It's really hard to un-watch a movie. In fact, I don't think it is possible because after seeing Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, I tried really, really hard and sometimes I still wake up in terror thinking Chris Evans was never able to free himself from those movies to become Captain America. The horror...
Now that we've had time to digest the trailer for the new Fantastic Four movie, it's good to see that most of the worry about reshoots and panic over the fate of the Fantastic Four franchise has died down a bit. Let's face it, if nothing else the film will undoubtably be a huge improvement over those other legitimate disasters.
The Doomed Legacy
Leading up to the reboot, one of the main points of contention was over Doom. Fair enough that people want to see this guy well represented since he is one of the biggest and baddest villains the Marvel universe has to offer. It makes sense fans will want to see the new movie do right by him and his evil legacy.
Last seen being represented by that guy from Nip/Tuck, Victor von Doom has yet to make any sort of lasting impact on the big screen. While some folks were already up in arms over the new movie changing his name to a more realistic Victor Domashev the capper seemed to be over the mention of Victor using Doom as his online handle.
A Doom By Any Other Name...
But updating Doom to the modern world feels like the obvious thing to do. Having your bad guy be an infinitely powerful and wealthy ruler of Latveria who wears a metal mask to cover a disfigurement feels more suitable to comic books from the 1960s than the kind of material for movies. Then you have to come up with why this all-powerful quasi-Romanian ruler has a beef with the Fantastic Four...
If you can turn him into a genius computer programmer who undergoes a horrific metal infusion over his body due to Reed Richard's experiment - already I'm more invested in this Doom character. Whether or not he left a comment on a internet site doesn't diminish the evil this guy may have in store.
Again, it's bound to be an improvement over the previous Doom who was a part-time playboy when he wasn't trying to enslave the planet or whatever. Having Victor Domashev be a computer genius and a one time ally, and victim, of Reed Richard's inaugural experiments really does add up to make this Doom closely resemble the one in the comics. Calling him Victor von Doom, ruler of Latveria... that can stay with the old movies as well.
The trailer doesn't give us too much Doom to look at - but the theory that he, like [The Fantastic Four](movie:34667), is injured and transformed by Reed's experiments seems like a safe bet. It will be great if the movie can amp up the terror of having a Doom that has to live with effects of the injury and possibly having to live with a metal infused body.
Director Josh Trank has mentioned that he was drawing inspiration from the body horror master David Cronenberg and perhaps more than anything else, this has gotten me hopeful that Trank will indeed be able to lift the curse of the Fantastic Four movie. Having Doom turn evil because of the horrible things that have happened to his body while the other four turn into heroes because of what has happened sounds like a great way to go.