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What Parents Should Know About Marvel's M.O.D.O.K.

Goofy and Raunchy, Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. Is Definitely Not For Young Kids

MARVEL'S M.O.D.O.K., (aka M.O.D.O.K., aka MODOK), MODOK (voice: Patton Oswalt), If This Be ... M.O.D.O.K.', (Season 1, ep. 101, aired May 21, 2021). photo: Hulu / Courtesy Everett Collection

Imagine if Deadpool met South Park, and you'd get an approximation of Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. series. The Hulu show isn't quite the same feel-good and do-good MCU content you'd get with the Avengers. The satirical stop-motion animated series follows the misadventures of M.O.D.O.K., aka Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing (Patton Oswalt), as he navigates structural changes at his company A.I.M. while trying to juggle family life, humiliate the Avengers, and achieve world domination. If you're yearning for Marvel content after WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, M.O.D.O.K. might give you your fix — that is, if you fully embrace adult swim.

Comprised of 10 action-packed episodes, M.O.D.O.K. definitely suits a more mature audience with its TV-MA rating. Given that the main character is a straight-up villain, he's rarely ever up to any good. While the show is clever and creative, some of its cheekier elements might give parents pause.

  1. The show is very violent.
    There's no mincing it — M.O.D.O.K. is a bloodbath. You'll find plenty of situations involving torture and weaponry since M.O.D.O.K. is a villain trying to handle other villains after all — his mind beam powers can leave behind rather gruesome messes. At one point, M.O.D.O.K. even wages a bloody war in Asgard to get his son to come back home. On top of that, we've got plenty of severed limbs, decapitations, and mutant animals to go around. Suffice to say, beware if you're sensitive to gore!
  2. There's some cussing.
    The show features plenty of colorful language, but it's not nearly as much as you'd expect. Some common curses include b*tch, *sshole, d*mn, and more.
  3. Sexual material pops up implicitly and explicitly.
    The sexual content in M.O.D.O.K. isn't quite as much as the violence, but it occasionally pops up. In addition to references to body parts and sex in casual conversation, we also see it happen, for instance, with two rats getting busy in M.O.D.O.K.'s apartment. Later on, there's also a cutaway scene implying that two characters were intimate.
  4. The show deals with difficult real-life situations from time to time.
    One of the plots in the series is M.O.D.O.K.'s separation from his wife Jodie (Aimee Garcia), and we see how the pending divorce impacts their kids (Melissa Fumero and Ben Schwartz). While there's plenty of death to go around, the show also focuses on M.O.D.O.K. grappling with his friend Melter's death. Should you watch the show with the family, these situations may be launching points for discussion.
  5. M.O.D.O.K. features plenty of adult humor.
    Since M.O.D.O.K. and his inner circle are fairly manipulative, the series features plenty of rude, profane humor. But we also mean adult humor in a broader sense, especially when it comes to M.O.D.O.K.'s relationships at work. Given that one of M.O.D.O.K.'s nemeses is a techie named Austin (Beck Bennett) who invests in his company A.I.M., there's a lot of tech and corporate humor throughout the episodes that younger kids might not immediately understand.

M.O.D.O.K. is an imperfect, sardonic father who loves his family (for the most part). He often tries to do the right thing, but his antics usually lead to gruesome hilarity. While it might not be the most wholesome watch for the entire family, M.O.D.O.K. definitely has its charms in its raunchy humor!

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