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

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

It’s not every day that a Marvel movie gets inspired by The Simpsons, but according to the lead writer for Ant-Man 3, that day has finally arrived.

Talking to SFX Magazine (according to GamesRadar (opens in a new tab)), Jeff Loveness has surprisingly revealed that MODOK, one of the supporting villains of the Marvel movie, was heavily influenced by a classic antagonist from The Simpsons.

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

Frank Grimes confronts Homer Simpson in The Simpsons episode Homer's Enemy

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

Kicking off Marvel’s Phase 5 on February 17, Quantumania marks the introduction of two major Marvel villains. Kang the Conqueror is positioning himself as the main villain of the film; after all, he will be the MCU’s next Thanos-level threat. However, Loveness revealed that bringing MODOK to life on the big screen for the first time was the most fun part of writing the film. It evidently helped that he was able to refer to the legendary sitcom The Simpsons (all 33 seasons are available to stream on Disney Plus) for guidance in fleshing out the MCU iteration of the character.

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