Doctor Doom

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Doctor Doom

Doctor Doom on the cover of Fantastic Four #247 (Oct. 1982). Art by John Byrne.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance The Fantastic Four #5 (July 1962)
Created by Stan Lee
Jack Kirby
In-story information
Alter ego Victor von Doom
Species Human
Place of origin Earth
Team affiliations Terrible Trio
The Cabal
Intelligencia
Future Foundation
Abilities
  • Genius-level intellect
  • Highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant
  • Powered armour grants:
    Superhuman strength, durability, and endurance
    Flight
    Force field generation
  • Skilled scientist and sorcerer
  • Mind transferral
  • Technopathy
  • Electricity manipulation

Doctor Doom (real name Victor von Doom) is a fictional character that appears in publications by Marvel Comics. The son of gypsy witch Cynthia Von Doom, Doctor Doom is a recurring supervillain, archenemy of the Fantastic Four, and leader of the fictional nation of Latveria. He is both a genius inventor and a sorcerer. While his chief opponents have been the Fantastic Four, he has also come into conflict with Iron Man and other superheroes in the Marvel Universe.

Doctor Doom has been featured in other Marvel-endorsed media such as feature films, video games, television series, and merchandise such as action figures and trading cards. He was ranked as the 4th Greatest Villain by Wizard on its 100 Greatest Villains of All Time list.[1] IGN's list of the Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time ranked Doctor Doom as #3.[2]

Publication history[edit]

Created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist/co-plotter Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in The Fantastic Four #5 (July 1962) wearing his trademark metal mask and green cloak.

Creation and development[edit]

Like many of Marvel's Silver Age characters, Doctor Doom was conceived by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby. With the Fantastic Four title performing well, Lee and Kirby were trying to dream up a "soul-stirring…super sensational new villain."[3] Looking for a name, Lee latched onto "Doctor Doom" as "eloquent in its simplicity — magnificent in its implied menace."[3]

Fantastic Four #5 (July 1962), Doctor Doom's first appearance.

Due to the rush to publish, the character was not given a full origin story[3] until Fantastic Four Annual #2, two years after his debut.[4]

Jack Kirby modeled Doctor Doom after Death, with the armor standing in for that character's skeleton; "It was the reason for the armor and the hood. Death is connected with armor and the inhuman-like steel. Death is something without mercy, and human flesh contains that mercy."[5] Kirby further described Doctor Doom as being "paranoid", wrecked by his twisted face and wanting the whole world to be like him.[5] Kirby went on to say that "Doctor Doom is an evil person, but he's not always been evil. He was [respected]…but through a flaw in his own character, he was a perfectionist."[6] At one point in the 1970s, Kirby drew his interpretation of what Doctor Doom would look like under the mask, giving Doctor Doom only "a tiny scar on his cheek."[7] Due to this slight imperfection, Doctor Doom hides his face not from the world, but from himself.[7] To Kirby, this is the motivation for Doctor Doom 's vengeance against the world; because others are superior due to this slight scar, Doom wants to elevate himself above them.[6] Typical of Lee's writing characterization of Doctor Doom is his arrogance; his pride leads to Doctor Doom 's disfigurement at the hands of his own machine, and to the failures of many of his schemes.[8] There is also an idea that Doctor Doom placed his mask on his face before it was fully cool, burning his face. In some early stories glimpses of his face are shown, in which he appears to be bald.

While the Fantastic Four had fought various villains such as the Mole Man, Skrulls, the Miracle Man, and Namor the Sub-Mariner, Doctor Doom managed to overshadow them all and became the Fantastic Four's archnemesis.[9]

During the 1970s, Doctor Doom branched out to more Marvel titles such as Astonishing Tales,[10] The Incredible Hulk,[11] and Super-Villain Team-Up, starting in 1975, as well as appearances in Marvel Team-Up, beginning with issue #42 (February 1976). Doctor Doom 's origin was also a feature in Astonishing Tales when his ties to the villain Mephisto were revealed.[12]

1980s-1990s[edit]

1981 saw Marvel and DC Comics collaborate on another project. In 1976 the two companies had published Superman vs. the Amazing Spider-Man, and seeking to replicate that success the two companies again teamed the characters up, in Superman and Spider-Man. Marvel editor in chief Jim Shooter co-wrote the story alongside Marv Wolfman, and recalled choosing Doctor Doom based on his iconic status: "I figured I needed the heaviest-duty bad guy we had to offer — Doctor Doom. Their greatest hero against our greatest villain."[13]

The same year saw John Byrne begin his six-year run writing and illustrating Fantastic Four in 1981, sparking a "second golden age" for the title[14] but also attempting to "turn the clock back [...] get back and see fresh what it was that made the book great at its inception."[15] Doctor Doom made his first appearance under Byrne's tenure with issue #236.[16] Whereas Kirby had intimated that Doom's disfigurement was more a figment of Victor's vain personality, Byrne expressed that Doctor Doom 's face was truly ravaged; only Doctor Doom 's own robot slaves are allowed to see the monarch without his helmet.[17] Byrne also emphasized other aspects of Doom's personality; despite his ruthless nature, Doctor Doom is a man of honor.[18][19] returning to Latveria after being temporarily deposed, Doctor Doom abandons a scheme to wrest mystical secrets from Doctor Strange in order to oversee his land's reconstruction.[17] Though possessing a tempestuous temper, Doctor Doom also occasionally shows warmth and empathy to others; he tries to free his mother from Mephisto and treats Kristoff Vernard like his own son.[17] Byrne also gave further detail regarding Doom's scarring; Byrne used the idea that the accident at Empire State University only left Doctor Doom with a small scar that was exaggerated into a more disfiguring accident by Doctor Doom 's own arrogance; when Doctor Doom puts on the armor forged for him when it had yet to cool, however, he truly damages his face.[20]

After Byrne's departure Doctor Doom continued to be a major villain in Fantastic Four, and as the 1980s continued Doom appeared in other comics such as Punisher, The Spectacular Spider-Man, and Excalibur. Under Fantastic Four writer Steven Englehart, Doctor Doom became exiled from Latveria by his heir Kristoff, who was brainwashed into thinking he was Doctor Doom. Doctor Doom would spend most of his time in exile planning his return, but Englehart left the title before he could resolve the storyline. This storyline ultimately ended with the controversial Fantastic Four #350, where writer Walt Simonson had the Doctor Doom who had been seen in the book during the Englehart run being revealed to be a Doctor Doom bot and the real Doctor Doom, in a newly redesigned armor, returning to claim his country from his usurper. Simonson's retcon stated that Doctor Doom 's last real appearance was in the famous "Battle of Baxter Building" though with occasional trips back home, though Doctor Victor Von Doom was shown to be unaware of certain major changes at the time to the Fantastic Four. An urban legend states that Simonson drew up a list of official stories which featured the real Doctor Doom and those which did not[21] but this plotline was dropped and never mentioned again by later writers, who ignored Simonson's declaration as subterfuge Doctor Doom stated for the sake of blaming past failures on Doombots.[22]

Modern depictions[edit]

In 2003 Doctor Doom was the villain in the Fantastic Four story arc "Unthinkable", in which Doctor Victor Von Doom imprisons Franklin Richards in Hell and captures Valeria Richards and succeeds in catching the Fantastic Four. Writer Mark Waid sought to redefine Doctor Doom 's character in a way that had not been seen before, and that was disliked by many fans. Waid punctuated this reinterpretation of Doctor Doom during his "Unthinkable" saga (Vol 2 #66-70 & Vol 1 (restart) #500) as an absolute sadist by having Von Doom ruthlessly murder Valeria, his first love and granddaughter to his long serving faithful retainer Boris, in order to be granted access to powerful magic by a trio of demons, Valeria being the treasured possession that they demanded in exchange. He subsequently attempted to prove his superiority to Reed by giving him the chance to find his way out of a prison that could only be escaped by mastering magic, in the belief that Reed would fail to do so, but with the aid of the astral projection of Doctor Strange Reed learned to master magic by accepting that he could not understand it. This fight resulted in Doctor Doom being trapped in Hell when Reed tricked him into rejecting the demons, until the events of Ragnarok, when Thor's hammer Mjolnir fell through dimensions and gave Doctor Doom a way out of Hell when it was lost after Thor's apparent 'death'.

In 2005 and 2006, Doctor Doom was featured in his own limited series, Books of Doom , a retelling of the origin story by Ed Brubaker.[23] In an interview, Brubaker said the series was a way to elaborate on the earlier portions of Doctor Doom 's life which had not been seen often in the comics. The series also set out to determine if Doctor Doom 's path from troubled child to dictator was fated or Doctor Doom 's own faults led to his corruption — in essence, a nature versus nurture question.[24] Brubaker's version of Doctor Doom was heavily influenced by the original Lee/Kirby version; responding to a question if he would show Doctor Doom 's face, Brubaker stated "following Kirby's example, I think it's better not to show it."[23]

The Mighty Avengers invaded Latveria, Doctor Doom 's nation, due to his involvement in creating a chemical bomb that would infect people with the symbiote (though it was recently revealed that this attack was actually set up by Kristoff Vernard to put Doctor Doom out of the picture prior to Kristoff's future attempt at a coup).[25] Due to Ultron's interference, the bomb was dropped on Manhattan, but the Mighty Avengers are able to stop the effects on the people. The Mighty Avengers proceed to invade Latveria. During the invasion, the Sentry, Iron Man, and Doctor Doom are sent to the past thanks to Doctor Doom ’s time platform. Eventually, the trio breaks into the Baxter Building and make use of a confiscated time machine to return to the present era, the Sentry taking advantage of the fact he will soon be forgotten by the world to easily defeat the Thing. Doctor Doom transports himself to Morgana's castle to summon up a magical army and captures the Avengers, but they free themselves and he is arrested for terrorist crimes against humanity after a brief struggle that culminated with the Sentry tearing off Doctor Doom 's mask.

During Dark Reign when Norman Osborn is in charge, Doctor Doom is released and sent back to Latveria. However, Morgana le Fay engages him in a magical battle, which he is losing until the Dark Avengers rescue him. He then magically rebuilds his kingdom.[26]

The character is also featured in Siege storyline[27] and in the five issue mini-series Doomwar written by Jonathan Maberry.[28]

Doctor Doom soon allies himself with the isolationist group known as the Desturi, to take control of Wakanda.[volume & issue needed] He attacked and wounded T'Challa, the current Black Panther, maiming him enough to prevent him from holding the mantle again.[volume & issue needed] Doctor Doom 's main objective was to secure Wakanda's store of vibranium, which he could mystically enhance to make himself unstoppable.

In the Mark Millar penned Fantastic Four 566-569 Doctor Doom received a significant power upgrade. He was thrown back in time (perhaps about 50 million years) by the Marquis of Death. Doctor Doom then fought through time and space to get back to the present to seek revenge on the Marquis of Death. Doctor Doom stated, as he killed the Marquis, he had rebuilt every molecule of his being and increased his power all to destroy the Marquis. In later issues this seems to have been ignored however, with writers treating Doctor Doom the way they have always before in terms of power.[volume & issue needed] Doctor Victor Von Doom was later a part of the supervillain group known as the Intelligencia, but was betrayed when they captured him to complete their plan.[29] With the help of Bruce Banner, he escaped, and returned to Latveria. He appears to have been damaged by this experience.[volume & issue needed]

At the start of the story arc Fantastic Four: Three, Doctor Doom felt that he needed to be "reborn" and was making plans to abdicate his throne and give it to Kristoff when Valeria teleported to his room unexpectedly asking for his assistance to help her father. Valeria quickly notices that Doctor Doom has suffered brain damage and makes a deal with him to restore his mental capacities if he helps Reed and the Fantastic Four. Doctor Doom agrees to her proposition.[30] Later, Doctor Doom appears among those in attendance at Johnny Storm's funeral.[31]

Due to the agreement, Doctor Doom was recommended by Nathaniel and Valeria Richards to be a member of the Future Foundation.[32] Objecting, Thing attacks Doctor Doom out of anger, but the fight was stopped by Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, who welcomes Doctor Doom to their group.[33] In a recent issue of the Hulk series, it was revealed that Doctor Doom performed brain surgery on Hulk to separate him from Banner, extracting the uniquely Banner elements from Hulk's brain and cloning a new body for Banner, in return for an initially-unspecified favor from the Hulk.[34] However, when Doctor Doom demands to keep Banner for his own purposes, the Hulk goes back on the deal and flees with Banner's body, leaving his alter ego in the desert where he was created to ensure that Doctor Doom cannot use Banner's intellect.[35]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Victor von Doom was born decades ago to a tribe of Latverian gypsies under the rule of an unnamed nobleman called the Baron. Victor's mother was witch Cynthia Von Doom who died by Mephisto's hand while von Doom was young. His father, Werner, was the leader of the tribe and a renowned medicine man who kept his wife's sorceress life quiet in order to protect Victor from a similar fate. Soon after Cynthia's death, the Baron's wife grew incurably ill from cancer and Werner was called to the capitol to heal her. When she succumbed to illness, the Baron labeled Werner a murderer and called for his death. Werner escaped with young Victor, having realized the night before the woman would die. He goes on to die of exposure on the mountainside, cradling the boy in a final embrace and giving him his garments to keep him warm. Victor survived and, on return to the gypsy camp, discovered his mother's occult instruments and swore revenge on the Baron. Victor grew into a headstrong and brilliant man, combining sorcery and technology to create fantastic devices to keep the Baron's men at bay and protect the gypsies. His exploits attracted the attention of the dean of Empire State University, who sent someone to the camp.[36] Offered the chance to study in the United States, von Doom chooses to leave his homeland and his love, Valeria, behind. Once in the United States, Victor met fellow student and future nemesis Reed Richards, who was intended to be his roommate, but von Doom disliked him and asked for another roommate. After a time, Victor constructed a machine intended to communicate with the dead. Though Richards tried to warn him about a flaw in the machine, seeing his calculations were a few decimals off, Victor continued on with disastrous results. The machine violently failed and the resulting explosion seemingly severely damaged his face.[36] It is later revealed that Ben Grimm, a friend of Richards who despised Victor for his superior attitude, tampered with the machine. He would later blame himself for Doctor Doom 's eventual rise to power, but never revealed this information to anyone.[37] Expelled after the accident, Victor traveled the world until he collapsed on a Tibetan mountainside. Rescued by a clan of monks, Victor quickly mastered the monks' disciplines as well as the monks themselves. Victor then forged himself a suit of armor, complete with a scowling mask, and took the name Doctor Doom.[36] As Doctor Doom, he would go on to menace those he felt responsible for his accident—primarily, Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four. He succeeded in taking over Latveria, taking an interest in the welfare of the Roma.

In his first appearance, Doctor Doom captures the Invisible Girl, using her as a hostage so the Fantastic Four will travel back in time to steal the enchanted treasure of Blackbeard which will help him conquer the world, but he is fooled by Reed Richards, who swaps the treasure with worthless chains.[38] Doctor Doom then forms an alliance with the Sub-Mariner, who places a magnetic device in the Baxter Building. However Doctor Doom uses this to pull him and the Fantastic Four into space, thinking this will rid him of those capable of preventing him conquering the world. But the Sub-Mariner gets to Doctor Doom 's ship and returns the Baxter Building to New York, while Doctor Doom is left on an asteroid. Returning to Earth after learning the secrets of an advanced alien race, the Ovids, Doctor Doom exchanges consciousnesses with Mr. Fantastic; Richards, inhabiting Doctor Doom 's body, switches the two back, and Doctor Doom ends up trapped in a micro-world when he is hit with a shrinking ray he had intended to use on the rest of the Fantastic Four.[39] Doctor Doom takes over the micro-world, but leaves after the FF end his rule. He is then thrown into space when he attempts to do this to the FF.[40] Doctor Doom is saved by Rama-Tut, and he returns to Earth to destroy the Fantastic Four by turning each member against the other using a special berry juice. Richards outwits Doctor Doom by using the hallucinogenic juice against the villain. Doctor Doom, believing he has killed Richards in a test of willpower, departs certain of his victory and superior intelligence.[41]

During the 1960s, Doctor Doom tricks Spider-Man into joining forces with him,[42] and he also menaces the Avengers when Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch travel to Latveria to find a long-lost relative.[43] He steals the Silver Surfer's powers in 1967, but he loses them after breaching a barrier Galactus set for the Surfer on Earth.[44][45]

During the 1970s, Doctor Doom branched out to more Marvel titles, with a battle between Doctor Doom and Prince Rudolfo over control of Latveria being featured in Astonishing Tales.[46] Doctor Doom also attempts to use the Hulk as his slave during two issues of The Incredible Hulk.[47] The character also made several appearances in the story arcs of Super-Villain Team-Up, starting in 1975, as well as appearances in Marvel Team-Up, beginning with issue #42 (February 1976). In August 1981, Doctor Doom also made an appearance in Iron Man when the two travel to Camelot where Stark thwarted Doctor Doom 's attempt to solicit the aide of Morgan le Fay and Doctor Doom swore deadly vengeance for that interference, which had to be indefinitely delayed in the interest of returning to the present day.[48]

During John Bryne's run in the 1980s, Doctor Doom attempts to steal the cosmic powers of Terrax, but Doctor Doom's body is destroyed in the resulting fight between Terrax and the Silver Surfer.[49] Doctor Doom survives by transferring his consciousness to another human, and is returned to his original body by the Beyonder.[50]

In the 2000s, Doctor Doom rediscovered his mystical heritage, using his powers in an attempt to destroy the Fantastic Four after making a deal with a group of demons called the Hazarath Three, but later is consigned to a hell dimension after Professor Richards manages to trick him into rejecting the idea that the demons aided him. He escapes and attempts to claim Thor's mystical hammer Mjolnir for himself, after the rift the hammer created as it fell to Earth following the destruction of Asgard allowed him to escape. The plot fails due to his inability to lift the hammer, and Doctor Doom returns to Latveria to rule once again.

Doom is still up to his old tricks, desperately trying to remake the world in his image. In this case, however, it isn't Earth that's in danger of falling under his thrall, but the creation of Franklin Richards that has been dubbed, humbly, Planet Doom. The planet is in turmoil, torn apart by conflict, but Doom knows that if everyone just obeyed him in all things, the world would be a brighter place. Without the meddling of heroes like the FF and the Avengers, he actually stands a chance of making it happen. All that stands in his way is a little boy...

When Franklin Richards was kidnapped by Onslaught, Doctor Doom joined the Fantastic Four, Avengers and the X-Men to battle Onslaught in Central Park. An enraged Hulk was able to crack open Onslaught's shell. However, Onslaught remained as pure psionic energy, separated Hulk and Banner, planning to spread across the planet. Thor plunged into Onslaught, trying to contain him. The Fantastic Four, the majority of Avengers, the Hulk-less Banner, and even Doom followed. Thanks to this sacrifice, the X-Men finally managed to destroyed Onslaught. Doom, the Fantastic Four, and the Avengers and Banner were believed dead, but were instead saved by Franklin, who created a pocket dimension called Counter-Earth to keep them safe. After several months away, the missing heroes returned from Counter-Earth, except for Doom, who remained there for a time.

Eager to begin his rule on Planet Doom, the hooded one uncovers the secret power at the heart of the planet, an avatar of his arch-foe Reed Richards' son, Franklin, the super-powered youth who conjured this globe and left a bit of himself behind to guide it from within. In a creepy but very clever sequence, Doom manages to convince the little boy to relinquish control of this world with little more than a few errant promises of a better life. No violence, no spandex heroes slugging it out, just a dark-hearted man in an iron mask quietly coercing a child. It's as evil as Doom has ever been, and in a strange way, as human as he's ever been as well.

Later, a Doombot was taken down by Reed Richards, Henry Pym, Iron Man, She-Hulk and others in New York City. Whether or not it was sent by Doctor Doom himself remains to be seen, as does his role in the overall conflict. Doctor Doom was not invited to the wedding of Storm and the Black Panther. However, he did send a present: an invitation to form an alliance with Latveria, using the Civil War currently going on among the hero community as a reason to quite possibly forge an alliance between their two countries. When Black Panther, on a diplomatic mission to other countries with Storm, did show up in Latveria, he presented them with a real present, and extended another invitation to form an alliance with Black Panther. He demonstrated behavior very uncharacteristic of him, however, which may or may not become a plot point later. Panther spurned the invitation, detonating an EMP that blacked out a local portion of Latveria before Doctor Doom 's robots could destroy his ship. Later on, Doctor Doom is then shown collaborating with the Red Skull on a weapon which will only "be the beginning" of Captain America's suffering. Doctor Doom gave the Red Skull the weapon because the Red Skull gave Victor pieces of technology from an old German castle. The castle was owned by a "Baron of Iron" centuries prior, who had used his technological genius to protect himself and his people. The map the Red Skull used to find the castle bore a picture of Doctor Doom. Doctor Doom states that the technology the Red Skull gave him is more advanced than what he currently has, and that he will become the Baron of Iron in his future. The Red Skull is currently in the process of reverse-engineering Doctor Doom 's weapon for multiple uses, rather than the single use Doctor Doom agreed to.

At the end of the first chapter of the X-Men event Endangered Species, Doctor Doom is among the supervillain geniuses that Beast contacts to help him reverse the effects of Decimation. He spurns Beast by stating that genetics do not number among his talents.

In Spider-Man: One More Day, Doctor Doom was among those that Spider-Man contacts to help save Aunt May.[51]

Doctor Doom also makes Latveria into a refugee camp for the Atlanteans following the destruction of their underwater kingdom[52] as well as becoming allies with Loki in his plot to manipulate Thor into unwittingly release his Asgardian enemies.[53]

Doctor Doom later defends Latveria from the Mighty Avengers, following a revelation that it was one of Doctor Doom's satellites that carried the 'Venom Virus' released in New York City.[54] In a battle with Iron Man and the Sentry, the time travel mechanism within his armor overloads, trapping Doctor Doom and his opponents at some point in the past. Doctor Doom continues a relationship with Morgan le Fay using his time machine.[55] He and Iron Man managed to get back to the present, but Doctor Doom has left Iron Man in his exploding castle. Despite this, Doctor Doom ended up incarcerated at The Raft.

During the Secret Invasion storyline, Doctor Doom was among the villains who escaped the Raft when a virus was uploaded into its systems by the Skrulls.

In the aftermath of the Secret Invasion, Doctor Doom is a member of the Dark Illuminati alongside Norman Osborn, Emma Frost, Namor, Loki's female form, and Hood. At the end of this meeting, Namor and Doctor Doom are seen having a discussion of their own plans that have all ready been set in motion.[56]

Doctor Doom soon allies himself with the isolationist group known as the Desturi, to take control of Wakanda. He attacked and wounded T'Challa, the current Black Panther, maiming him enough to prevent him from holding the mantle again. Doctor Doom 's main objective was to secure Wakanda's store of vibranium, which he could mystically enhance to make himself unstoppable. Doctor Doom was also a part of the supervillain group known as the Intelligencia, but was betrayed when they captured him to complete their plan. With the help of Bruce Banner, he escaped, and returned to Latveria. He appears to have been damaged by this experience.

At the start of the Siege storyline, Doctor Doom is with the Cabal discussing the current problems with the X-Men and both Avengers teams. Doctor Doom demands that Osborn at once reverse his course of action against his ally Namor, to which Osborn refuses, saying that he and Emma Frost had "crossed the line" with him. Doctor Doom, loathing Thor and the Asgardians all the more due to his recent defeat at their hands, claims that he will support Osborn's "madness" should Namor be returned to him, but Osborn refuses. Osborn's mysterious ally, the Void, violently attacks Doctor Doom, and an apparently amused Loki tells the Hood that he should go, as there is nothing here for either of them, which the Hood, now loyal to Loki due to his hand in the restoration of his mystical abilities, agrees. However, it is revealed that "Doctor Doom" is actually an upgraded Doctor Doom bot, which releases swarms of Doctor Doom bot nanites against the Cabal, tearing down Avengers Tower and forcing its denizens, such as the Dark Avengers, to evacuate. Osborn is rescued by the Sentry, who destroys the body. When Osborn contacts Doctor Doom, Doctor Doom tells him not to ever strike him again or he is willing to go further.[27]

It has been revealed that the Scarlet Witch seen in Wundagore Mountain is actually a Doctor Doom bot which apparently means that the real one has been captured by Doctor Doom sometime after the House of M event.[57] It is revealed that Wanda's enhanced powers were a result of her and Doctor Doom's combined attempt to channel the Life Force in order to resurrect her children. This proves to be too much for Wanda to contain and it overtook her. With Wiccan and Doctor Doom's help, they seek to use the entity that is possessing Wanda to restore mutantkinds' powers. This is stopped by the Young Avengers (who are concerned at the fall-out that would ensue if the powerless mutants are suddenly re-powered) only to find out Doctor Doom 's real plan: to transfer the entity into his own body and gaining Wanda's god-like powers for himself.[58] Doctor Doom becomes omnipotent with powers surpassing those of beings as the Beyonder or the Cosmic Cube. The Young Avengers confront him, but Doctor Doom kills Cassie just before Wanda and Wiccan stole his new-found powers.[59]

At the start of the story arc "Fantastic Four: Three," Doctor Doom felt that he needed to be "reborn" and was making plans to abdicate his throne and give it to Kristoff when Valeria teleported to his room unexpectedly asking for his assistance to help her father. Valeria quickly notices that Doctor Doom has suffered brain damage and makes a deal with him to restore his mental capacities if he helps Reed and the Fantastic Four. Doctor Doom agrees to her proposition.[30] Later, Doctor Doom appears among those in attendance at Johnny Storm's funeral.[31]

Due to the agreement, Doctor Doom was recommended by Nathaniel and Valeria Richards to be a member of the Future Foundation.[32] Objecting, Thing attacks Doctor Doom out of anger, but the fight was stopped by Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman, who welcomes Doctor Doom to their group. When Valeria asks Doctor Doom if he has a backup for restoring his memories, he reveals that Kristoff Vernard is his backup. Afterward, Mr. Fantastic, Spider-Man, Nathaniel, Valeria, and Doctor Doom head to Latveria to meet with Kristoff and request his help. Mister Fantastic sets up a brain transfer machine in order to help restore Doctor Doom's memories and knowledge, which is successful. When Kristoff wants to return the throne to him, Doctor Doom states that it is not time yet because of a promise he made to Valeria. When Mister Fantastic asks what promise Doctor Doom made to Valeria, Doctor Doom states that he made a promise to help defeat Mister Fantastic.[33] Doctor Doom decides to hold a symposium on how to finally defeat Reed Richards. The Thing and the evolved Moloids give an invitation to the High Evolutionary. Dragon Man and Alex Power give an invitation to Diablo. Upon receiving an invitation from Spider-Man, Mad Thinker is convinced to take part in the event. Bentley 23 even gives an invitation to his creator, the Wizard, along with two A.I.M. lieutenants. However, it is subsequently revealed that the 'Richards' they have been invited to defeat are actually members of the "Council of Reeds" (alternate versions of Reed who were trapped in this universe by Valeria a while back, possessing Reed's intellect while lacking his conscience).[60] While Spider-Man and Invisible Woman make sandwiches for the kids, Mister Fantastic, Doctor Doom, Valeria, and Nathaniel Richards meet with the supervillain geniuses and Uatu the Watcher about what to do with the Council of Reeds.[61]

The child members of the Future Foundation used the panic room system to teleport themselves the top of the Baxter Building to near Latveria where they help Nathaniel Richards, Kristoff Vernard, Alpha-Reed Richards, and Doctor Doom to rebuild the Bridge, and the Alpha-Reed Richards could return home. The Mad Celestials from Earth-4280 try to enter Earth through the Bridge in order to destroy it. Doctor Doom and Alpha-Reed Richards tried to stop them although Alpha-Reed Richards was killed using the Ultimate Nullifier while Doctor Doom was apparently killed by the Mad Celestials.[62]

Doctor Doom managed to return to his Earth and Latveria. Unbeknownst to Doctor Doom, Lucia von Bardas and Red Ghost plan to use KGB super-spies (which had been previously in suspended animation) in a plot to kill Doctor Doom.[63]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Doctor Doom steals the Silver Surfer's powers in Fantastic Four #57 (1966). Art by Jack Kirby.

Doctor Doom is a polymath and scientific genius. Throughout most of his publication history, he has been depicted as one of the most intelligent humans in the Marvel Universe. This is shown on many occasions, most famously by actually curing Ben Grimm of his Thing form, which Reed Richards has never repeated.[64] On the other hand, Reed Richards managed to process all the computer calculations necessary to save the life of a disintegrating Kitty Pryde by himself, which is a feat that Doctor Doom at the time professed to be unable to do.[65]

Doctor Doom also possesses originally minor mystical capabilities due to teachings from Tibetan monks, but later increased them to a considerable extent due to tutoring from his lover Morgan Le Fay. He is capable of energy projection, creating protective shields, and summoning hordes of demonic creatures.[66] Even at a time his abilities were consistently referred to as minor, with assistance from his technology and by tag-teaming with Doctor Strange, Doctor Doom managed to come second in a magic tournament held by the ancient sorcerer the Aged Genghis.[67]

Doctor Doom has also used his scientific talents to steal or replicate the power of other beings such as the Silver Surfer, or in one case the entity Galactus' world-ship.[68]

The alien Ovoids taught Doctor Doom the process of psionically transferring his consciousness into another nearby being through a simple eye contact, as well as showing him other forms of technology[69][70] which Doctor Doom uses to escape from incarcerations and to avoid getting killed;[71][72] however, if his concentration is broken, it can transfer his mind back, and he rarely uses this power unless absolutely necessary due to his own ego about his appearance.

Doctor Doom can exert technopathic control over certain machines, most notably,the Doom bots. In addition, Doctor Doom has a remarkably strong will, as demonstrated in the graphic novel, Emperor Doom when he dared his prisoner, the mind controlling Purple Man, to attempt to control him and he successfully resists.

Without his armor he proved himself to be a skilled bare-handed fighter, even capable of killing a lion.[73][74]

Doctor Doom 's armor augments his natural physical strength to superhuman levels, to the point where he is able to hold his own against Spider-Man in hand-to-hand combat,[75] although he tends to rely on long-range tactics when engaging physically stronger foes. It is also highly resistant to harm, sufficient to withstand blows from Iron Man's armor.[76] The armor can generate a defensive force field[77] and a lethal electric shock killing anyone who might come in contact with Doctor Doom.[77] The armor is self-supporting, equipped with internal stores and recycling systems for air, food, water, and energy, allowing the wearer to survive lengthy periods of exposure underwater or in outer space.

As the absolute monarch of Latveria, Dr. Doom has diplomatic immunity- allowing him to escape prosecution for most of his crimes- and total control of the nation's natural and technological resources, along with its manpower, economy, and military.

Doctor Doom is known for the frequent plot device wherein it is revealed that his actions were actually those of a "Doombot", one of Doctor Doom's many robot doubles, either working on his behalf or as a result of rogue artificial intelligence.

On many occasions, Doctor Doom's only real weakness has been shown to be his arrogance, Layla Miller once reflecting that Doctor Doom is incapable of accepting that he himself might be the reason for his failures, as most keenly reflected in Doctor Doom 's continued inability to accept that he himself was responsible for the accident that scarred his face, preferring to blame Reed Richards for sabotaging his experiment rather than accept that his calculations were wrong. While his high opinion of himself is generally accurate, he is notably generally unable to accept when others may have a better understanding of a situation than he does– although he has been noted to have enough respect for heroes such as Reed Richards or the Thing to at least listen to their recommendations about threats that he himself has not encountered rather than dismiss them instantly– and even when forced to team up with others to defeat a greater threat, Doctor Doom has been shown to be willing to try to gain a personal advantage when the more expedient course of action would be to stick to the plan and try for greater rewards later, such as when he tried to steal the Infinity Gauntlet from Thanos during the heroes' initial assault against the Titan rather than adhere to Adam Warlock's plan of attack and simply attempt to acquire the Gauntlet after Thanos had been defeated.

Doctor Doom adheres to a strict code of honor at all times. However, Von Doom will keep his exact word, which may or may not be beneficial to the person to whom he has given his promise. For example, Doctor Doom may swear that he will not harm an individual, but that only means he will not personally harm that person, it does not mean he will prevent others from harming that person.

Doctor Doom's honor code led him to save Captain America from drowning because Captain America had earlier saved his life, and on another occasion he thanked Spider-Man for saving him from terrorists attacking him in an airport by allowing him to leave alive despite Spider-Man subsequently insulting him. His code of honor also means that he will not attack a respected opponent who is weakened or at a severe disadvantage, as he regards any victory resulting from such circumstances as hollow and meaningless. He has even on several occasions battled opponents who were intent on killing the Fantastic Four, for no other reason than the fact that he does not want the ultimate defeat of the Fantastic Four to come from anyone's hands but his own.

Doctor Doom's Inventions[edit]

Doctor Doom has constructed numerous devices in order to defeat his foes or gain more power including:

  • Doombots - Doombots have the face of the real Doctor Doom but with no hood and they have guns. Used for many missions, typically those where he fears defeat. Sometimes the Doctor Doom bots even believe themselves to be Doctor Doom.[17]
  • Servo-Guards - Robots that are programmed to attack the enemies of Doctor Doom.
  • Time Platform - One of Doctor Doom's most ingenious creation is this functioning time machine. It consists of a platform 10 feet (3.0 m) by 10 feet (3.0 m) by 6 inches (150 mm) and a separate control console. Subjects stand upon the platform, while an operator works the controls. The device can transport characters to virtually any time and place in Earth's timestream, and the operator can instantly return the travelers by manipulating the control console. Doctor Doom does not require the console to return to his own time—he can use the time-circuitry built into his own armor, allowing him to venture into time and return on his own without relying on someone to bring him back.
  • A device to imbue people with superpowers.

Other versions[edit]

Doctor Doom s status as one of the Fantastic Four's greatest villains[9] has led to his appearance in many of Marvel's alternate universes and spinoffs, in which the character's history, circumstances and behavior vary from the mainstream setting.

In other media[edit]

Doctor Doom has been included in almost every media adaptation of the Fantastic Four franchise, including film, television, and computer and video games.

Television[edit]

  • Doctor Doom appeared perhaps most significantly in six episodes of the 1981 Spider-Man series produced by Marvel Productions, voiced by Ralph James with heavy modulation akin to Darth Vader. The latter five episodes, written by Larry Parr, comprised a complete story arc, and four of them were at one point edited together into an animated feature.
  • Doctor Doom appeared in the Fantastic Four series (1994–1996), voiced by John Vernon and Neil Ross in season one and Simon Templeman in season two. In the episode "Mask of Doctor Doom ", he captured the Fantastic Four and forced Mister Fantastic, Human Torch and Thing to go back in time and obtain an object for him. In the episode "Silver Surfer and the Return of Galactus", he steals Silver Surfer's powers and destroy the Fantastic Four but is tricked by the FF (who are in the fantastic car with Silver Surfer) to follow them to outer space, but due to Galactus' decree that Silver Surfer may not surf the cosmos ever again is thwarted by the planet devourer himself and the Power Cosmic is returned to the Silver Surfer. In the episode "And a Blind Man Shall Lead Them", he struck at a powerless FF and had his hands crushed by the Thing. In the episode "Nightmare in Green", he directed Hulk to attack the team. In the episode "Doctor Doom sday", he again acquired the Power Cosmic in the series finale. Once again, he is tricked into going to outer space, only to hit the barrier that prevents Silver Surfer from leaving Earth.
  • Simon Templeman reprised his role for guest appearances in two episodes of The Incredible Hulk (1996–1997). Doctor Doom held Washington, D.C. captive, only to be defeated by She-Hulk whom he later attempted to claim revenge upon. With his appearance on this show, it can be assumed that he survived the fate he met on the Fantastic Four series if both shows are to be considered within the same continuity.
  • Doctor Doom appears in a three-part guest spot in the final season of Spider-Man (1994–1998) voiced by Tom Kane. Doctor Doom's role is re-imagined in the Secret Wars. In the episode's third part, Doctor Doom turned part of the alien world he was on into "New Latveria" after overthrowing Doctor Octopus's Octavia and renaming it "New Latveria". However, he did not use his ruling powers to oppress and allowed the aliens in his country to live in peace and harmony, protecting them from the other villains. He even kidnapped Thing only to cure him of his deformity, turning him back to Ben Grimm, and healed his own face as an afterthought. With Ben's cooperation, he then stole the Beyonder's powers and sent the other villains back to Earth and almost killed the superheroes that Ben fought along with. However, he proved unable to control the power fully, his nightmares and subconscious fears spawning monsters that constantly attacked New Latveria. The Thing turned Doctor Doom's weapon on him, and the Beyonder's powers were returned to the mystic figure himself. Doctor Doom was then returned to Earth with no memory of these events (as well as presumably his scarred face), along with every other villain and superhero apart from Spider-Man.
  • Doctor Doom appears in Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes, voiced by Paul Dobson. In this version, it is implied that he is indeed smarter than Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards) he wears a large green coat, a green & silver armor with a glowing green light on the chest and sharp claws. In the pilot "Doctor Doom sday", he is revealed to have diplomatic immunity as a head of state which means the American police cannot place him under arrest. He retains an embassy that serves as his residence. Doctor Doom's more sociopathic and Machiavellian tendencies are displayed. Such as launching the Baxter Building into orbit (with little regard for the remaining tenants inside). In the episode "Doctor Doom sday", he fabricated records of Reed deliberately exposing his teammates to cosmic rays to alienate and capture him; subsequently using Reed's own invention to harness the energy from the Negative Zone and the creatures that reside and unleash them upon New York which he acknowledged would have killed thousands (or potentially millions). In one episode where in one of his experiments his mind gets put into Reed's body and vice versa, he attempts to destroy Reed's reputation and overload the Baxter Building's power supply destroying it and several city blocks beyond it. In the episode, more is revealed about Doctor Doom 's life and ruling attitude. Doctor Doom (with Richards's mind) is now considerably more polite and respectful of others. Reed also commands the Doombots to destroy themselves as 'word of Doctor Doom is law' and releases the face mask. Though the viewer is not shown Doctor Doom's face, when they're return to their proper bodies, Richards tells Doctor Doom that his insecurity, in particular about his personal appearance, is his greatest adversary. In another episode, an alternative timeline version of Doctor Doom is shown without his mask. In a latter episode, Doctor Doom uses a variation of Iron Man's armor. In the final episode "Doctor Doom 's Word Is Law", Doctor Doom is apparently killed when a self-destructing Doombot blows up his castle. Here, Doctor Doom's Doombots are not robot doubles but his foot soldiers. As a result of fighting the Fantastic Four, Doctor Doom has equipped them with weapons suited to each member (i.e. an ice cannon for the Human Torch, etc.). Doctor Doom's partially damaged face was only seen once in the episode "Annihilation".
  • Doctor Doom appears in Iron Man: Armored Adventures, voiced by Christopher Britton.[79] In this show, Doctor Doom's armor was declared so advanced that Tony Stark stated it made his armor "look like a toaster with arms". The character's background and basis is vastly different from his original version: Victor Von Doom is a member of the royal family of Latervia, he was married, his scarring accident happened in Latveria and resulted in him killing the ruling portion of his family to inherit the throne and he has rarely visited the USA. In the episode "The Might of Doctor Doom", Doctor Doom appeared in New York to meet up with Obadiah Stane in order to obtain the armor specifications from stolen files and in return would improve Stane's "Monger Core" generator. After the retrieval of the specs occurred, Doctor Doom fought Iron Man and put him into a three-hour deep sleep, also beating War Machine. After the core was upgraded, Doctor Doom activated a timer that would first have the generator absorb all the energy in New York then expel it in one enormous blast. Iron Man, however, was able to stop the timer, angering Doctor Doom. War Machine landed Doctor Doom's plane to which he returned the favor by nearly defeating the two armored heroes in a two-on-one battle. During the battle between Iron Man and Doctor Doom following War Machine's retreat, Doctor Doom prepares to invoke Dormammu's magic to defeat Iron Man. Just then, S.H.I.E.L.D. arrives to end the fight as S.H.I.E.L.D. agents escort Doctor Doom back to Latveria as Doctor Doom vows to fight Iron Man again. As Doctor Doom is given a ride back to Latveria, Nick Fury then states to Iron Man that they have been keeping an eye on Doctor Doom even though he has diplomatic immunity and then quotes "Son, we know all about Doctor Doom. When he makes a mistake, S.H.I.E.L.D. will be there to take him down.". It is later revealed by Pepper Potts to Tony that Doctor Doom's armor was based on Makluan technology. In the episode "Doctor Doomsday", Doctor Doom finds the temple of the 9th Makluan Ring and manages to defeat its guardian Grey Gargoyle just as Mandarin and Howard Stark arrive. Doctor Doom uses the 9th Makluan Ring to cause strange phenomena around the world. When Iron Man and Mandarin arrive, they end up in a death trap which they get out of until they encounter Doctor Doom. Iron Man demands that Doctor Doom tells him that he hands Howard to him. Doctor Doom uses the 9th Makluan Ring and ends up attacking Iron Man and Mandarin. When Iron Man gives Mandarin one of his rings, they do a combination attack on Doctor Doom (which turned out to be a Doombot with a fake Makluan Ring). Upon finding a secret chamber in Castle Doctor Doom, they find Howard in a cube cell only to be attacked and imprisoned by Doctor Doom. Doctor Doom mentions that he has tapped into the 9th Makluan Ring which can create wormholes. Doctor Doom then uses the 9th Makluan Ring to summon Yogthul and give him Iron Man, Mandarin, and Howard in exchange to be reunited with his family. Yogthul declares that Mandarin is not a pure soul and ends up rescinding his deal with Doctor Doom. When Iron Man and Mandarin escape from Yogthul's dimension, they end up fighting Doctor Doom again. Howard then turns on the electricity to shock Doctor Doom as Mandarin claims the 9th Makluan Ring from him. Iron Man then traps Doctor Doom in Yogthul's dimension.
  • Doctor Doom appears in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, voiced by Lex Lang. He was first mentioned in the episode "The Breakout" (Part 1) during a trade with A.I.M. was made on his behalf.[80] Doctor Doom made his first physical appearance in the second season premiere "The Private War of Doctor Doom" where he sends Lucia von Bardas and an army of Doombots to attack the Avengers Mansion and the Baxter Building which ended with the capture of Invisible Woman and Wasp. Doctor Doom had Invisible Woman and Wasp placed in a special machine as the Avengers and the Fantastic Four make their way towards Latveria. Initially not wanting an international incident with Doctor Doom being the head of a sovereign nation on foreign soil, the Avengers try a stealth attack which Doctor Doom anticipates. Doctor Doom effortlessly defeats both the Avengers and the three remaining Fantastic Four members. Invisible Woman and Wasp are freed only by Doctor Doom's mercy and the machine is destroyed enabling the Avengers and the Fantastic Four to retreat. In the final scene, Doctor Doom was going over the data he had received from the machine where he learns that "Invisible Woman" was actually a Skrull imposter the whole time.[81] In the episode "Infiltration", Doctor Doom returns and hands Iron Man a chip with the ability to scan human beings to see if they are Skrulls or not. He then leaves opting not to take part in the eventual rebellion against the full-scale invasion. He also appeared in the episode "Emperor Stark" where he was seen battling Thor and Iron Man drones under the Purple Man's control. The outcome of the battle is never stated or shown.
  • Doctor Doom appears in the Ultimate Spider-Man, voiced by Maurice LaMarche. In the episode "Doctor Doomed", Spider-Man, Power Man, Iron Fist, Nova and White Tiger head to Latveria in order capture Doctor Doom and prove themselves to Nick Fury. When Spider-Man and the other heroes managed to defeat Doctor Doom to bring to Fury, "Doctor Doom" turns out to be a Mark 6 Hoberman Doctor Doom bot (which contained small models in its compartments) programmed to destroy the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. After Spider-Man and the team destroyed the Doctor Doom bot before destruction of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier's fusion core, the real Doctor Doom leaves a transmission that he has scanned their strengths and weakness and will be ready for them if they ever return to Latveria. The episode "Beetle Mania" shows footage of Beetle making a deal with Doctor Doom. In the episode "Not a Toy", Doctor Doom gets ahold of Captain America's shield when it is accidentally thrown off the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier and goes right through the Latverian Embassy's window. When Spider-Man tries to claim that the shield is a replica, Doctor Doom does not buy this and launches a heat-seeking missile. After avoiding the missile, Captain America and Spider-Man begin to infiltrate the Latverian Embassy where Captain America suspects that Doctor Doom might reverse-engineer the shield to reinforce his armor or any weapon. After fighting past the Doom-Dogs and Doombots, Captain America and Spider-Man make their way towards Doctor Doom studying Captain America's shield where they find that Doctor Doom has been using the Latverian Embassy for some invasion and that Captain America's shield is escaping to Latveria in his jet. Upon defeating the Doctor Doom Dogs, Captain America and Spider-Man land on Doctor Doom's jet as he ends up attacking them. Spider-Man crashes Doctor Doom's jet into the park. Spider-Man states that Doctor Doom was taking over the world as Doctor Doom states that he plans to remake North America. Doctor Doom attacks them as Spider-Man claims they were stalling just as the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier arrives. Although he is taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, Doctor Doom claims that his Embassy Officials will have him out by sundown and is later deported back to Latveria. Doctor Doom makes a brief appearance in the episode "Ultimate Deadpool" when Deadpool brags about defeating half the Latverian Army and "staching" the villain at which point showing an Internet video of a mustachioed puppet of the dictator threatening the U.N. (and receiving only laughter) before noticing the mustache and angrily yelling 'Deadpool!'.
  • Maurice LaMarche reprises his role as Doctor Doom in Avengers Assemble.[82] In the episode "The Avengers Protocol", Doctor Doom is briefly seen receiving a holographic message from Red Skull to join his Cabal. In the episode "The Serpent of Doctor Doom", Doctor Doom manages to obtain Ulik's weapon Codgel (following Ulik's fight against Thor) after intercepting it from some HYDRA agents with the help of his Doom-Dogs. Red Skull was not pleased with Doctor Doom obtaining the Codgel upon contacting him. Doctor Doom states that he is the only one capable of handling the Codgel and does not want to take up Red Skull's offer to join the Cabal. The Avengers tracked the Codgel's energy signature to the Latverian Embassy in order to retrieve it. Battling his Doctor Doom bots, Doctor Doom enters the fight standing toe to toe against Thor. Doctor Doom used the modified Codgel to fulfill the supposed legends release the Midgard Serpent with hopes of enslaving it to conquer the globe. After a battle with the Avengers, he and the Midgard Serpent were banished to the Realm Below using the extra-dimensional portal that was used by Ulik. In the episode "The Doomstroyer", Doctor Doom takes control of the Destroyer which he uses to attack the HYDRA Agents and the A.I.M. Agents that are in Latveria. During his fight with the Avengers, Doctor Doom mentioned that he has seen all of the Asgardian worlds which explained how he was able to gain control of the Destroyer. The effects of Doctor Doom controlling the Destroyer has even caused him to attack his own people. With help from Loki, Thor, Captain America and Falcon were able to trace Doctor Doom to Helheim where he is using the Helhorn to control the Destroyer and is being guarded by the Midgard Serpent. Iron Man was able to get through to Doctor Doom as he deactivates the Destroyer. Captain America then removes the Helhorn from Doctor Doom as he is evacuated from Helheim and returned to Latveria. Doctor Doom then turns down Iron Man's charity offer to help with the relief in Latveria and orders the Avengers to leave as they have more pressing matters to attend to. In "Planet Doom," Doctor Doom uses his Time Platform to go back in time to prevent the Avengers from forming like leaving Captain America in ice, saving Tony Stark's life after a bomb was used on him, and saving Bruce Banner before he can go into him (while constructing a special gamma-proof suit). Doctor Doom then takes over the world to save it from the corruption of humanity where he is served by Bruce Banner, Black Bride (this reality's version of Black Widow), and Tony Stark (who is operating under the name Brain Trust). When Thor returned to Earth, he learns of what happened when he meets the Defenders (consisting of Clint "Bullseye" Barton, Peter "Slinger" Parker, and Sam "Snap" Wilson). After the group is captured by Black Bride and the Doombots, Doctor Doom tries to get Thor to divulge the secrets of Mjolnir. Upon not getting any info from Thor, Doctor Doom arranges for their public termination. Before the termination can commence, Black Bride takes the opportunity to turn on Doctor Doom as has Punisher (who was disguised as an executioner) destroy the Doombots that held the Defenders. Upon taking down Thor, Doctor Doom tries to lift Mjolnir as Black Bride resuscitates him. The battle was enough to free Captain America from ice as Brain Trust and Bruce Banner help to defeat Doctor Doom. Upon using the Time Platform, Thor goes back in time to the moment that Doctor Doom was about to use his Time Platform at one of his bases and secretly destroys it with lightning. When a Doombot asks if they should commence with the project, Doctor Doom blasts it stating that he won't commence it and leaves. In "The Ambassador," Nick Fury is ordered by his superiors to have S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers protect Doctor Doom while he is speaking at the United Nations. After taking off his armor's weapons, Doctor Doom mentioned to Captain America that he had declined Red Skull's offer to join the Cabal and they are now out to get him. While speaking at the United Nations, Doctor Doom is attacked by Hyperion as Captain America protects him. Doctor Doom does use his armor's speakers to give Hyperion some temporary hearing problems. As Captain America works to keep Doctor Doom from being taken out by Hyperion, MODOK (who is controlling the Super-Adaptoid), Dracula, and Attuma, Doctor Doom does get injured in one of the attacks underground. Upon making it to the surface, Doctor Doom and Captain America make their way to Avengers Tower so that Doctor Doom can be treated as they are attacked by Red Skull. While the other Avengers hold off the Cabal, Captain America gets Doctor Doom into Avengers Tower in order to treat Doctor Doom's injuries. Of course Doctor Doom had a trick up his sleeve where he planned to get Stark Industries technology to improve his own technology. After making it back to Latveria, Doctor Doom discovers that the information he downloaded was a Trojan Horse program as a transmission from the Avengers state that they knew Doctor Doom would try something like this. Captain America then states to Doctor Doom that if he ever leaves Latveria again, he will be arrested. The Trojan Horse program then shuts down Doctor Doom's powergrid for weeks.
  • Doctor Doom appeared in the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. episode "Red Rover",[83] voiced again by Maurice LaMarche. Doctor Doom ends up capturing Red Hulk when he unknowingly ends up in Latveria as part of Red Hulk's plan to find another location for Devil Dinosaur. Using a larger armor, Doctor Doom ended up siphoning Red Hulk's gamma energy as Devil Dinosaur frees Red Hulk as they escape from Latveria. When Red Hulk and Devil Dinosaur arrive back in Vista Verde, Doctor Doom catches up to them as the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. arrive to join the battle. During the fight, Doctor Doom ends up within the Gamma Base to look for the gamma generator where he encounters Leader who offers to team up with Doctor Doom in exchange for freeing him. Doctor Doom turns down Leader stating that he only teams up with villains on the epic level. With help from Devil Dinosaur, the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. disable Doctor Doom's large armor as Hulk sends Doctor Doom flying into the atmosphere.

Film[edit]

  • Doctor Doom appears in the unreleased film based on the Fantastic Four which was produced by Roger Corman in 1994, portrayed by Joseph Culp. He was a college classmate of Reed Richards who was nearly killed in an accident when both try to capture the power of a comet called the Colossus.
  • Doctor Doom is in the 2005 film Fantastic Four, played by Julian McMahon. The film version seems to be more based on his Ultimate counterpart. Victor Von Doom is a science colleague, billionaire entrepreneur and a rival to Reed Richards for Susan Storm's affections. The Four were on Victor's funded ship who was also exposed to the cosmic dust cloud, where Victor was thought to be protected. As a result, he started transforming into an organic-metallic compound (described as stronger than titanium and harder than diamonds), capable of superhuman strength and controlling electricity. Adopting a metal mask and a green cloak to hide his scars and his transformation, he calls himself "Doctor Doom ". He almost kills Johnny Storm with a heat seeking missile, kidnaps Reed and freezes him, but the Thing stops him and all Four defeat him. In the final part of the film, he was transported to Latveria.
  • Doctor Doom returns in the sequel Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer with Julian McMahon reprising the role. With Doctor Doom having been 'reawakened' after the residual energy of the Silver Surfer passing over Latveria revived him, he attempted to form an alliance with Silver Surfer, only for Silver Surfer's subsequent attack to heal Doctor Doom's scars and skin damage, although he retained his electric powers. Deceiving both the Four and the military, he pretends to help them capture Silver Surfer, only to don a suit of armor and a new mask (both closer resembling his usual appearance) before taking control of Silver Surfer's board. After flying around and battling the Four and Surfer in their Fantasticar, they end up in Shanghai, where he impales Sue with a metal spear trying to kill the power-less Surfer. After her brief death, Johnny Storm absorbs the powers of the other three heroes (effectively becoming a version of Super-Skrull) and battles Doctor Doom, separating him from the board. Ben Grimm then comes from behind with a crane and sends Doctor Doom flying into a nearby harbor. His fate after this is unknown.

Video games[edit]

Doctor Doom faces off against Magneto in the 1995 fighting game Marvel Super Heroes.
  • Doctor Doom appeared in the 2005 Fantastic Four video game, voiced by Julian McMahon.
  • Doctor Doom appears in the Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer video game, voiced by Gideon Emery. He plays a bigger role in the game than in the film as after he acquires the Silver Surfer's powers, he intends to use them to fight Galactus and save Earth (though he only does this so he can conquer it afterwards). Unlike the film, he builds a machine to strip Galactus of most of his cosmic power for himself but the F4 use his machine against him to defeat him.
  • Doctor Doom is available as downloadable content for the game LittleBigPlanet, as part of "Marvel Costume Kit 6".[91]
  • Doctor Doom appears as an enemy in the MMORPG Marvel Heroes with Lex Lang reprising his role from Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.[92]
  • Doctor Doom is an unlockable character in Marvel Avengers Alliance Tactics.

Parodies[edit]

  • In the Duck Dodgers episode "Enemy Yours", the armor that Duck Dodgers wears as the Evil Lord Destructocon is similar to Doctor Doom's armor.
  • In the animated series The Venture Brothers, Baron Underbheit's character is based on Doctor Doom.
  • Julian McMahon voices Doctor Doom in the Robot Chicken episode "Monstourage". When he attacks the city, he attacks a hydrant that douses the Human Torch only to be bound by Mister Fantastic. When Vic Mackey kills Doctor Doom by shooting him in the eye, he claimed that Doctor Doom was resisting arrest.
  • On the movie review/podcast website Spill.com, the head member Korey Coleman has a cat whom he named "Doctor Doom ".
  • Doctor Doom once made an appearance in the Marvel Comics-published humor magazine Crazy Magazine, mostly in-character but with several self-referential parodic elements (such as owning a dog with the same armor and hood costume, or a radiator seen inside his mouth on closeup). In the article, he presents a card-based "Game of Death" to be cut out and played by the reader and friends.
  • In the Grand Theft Auto IV spin-off game The Ballad of Gay Tony, the conspiracy-themed radio station W.K.T.T. features a deranged female conspirator who publishes a book about conspiracy theories aimed at children. In it, she mentions "Doctor Doom " as a member of the Illuminati.
  • In Saints Row IV Commander In Chief Edition, there is a costume called The Iron Rogue which bears a striking resemblance to Dr.Doctor Doom, the major differences being that it lacks a cape and hood, and the mask is a different design to Doctor Doom 's.

Toys[edit]

Action Figures[edit]

Doctor Doom appeared in the Marvel Secret Wars line of toys, in 1984, with cloak and tunic redesigned based on the comic book. The Secret Wars line of action figures came with a shield with interchangeable art inserts that changed when tilted from one side to the next. The Doctor Doom toy also included a pistol and a rifle. In addition to those accessories, there was also a Doctor Doom Cycle, a Doctor Doom Chopper, and a Doctor Doom Tower/Fortress released concurrently.

Doctor Doom with power driven weapons was part of the Marvel Superheroes line, released by Toy Biz in 1993. Toy Biz also released Doctor Doom with shooting arm action as part of the Fantastic Four Collection in 1994. The same figure was released as part of the Marvel Universe line. A deluxe edition Doctor Doom, ten inches tall, was released by Toy Biz in 1994. Also in that line were the Human Torch, Silver Surfer, War Machine, Mandarin, and Iron Man. Die-cast Metal Doctor Doom appeared from Toy Biz in different versions and combinations in 1995. Toy Biz released Famous Covers Doctor Doom in 1998, an 8-inch ulta poseable toy doll with cloth tunic and cape.

Toy Biz released Marvel Legends Doctor Doom in Series II, and Series VIII in 2002 and 2004 respectively. Both versions included a castle rampart that could be used as a wall mounted display stand, and a comic book (a reprint of Fantastic Four #247, a classic John Byrne tale). There were versions released in Canada that had a variant gold bordered comic book and were labeled in French and English. There were different versions also released where the face under the removable mask was not horribly scarred, and one where the face was scarred all over. The Series VIII version was a Doctor Doom bot, and was packaged with a reprint of a Spider-Man comic under the Marvel Age banner. The face under the mask of the Doctor Doom bot was a robot face.

A Marvel Legends Icons Series Doctor Doom 12-inch figure was released in 2006.

Several versions of Doctor Doom have appeared in Marvel Heroclix from WizKids, including an Ultimate Doctor Doom, Doctor Doom in leather armor, Kristoff Vernard as Doctor Doom, Classic Doctor Doom, Doctor Doom 2099, and Secret Wars Doctor Doom. There is a Doctor Doom in the Clobberin' Time set, and Doctor Doom appeared as part of a Heroclix starter set with the four members of the Fantastic Four and two Doctor Doom bots in 2008.

Doctor Doom has appeared as part of Marvel Comics Minimates sets, including a Secret Wars Doctor Doom, and a Doctor Doom with golden chalice. There is also a version of Doctor Doom with a pistol, and a Doctor Doom without a mask. The latest sets were released in 2009.

A Kubrick Doctor Doom from Medicom was a chase item in Series I in 2002.

There is a Mighty Muggs Doctor Doom released in 2009. There is also a Bobblehead Doctor Doom.

Doctor Doom is the Black King in a chess set released by Marvel toys.

Marvel Superhero Squad toys include Doctor Doom, packaged in the first series with the Invisible Woman. The second wave of figures packaged Doctor Doom with Reptil and appeared in 2009. There was also a Battle for Doctor Doom 's Castle package released with a third version of Doctor Doom. A fourth version of Doctor Doom was released from Hasbro with and Iron Man and The Mayor as a special edition at the San Diego International Comic Convention in 2010. The SDCC Doctor Doom was featured in a red robe, alligator slippers, and holding a mug of tea and a newspaper.

Several Doctor Doom toys were released from Toy Biz for Marvel in conjunction with the first Fantastic Film in 2005. Those included Doctor Doom with traffic Light and Mask, Two-Faced Doctor Doom with light and sound rocket launcher, and Electric Power Doctor Doom with lightning bolt blast. For the second movie tie-in (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer), there was a Slashing Action Doctor Doom released in 2007. In addition, there were two versions of Doctor Doom that appeared as toys with the Burger King movie promotion. There is also a Marvel Studios 12-inch version of the movie Doctor Doom, one with an unmasked face modeled after actor Julian McMahon, who plays Doctor Doom in both movies.

Two versions of Doctor Doom appear in the Figure Factory series, a Doctor Doom with a hood and one without, released in 2005.

Marvel Selects Doctor Doom , with Doctor Doom sitting on a thone with flags and optional chalice hand and holster with gun was released in 2005 from Diamond Select Toys and Toy Biz.

Marvel Legends Showdown Doctor Doom booster pack was part of assortment 2 released in 2005. It was part of a game that included playing cards, from Toy Biz International.

Marvel Legends Doctor Doom was part of the build a figure collection, one of 8 figures needed to build Ronan the Accuser series, released by Hasbro in 2007. The Doctor Doom figure included the cape for Ronan.

Additional toys include Titanium series die-cast Doctor Doom, Micro Machines, released in 2006, has a brown platform that the figure stands on, appearing to be firing weapons from a gold and silver gauntlet. A Marvel Legends Titanium Doctor Doom stands on a round platform like the floor of a castle, and gestures as if daring fools to attack.

Doctor Doom is included in the tiny Handful of Heroes toys released in 2010. There are other smaller PVC versions of Doctor Doom, including one holding a chalice, one pointing to the sky, and a mini-manga type Doctor Doom. Two of these were manufactured in Spain, possibly without license.[citation needed] There is also a rubber painted Doctor Doom from Brazil.

Doctor Doom was also released under the Marvel Universe line as not a one, but a two-pack along with the Absorbing Man. His only accessory was a pistol. He also came with Secret Wars #10. This figure has been released twice more subsequently. Once as a single pack, painted with a darker shade of green, and most recently in a FF (Future Foundation) themed 2-pack. This 2-pack features Doctor Doom in a white cloak and tunic and also features Spiderman in a variation of his FF look. It is exclusive to Toys R Us stores.

Doctor Doom is included in Lego set 76005: Spider-Man: Daily Bugle Showdown, released in 2013. He is pictured sitting in a one-man jet, launching an attack on the Daily Bugle Building. This set also includes Lego versions of Spider-Man, Beetle, Nova and J. Jonah Jameson.

Games[edit]

  • Doctor Doom was a playable character in the Galactic Guardians set of Marvel Heroclix.[94]
  • Dotor Doctor Doom also played as the main villain in the marvel ultimate alliance.
  • Doctor Doom is included as a collectible figure from the board game Heroscape featured in a Marvel crossover set.

Vehicles[edit]

For vehicles, there is a Doctor Doom Hummer from Maisto, a Doctor Doom Corvette track car from Carrera in 2005, and an appropriate Doctor Doom Ambulance Ultimate Marvel Die-cast Collection car in 2002. An older version Doctor Doom driver has Doctor Doom sticking his head out of the sunroof of a buggy-like plastic car. There is also a Buddy L Doctor Doom race car.

Music[edit]

American Hip Hop artist Daniel Dumile is known by one of his many stage names as MF DOOM, where the "MF" stands for Metal Face Doctor Doom due to the Dr.Doctor Doom -esque mask that he wears when in character. In addition, Dumile released two albums under the separate stage name Viktor Vaughn, again a clear reference to Doctor Doom's alias Victor Von Doom. In the first album there are many audio tracks that conflate the origin of the Doctor Doom character with Dumile's Viktor Vaughn. Dumile has also notably created acclaimed music with a focus on comic book Villain, i.e. the albums Madvillainy and the Mouse and the Mask.[citation needed]

Another American hip hop artist, Kool Keith released two albums, First Come, First Served and Dr. Dooom 2, under the alias "Dr. Dooom". Although the spelling is different, the influence comes from Doctor Doom.[citation needed]

The Acacia Strain used the title Doctor Doom on its 2008 album, Continent.

Doctor Doom is mentioned in the song "Super Villain" by Powerman 5000.

The Wu-Tang Clan mention Doctor Doom in the song "Wu-Tang Clan ain't Nuttin to F*ck Wit". Doctor Doom is referenced in the lyric 'There's no place to hide once I step inside/The room, Doctor Doom. Prepare for the Boom!

"Dear Doctor Doom " is a song by the 60's psychedelic Texan rock band The 13th Floor Elevators on their 1969 album Bull of the Woods.

Cultural impact[edit]

In the book Superhero: The Secret Origin of a Genre, Peter Coogan writes that Doctor Doom 's appearance was representative of a change in the portrayal of "mad scientists" to full-fledged villains, often with upgraded powers.[95] Doctor Doom is also emblematic of a specific subset of supervillain, which comic book critic Peter Sanderson describes as a "megavillain".[95] These supervillains are genre-crossing villains who exist in adventures "in a world in which the ordinary laws of nature are slightly suspended"; characters such as Professor Moriarty, Count Dracula, Auric Goldfinger, Hannibal Lecter, Lex Luthor, and Darth Vader, also fit this description.[95] Sanderson also found traces of William Shakespeare’s characters Richard III and Iago in Doctor Doom  ; all of them "are descended from the 'vice' figure of medieval drama", who address the audience in monologues detailing their thoughts and ambitions.[96]

Described as "iconic",[97] Doctor Doom is one of the most well-received supervillains of the Marvel universe, as well as one of the most recurring;[97] in his constant battles with heroes and other villains, Doctor Doom has appeared more times than any other villain.[9] The comics site Panels of Awesome ranked Doctor Doom as the number one villain in their listing of the top ten villains in comics;[98] Wizard Magazine went a step further by declaring Doctor Doom the fourth greatest villain of all time.[99]

Comic Book Resources ranks Doctor Doom as their fourth favorite Marvel character. Journalist Brent Ecenbarger cited him being able to "stand up against entities like Mephisto, the Beyonder, and Galactus and often come out on top", as well as the tragedy of any "other number of circumstances could have led to Doctor Doom being a savior, but as it is, instead he remains Marvel’s greatest villain." Fellow journalist Jason Stanhope called his "master[ing] of sorcery and technology an unusual combination", and also felt "his inner sense of nobility sets him apart from lesser villains, in a similar manner to Magneto."[100] Doctor Doom has also been favorably regarded by those who wrote for the character; Stan Lee declared Doctor Doom his favorite villain, saying that Doom "could come to the United States and he could do almost anything, and we could not arrest him because he has diplomatic immunity. Also, he wants to rule the world and if you think about it, wanting to rule the world is not a crime."[101] Mark Waid echoed Lee's assessment of the character, stating that Doom "[has] got a great look, a great visual design [and] a dynamite origin."[102]

A ride called Doctor Doom's Fearfall is located at Islands of Adventure in the Universal Orlando Resort.[103]

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