CAPTAIN AMERICA Writer Wants GAME OF THRONES Actor to Play MODOK in Upcoming Sequel

Though obviously a far-fetched wish, screenwriter Christopher Markus shared his thoughts on why actor Peter Dinklage would make a good addition the the planned First Avenger sequel as it's villain.

Born during the Great Depression, Steve Rogers grew up a frail youth in a poor family. Horrified by the newsreel footage of the NAZI'S in Europe, Rogers was inspired to enlist in the army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy's earnest plea, General Chester Phillips offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment... Operation: Rebirth. After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the Super-Solider Serum and bombarded by "vita-rays." Steve Rogers emerged from the treatment with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. Rogers was then put through an intensive physical and tactical training program. Three months later,he was given his first assignment as Captain America.Armed with his indestructible shield and battle savvy, Captain America has continued his war against evil both as a sentinel of liberty and as leader of the Avengers.

Captain America screenwriter Christopher Markus has previously stated that the upcoming sequel for the popular 2011 summer comic book film could include any number of fan-favorite characters from S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Sharon Carter to the winged hero the Falcon. Now, in an interview with LA Times Hero Complex, Markus has thrown out another character choice as well as an actor he'd like to see in the role:

“I love MODOK [Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing] and I think you could make a terrifying movie with MODOK but nobody seems to be on my side at the momentum... I will win you over to Peter Dinklage as MODOK. If he came around the corner and you saw him floating there you would be terrified. It would be amazing.

"In [First Avenger], the great thing is [the visual effects and makeup team] really pulled off the Red Skull. It doesn’t look like a mask. it looks like it’s fully integrated into his flesh. And I want to see what they can do with MODOK."

Here is a bit of background on the character courtesy of Marvel Comics: 'George Tarleton is a technician for the organization Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM). Having recently created the artifact the Cosmic Cube, the A.I.M scientists use advanced mutagenics to alter Tarleton and create the super intelligent MODOC (acronym for Mental Organism Designed Only for Computing) to study and improve the object. MODOC, however, becomes ambitious and the character kills its former masters and takes control of A.I.M. Now calling itself MODOK (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing), it comes into continuous conflict with the hero Captain America and his partner S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Sharon Carter.

Captain America: The First Avenger stars Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones, Stanley Tucci, Haley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones and Neal McDonough. The film is directed by Joe Johnston and was released theatrically on July 22nd, 2011.

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Keven  |  Senior Editor

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wrong - the Red Skull looked so like a mask. it was cartoony to the max - MODOK on the big screen? ridiculous - won't happen. Dinklage however - greatest fan fiction casting ever for the big headed freak.

Pietro Filipponi  |  Managing Editor

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Keven wrote:

wrong - the Red Skull looked so like a mask. it was cartoony to the max - MODOK on the big screen? ridiculous - won't happen. Dinklage however - greatest fan fiction casting ever for the big headed freak.

Really? I thought it was the best full face make up I've seen in ages. Different strokes

Keven  |  Senior Editor

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Pietro Filipponi wrote:
Keven wrote:
wrong - the Red Skull looked so like a mask. it was cartoony to the max - MODOK on the big screen? ridiculous - won't happen. Dinklage however - greatest fan fiction casting ever for the big headed freak.

Really? I thought it was the best full face make up I've seen in ages. Different strokes

I dunno - it worked in the dark, but when it was lit up I couldn't get into it for some reason. I wanted more slime or something. Bring on the slime.

Pietro Filipponi  |  Managing Editor

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Keven wrote:
Pietro Filipponi wrote:
Keven wrote:

wrong - the Red Skull looked so like a mask. it was cartoony to the max - MODOK on the big screen? ridiculous - won't happen. Dinklage however - greatest fan fiction casting ever for the big headed freak.

Really? I thought it was the best full face make up I've seen in ages. Different strokes

I dunno - it worked in the dark, but when it was lit up I couldn't get into it for some reason. I wanted more slime or something. Bring on the slime.

Oh, so you wanted Ivan Ooze from Power Rangers. Gotcha Cool

Bryan Kritz  |  Managing Editor

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Red Skull, or any outlandish comic book character based on a human for that matter, will always have some difficulties translating to the movies/tv. Look at Ghost Rider for example. However, I am with P on this one. I really liked what they did with the character.

As for MODOK? Agree with Kev-spot on casting call there. The character is so outlandish that it could work though it would be very tough to pull off the right balance so it doesn't go campy.

Hellboy

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i think Dinklage would be better suited for The Leader

Modok is lame... even in Earth's Mightiest Heroes the Avengers made fun of him. HA!

ckal

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Fuck MODOK. Horrible, HORRIBLE idea for a villain.

Plus, I don't see how they could actually use a real actor's face for MODOK. It would have to be done with CGI I would think.

JusMe6

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MODOK is a joke character (as if Cap movies weren't campy enough already). I could buy it if they made a "realistic" version of MODOK--like a cyborg or something. I refuse to pay money to see Cap 2 if they go with the "traditional" MODOK.

Upupandaway

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Save him for the video game. Yes, he is a joke character, but if done right MODOK can add positively to a story. Big Grin Probably wouldn't help a film though.

Redbeard

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Pfft I love the idea. I think MODOK on film could be both horrifying and hilarious at the same time if done well. He is a joke character but they don't have to treat him as such. He has a lot of potential imo. I hope they get Dinklage he'd be awesome.