Fantastic Four is only a few weeks from its release (at the time of writing this), so 20th Century Fox promoted it as best as the studio could at the recently-complete 2015 International Comic-Con. At yesterday’s Hall H panel for Fox, director Josh Trank, co-writer Simon Kinberg and the core cast of the movie were on-hand to debut a final trailer – one that supposedly gives a better look at Doom (as of right now, the F4 Comic-Con trailer has yet to arrive online).
The cast did discuss elements of the film that had not previously been revealed, at SDCC 2015. For instance, Toby Kebbell, who plays Victor Domashev/Doom in the film, called his character the “best villain of all time in any comic book ever” while also describing the motivations behind his actions. According to Kebbell, the drive to be the best is what ultimately brings him to want to take down those who stand in his way, including Reed Richards (Miles Teller) and the rest of the Fantastic Four.
Now some more information has emerged on Doom’s role in the movie, including the character’s origin (or the lack thereof). In an interview with SuperHeroHype, Kebbell revealed that Doom’s origin is not fully explored in the final cut of the Fantastic Four reboot, despite the rumors that have persisted otherwise before. To quote:
There’s no conversation about [Doom’s origins] in the film. We don’t have time to talk about me – I would love it, but we don’t have real time.
So it seems Doom’s origin won’t be in Fantastic Four after all. Previously, the film received quite a bit of backlash after Kebbell himself commented on the origins of his version of the character, describing him as a “[v]ery anti-social programmer” who uses “Doom” as his handle on blogging sites. But now it appears the movie has ditched that concept completely, at least based on Kebbell’s recent comments.
Kebbell went onto explain the new take on his version of Doom in Fantastic Four, promising those who are fans of the original character will not be disappointed:
Yeah, he’s still from the same place, his mother is still a gypsy and done her deals, his father still perished from exposure looking after me. He’s angry. He’s an angry dude. But now he’s in Baxter. He’s bright and he’s trying to make people proud. He found a new father in Dr. Storm, the father of Johnny and adoptive father of Sue. I kind of get adopted as well, in a fantastic performance by Reg E. Cathey. And that’s Doom as we see him. He’s a computer technician, a computer scientist. There were rumors he was a hacker or something, but no. Victor Von Doom is who we hope he will be.
The funny thing about Kebbell’s comment on the “rumors” is that he was the one who started the frenzy. Nonetheless, if Doom’s past is explored in future installments of the franchise (permitting that the first film does well enough to call for a sequel), it will surely stick closer to the Doom most are familiar with rather than a complete reinvention of the character.
Of course, his origin will be tied in even closer with the Fantastic Four, causing his betrayal to be that much more impactful. Whether or not that amounts to being the Doom fans want to see remains to be seen, but at least we know Fox is making a clear effort to do justice by Doom.
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.