The Fantastic Four can't seem to get a break. After two critically-panned movies, Fox decided to reinvigorate the franchise with 2015's #FantasticFour.
We all know how that went.
Not only was the movie a critical dud, it bombed at the box office. To top it all off, it put more pressure on Fox from fans to give the #FantasticFour rights back to Marvel Studios.
Despite all of that, however, Simon Kinberg recently talked about his intentions to give the doomed (pun!) project a sequel. Whether or not the same cast will reprise their roles is uncertain right now. But there's one cast member in particular who we now know won't be coming back: Doctor Doom himself, #TobyKebbell.
The actor is currently doing press for Kong: Skull Island, and during an interview with HeyUGuys, he was asked whether or not he would ever be part of a #FantasticFour2 sequel. He stated:
“I won’t be in it! Truth is, Doom is an incredible bad guy. They just keep trying to force him into the Fantastic Four. They just need to move it out because he smashes up Thor and Iron Man and they get wasted. Doom is a monster, but my Doom was not, so that is that.”
It's tough to argue against that. Doom is one of the best and most complex comic book villains out there. Heck, his intellect rivals even that of our favorite genius billionaire playboy philanthropist, Tony Stark.
Yet, we didn't get to see that in Fantastic Four. So... would Kebbell ever, by any chance, be willing to come back to the role? Well, it turns out that yes, he would put the cape and helmet on once again... but with a very special condition: Doom needs to be part of the #MCU. The actor mentioned Marvel's deal with Sony for Spider-Man when explaining how it could happen:
“Yeah, if they lend him out like a footballer. They do with Spider-Man!”
Kebbell definitely has a point. Doom is much more interesting when he's allowed to interact with heroes other than the Fantastic Four. In case you want to see how cool of a dynamic the iconic could have in the company of #Marvel's finest, take a look at the first issues of All-New, All-Different Iron Man series.
As I said before, Fox has recently been receiving a lot of pressure from fans to give their properties back to Marvel Studios. In fact, just last month, #HughJackman revealed he would have continued playing Wolverine, if the character had been part of the MCU.
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Doctor Strange director #ScottDerrickson even shared his excitement to see Marvel's first family alongside characters like Iron Man and Captain America in the near future. So it definitely could happen. The thing is, Kinberg's recent comments pose a challenge for that to come to fruition. However, with such a big desire from fans and movie stars alike to see it happen—and with the previous films being financial losses for Fox—nothing is off the table.
Would you like to see Doctor Doom join the MCU? Who would you like to see as the iconic character?