|Victor von Doom|
|Alias(es)|| Dr. Doom|
|Appeared in|| Fantastic Four|
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
|Status||Unknown (presumably deceased)|
- "Call me Doom."
- ―Victor von Doom[src]
Victor is a billionaire industrialist, an old college rival of Reed Richards and suitor of Reed's ex-girlfriend Susan. In addition to funding Richards' trip to space, he also accompanies the future Fantastic Four on the ship.
Dr. Doom receives superpowers in the same accident that creates the Fantastic Four. Here, he is endowed with two abilities by the cosmic rays - exposure to the rays imbues him with electric manipulation, which, similar to his technologically-derived power from the comics, allows him to project bolts of superheated energy, the only difference being that it is derived from the accident in space and most his body being covered (or possibly completely trasmutated) into an organic metal alloy.
Doom is fully encased in high tech armor of his own design to hide the many horrible scars that he incurred in a lab accident. Using a mixture of science and sorcery, Doom has come close to world domination several times, being thwarted only by the Fantastic Four or his own ego.
However, this process deforms his face, so Doom angrily dons his familiar mask to hide his face (which is portrayed as a mask given to him by the people of Latveria as shown on a plaque on display in his office/boardroom). In the climax, Dr. Doom's metal body is super-heated and then immediately cooled with water from a fire hydrant, which turns him into an immobile statue. He is later transported back to Latveria via a cargo ship.
Dr. Doom is in a coffin, still solidified after his fiery defeat. After the Silver Surfer flies by on a quick patrol around the Earth, disrupting the energy waves all around him, it inadvertently awakens him. After removing his mask and killing a welder that was trying to separate his face from his body, he hides his horribly scarred face behind a dark green cloaked hood. He begins to study the Silver Surfer in an attempt to steal the extra-terrestrial's vast array of cosmic power. During an encounter with the Surfer, Dr. Doom is hit by one of the Silver Surfer's cosmic bolts and his scarred visage disappears and his previous face is restored, although he retains his electricity-based powers.
He filmed the encounter and goes to the United States military, under the leadership of General Hager with a plan to stop the Surfer's destruction of the Earth. He discovers that the Surfer's power comes from his board. After teaming with the military and the Fantastic Four, they subdue the Surfer with an energy device that separates the silvery menace from his board and capture his board. The five of them accompany General Hager to a Siberian military base. The Fantastic Four are held captive and Doom receives permission to study the cosmic surfboard that is the source for the Surfer's power under Hager's strict supervision. He knocks out all the guards guarding the board and kills General Hager by obliterating him.
He dons a new mask and full-on body armor, along with a dark green leather cloak. Using a tachyon-pulse wrist device that he designed while in Reed Richard's lab, he attaches himself to the surfboard and goes on a rampage throughout the Earth. During a chase with the Four in their new Fantasticar, Reed attempts to tell Dr. Doom that the board is drawing Galactus to Earth and he must get rid of it, but Dr. Doom either disbelieves Reed or simply doesn't care, as he simply says "I've never been the giving type". After the team crash-land in China, Dr. Doom attempts to kill the Silver Surfer, but Susan steps in with her force shield. Doom throws a spear made from cosmic energy that goes right through the shield and into Sue, killing her, although she is later revived by the Silver Surfer.
Out of options, Reed and Ben, along with Sue, transfer their powers to Johnny who goes to face the cosmically charged Dr. Doom head on with nearly unlimited power; no one of the Four can get close enough to Dr. Doom to stop him, but all of them combined could have a chance. Using Sue's invisibility and his flight powers to get in close to Dr. Doom, as well as the Thing's strength and Mr. Fantastic's flexibility to hold him down, Human Torch swiftly defeats Dr Doom after destroying his tachyon-pulse wrist device (separating him from the surfboard), who is then bashed into the Shanghai River by a human Ben Grimm, who has taken control of a crane. We last see Dr. Doom sinking to the seabed, his ultimate fate is unknown.
Dr. Doom's appearance is clad in body armor with mystical figures carved into the pieces, and his chest armor has a giant dragon carved into it. He also replaced his cloth green trenchcoat that he lost in the first film with a much darker green leather cape. After taking the Silver Surfer's board, his steel-colored armor turns silver, which seems to be an effect of the board. His powers haven't differed very much from the first chapter as he retains his electric powers, other than the fact that when he acquires the Silver Surfer's cosmically charged board, he has near limitless power (a deleted scene shows that he has also retained his metal body under his skin). Another change to note that makes the character more in line with the comics is in the manner he refers to Reed Richards; while previously referred to as Reed, at the climax of the movie he calls him by his last name, much like his comic counterpart.
Victor is an extremely intelligent individual, it has been speculated that he is the most intelligent man on earth; second only to Reed Richards, although Victor himself would dispute that fact. Victor is also extremely arrogant. His hubris and constant underestimation of his foes is what often leads to his defeat.
Powers and Abilities
- Superhuman Physiology: Due to exposure to the same cosmic storm that granted the Fantastic Four their powers. Doom has been granted a metal like body which is "harder than titanium and stronger than diamonds". This has granted him superhuman strength, durability, electrokinesis and energy absorption.
- Superhuman Strength: Doom's strength is sufficient enough to go toe-to-toe with the Thing and eventually overpowered him. This could be due to the organic-metallic allow his body was turning into at the time, as it was said to be stronger than titanium or carbon steel.
- Superhuman Durability: Due to the "organic" alloy all over his body, Doom's body is now composed of was stated to be harder than diamonds. Bullets can bounce off him and he can withstand fire, although it made his metal state red.
- Superhuman Immunity: Doom has proven that he has an extremely high tolerance for heat, as he was able to still move after the Human Torch went supernova until he was rapidly cooled.
- Superhuman Endurance: Doom can take unbelievable amounts of punishment, taking a tremendous beating at the hands of the entire Fantastic Four with only a loud scream (resembled anguish more so than pain, though), and has never technically been shown to tire.
- Energy Absorption: Doom has the ability to absorb energy from light sockets (aka electricity). He has also the ability to absorb the Silver Surfer's cosmic blasts to heal himself.
- Electrokinesis: After his exposure to the cosmic cloud, Victor gained the power to manipulate electrical energy. He could use it in various ways, such as absorbing electrical discharges from nearby power sources, shooting electrical blasts from his hands and body, affecting the lights around him, etc. It is questionable whether or not this is his primary power.
- Energy Beam/Electrogenesis: Doom has shown to be capable of projecting intense, electric blasts able to disintegrate a normal person. He has also shown he can blast and an almost invisible blast of "Force" (similar to Susan Richards' ability) this was used against the Silver Surfer.
- Accelerated Healing Factor: Using his electrokinesis, Doom is able to heal his injuries within a much faster rate.
- Genius-Level Intellect: Victor is stated to be the second greatest mind ever born, second only to Reed Richards; able to almost take out the entire Fantastic Four without almost any resistance.
- Skilled Hand-To-Hand Combatant: Due to the use of his powers; Victor has used his powers very well in combat situation.
- Fantastic Four
- Story series (2 films)
Behind the scenes
- Doctor Doom seems to be more based on his Ultimate counterpart.
- Tim Robbins, Jude Law and Mel Gibson were all considered for the role before Julian McMahon got the part.
- There is a possibility Victor is still alive, as Julian McMahon and other cast members had all signed onto a 3-film contract. Whether he was to return in physical form or as a flashback is unknown, as the third installment of the Fantastic Four franchise was never conceived.