Marvel's First Family, the Fantastic Four, hit theaters for the fourth time this past Friday and with the exception of a few beats widely missed the mark. With the first act touching on some well picked body horror sequences and solid performances, the last forty minutes of the movie didn't quite follow through on the execution. One key place that this movie fell shy was it's portrayal of Doom.
The presence of Doom, and the personality are something that need to be built up. Keep Doom offscreen for two or three movies, but peppering hints of him in along the way. Take Kingpin from the Netflix Daredevil series and give him a super-genius level intellect, vast knowledge of the magic arts, and the biggest ego this side of Galactus.
Doom at his core is always about his pride.
Doom is not to be crossed, or forgotten.
Ever wonder why Reed & Sue named their daughter after Doctor Doom's country? It's because Doom helped Sue pass through labor safely with his magic knowledge on one singular condition.
Not some piss poor rejected pupil who might not be so helpful as he seems. Or the conniving executive who slowly loses his mind as he's coated in...electric metal?
Doom is a great villain because he has conviction, and the drive to see that conviction to the point that anyone else would have broken off to join the herd. Click here to check out a gallery with a ton of great Doom moments.
And always remember. Praise be unto Doom.