Benevolent dictator. Scientific and technological genius. Magician. Gypsy son of a witch. He has long desired to rule the world, but cannot rule himself. Doctor Victor von Doom is one of the most iconic villains in the Marvel universe ranking fourth greatest villain in Wizard's 100 Greatest Villains of All Time list (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doctor_Doom). Created by the great Stan Lee and Jack Kirby during the Silver Age, Doctor Doom has fought against the Mighty Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Spiderman, Doctor Strange, and, even Superman. Yep. You read that right. He has been featured in two Fantastic Four movies (three, if you count the 1994 unreleased Fantastic Four movie from Roger Corman). But, there is so much contradiction in the character, so much that doesn't come through in films focused on the heroes, that I believe that Doctor Doom should have his own origin film. When the Fantastic Four came out a few years ago, I was disappointed in how the movie told the origin story. First, because it wasn't accurate. Second, because there was little depth given to a character that has one of the most fleshed out origins given to a villain in the Marvel Universe.
Let's start at the beginning. Victor von Doom was born a gypsy and became the beloved ruler of Latvaria. That's a great story, if the character was anyone else. How did that happen? Why do the citizens of Latvaria love him so much, while the rest of the world sees him as a criminal? What happened to his parents? Why does he wear the armor and mask? All of these questions could be explored in a movie all his own. Another aspect of Doctor Doom that does not even get a mention in the Fantastic Four movies is that he is a Magician. In a contest for Supreme Sorcerer held by the ancient Aged Genghis, Doctor Doom came in second to Doctor Strange. I remember reading this when I was young and it's still one of my favorite story arcs involving Doctor Doom.
Another reason I believe an origin movie for Doctor Doom needs to be made is because of all of the enemies he's made. As mentioned earlier, he has fought with quite a few heroes. By establishing Doctor Doom's origin, separately, he could be used in a wide variety of movies. When you give a brief, and inaccurate, origin story in a movie about someone else, such as the Fantastic Four, the character kind of becomes dependent on the main characters. But, when you take time to develop a character, independently, then you give yourself the freedom to move that character anywhere you need him. Doctor Doom gets a movie and you can plan for Iron Man 5 to be based on these two characters fighting it out. Doctor Doom gets his own movie and Doctor Strange 2 can be based on the Aged Genghis' contest to become Sorcerer Supreme, featuring Doctor Doom. Doctor Doom gets his own movie and the Avengers have an unlikely ally in their battle with Thanos. Do you see all of the possibilities here? And the few I mention are based in the graphic novels and comic books.
Finally, why do I think Doctor Doom needs an independent origin movie? Because, it would be a first in the Marvel Movie Universe. Not a movie about a beloved and iconic hero, but a movie about a dreaded villain. Moviegoers would get a peak at what makes a villain become a villain. More than some random bolt of electricity or accidental exposure to some chemical, but the psychological reasons behind a villains future crimes.
Tell me what you think. Do you think that Doctor Doom deserves a movie of his own? Do you have other reasons why he should? I would love to hear from you on this.