Does Marvel Studios currently have any projects in the works that feature Doctor Doom? Howard Stern, yep, he of all people, appears to have some sort of connection to the initiative.
It seems like Howard Stern kept the microphones on during commercial breaks on one episode of his show. Fanatics heard snippets of his chat in which he mentioned performing as “Doctor Doom” while simultaneously listening to the ad's audio.
Who is Doctor Doom?
For those unfamiliar, Doctor Victor Von Doom is a villain from the pages of Marvel Comics' American comic books. Stan Lee and Jack Kirby co-created the character, who made their debut in The Fantastic Four #5 in July 1962.
Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four have a sworn nemesis in Doctor Doom, the monarch of the fictional nation of Latveria and sworn enemy of the world. Also, he's tangled with Spider-Man, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, the X-Men, and the Avengers, among other Marvel characters. The antihero archetype has also been applied to him.
Wizard placed Doctor Doom at number four on its list of the 101 greatest villains of all time, while IGN placed him at number three on its list of the top 100 comic book villains of all time. IGN would eventually rank Doom as Marvel's worst enemy.
The comic book character has been heavily adapted for other media, including television shows, video games, toys, and collectibles like action figures and trading cards.
Many actors have played Doctor Doom in licensed Fantastic Four live-action feature films, including Joseph Culp in Roger Corman's unreleased 1994 project, Julian McMahon in 2005 and its sequel in 2007, and Toby Kebbell in 2015.
The Fate of Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom might become a pivotal character in the MCU, and it looks like the franchise is getting ready to reveal him. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever rumors have already begun, and with the Fantastic Four launching Phase 6, it's probable that he won't be far behind.
As the primary adversary of Secret Wars, published in 2015 and soon to be adapted in Avengers: Secret Wars, he has a chance to become Phase 6's actual big bad.
Casting Doctor Doom is a difficult task because of the character's fame and the numerous movies featuring him. Doctor Doom is arguably the most well-known comic book villain, yet his live-action portrayals have often fallen short of fans' expectations.
Joseph Culp portrays him in the unreleased 1994 Fantastic Four film directed by Roger Corman. Both Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007) star Julian McMahon as the character, but they make significant alterations to the source material.
Toby Kebbell's portrayal of the character in 2015's Fantastic Four was the most recent and, as a result, he was practically unrecognizable. Finding the ideal actor to play Doctor Doom is a challenge that Marvel Studios will have to face.
There are a few ways to approach Doctor Doom: either have an actor wear the costume on set or have a body double with a powerful voice, like Darth Vader in Star Wars.
However, a commanding voice and cold, piercing eyes are two of Doctor Doom's most recognizable traits and should be given priority. All of these performers would be ideal for the role of Doctor Doom in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
What Superpowers Does Doctor Doom Possess?
Doom is unlike any other supervillain because, despite being among the most powerful beings on Earth (and probably in the universe), he lacks true superpowers. He is just a regular guy with a brilliant mind, but that's what gives him all his power.
Doctor Doom is capable of almost anything thanks to his unique combination of scientific knowledge, sorcery (mostly the dark arts and witchcraft), and a genius-level mind on par with Reed Richards (the smartest man on Earth).
He is also very good in telepathy, technopathy, hypnotism, and psionics, and can “mind transfer” his consciousness to other people. In addition to being a superb swordsman, Victor is also a master of several different forms of hand-to-hand combat.
Similar to Iron Man's suit, Doom created a suit of superpowered armor that gives him incredible strength, durability (making him nearly invulnerable), and fling. In addition to his gauntlet lasers, a gamut of devices, and an arsenal of high-tech weapons is the capacity to generate force fields so strong that not even Thanos, Galactus, or a Celestial bombardment can break through.
He possesses the armor of Iron Man, the brains of Reed Richards, the mysticism of Doctor Strange, and the martial arts prowess of Captain America, all in one unified package. Doom was able to use his arsenal of superpowers to elevate himself to the ranks of the universe's most potent beings on two separate occasions.
Marvel's “Black Panther 2” May Feature Doctor Doom as the Main Antagonist
Black Panther 2 has been “leaked” quite a bit recently, despite the fact that it isn't even a part of Marvel's current “phase.” One of them deals with the potential successor to Thanos in the comic book giant's upcoming arc.
Nothing has been officially announced, but reliable Marvel insider Charles Murphy (who supposedly “predicted” all the titles unveiled at Marvel's Comic-Con reveal this past summer) is sure that Doctor Doom will play the villain. Ryan Coogler will helm. Murphy even provides a rough (albeit brief) synopsis on his site: “Victor Von Doom will begin expanding his empire, seizing areas of Africa, and eventually come into confrontation with the nation of Wakanda and the Black Panther.”
First, in Marvel's fifth phase, which also includes sequels to Ant-Man 2, Captain Marvel, and Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Coogler's sequel is scheduled for release on May 6, 2022. Should the original metal face villain be introduced in Black Panther 2, he might very well wind up functioning as the overarching villain for the whole chapter, making him a reasonably reasonable point of entry for Fantastic Four as the phase's penultimate publication.
Again, nothing is set in stone just yet, as production on the film hasn't even begun yet. According to The Independent, though, Murphy has a decent track record. However, if everything works out as planned, it would be a missed opportunity bordering on deplorable if (all-caps) DOOM doesn't take on a curatorial position on the film's soundtrack in the style of Kendrick Lamar.