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Ant-Man 3’s MODOK was inspired by a classic Simpsons villain



It’s not every day that a Marvel movie is inspired by The Simpsons – but, according to Ant-Man 3’s head writer, that day has finally arrived.

Speaking to SFX magazine (per GamesRadar (opens in new tab)), Jeff Loveness has surprisingly revealed that MODOK – one of the Marvel film’s secondary villains – was largely influenced by a classic Simpsons antagonist.

The character in question? Frank Grimes, Homer Simpson’s fellow power plant worker who becomes increasingly incensed with his colleague’s inability to do his job properly. Who knew one of Homer’s most iconic enemies would go on to inspire Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s MODOK, eh?

Frank Grimes appeared in the 1997 classic Homer’s Enemy. (Image credit: Fox/20th Century Television)

Quantumania, which kicks off Marvel Phase 5 on February 17, marks the introduction of two major Marvel villains. Kang the Conqueror is being positioned as the film’s major villain – he’s going to be the MCU’s next Thanos-level threat, after all. However, Loveness revealed that bringing MODOK to life on the big screen for the first time was the most enjoyable thing about writing the movie. Evidently, it helped that he could look to legendary sitcom The Simpsons (all 33 seasons are available to stream on Disney Plus) for guidance in developing the character’s MCU iteration.

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