Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Showrunners say they were given permission to use M.O.D.O.K., then Marvel Studios changed their minds

By Stephen Ippolito | August 13th, 2020

After seven seasons, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. finally came to an end last night. Because the series was produced by Marvel TV and not Marvel Studios, the show’s connectivity to the MCU has always been complicated. During the first couple of seasons, there were signs of it being connected, but after it appeared to be its own separate thing. While many characters from Marvel Comics did appear in it, unless given permission, the series was restricted from using any that Marvel Studios was using or about to use in the MCU.

In an interview with The A.V. Club,  showrunners Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon revealed a certain character they were given permission to use, but then Marvel Studios changed their minds.

“We had a lot of ideas where we were—and I’ll say this, I don’t care—we were given the green light originally to use certain characters from Marvel, and started to break story based on those characters—[Coughs.] MODOK—and then they retracted it,” he Whedon said of Marvel Studios. “So there were a bunch of things that were going to get a little batshit crazy that were above our pay grade, in terms of the toys we were allowed to play with.”

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It could be possible that they couldn’t use him because he is getting his own animated series for Hulu. But with rumors of the supervillain coming to the MCU, specifically Ant-Man 3, that could be why the studio backtracked their decision.

The history of M.O.D.O.K. dates back to 1967 when he made his first appearance in Tales of Suspense #93. Leader of AIM (Advanced Idea Mechanics), he was first seen as a Captain America foe. However, he has since gone on to cause problems for many in the Marvel Comic Universe.

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