We've heard a lot of rumors about the new big-screen take on Marvel Comics' First Family from director Josh Trank and writer/producer Simon Kinberg. We've heard whispers of a different origin story, and lots of talk about a more "grounded" tone for the flick, but we've heard very little from the people actually making the film about what exactly will be different. Now, that seems to have changed.
Actor Toby Kebbell, who will play Doctor Doom in the film, recently sat down with Collider for an interview originally intended to promote the Blu-ray release of another sci-fi film he's in, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. When talk briefly turned to Doom, though, he offered up a bit of information that reveals a radically different version of the character.
"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'."
Well..."anti-social programmer" sounds like a far cry from "absolute ruler of Latveria, scientific genius, and part-time sorcerer," but perhaps there's less to be worried about here than we think. Reworking Doom as a computer programmer whose online handle is the source of his supervillain name preserves the scientific brilliance of the character, and his skill with computers could even lead in to the construction and control of, say, the Doombots. That said, the name "Victor Domashev," while more realistic, just doesn't have that Jack Kirby ring to it.
So what about the rest of the Doom backstory? Is he still a Latverian noble? Does he have, or somehow obtain, armor? Is there at least a green hoodie somewhere in there? Kebbell's comments make it pretty easy to assume that other aspects of the character will have changed too, but it is a very brief quote, so maybe we can hold out hope for the rest of Doom's comic book qualities.
So, all those rumors of reworked origin stories seem to have proven true in at least one Fantastic Four character. We still don't know for sure about the rest, but Doom as Kebbell describes him certainly reflects that "grounded" approach we've been hearing about, so it wouldn't be surprising to get similar information about Reed Richards and his team in the future. I know the nerd rage cauldron is already bubbling out there, but hey, it's possible that this film could be both a complete reworking of these iconic characters and a decent movie, right? Right?
Well, a guy can dream. Fantastic Four hits theaters in August, 2015.