Fantastic Four’s Doctor Doom Was A Big Villain With Low Motivation

Perhaps the most iconic and dangerous villain in the Marvel Universe is Victor Von Doom. With incredible intelligence, mastery of magic, and diplomatic immunity, Doctor Doom has become one of the most unstoppable villains of all time. However, no matter how many times it was brought to the movies, each iteration only captured a fraction of the power and threat that Doom carried with it. That said, even the best portrayal of the character suffered from the worst motivations.


2005 The Fantastic Four had many positive qualities surrounding him. For example, he was perfect with his cast of FF and Doom. Julian McMahon captured Victor’s selfishness perfectly. He showed that no matter how many humanitarian efforts he could have organized, it would never outweigh his personal vanity and desire to look good to everyone. Coupled with his constant need to outdo Reed Richards, he never would have needed armor to be a super villain. However, even though the actor highlighted the nuances that made Doom such a fantastic foe, the story failed to give the character a proper direction that copied another famous Marvel movie.


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In the comics, Doom was one of the most outlandish villains in the way he talked to himself. He always considered himself to be like God and aimed for the power of God to match his ambition. Although he looked like a villain from a fairy tale, a person quickly changed his tone when visiting Latveria and seeing him in his castle. In short, he lived up to the hype and lived a life worthy of his grandiose opinion of himself.

In The Fantastic Four, Doom always saw himself as a God who could move mountains and change the world, but his status never matched what he thought of himself because of how his profession presented him. In the film, he was the CEO of a company that served as an extension of his ties to Latvia. Basically, he was like Norman Osborn in the first Spider Man, but that parallel turned into a defining character trait the moment he was ousted from the board of his own company, just as Norman was. To make matters worse, he sought revenge on those who had wronged him, just as the Green Goblin had done.


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From then on, Doom blamed Reed for how his life fell apart and the cosmic rays affected his DNA, and he wanted nothing more than revenge on the four. While this fits perfectly with how Doom acted in the comics, his story of an shunned CEO lessened the impact a character like Doom should have. He may have enacted an elaborate plan to separate and reject the team, but the fight still ended on the streets of New York, but if this was another FF iteration, Doom would have drawn the team to their own battlefield to secure a victory no matter what. As a result, his motivations and execution made Doom seem more like a run-of-the-mill villain than a truly deadly threat.


Without the expert portrayal given by Julian McMahon, it would be hard to say whether this version of Doom would be nearly as memorable in later years. However, with his limited impact as a villain and a motivation not befitting a king, it’s safe to say he may be one of the least intimidating Dooms to hit the screens. Nonetheless, it served as the perfect model for what worked and didn’t work, and hopefully what could be explored in the future when it finally enters the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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