What made you join along with your “MODOK” character, Jodie?
I had by no means seen an animated spouse like her, the place she has her personal arc. She goes from housewife to supervillain — it is so enjoyable, and I simply thought they did such job, each Patton and [creator] Jordan [Blum], in penning this three-dimensional everywoman. She’s a mother, she’s a spouse, she’s an unbiased profession girl, however she’s additionally married to a supervillain. And I feel whenever you’re married to a supervillain you must have unfastened morals.
However she’s not simply saying, “Sure honey, no matter you need, you are able to do no matter you need.” I beloved it. She discovered her independence later in life, which we by no means see, and clearly it bothers egomaniac MODOK. And I simply discovered it so enjoyable that she will get pursued by Marvel Man, you recognize, who calls himself “Pending Avenger, underwear mannequin, lover of MODOK’s spouse,” which in fact would not sit effectively with a supervillain.
Additionally, personally, I felt very honored to originate a Latina character within the Marvel Universe. I am an enormous Marvel fan and simply to be part of it was a dream come true.
It is a bit stunning how a lot of a “household present” it’s. What’s your favourite half in regards to the household dynamic?
That it is relatable. I do not assume we have ever seen a supervillain have a midlife disaster. And in the long run, regardless that it is galactic warfare and enjoyable Avenger fights, it truly is a couple of father connecting along with his daughter, and siblings preventing, and two individuals who have been collectively for a extremely very long time who develop aside and try to battle for his or her relationship. Jodie and MODOK are nonetheless in love, and also you see why they’re collectively, however folks change and folks develop aside. And so I really feel like that, to me, the love between this dysfunctional household is my favourite half. As a result of sure, there’s robotic guts. Sure, there’s aliens. Sure there’s intergalactic warfare. However in the long run, it is actually a couple of household making an attempt to maintain it collectively and about folks making an attempt to understand their id when the world is the other way up, which I feel is so relatable and well timed — particularly now.
What occurs when you’re outlined by being a mom and swiftly your children develop up? What occurs when you’re outlined by being a CEO and swiftly you lose your profession? What occurs when you’re outlined by, you recognize, no matter which may be … you are a chef and swiftly you have to shut down your restaurant. So I really feel like that is such a relatable factor to take care of, going from “mother” to “trainer” as a result of colleges are closed [during the COVID-19 pandemic]. I really feel like you do not count on to see that in a floating supervillain with tiny legs and arms, however in some way by the top of the episode, you are like, why am I crying?
And it is simply so enjoyable to have this very “by no means seen earlier than” refreshing have a look at what occurs to a supervillain after the battle. What occurs to a supervillain’s household once they’re not on prime? In order that to me is simply so enjoyable — that every one MODOK needs to do is destroy the world, however he is like, “How can I destroy the world when my torture chambers have been changed by a yoga studio?” So it’s extremely irritating for him however, in the long run, you simply see these candy household moments, and it’s extremely heartwarming, which you’d by no means count on, I feel, for an absurd, weird present like “MODOK.”