Perhaps the most exciting thing about Disney’s purchase of Fox and those Marvel characters returning home isn’t so much the X-Men, but rather Marvel’s greatest super villain having the chance to be done right for the first time. Roger Corman’s Fantastic Four in the 90s gave us a decent Doctor Doom, but most audiences are more familiar with the botched Fox attempts at the character. But now Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios are preparing to give the best comic book villain the respect he deserves.
Something Fox sort of ignored about Doctor Doom was the country of Latveria. Sure there were nods to it in the movies, but you never saw Doom ruling over his country, or even the country at all. It sounds like that won’t be an issue in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we will see major Latverians other than Doom introduced, perhaps even as a way to set up the big guy. You know how Marvel likes to play the long game and set things up in advance.
Which brings us to the subject of this whole story. I’ve learned that Marvel Studios is planning to introduce Lucia Von Bardas to the MCU. In the comics, she’s actually the successor to Doctor Doom after he was deposed as the ruler of Latveria and even used the Doctor Doom name for a time. As we haven’t been introduced to Doom yet, it’s possible Lucia Von Bardas could be used as a way to introduce Latveria, perhaps even as its prime minister (as in the comics), who then would be replaced with Doom.
However she’s used in the MCU, that they’re wanting to bring in a character like Lucia Von Bardas shows that Marvel Studios knows that there is a lot more to Doctor Doom than him just screaming “Richards!” all the time. Fleshing out Doom with supporting characters like Lucia Von Bardas is similar to how they built up Wakanda before Black Panther was introduced in Civil War.
It’s really starting to sound like Doom is very close to making his long-awaited debut in the MCU, and movie audiences will finally be introduced to the greatest comic book super villain of them all.
When Marvel regained the rights to the Fox characters as a result of the Disney-Fox purchase, everyone is eagerly awaiting the appearance of one of the greatest villains of all time on the big screen in the way he deserves to be seen. But if a new rumor is correct, it’ll be done in a way that hasn’t been done before.
Fox made three Fantastic Four movies and all of them featured Doctor Doom as the villain. Even with the Galactus cloud in the second one, they brought back Doom in the sequel. I don’t need to remind you how he looked in Fantastic Four 2015. It’s a meme now. And if you count the unreleased Roger Corman movie from the 90s, Doom has been the villain in every Fantastic Four movie ever made.
So it sounds like Marvel Studios wants to do something different than the previous Fantastic Four movies. And that means that Doom may not be the villain in their first movie.
At the same time they realize how important Doctor Doom is to the overall Marvel Universe. He’s easily in the top three Marvel villains. Which means they do want him to have a very big role in the future of the MCU. They’re apparently talking about a lot of different options, and one idea that’s been floated is giving Doom a limited series on Disney+ before clashing with the Fantastic Four in a future big-screen sequel.
The Fantastic Four have a lot of villains beyond Doom that they can encounter in their first movie. Characters like Annihilus, Kang, Mole Man, and even Galactus are all great options before going to Doom again.
In a way Doctor Doom was becoming the Lex Luthor or General Zod in the movies, people ignored all other villains and just went with the most recognizable. It makes a lot of sense for Feige to do something different when introducing Marvel’s First Family into the MCU.
A few months ago, Legion show runner Noah Hawley gave some interviews where he talked about the Doctor Doom movie that he wrote for Fox that lead some outlets to think it could have a life at Marvel Studios. Now, with Legion coming to an end, Hawley has revealed that the movie is “done”; as in it’s not going to happen.
“I mean, where it stands is now that the movie is done and Legion is done and I’ve taken a little time off because someone told me there was this word “vacation,” which means you don’t work, which sounded really interesting to me. But you know, I need to circle back to them and announce that I would love to make it and figure out if that’s something that is possible. Whether or not they already have a plan in place for what to do with those characters or whether they’re open to my kind of vision for what to do with those characters. But it’s sort of on me right now to go push them, which I will do as soon as I come up for air.”
Even though Doom is the greatest villain in the history of comic books, Marvel Studios hasn’t really done a movie completely focused on a villain, except for Avengers: Infinity War (which was really Thanos’ story). But to do a Doom movie prior to introducing the Fantastic Four doesn’t really seem like something they would’ve done, so him saying it’s over makes a lot of sense.
That’s not to say that Noah Hawley doesn’t have a future with Marvel Studios, as those past interviews made it sound like Kevin Feige was impressed with what he did with the Doctor Doom script so it’s possible he’ll come on board for a future Marvel Studios show or movie.
As we approach Disney owning Fox next week, a lot of questions will rise about the Fox projects that were in development. Some could likely fit very well in with the MCU, and one of those seems to be Noah Hawley’s in-limbo Doctor Doom movie.
The Hollywood Reporter has details on what the movie would be about, and it sounds like something that wouldn’t be too hard to fit into the MCU as it already exists:
It begins with Doom putting a dome over Latveria, the fictional European country he rules. He later invites a female journalist to be his voice to the world, meaning its protagonist would be someone without superpowers.
The article also says that Kevin Feige asked Hawley if he was still working on the script, but there’s no specifics if anything came from that. But it sounds like Feige may have been interested in the idea of introducing the greatest Marvel villain of all time in such a way. After all, we’ve already seen the fictional country of Wakanda in Black Panther, it’s about time we get Latveria in the MCU.
Fantastic Four fans were pretty pissed off when they heard that Dr. Doom in the reboot would be an anti-social computer hacker named Victor Domashev, but Fox changed that name in the final movie. While he was Victor Domashev in the movie, it was revealed why he is now Victor Von Doom in the movie that’s being ravaged by critics and will hopefully bomb this weekend.
In a video interview with Collider Toby Kebbell explains that the online rage over the Victor Domashev name caused Fox to use reshoots to change it in the movie. That doesn’t make much sense, because if Fox changed his name because of fans online being upset…then why did they even release the movie in the first place?
We can only hope that the Rotten Tomatoes rating continues to plummet and the rights then revert back to Marvel:
I would like to apologize for even linking to these images on this site, but it would be a disservice to fellow fanboys if they went into Josh Trank’s “Fantastic Four” without being prepared for how their memories of Doctor Doom will be trampled on.
Yesterday images of a green-screen fight in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot leaked, and they gave us our first look at yet another horrible film adaptation of Doctor Doom. If you thought they couldn’t possibly do any worse than the Doom in the Tim Story movies, think again. Based on these images, the Doom suit in the unreleased Roger Corman movie from the 90s remains the best live action representation of the character.
As we don’t want another nasty threat from Fox over showing how crappy their movie will be, we won’t host the images here. But ComicBookMovie has them on their site, so you can click here to have your eyeballs abused.