Toby Kebbell Reveals New Doctor Doom Origins in 'Fantastic Four'
by Ethan Anderton
November 11, 2014
The reboot of Fantastic Four from 20th Century Fox is set for release on August 7th, 2015, but we've yet to see a single official image from the film, not even concept art. We're not sure that's going to change before the end of the year, but we do now have a little bit of information about Josh Trank's reboot of the superhero quartet, which has been endlessly described as being more grounded and realistic. Toby Kebbell is playing the arch nemesis Doctor Doom in Fantastic Four, and while speaking with Collider, he just revealed some changes in the character's origin and how he comes into his villainous name. More below!
Kebbell couldn't reveal much, but he did explain a couple things:
"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.'"
Victor Von Doom was always a bit of a stupid name, and while some fans will certainly be upset about this change, if it doesn't change the core attributes of the character as far as his personality and motivations, then it shouldn't be that big of a deal. But having him as a programmer isn't a bad idea, as long as he's not your typical nerd genius turned super villain that we've seen like Jim Carrey as Edward Nygma in Batman Forever and Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. None of this sounds too worrisome, but it would be nice to just get a first look at the team sometime soon. Thoughts?
Reader Feedback - 14 Comments
I think Von Doom is a badass name. Who the hell thinks thats stupid, for one??? Second, i no longer have any thoughts on this movie. It seems as though everything has changed. I dont understand how Marvel comics allows so much deviation.
Rock n Rollllll on Nov 11, 2014
Marvel comics has absolutely no say in the matter.
JimDime on Nov 11, 2014
What's happening??? Where am I? What movie is this, because it aint fantastic four.
Andrew Geczy on Nov 11, 2014
Sorry Ethan but you're dead wrong on this. Dr. Doom is one of the most influential and powerful characters in Marvel. He is suppose to be Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic) mirror image as well as his rival. He is just as smart as Reed is but his ends always justify the means... HIS means. Its not that he is another evil genius (really? You're comparing Jim Carrey and Jaime Foxx's hokey characters?!) Doom is THE evil genius in Marvel. They have effectively neutered this awesome character.
Scared S#!tless on Nov 11, 2014
Would be epic if my last name was Von Doom.
mooreworthy on Nov 11, 2014
Victor Von Doom is an Awesome name, Ethan you're dead wrong. Almost every idea I've heard about this movie and how they're "changing" (a/k/a/ ruining) things about major parts of the team and story, will get this film panned by critics and diehard comic fans alike. This "trainwreck" is halfway out of the tunnel...
TXSteadyEddie on Nov 11, 2014
I'm holding out hope all of the negatives we've heard bout the FF reboot push expectations for me soo low that the final product ends up being watchable. I really hated the first 2 FF movies and what happened to Dr Doom....the whole dude talking behind a mask with his normal voice really made his character into a joke
desispeed on Nov 11, 2014
Sadly it is sounding more and more like GREEN LANTERN and less like GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. I guess we'll see soon enough.
DAVIDPD on Nov 11, 2014
well thats what we need, more origin stories........................
Brian Sleider on Nov 11, 2014
if this is done right this time, yea I'm all for it. I loved the FF growing up and was appalled by how bad the first 2 FF movies were. hopefully, reboot includes a NEW CAST -because I hate the first bunch.
dan on Nov 11, 2014
If it's done right? have you been reading any of this info on it?
ColtNoir on Nov 12, 2014
The played with fire and lost. Prepare to be burned alive.
DAVIDPD on Nov 11, 2014
"Victor Von Doom was always a bit of a stupid name" ...speaking of things that are stupid, this article qualifies. and completely changing the FF history to where it's no longer the FF, it's just a movie that they decided to call FF, isn't "too worrisome"? really? This. is. not. the. Fantastic. Four.
ColtNoir on Nov 12, 2014
Dr Doom deserves a movie where he's the main character, featuring a soundtrack of MF DOOM tracks. Now that would be awesome. Hence, it will never be made =[
Terry Craig on Nov 12, 2014
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