Thursday, January 12, 2017

"Avengers: Infinity War" - 'Pip The Troll'

According to new reports Emmy Award winning actor Peter Dinklage ("Game of Thrones") will appear in Marvel Studio's upcoming "Avengers: Infinity War", not as Marvel Comics' fan-favorite living brain 'Modok', but as the character 'Pip the Troll' :

'Pip the Troll' was created by Jim Starlin in Marvel Comics' "Strange Tales" Vol 2 #179 (Feb 1975), as 'Prince Gofern' of the planet 'Laxidazia', in the 'Dolenz System' of the 'Milky Way' galaxy. 

He became physically and psychologically mutated into a morally degenerate, stunted, satyr-like form known as a "troll" during a bout of drunkenness brought on by a mutagenic hallucinogenic ale. 

Like all Laxidazian trolls, Pip has four digits (including opposable thumb) on each hand, hooflike feet, and large pointed ears.

After his transformation, his people, also sick of his lewd, lecherous, and hedonistic behavior, strip him of his office and rank. He stows away on a spaceship and continues with a life of debauchery. 

As for 'MODOK' ('Mental/Mobile/Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing'), he was created by writer Stan Lee and illustrator Jack Kirby, debuting in Marvel Comics' "Tales of Suspense" #93 (September 1967). MODOK has also appeared in other Marvel-endorsed products including video games, animated TV series and merchandise including trading cards and toys.

The original MODOK was 'George Tarleton', a technician for the organization 'Advanced Idea Mechanics' (AIM). Following their creation of the 'Cosmic Cube', AIM scientists used advanced mutagenics to alter Tarleton and create the super intelligent 'MODOC' ('Mental Organism Designed Only for Computing') to study and improve the Cube. MODOC, however, kills his former masters, taking control of AIM and renaming himself 'MODOK' ('Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing').

Seeking world domination, his powers include superhuman intelligence, a computer-like memory and the ability to scour and retain large databanks of information. He can also calculate the mathematical probability of any given event, has psionic powers to control individuals and can generate force fields able to withstand nuclear explosions.

Courtesy of AIM technology, MODOK wears a headband that enables him to focus his mental power into a devastating beam. 

However, a side effect of the mutation was the growth of Tarleton's head to the point whereby his body could no longer support the weight, necessitating the use of an exoskeleton and hoverchair, equipped with a variety of weapons including missiles and lasers.

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