‘Fantastic Four’: Doombots Rumored to Appear in Reboot

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Chronicle director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot is pretty much the red-headed step child of upcoming superhero movies, due largely to its controversial casting and alleged changes to the source material. Aside from an African-American version of the Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan), we’re also getting a British actor playing Ben Grimm/The Thing (Jamie Bell) and a second British actor (Toby Kebbell) is in talks to play the new Doctor Doom. Needless to say, fans have been apprehensive about the alternate approach to this Marvel comic book property.

However, while many things from Fantastic Four lore may look different in Trank’s reboot, we will reportedly be getting certain things in the film that will be more familiar to longtime Fantastic Four fans: namely, The Doombots.

Nerdist reports the exclusive rumor that Fantastic Four will include the Doombots (see the video below). However, like so many things with this reboot, the Doombots we could be getting might be slightly altered from the ones we know and love from comic books and cartoon series.

In the source material, Doombots are robot henchman (often replicas) of the real Doctor Doom – and like Doom, they are heavily armored and armed with an array of destructive weapons. Doctor Doom uses his Doombots as guards, militarized combat soldiers, diplomatic envoys, and occasionally as decoys to fool opponents or fake his own death. In short, Doombots are an easy way for a solitary villain to have an army behind him, providing plenty of targets for the F4 to pound on.

However, according to Nerdist, in the Trank’s film, The Doombots are going to be drones that Doom controls telekinetically. From that description alone, one can already see where further alterations to the source material could be made – and why fans may therefore be upset all over again that Trank’s film does not resemble their beloved (and familiar) Fantastic Four comic books.

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“Drones” are a very specific word to employ when describing the new Doombots. The term suggests that instead of doppleganger robots, we’re going to be getting smaller flying machines; the notion that Doom could be controlling them telekinetically also suggests that the Doctor will have a set of powers fans may not readily associate with the character. Now it’s possible the Nerdist video host simply got the terminology wrong, because in the comics, Doom is “Technopathic,” possessing the ability to exert control over certain machines with his mind (used mostly to control the Doombots). Therefore, the movie reboot version of Doom would technically fall in line with the classic version, if he is able to still access this ability. 

In other words: Doom mentally commanding a squad of robots is not something that Josh Trank would be making up for the reboot.

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All in all, this is an easy rumor to believe. A team of superheroes needs more than one central villain to battle, so that the team battle dynamics (and the film’s action sequences) can be fully utilized and enjoyed on a blockbuster scale. Whether they’re replica robots or some other technological innovation, it would be cool to see Doctor Doom using nothing but his mind to engage in battle with the Fantastic Four, who would need all their powers and tricks to take on Doom’s army.

More to the point: seeing Doctor Doom seated in a  chair with his hands pressed together, watching the F4 battling for their lives against his superior mind? That’s almost a perfect encapsulation of who this villain is. Julian McMahon’s version from the original film (complete with is Ultimate Universe transformation into living metal and hokey lightning powers) is something I’m all too happy to move past.


Fantastic Four will arrive in theaters on June 19, 2015, with Fantastic Four 2 set for release on July 14, 2017.

Source: Nerdist

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  1. It will probably be Lady Doom with her lady doom bots.

  2. I’m losing more and more interest in this movie as the rumors/actual news comes out. I was glad at first when they decided to reboot it because the first two were pretty bad. It was obviously just a way for them to keep the rights, but I was hopeful we’d get something better anyway. It will probably be the same production quality as ASM (so visually impressive), but it will stray too far from the source material and they’ll lose the fanbase.

  3. I have a real concern that many of the superhero movies seem to be moving to heroes attacking an army of semi-intelligent drones. Avengers had the Chitauri, IM3 had Extremis terrorists, Ultron appears to have Ultron’s robot army, Xmen seems to have Sentinels, and now we may have Doombots.
    When the action involves these drones (for lack of a better word) we don’t really know or care about them and I think the impact of their loss no longer exists. I would much rather have a well thought out single adversary or team that is fighting firsthand or manipulating others in a calculating way.
    By example, IMO the one on one fighting in IM3 prior to the end drone fight was good but the Extremis drone fight at the end was not. Sure we saw all the cool suits but the individual fights that made up that scene were meaningless as far as who each bad guy was being attacked or their loss.
    When you fight drones it is just a body count going on screen and when the # gets high enough you win.

    • Don’t forget Winter Soldier VS SHIELD, Cap America VS HYDRA, Hulk VS the military, Thor VS the frost giants, Superman VS other Kyptons, Batman VS the mob/The League of Assassins/Jokers goons/Banes crew/Ridders Henchmen/Penguins flock/Two faces criminal buddies/Lex Luthors pawns/Thanos’ Alien Army/USS Enterprise VS Klingons, Vulcans, or The Borg/Rebel Scum VS The Empire/John Conner VS the Terminators/Dredd VS The Momma Clan/Indiana Jones VS the Nazis/Rambo VS the crooked sheriff…

      I’m sure I am forgetting some.

      • * Ma-Ma Clan (Madeleine Madrigal)

        Sorry, had to jump in there with the correction, while completely agreeing with you.

    • I thought the Stark Killian fight was pretty awesome but I can see where ur coming from. I don’t really mind throwaway goons, just as long as they make the named baddies intense and the fights impactful I’m game.

    • Plus there’s that rumor about the Bat drones.

  4. Yay…I get to be the first to say I am looking forward to a fake fantastic four fighting fake Dr. Doom’s.

    Its going to be the biggest fakest movie of the year!!!

  5. I wonder what other changes do they have in store for Doom.

    Honestly, I don´t understand how is it posible that somebody could be interested in this piece of crap at all.

    • Now, Doom is an anti-social blogger, and his name is Victor Domashev

  6. this is going to be too similar to what Avengers 2 will do with Ultron

    • Yup, not quite a straight to video style “Re-Avengers” but it is looking close.

  7. !@#$ YES!! YES 1000000X TIMES. DOOMBOTS.

  8. i might ruffle some feathers with this comment but the first movie wasn’t a far departure from the comics i was reading as a kid, the problem is FF are boring characters…personally i think Doom is the only reason i picked up a FF book

    • lol. Your name kinda resembles braille and your pic is Daredevil. I like it.

  9. It will be a “film” with a bunch of “ideas” or better say, antics than a real story. Lots of CGI to please kids and little substance. Once again, staff of the X Men, don’t get involved with these people or the franchise will pay the price.

  10. Dr. Doom IS totally the reason why FF is cool. That and the Thing.

    Anyways, I’m getting annoyed with all these villains and characters becoming AI or robobts or some sort of hybrid of some sort

    X-Men DOFP- Sentinels (which I do love)
    Avengers 2- IM 3
    Amazing Spiderman 2- spiderslayers
    AoS- Deathlokj

    Fantastic Four reboot should do Mole Man, Diablo, or Puppet Master as side villains to Dr. Doom.

  11. BTW i am not saying that having a lot of characters on the screen is bad. I am only saying when they are generic and lack character development i get less interested in them and the story in general. This goes for heroes and villains alike. When i see rumors like this one it seems like directors are being pushed toward lots of cinematic spectacle and not necessarily good character development.

  12. Cautiously optimistic of this movie. With the emphasis on Cautiously. It’s hard to judge a movie based on just casting and RUMORS. When a full feature trailer comes out sometime next year than I can make my final decision.

  13. Wow A Black jhonny storm and a young cast is this guy trying to mess up fantastic four film this director sucks and i like the old cast better, they all look like crack heads.

  14. Spoilers:

    The Fartastic Four movie will contain Dumbutts!

  15. The only spoiler you need to know:

    This movie and it’s cast.

    Spoiler-ish enough for you?

  16. Whats so controversial about hiring British actors exactly?? Mr Fantastic was a British actor in the last one…. Don’t hear any complaints about Magneto, Prof X, Batman, Superman, Loki…. Many others…. So why is Doom and Grimm being played by Brits so difficult for you to swallow? There was nearly a Brit as Captain America…. Now that would have really caused a stir….