One of the more unexpected announcements to come out of San Diego Comic-Con 2017 is that Noah Hawley, the showrunner of FX's standalone X-Men TV series, Legion, is going to be working on a Doctor Doom movie for Fox.
Ever since that announcement, Marvel fans have been speculating about what this Doctor Doom movie will be, along with the crucial question: who will star in it? As it turns out, fans have long been hoping for a better version of Doctor Doom to make it into live-action (the early 2000s and 2015 Fantastic Four films didn't cut it), and they've had some casting wishes along the way.
Hannibal and Rogue One star Mads Mikkelsen played the evil sorcerer Kaecillius in Marvel's Doctor Strange movie, but fans have long maintained that the Danish actor is more deserving of a bigger Marvel character role, with Doom being one of the most consistent nominations. Mikkelsen famously walked away from playing Reed Richards in the failed 2015 Fantastic Four reboot film, but it seems that experience hasn't turned him away from the franchise, entirely:
The Mads Doctor
While in an interview with ScreenGeek recently, Mikkelsen affirmed that he's open to taking on a role like Doctor Doom, as supervillains getting their own solo film showcases is an interesting prospect for the actor. When asked directly if he'd be down for Doom, Mikkelsen said:
“Yeah, it’s always interesting. They are experimenting with doing some of the villain’s stories as well. Let’s see if they do that. I’m not familiar that they’ve done it with anyone yet. They haven’t done it with The Joker [and] they haven’t done it with The Penguin. So we’ll see when that day comes.”
In Marvel Comics, Doctor Doom is Victor Von Doom, a young man from the isolated European country known as Latveria. His mother was a sorcerer who died while Victor was young, while his father was a tribal leader and medicine man who was sentenced to die when he couldn't save a nobleman's wife. After losing his father while on the run, Victor returned to Latveria and became a brilliant scientist, who was obsessed with the occult. While studying at university in America (alongside fellow scientific prodigy, Reed Richards), Victor suffered an horrific injury, and traveled the world looking for healing - eventually coming a monastery where he forge a suit of armor, and truly embrace his thirst for power.
In the end, Doom returned home to conquer Latveria, using a combination of technology and arcane magic to protect his people, and hatch his schemes for universal (not just worldly) domination.
The origin story of Doom has a lot of fantastical and dramatic gravitas, that would make it great for a solo movie. The role of doom is one that's undoubtedly hard to nail down, but after seeing what Mikkelsen did with Hannibal Lecter, it's understandable why so many fans want to see him in the role.
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