How The ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Changes Doctor Doom’s Origins

By November 11, 2014

I’ve never been a huge fan of the Fantastic Four, but I know there are a lot of people out there who are very invested in what Fox is doing with their upcoming reboot. The last two Fantastic Four films were not very good, and fan expectations for the new iteration are at an all-time high – especially considering the fact that the movie debuts this coming August and the studio hasn’t given a first look at the project yet. Not a photo, not a trailer…nothing. We know it’s a coming of age story, and that it won’t be based on existing comic books, so rumors are running rampant, and fans have started to get a little worried.

Now Toby Kebbell, who is playing the film’s villain, has spoken up and revealed a tiny bit about his character. Guess what? His origins aren’t the same as they are in the comics. Check out what he told Collider:

I’m excited to see it too, and my nerves really…The only thing I can tease you about is what I worked on most was the voice because nobody—even in the cartoons, when I was watching them I was like, “So where’s he from?” There’s a mild change and I’ll tell you because of our history.

He’s Victor Domashev, not Victor Von Doom in our story. And I’m sure I’ll be sent to jail for telling you that. The Doom in ours—I’m a programmer. Very anti-social programmer. And on blogging sites I’m “Doom”.

So he’s a blogger whose real name isn’t Victor Von Doom? I suppose we should wait to see how all of this works in context before we really get riled up about it, but Fox isn’t giving us much choice but to parse through what little information we can and try to get a read on what they’re doing with this movie. Josh Trank is a promising young filmmaker, and I’m curious to see how he handles a movie of this size, but little by little, I’m starting to think that diehard fans of these characters aren’t going to be happy with the final product. But maybe that’s OK, if the movie ends up being solid and reaches a larger audience than just the core group of comic readers. At the end of the day, filmmaking is a business, and I’m sure the suits at Fox will trade big box office receipts for vocal fan complaints any day of the week.

The Fantastic Four hits theaters on August 7, 2015.

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Ben is a writer living in Los Angeles, California. His work has been featured at,,,, and many more sites across the web. Some of his favorite movies include The Rocketeer, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Tombstone, Lucky Number Slevin, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Collateral, Double Indemnity, Back to the Future and The Prestige. Follow him on Twitter: @BenPears.