DISCLAIMER: This recap of Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. episode “Beware What From Portal Comes!” is riddled with spoilers. You’ve been warned. Proceed at your own peril.
Welcome back, pitiful humans! Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. continues its streak of fun and entertaining installments. This time, M.O.D.O.K. seeks approval from everyone around him at a leadership conference, from the GRUMBL executives to his daughter. The result? A hedonistic alien parasite arrives that forces humans to party to death. What an enlightening experience!
Thankfully, our supervillain saves the day by blasting them to smithereens. “Beware What From Portal Comes!” is a little more lighthearted than the last episode, but still manages to make M.O.D.O.K. just as endearing.
Ready to delve into “Beware What From Portal Comes!”? Let’s get to it.
Now, we open with M.O.D.O.K. (voiced by Patton Oswalt) riding on the back of a haggard dragon. His newfound, sprawling utopia is laid out beneath him. However, M.O.D.O.K. wakes up before he can really explore his city. He realizes it’s his weekend with the kids, so he attempts to tidy up his tiny, unkempt apartment prior to their arrival. Jodie (voiced by Aimee Garcia), Melissa (voiced by Melissa Fumero) and Lou (voiced by Ben Schwartz) enter his space. They wish they hadn’t. The smell of soup permeates the apartment. Lou is smitten. Melissa wants to leave.
Next, a hologram of Austin (voiced by Beck Bennett) appears. He informs M.O.D.O.K. that he’s scheduled to attend a leadership conference with GRUMBL’s executives. In fact, he’s the guest of honor. Austin discloses that he can’t wait to hear what M.O.D.O.K. has to say. Melissa and Lou are welcome to come.
Later, our trio arrives at the hotel. Lou proceeds to don a luxurious robe and plans on wholeheartedly savoring the finer things in life. All opulence, baby! Schwartz is so great as this character. Melissa and M.O.D.O.K. head downstairs for the conference. Austin ushers them into a room wherein the keynote speech is set to take place. A hologram of Iron Man (voiced by Jon Hamm) materializes, much to M.O.D.O.K’s chagrin. M.O.D.O.K. is about to deliver an eloquent monologue when Austin shoos him off.
Apparently, he misunderstood. Austin is eager to hear M.O.D.O.K.’s thoughts after the former gives his speech. Not to mention, this conference is meant to serve as a learning experience for our mental organism designed only for killing. Perhaps he can change his name to “M.O.D.O.K.L.” Utterly embarrassed, our megalomaniacal villain takes a seat in the back. Everyone’s laughing at him!
Next, M.O.D.O.K. falls prey to more public humiliation. A group of conference attendees asks him if he wants to join them for a rousing game of horse golf. Melissa urges him to accept the invite. She decides to take her father under her wing and show him how to arrest attention.
Then, our father-daughter duo is on the golf course. Melissa reveals that she utilizes her highly sophisticated neural device to suss out people’s weaknesses, then exploit them. Soon, the group is eating out of the palm of M.O.D.O.K.’s dainty gloved hand. Huzzah!
Later, Melissa chastises her dad for refusing to play the long game. But M.O.D.O.K. wants everyone to love him right now! He decides to orchestrate a disaster that only he can remedy. He uses an interplanetary device to usher in a species known as “The Brood.” Unfortunately, this plan spectacularly backfires on him. Instead, he unleashes a slew of creatures called “Seagramites.” Slug-like, parasitic beings that love to party. Maybe too much.
Now, M.O.D.O.K. hops to another realm wherein The Brood resides. He finds them all wiped out save one. The Seagramites are responsible. They force you to party until you can’t party anymore … because you’re dead. Uh oh. Meanwhile, we see the conference attendees dropping like flies. M.O.D.O.K. switches gears and adopts the trick he learned from his daughter. He scans the Seagramites for weaknesses. Then, he exploits them.
Thankfully, M.O.D.O.K. utilizes his special brain powers to decimate the Seagramites. May they slurp their Seagrams in HELL! After the conference is over, he brings his kids back to Jodie’s house. Melissa refuses to go back to his apartment … ever again. She did assist him with his problem, so now she’s exempt from her visitation duties. Obviously, this deeply saddens our fave supervillain daddy.
Next, Austin has M.O.D.O.K.’s interplanetary device in his hands. He’s standing before the GRUMBL executives. We can’t see their faces. They eerily intone that M.O.D.O.K. is now one step closer to being useless. So, Austin is evil!
“Beware What From Portal Comes!” gives us a better glimpse into M.O.D.O.K.’s relationship with his children. It’s quite clear that Melissa is the apple of his eye. Lou is like Kevin from Home Alone — he’s the forgotten one. But he doesn’t seem to mind keeping to himself. The cast is coming into their own. Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. is kooky, quirky and weird in the best way possible. Marvel’s branching out, and I’m here for it.
Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. is now streaming on Hulu.
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