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Dr. Doom is one of the greatest and most elaborate Marvel super-villains and he is being played by Toby Kebbell in the upcoming reboot of The Fantastic Four franchise. There is no better time then now to do a 5W's of Doctor Doom.

Who is Doctor Doom?

When Victor was taking classes in New York, he met Reed Richards and Ben Grimm. Doom became obsessed with developing a machine that could project the astral form of a being into other dimensions. Reed pointed out an error in Doom's machine, but Doom ignored his warnings, feeling Reed was trying to outshine him. The machine exploded, scarring Doom's face. He was soon expelled for conducting unethical experiments. From then on, he blamed Reed Richards for the destruction of his face.

What powers/abilities does Doctor Doom have?

Doctor Doom's potential in the mystic arts comes from the Roma (i.e. Gypsies) heritage of his mother. He learned these abilities from his time with a secret order of monks in Tibet. He further developed his abilities by traveling through time and learning lost Dark Arts. Doctor Strange considers Doom one of the most powerful practitioners of sorcery and a potential Sorcerer Supreme. His knowledge and power is great enough to hold his own against the likes of Morgan le Fay and Doctor Voodoo, the current Sorcerer Supreme. His knowledge of spell-craft likely surpasses Doctor Strange's, former Sorcerer Supreme. However, he considers his scientific abilities to be more important and has devices that do many of the same things. Doom also can create Mystical Blasts and Mystical Force-fields, Invoke Entities, Cast Spells and many more.


When was Doctor Doom first introduced?

Doctor Doom was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist/co-plotter Jack Kirby, he first appeared in The Fantastic Four #5 (July 1962) wearing his infamous metal mask and green cloak.

Which Doctor Doom comics are the best?

Iron Man #149-150- Doomquest: Tony Stark learns that an employee of his made illegal sales of technology to Doctor Doom. Stark cancels the sale and attempts to return the payment. Doom sends agents to seize the refused goods by force. Iron Man is unable to prevent the robbery and travels to Latveria to recover the goods personally. When Iron Man attacks Doctor Doom's castle, the two are flung back in time on Doom's Time Platform by his traitorous minion Hauptmann to the days of Camelot. Iron Man meets and joins the forces of King Arthur, while Doom joins with Morgan le Fay.

Secret Wars #1-12: All of a sudden, most of Marvel's mainstream heroes and villains are brought to a planet called Battleworld where they must fight to the death. Doctor Doom sees this as a way to gain power from The Beyonder and Galactus.

Dr. Strange and Dr. Doom: Triumph and Torment: Every year on Midsummer’s Eve, Victor von Doom clashes with the forces of evil in an attempt to free his mother’s soul from Hell. But only when Dr. Strange is finally convinced to join the fight does he have any hope of altering the outcome in his favor. The unlikely allies must first journey to Mephisto’s infernal realm, where they find the cost of one soul may be more than they are willing to pay!

Why is Doctor Doom so important?

Doctor Doom is one of Marvel's most intelligent and menancing villains. He has played major part in Secret Wars (1984) and the current Secret Wars (2015) which is an amazing read. He owns his own country which, is fully populated, and he also is a villain for almost all of Marvel's major teams. Doom is extremely valuable and important to the history of Marvel comics.

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