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Quote1.png Ah, the Compact Disc. Sometimes, because I'm your superior, I forget how much older you are than me. Quote2.png
Austin Van Der Sleet[src]

Austin Van Der Sleet was the C.E.O. of the tech giant GRUMBL.



As a child, a time-travelling M.O.D.O.K. travelled into a young Austin's room in an attempt to kill Austin with strawberry jelly. However, M.O.D.O.K. then engaged in a fight with another time displaced version of himself and became distracted with other matters after defeating him. Austin slept through the entire fight.[2]

Work for GRUMBL

Austin Van Der Sleet became the young billionaire C.E.O. of the tech conglomerate GRUMBL.[1] At some point, Austin began working with Hexus, the Living Corporation to take over Earth, enslave humanity, and devour the Earth's resources.[3][4] He also rescued and adopted a labradoodle named Sherlock.[4]

Austin Van Der Sleet (Earth-1226) from Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. Season 1 1 001.jpg

Upon reviewing his GRUMBL searches, Austin arrived at A.I.M.'s Headquarters with plans to purchase the company from M.O.D.O.K. After emotionally manipulating M.O.D.O.K., Austin was able to secure controlling interest in A.I.M.[1]

Interviewing Jodie Ramirez-Modok for a potential sponsorship, Jodie's body was hijacked by M.O.D.O.K. in an attempt to stop the GRUMBL-A.I.M. acquisition. While M.O.D.O.K. was unsuccessful in stopping this acquisition he was able to have Austin rehire several A.I.M. employees in exchange for a new app.[1]

Inviting to M.O.D.O.K. to a GRUMBL conference on leadership as a ploy to gain more of his gadgets, Austin used misleading phrasing to gaslight M.O.D.O.K. and subject him to mockery. However, due to the help of his daughter M.O.D.O.K. was able to climb his way up the GRUMBL social ladder. Eventually, M.O.D.O.K. opened a portal to Broodworld which caused a group of Ciegrimites to come out and began to party the visitors to death. Austin was one of the few survivors of this incident and he was able to retrieve M.O.D.O.K.'s portal device as a result of it.[3]

Upon reviewing Monica's record and discovering she had used none of her vacation days, Austin mandated that she go on vacation for 3 months and go to a seminar being held on that day. Throughout the day, M.O.D.O.K. and Monica engaged in a plan that would give M.O.D.O.K. access to the Black-Hole gun and remove all her vacation days. This culminated in Monica informing Austin of the plan and blaming it entirely on M.O.D.O.K. Monica and M.O.D.O.K. then engaged in a fight whereupon Austin and Hexus saw Monica's potential and crowned her as the new Scientist Supreme,[5] demoting M.O.D.O.K. to mail duty.[6] This was a ploy on Austin's part, however, as he merely used it to seize most of Monica's equipment while assigning her to work on the Jiggle-Os.[5]

Austin began to doubt Hexus' plan when they denied his request to save his dog, Sherlock, as a companion. Hexus denied requests to save the dog, which prompted him to try and stop M.O.D.O.K. from fixing the GRUMBL GRome anyway he could, ranging from stalling to assassination, all these failed. After Hexus told him to kill Sherlock immediately, Austin looked in Monica's lab for technology he could warn M.O.D.O.K. with, once Monica entered the room Austin hid in Monica's teleporter, causing him and Sherlock to merge into a freakish hybrid. When M.O.D.O.K. was able to sell both his and Monica Rappaccini share to Iron Man, Monica unmerged the two. Austin tried to tell M.O.D.O.K. about Hexus, but was run over and killed by Gary.[4]


Austin is optimistic, confident, personable, and arrogant.[1]



  • Strawberry Allergy: Austin is deathly allergic to strawberries.[2]



  • Austin's childhood home address was 401 East 97th Street. His bedroom was on the second floor and his window had a easily pickable lock.[2]

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