How Doctor Doom Could Play Into “Avengers: Secret Wars”

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Marvel recently discussed making Doctor Doom the primary villain in its “Multiverse Saga,” who could play a role in resetting the entire universe.

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Published on Nov 3, 2023

We don’t know if the current Marvel Cinematic Universe is headed for a reboot — and probably won’t until “Avengers: Secret Wars” arrives in theaters in 2027. The franchise’s Phase 4 and 5 have been lackluster so far, the studio is officially in a state of salvaging its streaming business, and it’s suffering from something we haven’t seen even since the MCU’s inception: the longing for a definitive villain that poses as an existential threat to the multiverse.

The post-Endgame era has culminated in an exhaustive narrative, and what Marvel so desperately needs is an enigmatic villain who isn’t just an existential threat, but a contrite, conniving bastard who is always scheming in the background — a role fit for Doctor Victor von Doom.

About a year after Disney acquired the rights to Fantastic Four and related characters, the studio announced its plans for another reboot — following up on 2005’s “Fantastic Four” and its sequel, as well as the 2015 reboot that even its director couldn’t side with.

Disney’s vision of the Fantastic Four is meant to kick-start Phase 6, eventually culminating in “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” and “Avengers: Secret Wars.” While the film has since lost its director and faced multiple delays, it still makes a strong indication that Doctor Doom could have a pivotal role in the forthcoming reboot — and a new report makes the rumors even more credible.

A graphic for Marvel's Secret Wars event (2015), where Doctor Doom plays a pivotal role in a universe reset.

Marvel’s “Secret Wars” comic book event from 2015 chronicles the end of the Marvel Universe and several alternate timelines, with “God Emperor Doom” in the midst of it all.

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Doom has made his place at the top of most lists chronicling Marvel Comics’ best villains, but the films have never managed to paint him in the right light. The genius monarch never got into the right hands, primarily owing to legal tribulations — but Marvel looks to change that.

According to a recent report from Variety, top Marvel executives (including Kevin Feige) recently discussed swapping Jonathan Majors’s Kang the Conqueror with Doctor Doom as the primary villain who sets up the events towards the end of Phase 6. This conversation took place partially due to the legal trouble Majors has found himself in, coupled with the underwhelming response to “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” While making such a move would result in major rewrites and production changes, writing Doom into the Multiverse Saga makes great most sense — since he was the big baddie in Marvel’s 2015 event of the same name.

The hubristic genius has ticked all the boxes required to succeed Thanos as the new threat around the block — bearing an altruistic belief that he could make the world a better place, and the power to back it. His seductive charm makes for some influential monologues throughout the comics, and he even works great with the heroes at times.

It’s inconceivable to have the Fantastic Four without Doctor Doom, and if that’s what it takes to bring the Marvel Cinematic Universe out of its current rut, they should just rewrite the damn scripts and delay things even further.