Doctor Doom’s New Origin Is Stupid

Posted by Bob Muir on Nov 12, 2014 in Cinema, Comic Books

Doctor Doom

For a character with a name like “Doctor Doom” to work, you have to make sure he owns that name. You might as well make it his real name, Victor von Doom, and have him rule his own country. But in The Fantastic Four, the reboot directed by Chronicle‘s Josh Trank, Doom’s origin is much more “ultra-real” and “lo-fi,” according to his new actor Toby Kebbell. Now the man who becomes Doctor Doom is Victor Domashev, because no one is named “Doom” in real life. And Domashev is an anti-social programmer, who goes by “Doom” online. I’m not saying the original basis for the character isn’t a bit hokey, but this new origin is really hokey. It reminds me of using the same online handle as my D&D character in high school. Maybe the other parts of the film are better? I mean, you can’t go too “ultra-real” in a movie about “fantastic” people, right? Read more…

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Dr. Doom and Unicorns: A Match Made in Heaven

Posted by Michael Sacco on Nov 12, 2010 in Comic Books


I see superhero t-shirts in stores all the time, but they’re usually lacking that certain something, you know? In this case, that “certain something” is “Dr. Doom riding a unicorn,” and thankfully Mighty Fine has me covered in that regard. On top of the truly excellent Dr. Doom shirt shown above, they also have several other gems — Thor in a classic Frazetta Conan pose, Galactus eating Pegasus, and … a whole lot of Squirrel Girl shirts for the ladies. Yeah, I have no idea either, but somehow I can’t look away. Read more…

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