Summary

  • Wendi McLendon-Covey expresses disappointment over M.O.D.O.K.’s cancellation, understanding its cost and unique production challenges.
  • Despite her frustration, McLendon-Covey loved working on the show and enjoyed playing in its “strange world” with the character M.O.D.O.K.
  • While she wasn’t involved in talks about a second season, McLendon-Covey holds no grudges and understands her limited role as a “hired gun” for the show.



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Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. is one of the more unique shows that Marvel has made, so one of its stars was rightfully disappointed when it was not picked up for a second season. M.O.D.O.K. was well-received and praised by critics for, among other things, its strong voice cast. Now, one member of that cast, Wendi McLendon-Covey, has expressed her frustration with the show’s cancellation.


Speaking with Screen Rant in an exclusive interview, Mclendon-Covey, who voiced Monica Rappaccini, expressed her displeasure with M.O.D.O.K.‘s cancellation but also made it clear she understood why the people in charge made the decision. She also made it clear that she enjoyed working on M.O.D.O.K., which made it that much harder that the show didn’t continue. Wendi McLendon-Covey’s comments can be read below:

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Oh, I was so irritated, but also I thought, “I’m sure this is really expensive,” because stop-motion animation takes forever. And I just remember being there and being shown the characters and stuff and thinking, “Oh, this is so cool, but wow, this is going to take a long time to get it launched,” which it did. I was so mad, I was so disappointed. I loved playing on that show, it’s such a strange world, and yet I loved M.O.D.O.K., he was such a big-faced, crazy-looking little dude. [Chuckles] But yeah, I was bummed that that didn’t go further.


It is clear that, while Mclendon-Covey would have liked to continue working on M.O.D.O.K., she doesn’t hold any grudges over the show’s cancellation.

When discussing talks of a second season of M.O.D.O.K., Mclendon-Covey went on to say that she hadn’t been part of the discussion.

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No, I never heard anything [about season 2 plans], I was not involved with that. I was just like a hired gun, “Show up at this point at this time and do your thing and then leave.” But I was not involved in any of that. Yeah.

Unlike M.O.D.O.K. star Patton Oswalt, Mclendon-Covey makes it clear she did not have much to do with the show’s production. This is likely why she wasn’t brought in for talks of a potential season 2. The character of M.O.D.O.K. later appeared in the MCU movie Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania but was not connected to the animated show.


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Why MODOK Was Cancelled After One Season

MODOK and Melissa in Marvel's MODOK

M.O.D.O.K. was originally intended as one of four animated projects by Marvel Television that would make up an animated team called The Offenders. However, Marvel Television ended up shutting down, and two of the four shows never ended up getting made. Given Marvel’s original plan for M.O.D.O.K. and its accompanying shows got cancelled, it isn’t too surprising that Marvel decided to end production on M.O.D.O.K. as well. The show’s cancellation may also be due to the new direction Marvel might be heading in with its animation.


Marvel recently rolled out a new Marvel Animation banner alongside the trailer for X-Men ’97. Marvel may be planning to continue the Marvel Animated Universe from the ’90s with other revivals in place of The Offenders. Whatever Marvel’s plans for the future of its animation are, it, unfortunately, seems like Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. or the other canceled Offenders shows probably aren’t a part of it.

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Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.

From the minds of Jordan Blum and Patton Oswalt comes M.O.D.O.K., a mature, stop-motion animated comedy series starring the titular Marvel villain. The show follows M.O.D.O.K., having experienced decades of humiliation at the hands of heroes, and explores him out of employment during a mid-life crisis. M.O.D.O.K. attempts to put his life back together in the most chaotic way possible.

Release Date
May 21, 2021

Seasons
1

Streaming Service(s)
Hulu , Disney+

Writers
Patton Oswalt , Jordan Blum

Showrunner
Patton Oswalt , Jordan Blum

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