, I stopped watching new Doctor Strange trailers a few months ago; an embargo I have no intention of stopping.

Though if you want to–and I don’t advise it–eat your heart out (not literally.  You need it to live and even if you didn’t, there’s that whole chest bone you have to contend with) but don’t be shocked if the movie is just a bit less amazing when you finally catch it.

 

You Need Faith For That To Work, Mr. Vincent!

Screenshot 2016-07-24 00.45.09That’s paraphrasing vampire Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) to Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall) from Tom Holland’s 1985 Fright Night, though it fits what I think I’m seeing from Marvel Studios’ upcoming Doctor Strange.

It feels almost as if Kevin Feige (or his bosses at Disney, maybe) has a bit less faith in it than in prior projects.

And keep in mind that this is the studio that created hits based on a guy who can shrink to the size of an ant and another which had at its heart (and as its heart) a talking tree and a raccoon.

And if that wasn’t enough there’s director Scott Derrickson’s proven record of success, though probably the biggest thing he tackled prior was 2008’s The Day The Earth Stood Still.

Which did well, though not remarkably so, at the box office.

There’s no other way that I can explain the 15-minute preview Marvel Studios has  released in theaters that showcases the (hopefully) unique visuals that the movie has to offer.

In a character like Doctor Strange the visuals are a HUGE part of what makes him who he is, so much so that you literally cannot divorce him from them; so revealing them too early potentially spoils–or at the least undermines–an important aspect of the movie.

And I could be wrong–after all, I haven’t seen it–but I’d think that the less the audience sees of the prior to seeing the movie, the better.

A Strange Doctor Strange Trailer

I didn’t exactly say that I wouldn’t post any more Doctor Strange trailers more than I wouldn’t post any that revealed any crucial plot points or gave too much of the movie away.

And that’s a promise I intend to keep, though when I saw how novel this latest trailer is, I couldn’t help but include it.

Enjoy.

Doctor Strange Conjures Up Some Levity

Screenshot 2016-07-24 00.45.09I mentioned a few posts ago that I wouldn’t be writing much about Marvel Studios’ upcoming Doctor Strange out of fear of spoilers, though I think that the new trailer is important for reasons I expand upon below.

What I was wondering was how Marvel Studios’ upcoming Doctor Strange would add the levity, the light-heartedness that’s been crucial to most of their productions up to this point.

I think I see how it’s going to be done. The humor in the movie will apparently come from Strange’s learning to work with magic.

This makes perfect sense because if anyone is familiar with Doctor Strange from the comics, they’d know that as a surgeon he was very arrogant, so in learning to master the Mystic Arts, he’s humbled.

And in that humbling comes moments of humor.

It’s a great idea because–unlike what some would like to believe–none of the Marvel Studios movies are comedies, though they do have moments of humor (though it should be said that it’s possible that some of the scenes in the commercials won’t appear in the movie).