A lot of the build-up ahead of the release of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania was focused on the introduction of major villain Kang the Conqueror to the franchise – but he's not the only iconic comic book antagonist to appear in the Phase 5 opener.

There's also a key role in the film for zany baddie MODOK, a mad scientist whose full name is Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing, and who has long been a favourite of Marvel fans.

The surreal character is played by Corey Stoll – who you'll remember previously played Darren Cross in the first Ant-Man film – and director Peyton Reed has explained how he loved bringing the “strange, weird, grotesque” figure to the big screen.

"I loved it, it seems MODOK has been talked about for some time [and] it felt like the Ant-Man movies might be the perfect tonal place to introduce a live-action MODOK," he explained in an exclusive interview with RadioTimes.com. "And then when we hit on the idea of who MODOK turns out to be in the MCU that just made sense to us."

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Reed continued that given there had been a lot of different animated versions of the character over the years, he really wanted his version of MODOK to stand out – partly by living up to his name.

"I wanted to do something where you introduce him in the movie and you do make good on the Mechanised Organism Designed Only for Killing and you see him laying waste to people, but then you reveal who he actually is and it can turn a little bit comedic," he said.

"In any version, MODOK is just a strange, weird, grotesque character!"

Warning: the video below contains spoilers for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

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