DISCLAIMER: This recap of Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. season finale episode “Days of Future M.O.D.O.K.s!” is laden with spoilers. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own peril.
Welcome back, pitiful humans! Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. gives us an equal parts hilarious and emotional season finale with “Days of Future M.O.D.O.K.s!” Baby M.O.D.O.K. crashes the two Lous’ bar mitzvah with an ultimatum for our titular villain. In order to achieve world domination and cultivate the utopia he’s always dreamed of, he must sacrifice his family. Their deaths are what’ll catalyze him into taking over the globe. Of course, our fave foe loves his family. He’s a family M.O.D.O.K.! But his desire for power is overwhelming.
Ready to delve into “Days of Future M.O.D.O.K.s!”? Let’s get to it.
Now, we open with the two Lous (voiced by Ben Schwartz) in a temple reciting prayers for their bar mitzvah. M.O.D.O.K. (voiced by Patton Oswalt), Jodie (voiced by Aimee Garcia) and Melissa (voiced by Melissa Fumero) are all present. The two Lous burst into a rousing Hebrew duet. This reminds me of Schwartz’s Parks and Recreation character, Jean Ralphio, and his penchant for singing. It’s perfect.
Next, we learn that nobody will be attending the two Lous’ bar mitzvah reception. M.O.D.O.K. vows to remedy the situation. He enlists Melissa’s aid in wrangling the teens. She acquiesces. My favorite part of this scene is the filter on Melissa’s phone that makes M.O.D.O.K. look like a “puppet,” but his face is Patton Oswalt’s face. Genius.
Our duo heads down to the mall to poach some teens, which sounds weird, but here we are. Melissa feigns to be a casting director in search of raw talent for a new teen show on HBO. She even holds fake auditions.
However, once M.O.D.O.K. spills the beans regarding the show’s illegitimacy, the teens flee the scene. Who wants to dance with a strange boy at a bar mitzvah reception?
Later, M.O.D.O.K. and Melissa arrive at the reception hall while driving Super Adaptoid (voiced by Jon Daly). The doors open to reveal M.O.D.O.K.’s buddies from the Bar With No Name as well as familiar faces from over the course of the season. A few Seagramites. Those hobo goblins from Asgard. No teens, but at least we have bodies!
Then, Jodie notices that the two Lous aren’t having fun. M.O.D.O.K. attempts to usher in some prostitutes to liven up the joint, much to Jodie’s dismay. M.O.D.O.K. tries to cheer up his Lous. Both boys admit that they don’t care about all the people. They really want to dance with their father, and he hasn’t given them a second glance all night. M.O.D.O.K. takes his Lous to the dance floor for a delightful move-busting. Melissa is envious. She doesn’t believe her dad pays attention to her. But we learn that he brags about her ice skating abilities all the time. Aw, he’s a good daddio.
Now, M.O.D.O.K. dances with Jodie. They have a serious conversation regarding the state of their relationship. Jodie confesses that she’s not ready for things to resume normalcy yet. Baby steps. She’s game for lots of family dinners in the interim. The Seagramites wriggle free of their restraints. Here’s hoping they don’t sex anyone to death!
Suddenly, a giant boot crashes through the roof. We see it’s Baby M.O.D.O.K., and he’s sporting the Mech suit! He survived! Well, it was his robot form that Jodie ripped in half. The crystals lodged in his forehead slow down time and everyone with it. He launches a series of rockets at M.O.D.O.K.’s family, but thankfully, those are frozen too. Just when M.O.D.O.K. is about to kill his younger self, the latter reveals that he’s here to support M.O.D.O.K. Let’s find out why!
Later, Baby M.O.D.O.K. a.k.a. Anomaly discloses that he’s traveled through multiple timelines, realms and universes all thanks to the time crystals in his head. He has watched every possible timeline involving M.O.D.O.K. He dies differently in each of them. In one, he pulls an Elvis and perishes on the toilet. According to Anomaly, there’s only one timeline wherein M.O.D.O.K. achieves success. We see that in said timeline, his utopia comes to fruition. He becomes the world ruler he was always meant to be.
However, Anomaly divulges that M.O.D.O.K. won’t make it to the top unless he sacrifices his family. They need to die in order for him to succeed. Their deaths add necessary fuel to his fire. Naturally, ol’ Modie isn’t a fan of this. Anomaly vows to kill them for him since it’s clear the latter’s too compromised. We see Jodie, Melissa and the two Lous are still frozen in time. M.O.D.O.K. tearfully closes his eyes while Anomaly does his thing.
Then, we’re in the aforementioned utopia. M.O.D.O.K. rules all. He’s supreme! He’s even perched atop an Iron Man throne. We see him walk through a corridor that boasts Captain America’s shield, Thor’s Mjolnir, Hawkeye’s bows, Iron Man’s mask and the Infinity Gauntlet. Remnants of the major Marvel heroes and villains that have been defeated by M.O.D.O.K. He enters a room where Anomaly is being tortured. M.O.D.O.K. grills Anomaly regarding whether it’s possible to go back in time and save his family. Anomaly believes it’s not plausible. Suddenly, Anomaly dies.
But M.O.D.O.K. refuses to relent. He’s hellbent on reviving his family and bringing them to this timeline so they can revel in his success. Bow down to M.O.D.O.K.! He can have it all!
“Days of Future M.O.D.O.K.s!” ends on quite the cliffhanger. Not to mention, M.O.D.O.K. just allowed his whole family to get vaporized for a shot at absolute power. But we know that power corrupts, and it certainly isn’t fulfilling. While, yes, “killing” is in his name, this is the worst kill he’s ever made in his history as a villain.
Unfortunately, the time crystals lodged in Anomaly’s head are decimated, leaving M.O.D.O.K. with no way to travel through time. I think he’ll ask Monica for help since she’s the original designer. Although she might not be keen on assisting because M.O.D.O.K. left her high and dry with A-I-M 2.
It’s a moral quandary — you want to love M.O.D.O.K., especially with the progress he’s made over the course of the season. That being said, he just sat idly by while his younger self murdered his loved ones. Forgiveness won’t be easy to come by.
Overall, Season One of Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. is so damn delightful. It’s an irreverent, tongue-in-cheek, sardonic comedy that’s right up my alley. Oswalt’s M.O.D.O.K. is a nuanced character in his own right. He’s not your stereotypical supervillain. You seldom get to see a domesticated villain living life as a “family man.” Everyone churns in fantastic performances and imbues the show with a lot of heart. I’d say family is the crux of the series, but M.O.D.O.K. slaughtered his.
I hope we get a Season Two. If it comes to pass, I’d like to see more of Hexus the Living Corporation. That’s one unresolved story from this season. In addition, I think the main focus will be bringing M.O.D.O.K.’s family back from the dead. Regardless, I would love to see more adventures with our favorite mental organism designed only for killing (and loving).
Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. is now streaming on Hulu.
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