Of the little we have learned of the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot’s villain, Doom, none of it has been too promising. Early on in the promotion process for the film, Doom actor Toby Kebbell revealed that this new version will be “Victor Domashev, not Victor von Doom in our story” and will start out as a “[v]ery anti-social programmer” who uses Doom as his username online.
However, we’ve seen very little of Domashev himself in the trailers and TV spots thus far. The few glimpses of his character include one with him palling around with the rest of the team pre-transformation, and then a brief look at Doom after the experiment changes his and the Fantastic Four’s lives forever. Now, director Josh Trank is starting to reveal more about Doom’s role in the plot, including an ambitious fight scene.
While speaking to EW, Trank talked more about Fantastic Four, including the unique angle he’s playing the superpowers element from and the scope and scale of the film. Like Trank has said previously, the movie will explore the lives of superheroes who are not happy with their unique abilities. “’Chronicle’ was all about the discovery and evolution of those powers,” Trank explained. “This is like, ‘What if it’s a couple years later and it sucks?’ ”
Once the team accept their new powers and hone them to their advantage, they will face off against their former ally, Doom, who has been given new abilities as well. When asked what audiences should expect from the climactic fight between the two sides, Trank replied, “an epic, massive, huge, multipower slugfest. This movie is big. A lot of stakes.”
We have already seen with Chronicle that Trank is capable of making a hard-hitting climax, in part due to the emotional stakes involved. Plenty of time had already been spent with each character, making the different paths they go down in the end that much more impactful. If Trank can do something similar here, Fantastic Four could have one of the biggest fights of the summer.
The new film, as one would expect with any reboot, has already had its fair share of controversy – so much so that Johnny Storm actor Michael B. Jordan responded to those who had vehemently criticized his casting with an open letter. Fantastic Four co-writer Simon Kinberg also addressed the controversy with EW, saying the doubt is not completely unwarranted. “I get the skepticism going into it because the previous movies weren’t very good,” Kinberg said. “It’s a very hard title to crack.”
The question still remains – have the creative team behind this new take on the Fantastic Four finally cracked it? We won’t know until we get a chance to see the film next month, but a darker and more realistic take on the property seems to have benefited it. Fantastic Four might not end up being a huge blockbuster hit that breaks records at the box office, but it could be the step in the right direction that Fox needs right now.
Fantastic Four opens on August 7, 2015; Deadpool on February 12, 2016; X-Men: Apocalypse on May 27, 2016; Gambit on October 7, 2016; Wolverine 3 (not the official title) on March 3, 2017; Fantastic Four 2 on June 9, 2017; and some as-yet unspecified X-Men film on July 13, 2018.