20th Century Fox’s The Fantastic Four reboot has been one of Hollywood’s best kept secrets since it was announced back in 2009. With a fresh cast and new storyline, could The Fantastic Four become a household name finally? A new nugget of information shook the Internet today as it was revealed that the film’s villain, Doctor Doom (Tobby Kebbell), may not be portrayed as he is in the comics. Learn more after the break.
With the influx of comic book movies hitting theaters in the next couple years, we continue to see updates of beloved superheroes being reworked for a newer generation. This is because many of the comics were written as early as the ’30s. In the past, some of these “artistic” re-imaginings have proven to be successful and some have not.
It is difficult to say how the public will receive the new Doctor Doom origin story but it certainly is an interesting one. In a recent interview with Collider, star Toby Kebbell revealed some details about Doctor Doom’s new origin story.
“He’s Victor Domashev, not Victor Von Doom in our story. And I’m sure I’ll be sent to jail for telling you that. The Doom in ours—I’m a programmer. Very anti-social programmer. And on blogging sites I’m ‘Doom’.”
Admittedly, this small change makes sense as the name “Victor Von Doom” is a little too kitschy for this day and age. However, the more controversial change is making Doctor Doom, possibly, more or less a troll on comment boards and forums. Out of context of the reboot’s narrative, it is unclear whether or not this new direction will make sense for Doctor Doom’s character.
Turning Tony Stark’s faithful butler, Jarvis into an AI computer program (with “JARVIS” becoming an acronym for “Just A Rather Very Intelligent System”) made sense with Stark’s character because he is a technological genius. Even the creative license taken with Stark’s arch-nemesis The Mandarin recently in Iron Man 3 made sense when viewing the entire film as a whole.
With Victor Von Doom’s original transformation into Doctor Doom involving a combination of magic and science, it’s difficult to know how relevant to the character this new storyline will be.
Directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle), The Fantastic Four will hit theaters on August 7, 2015. Along side Kebbell, the film also stars Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now; Whiplash) as Reed Richars aka Mr. Fantastic; Kate Mara (House of Cards; American Horror Story) as Sue Storm aka Invisible Woman; Jamie Bell (Jumper; Snowpiercer) as Ben Grimm aka The Thing; and Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station; That Awkward Momentr) as Johnny Storm aka Human Torch.