With dozens of comic book films hitting theaters in the next few years, it’s safe to say that we’re living in a golden age of superhero cinema. Even with that groundswell of excitement, director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four has faced far more difficulty than most other projects within the genre.
The film – which aims to reboot the franchise after a pair of tepidly received big-screen adaptations – sees a younger cast take on the roles of Marvel’s First Family. However, a lot of fans’ concern has centered on how it will portray the team’s arch-nemesis, Doctor Doom. Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) will bring this version of the character to life, and the actor recently shed a bit of light on what motivates him to take on the Fantastic Four.
Now, courtesy of Cinema Blend, the actor has joined Hugh Jackman in voicing his hopes that Fox and Marvel strike a deal to cross-over key characters. After all, Doom is considered one of the most formidable foes in the Marvel universe, and Kebbell is eager to see him take on the Avengers. Here’s what the actor had to say:
“You know he destroys Thor. He punches up all those people. I don’t know what the political… I can’t get into this. You’re going to write this, and I’m going to get destroyed. They’re going to sue me, but look: can someone at Marvel and someone at Fox talk, and with Doom, just lend him out, like football? You can have him for the World Cup, that’s it! Then just let me go – let me go and destroy Thor, for goodness sake. I’d love to work with those boys.”
One can’t blame Kebbell for his desire to work within the mega-successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, and certainly fans have long lamented that Fox’s rights ownership of the X-Men and Fantastic Four characters has long kept such high-profile characters as Doom, Wolverine and the like from meeting up with Captain America and the rest of the MCU. However, in the light of Sony and Marvel Studios finally working together on developing a new Spider-Man, a similar arrangement with Fox seems inevitable as the industry evolves.
Even so, it will likely be a long while until that happens. Fox has tons of its own plans for both the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, including an expected cross-over between those two teams at some point. So the studio doesn’t really have much of a need to work with Marvel just yet. However, it’s hard to argue with Kebbell’s vision of Doom fighting off the Avengers (and the exciting story possibilities it would introduce). At this point, only time will tell when/if it actually comes to pass.
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.
Source: Cinema Blend