During the Legion panel at Comic Con yesterday, showrunner Noah Hawley announced that he was developing a Doctor Doom film for Fox! The news surprised everyone in attendance, but as of right now he seems to only be attached as a producer, possibly also writing the script. No other information was revealed at the panel.
Doctor Doom is one of Marvel’s most engrossing, multifaceted villains. Born Victor Von Doom to a Romani witch and medicine man in the fictional Eastern European nation of Latveria, he encountered a young Reed Richards and Ben Grimm, all of whom disliked each other. After Grimm tampered with one of his experimental machines, Reed noticed the calculations were off and attempted to warn him. Ignoring him, Victor activated it anyway, resulting in horrific scarring to his face. After being expelled, he wound up in a Tibetan monastery where he forged a suit of armor and a mask, becoming Doctor Doom. He then returned to Latveria, deposed its corrupt ruler and set himself up as dictator. He would go on to menace those he felt were responsible for his scarring and expulsion: Reed, Ben and by extension, the rest of the Fantastic Four. His scientific genius combined with his skill in sorcery made him an extremely formidable villain, to the Four and the entire Marvel Universe.
During the Secret Wars storyline, Doom (with the aid of Doctor Strange and the Molecule Man) usurps the power of the Beyonders in order to gather what he can of the destroyed multiverse and forms a new Battleworld consisting of pieces of the different alternate realities. He then assumes the role of God Emperor and establishes total dominion of his new world and its inhabitants, making it seem as if he was always the almighty force of creation; altering reality so that Sue Storm is his wife, Franklin and Valeria Richards are their children, with the Human Torch condemned to imprisonment in the sun and Ben Grimm acting as the Shield wall. He was ultimately opposed by Reed Richards and a ragtag collection of heroes and villains. Together, they are able to take his power and restore the multiverse, with Reed opting to use the Beyonder’s power to heal Doom’s face and turn him into a good man. In the succeeding All-New, All-Different Marvel, Doom begins trying to prove he’s turned over a new leaf by relinquishing his dictatorship and attempting to lend his assistance to Tony Stark on multiple occasions, but Iron Man refuses to trust him. Following Tony’s defeat by Captain Marvel at the end of the Civil War II arc, he fell into a coma and Victor realized his calling as a hero and takes up the Iron Man mantle to redeem himself. He has since gone on to gain the trust of his former enemies and offers redemption to his former villainous colleagues before acting to stop them. He was even granted a spot on the Avengers.
Doom has appeared in live-action twice, over three films, with Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck, Charmed) portraying him in 2005’s Fantastic Four and its 2007 sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Toby Kebbell appearing the villain in the 2015 reboot. While the latter depiction was somewhat closer to the comic book, the reboot styled Doom as an anti-social computer programmer and scientist and protege of Dr. Franklin Storm. Neither version wielded magical abilities, instead granting him a combination of superhuman strength, electrical manipulation, energy absorption, telekinetic powers and force field projection. Both of these were not received well by fans, so hopefully Fox has learned their lesson and Hawley won’t allow those previous mistakes to reoccur.