Who’s the Baddest Guy Around?
Growing up, books, comics, video games, and TV shows presented us with life’s never ending battle: good versus evil.
We idolized the heroes. From Batman and Superman to cowboys, firemen, and even someone’s mom or dad, we were taught by these characters to embrace all aspects of goodness and selflessness, to act against the forces of evil and greed, and to be the best people we could possibly be.
Sure, the villains could be fun, too, but eventually we’d get sick of them. That’s why so many of their storylines were brief or episodic; it was the heroes that had audiences coming back for more, time and again.
In real life, and in our much more boring adult world, the forces of good and evil aren’t always so clear. Even now, as a loud-mouthed, rich and entitled bully rears his big head, it’s disturbing to see how millions of Americans can hop on the bandwagon and support him, even though the children inside of them never would have done so.
Now, Marvel is helping remind us who the real villains are.
In Marvel Comics’s Tales of Suspense #93 (September 1967), a super villain called MODOK or Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing is introduced as an enemy of Captain America’s. A very large head with squat arms and legs, MODOK is a formidable foe for SHIELD and some of Marvel’s most popular superheroes, especially as his form and capabilities changed across time.
But we’ve never seen him quite like this.
Recently revived as MODAAK (Mental Organism Designed As America’s King) for Spider-Gwen Annual #1, the super villain has taken on the strangely familiar albeit larger-than-life qualities of a certain real-world villain we’re all too familiar with today:
The Fight for America
Reimagined by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, and Rico Renzi, MODAAK is a playful character, what with his oddly tiny hands and oversized, orange head. At the same time, it’s a frightening reminder of all the hate and anger that exists in our world today, as well as how easily people can mistake this hatred for power and influence.
In fact, right before a fight scene, it even appears as though MODAAK is about to spit out Trump’s catchphrase, “Make America great again.” This makes it all the more pleasurable to see him taken town by Spider-Gwen‘s black, female Captain America, Samantha T. Wilson. Justice.