Baddies That Need Movie Love: Doctor Doom

I'm visiting a Baddie that has already had some screen time, but his representation in those two films was sad....at best. Victor Von Doom, a/k/a Doctor Doom, is a villain that deserves respect and should be feared. This is why Doctor Doom needs movie love...AGAIN!

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By ecksmanfan - 12/3/2011
Every once in a while, I need to resurrect a "Baddie" that has already been featured in a film, mostly due to the fact that the first interpretation of the character was so bad, they need to be given a second chance just to show off what they are really like. Case in point: Doctor Doom. Doom was originally featured in Tim Story's 2005 Fantastic Four film and again in 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, both time splayed by Julian McMahon. I'll be honest, I didn't totally hate the casting of McMahon, as he is a fairly decent actor. The problem comes from the fact that the character was written so badly, McMahon was doomed (pun intended) from the get go; he didn't stand a chance to make something of the character, which was a neutered version of the comic book character that we all know and love so much. With a reboot of the franchise rumored to be in the works, it would provide a perfect time to start anew with the Doctor Doom character, and the whole damn franchise for that matter. I know the "darker, grittier" approach has been done to death, but I can think of no other franchise that needs it more. Anyways, on to Baddies That Need Movie Love: Doctor Doom!

Victor von Doom was born in the fictional country known as Latveria to gypsies Werner and Cynthia. Victor knew little of his mother who was killed after summoning the demon Mephisto, trying to harness it's power. The plan backfired and the power raged out of control. She was eventually killed by a soldier who witnessed the event. Before dying however, Cynthia made Werner promise to protect their son from Mephisto, which he did until his death, caused by exposure to the elements after Werner and Victo were forced to flee their kingdom. the young victor was placed in the care of Boris, a friend of Werner. Having discovered his mother's artifacts, Victor began to train himself in the arts of sorcery and in an attempt to set his mother's soul free, he and Mephisto met in an annual battle. By the time he was a teenager, von Doom had become a scientific genius and using his newly discovered inventions, he waged a one-man war against the monarchy of Latveria, always staying one step ahead of them.

Word of Victor's genius eventually made it's way to the United States and he was invited to attend Empire State University. In doing so, he left behind his love Valeria and further extended his knowledge, which he vowed to use to seek revenge on those who wronged him. Upon arriving, Reed Richards offered to become roommates with Victor, which he quickly dismissed.
Throughout his university days, Doom pursued a rivalry with Richards, convinced of his own superior intellect. Doom's greatest invention was a machine designed to rescue his mother's soul from the netherworld. Richards tried to warn him of a flaw in his calculations, but Doom was too proud to listen. He activated the machine and it exploded in his face. Expelled for the explosion, Doom sustained only a few facial scars, but believed his looks had been ruined.

Having been embarrased and scarred, if only a little, Victor found his way to Tibet, where he met the Aged Ghengis. The senile sorcerer told von Doom to seek a lost order of monks, which he soon found and made them his slaves. Victor ordered them to create a suit of armor that would hide his face from the world. The mask was placed on the face of Doom before it had time to cool, ensuring that his face became severely scarred.

Now using the moniker Dr. Doom, he returned to Latveria where he slayed King Vladimir and imprisoned his son Rudolfo. In order to ensure the crown was relinquished to him, Doom created a robot that was identical to Rudolphoand used this robot to surrender the crown to Doom. Victor created a kingdom where no Latverian would want or the citizens could live free of war, and of course, all praise to Doom or deal with the consequences. Doom maintained a puppet of a Prime Minister to act as a ruler, but the outside world knew nothing of his actual rule of the country. Dr. Doom soon set three goals for himself: 1- Free his mother, 2- Prove his superiority over Reed Richards and 3- Conquer the world. By this time, Reed and his friends had formed the Fantastic Four and Dr. Doom sought them out, taking the Invisible Girl. In order to retrieve her, the remaining members were forced to travel back in time and gather the gems of the legendary Merlin. But Reed outsmarted him, bringing back only chains.

During the wedding of Reed and Sue Storm, Doom summoned a number of super-villains and unleashed them on the wedding party and their guests. The group of villains were defeated, however, thanks to the FF4 and their super hero friends who were in attendance. Reed, with the assistance of a ub-atronic time displacer, sent the villains back to the time before they were summoned by Doom. Later, Doom acquired the powers of the Silver Surfer, which he lost when he challenged the barrier Galactus has placed around the earth.

Doom has had several partnerships during his run, including the Sub-Mariner. The pair joined forces, thinking their combined hatred for the FF4 would win out. However, just as Dr. Doom was to hurl the Baxter Building into the sun, Sub-Mariner turned on him and Doom was sent adrift in space. When the Faceless One staged a coup in Latveria, Doom hired Luke Cage as a spy, but when it came time for payment, Doom refused to pay. Cage tracked Doom to Latveria where the two fought to a stand-still, causing Doom to agree to a payment. When the people of Atlantis were rendered comatose, Namor was forced to seek the help of Doom after Reed Richards was unable to assist. In turn, Namor assisted Doom against Andro, formerly the Doomsman, who had brought many of Doom's robots under his control through a self-created religion. The two have had an on-again-off-again alliance, but Namor has never fully trusted Dr. Doom.

The above stories are but a small portion of the history of this eclectic and dominant force in the Marvel Universe;  a force that deserves a better interpretation than we have previously endured through. The problem lies not really with Doom, but with the Fantastic Four: How do you create a film based on a group of characters that has traditionally been viewed as "family oriented" and at times, even campy? As a whole the four main characters and their powers can come across as a bit silly and non-threatening. We as comic fans know better than that however. No disrespect to Red Skull at all, but if Marvel can pull that character off as well as they did in Captain America, then they should be able to create a FF4 film that won't come across as childish and silly. The biggest factor in making that happen is going to be the script, and right behind that is the group of actors that have to act that scrip out.

I think it goes without saying that Doom is among the top characters who receive the "Fan-Cast" treatment and there are numerous actors who have been suggested for the role. I recently used this actor in the Baddies That Need Movie Love: Mr. Sinister article, but I can't think of a better person to play the role of Victor von Doom. Jason Isaacs is not only an amazing actor, but the man handles villainous roles like he was bred for it. For instance, his role in The Patriot, opposite Mel Gibson, was down-right chilling at times and his acting in the role of  Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, while not as violent and heartless, was still evil incarnate. Isaacs has proven time and again that his skills as an actor are far from lacking, jumping from character to character and giving each one of them a new spin and creativeness. Jason Isaacs is one of those actors that could be cast as just about anyone and he'd own the role like no other.










If you have suggestions or want me to highlight a Baddie you'd like to see, be sure to send me an email! I will see what I can do! Be sure to check out the past installments of "Baddies that Need Movie Love:"
Mr. Sinister
Ultron
Kingpin
Black Tom Cassidy
Omega Red
Brainiac
The Shade
Harley Quinn
Ventriliquist & Scarface
Darkseid
Lady Deathstrike
Morbius
Ares
The Sentinels
Apocalypse
Electro
Deathstroke
Carnage
Lobo



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marvel72 - 12/3/2011, 2:46 PM
most definetly,marvels greatest villain needs movie love wouldn't mind seeing mark strong play dr.doom.
ecksmanfan - 12/3/2011, 2:48 PM
Mark Strong was choice number 2. But I liked him so much as Sinestro, I'm hoping he sticks with that...assuming there are more GL flicks.
aRandomSinisterClone - 12/3/2011, 2:49 PM
he could be the best iron man villian. he'd be insane for an avengeres 2 movie. controlling an entire country and its resources could def give the avengers a run for their money.
superbatspiderman - 12/3/2011, 2:50 PM
Dr. Doom in the movies was the worst part of the films. I hated how they portrayed him. He definitely needs justice done.
KidGoku - 12/3/2011, 2:54 PM
Dr. Doom is the Darth Vader of Marvel
marvel72 - 12/3/2011, 2:54 PM
@ ecksmanfan

he was the only good performance in the green lantern,jordan vs sinestro training session was the highlight of the movie.
SageMode - 12/3/2011, 2:55 PM


Mark Strong would be the best Dr.Doom IMO, but Isaacs would be a very good choice.
Checkmate - 12/3/2011, 2:55 PM
Doom definitely needs some on-screen justice!

I hope we get a Marvel Studios made Fantastic Four movie, they'd definitely know how to handle him.
PaulRom - 12/3/2011, 2:56 PM
Mark Strong or Jason Isaacs for Doom.
ecksmanfan - 12/3/2011, 2:57 PM
@Trudy- Who is that as Reed in that pic?
ecksmanfan - 12/3/2011, 2:59 PM
@tea- Your boobs are always welcome on my articles. And Thanks!
SageMode - 12/3/2011, 3:01 PM
@ecksmanfan: thats Jack Davenport
ecksmanfan - 12/3/2011, 3:03 PM
Oh damn....Davenport would be a great Reed Richards!
SageMode - 12/3/2011, 3:06 PM
@Intruder: I never really liked the Ultimate Alliance games, but in the first one, Dr.Doom's cutscene were pretty much the best part of the game.
SCURVYDOG619 - 12/3/2011, 3:10 PM
BAH! Doom would blame Reed Richards for rewriting the FF movie scripts in order to sabotage his screentime.lol You know Doom aa Sorceror Supreme would really be fun to read.That's an 'event comic' waiting to happen!
SageMode - 12/3/2011, 3:11 PM
@Intruder: True, but seeing Doom wreck shop took the cake for me.
Moonwalker1991 - 12/3/2011, 3:11 PM
@Teabag: Yes we always need boobs. - - Doctor Doom was okay in the Fantastic Four films. He just wasn't as menacing as he could have been, especially with his powers. It was cool seeing him using his intelligence to try and take down the FF one at a time, that I'll admit is about as close to the Doom from the comics I know. His portrayal was decent. Could've been better but then again I'm not in any rush to see a Fantastic Four reboot anytime soon, not for a few years.
CherryBomb - 12/3/2011, 3:21 PM
I do love Julian McMahon! <3

but I'd like to see Josph Fiennes in the role!



Mark Strong is like, 50, and aren't Reed and Doom like, students together? which means we'd need a Mr F at the same-ish age .. and that wouldn't work.
CherryBomb - 12/3/2011, 3:25 PM
You guys want your boobs?
I'm gonna have my abs ...

headlopper - 12/3/2011, 3:31 PM
Ahhh, I'm happy to this article written.
First of all, you did Doom justice here.

Doom's 'larger than life' in a way. He's no run-of-the mill villain. He's a complex man with multiple layers within his character. You're right in saying that the FF and Doom don't seem to jive together for the reasons you stated, but it could work with a very talented film-maker who has a passion for the property.

If any have read "The Book of Doom" ,which came out a few years ago, it chronicles his past from a fresh perspective.

He can both kill in a heartbeat , and show compassion just as quickly.

He served as midwife to Sue during the birth of Valeria( whom he named after his only love in his youth)

Yet he killed 'his only love' Valeria in horrific fashion, to acquire the sorcery needed to finally defeat the FF by making Armor OUT OF HER SKIN!

He is god-father of Valeria ( Reed & Sue's daughter) and has a tender relationship with her.

He's escaped hell itself by outsmarting the 'head demon' there.

He has an incredible sense of honor and is a man of integrity based upon his own code of ethics.

And he's a ruthless despot who kills his people- man ,women or child - at the slightest whiff of insurrection.

I think he's the greatest 'villain' MARVEL ever created!
ecksmanfan - 12/3/2011, 3:35 PM
@Trudy- That sounds good to me! And does Marvel have the rights back? Has that been officially confirmed?
headlopper - 12/3/2011, 4:01 PM
@Intruder- If Marvel gets their hands back on the FF, I will be one happy fanboy!

And yeah, really well said: "Twisted heroes" is good terminology to describe them.

I'm really been enjoying Valeria and Doom's interactions of late. It like she has this irresistible influence over Doom which he thus far has not been able to resist. Of all the things she's asked of him in the last 6-7 issues , he's yet to tell her, "No".

Ben leaves the Baxter Bldg. because of Doom; Sue's freaking out because of Doom and Reed's was begrudgingly tolerating him, but Valeria just sees him as 'Uncle Doom'. It's cool.
novaprime - 12/3/2011, 4:02 PM
Madds Mcklsoooonnnn Alll the Wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy.
HULK2099 - 12/3/2011, 4:12 PM
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superbatspiderman - 12/3/2011, 4:13 PM
I think Jeremy Irons should be Doctor Doom even though he is older. Doom wears a mask so it doesn't really matter what he looks like.
ecksmanfan - 12/3/2011, 4:21 PM
@SUPERBATSPIDERMAN- I have other plans for Jeremy Irons! You'll have to wait and see though!
headlopper - 12/3/2011, 4:30 PM
@Intruder- Oh man, I don't know.
You know you and I are both X-Force nuts, but FF's writing is 'neck-and -neck'.

This coming Wednesday the 7th, Uncanny X-Force #18 arrives , and so after reading it I might be able to decide.(Warren better not be dead...OR Psyloche or Fantomex) Although I did read on Marvel.com that there are going to be new members in issue #19.

BTW, if you've read FF#12(Best cover yet!) ,what do you think that 'thing' is that Valeria separated from the others to go get?

And again , here she is leading Doom and all the rest as if she was leading a troop of girl scouts. They just follow her! Very neat!
YoungThanos - 12/3/2011, 4:37 PM
As long as FUX has the rights to Doom you can forget about him true persona getting any just on the big screen. Doom should be what Joker was to Dark Knight. But will likely just be a joke on any night.
SageMode - 12/3/2011, 4:43 PM
@CherryBomb: You gotta Facebook page?
CherryBomb - 12/3/2011, 4:48 PM

@Sage Lol, why do you ask? XD
ecksmanfan - 12/3/2011, 4:50 PM
LMAO! RUN CHERRY!
headlopper - 12/3/2011, 5:28 PM
@Intruder - True. It stands to reason. Comics have been around for decades , so the stories get stale. He's smart. He writes unconventional, unpredictable things, and keeps the stories interesting. Good point.

It's true with Rick Remender too, as you've said.

Good stuff.
superbatspiderman - 12/3/2011, 5:41 PM
@ecksmanfan - Now I am a little excited to see what you will have Jeremy Irons oplay. I still think Dr. doom is up his alley.
Jolt17 - 12/3/2011, 5:51 PM
Bring it.



He's always my call, and anyway...problem with Mark Strong is that he's made a perfect Sinestro by now. (Yes, I'm still arguing that.)
Jolt17 - 12/3/2011, 5:53 PM
Anyway, I'm in a grave need of a great Fantastic Four movie. Hell, if not because of Captain America...I'd take it over The Avengers any day.



Seriously, make it. They all need some movie love.
Eviltwin - 12/3/2011, 6:04 PM
Great article as always Ecks!!

For me Isaacs would be the best Norman Osbourne, he would so nail that part. I also think Mads would be amazing in the roll of Doom though!

I personally couldn't stand McMahon as Doom is the Tim Story FF's.

Don't forget the Roger Corman Dr. Doom too ;)
Eviltwin - 12/3/2011, 6:05 PM
Need the edit button back, lol. I meant to say "in the Tim Story FF's."
Eviltwin - 12/3/2011, 6:07 PM
Any chance of a Norman Osborne/GG "baddies that need movie love" sometime?
headlopper - 12/3/2011, 6:22 PM
@Jolt17- That's a very cool poster. Good find.
Jolt17 - 12/3/2011, 6:38 PM
headlopper Not exactly a find since I actually made that, lol. :)
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