THE FANTASTIC FOUR: 7 Actors Who Could Play The MCU's Doctor Doom

THE FANTASTIC FOUR: 7 Actors Who Could Play The MCU's Doctor Doom

With The Fantastic Four fast approaching, we're taking a look at who could play Doctor Doom in the upcoming reboot...and don't worry, you won't find any of the usual suspects listed here. Check them out!

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By JoshWilding - May 31, 2024 11:05 AM EST
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Mads Mikkelsen...Cillian Murphy...Giancarlo Esposito...by now, we know you've seen the same old names suggested for the MCU's Doctor Doom time and time again. 

With The Fantastic Four fast approaching and rumours swirling that the Latverian dictator will appear in a post-credits scene, all signs point to us meeting the new Victor Von Doom as soon as next year. However, none of the popular decisions listed above seem like a perfect fit to us. 

In this feature, we've rounded up several alternative suggestions who would each be suitably terrifying and formidable as the MCU's Doom. Crucially, they're not the names you'd necessarily expect to see (sorry, Christoph Waltz fans).

To find out who we think could square off with Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, and The Thing as a villain capable of being the next Saga's big bad, click on the "Next"/"View List" buttons below.
 

7. Jesse Plemons

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Breaking Bad put Jesse Plemons on the map and he's since blown us away in Fargo, Black MirrorThe Irishman, The Power of the Dog, and even with a brief scene in Civil War

Something that's become clear over the years is that the actor is fantastic at playing a sinister, slightly demented antagonist. Doctor Doom needs to feel like someone who could snap at a moment's notice, making him an unhinged, terrifying threat to Marvel's First Family.

Plemons is an expressive actor and we're sure he could do a lot with even just the eyes that peer out beneath Victor's mask. Would he be an unexpected choice for the role? Absolutely, but he'd nail it. 
 

6. Josh O'Connor

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If you're unfamiliar with Josh O'Connor, now might be a good time to sit up and take notice of the actor. He deservedly won an Emmy and Golden Globe for his role as Charles, Prince of Wales in The Crown and most recently impressed in Challengers.

His star is on the rise and a role like Doom would allow O'Connor to show a darker side which we first caught glimpses of in his portrayal as Great Britain's current King. 

Crucially, he also knows how to make an otherwise unlikeable character incredibly sympathetic. Doom is a twisted villain, yes, but he has a tragic backstory and believes he's doing the right thing. O'Connor feels like the right actor to explore that complexity.
 

5. Dan Stevens

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Dan Stevens is no stranger to comic book adaptations after starring in Legion and has never shied away from blockbuster fare (2024 has seen him have a blast in both Abigail and Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire). 

If we're looking for a Victor who is absolutely unhinged and a pure madman dictator, then Stevens is it. Had Noah Hawley made his Doctor Doom movie for 20th Century Fox, chances are the actor would have played the villain; The Fantastic Four might be his second chance. 

Stevens is a transformative actor who would make Doom his own in a way that Julian McMahon and Toby Kebbell failed to. 
 

4. Luke Evans

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Luke Evans is a massively underrated actor. While he's starred in plenty of big movies, impressing in Fast & Furious 6, Beauty and the Beast, and The Hobbit, we're still waiting to see him steal the show in a way that makes Evans a regular on the blockbuster circuit. 

The Welshman has played a few villains now - The Girl on the Train highlighted his sinister side - and done so in a way which has left us convinced he'd be a fantastic (no pun intended) Doctor Doom. 

Evans is someone who could really inject his own personality into Victor and really perfect the regal, powerful side of this character on screen. Plus, while Dracula Untold sucked, armour definitely suits him! 
 

3. Henry Cavill

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Henry Cavill's time as the DCEU's Superman reached an unceremonious end when DC Studios was formed. He always had a tough time as the Man of Steel and deserves another shot at a comic book movie role. 

That's more likely to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe than the new DCU and suggestions range from Captain Britain to Hercules and Mister Sinister. Any of those would be fun to see, though we'd like to see what he can do as Doctor Doom. 

This would be a massive departure for Cavill and one which tests him in ways we haven't seen for quite some time. The actor has proven largely forgettable in recent projects, so something as exciting as his villainous turn in Mission: Impossible - Fallout would be welcomed.
 

2. Rami Malek

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In some respects, this is perhaps too easy a suggestion. Rami Malek played a scarred, mask-wearing villain in No Time to Die and did an excellent job doing so. However, the Mr. Robot star didn't have the most memorable material to work with. 

As Doctor Doom, Malek could take what he did here and build on it in a big way. The actor is a powerhouse talent and capable of taking Victor's more nuanced qualities and making him far more three-dimensional than previous versions seen on screen.

At the same time, he could be scary and a creepy, frightening version of the villain who pushes the Fantastic Four to their limits. Yes, he's a sympathetic character at times, but Doom is also thoroughly evil. 
 

1. Jacob Elordi

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This is going to be a divisive choice. Bear with us, though, because Jacob Elordi could shine in a role like this. He has said superhero fare isn't of interest, but there are plenty of actors who have done the same before joining the Marvel or DC Universes.

Elordi put himself on the map with Euphoria and more recently blew us away in Priscilla and Saltburn. While the entitled posh boy in the latter may not scream "Doom," it certainly made us think he could effectively portray the smugness of a young Victor before becoming a supervillain.

However, when the mask goes on, we think Elordi could make Doom his own and spend several years putting the villain back on the map.
 

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marvel72
marvel72 - 5/31/2024, 11:08 AM
Not bad choices but Rami Malek, I don't get a Doctor Doom vibe from him.
NathanielX
NathanielX - 5/31/2024, 1:31 PM
@marvel72 - He looks more Reed than Pascal.
Evansly
Evansly - 5/31/2024, 11:09 AM
A Doom that is 20 years younger than Reed?
GarthRanzz
GarthRanzz - 5/31/2024, 3:19 PM
@Evansly - They already showed with the Sue casting they don't care about cannon. Sue is way too old.
ZiggyStarman
ZiggyStarman - 5/31/2024, 11:10 AM
Doom needs to be older and pull of an Eastern European accent. Being from Latveria and everything. All those options sucked
Origame
Origame - 5/31/2024, 11:12 AM
@ZiggyStarman - shouldn't he be about the same age as Reed? So shouldn't the direction you go with Reed dictate the age of doom?
lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 5/31/2024, 11:29 AM
@ZiggyStarman - but he'd be so cute as a baby....

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CaptainFlapjaks
CaptainFlapjaks - 5/31/2024, 8:32 PM
@ZiggyStarman - javier bardem, jason issacs, cillian murphy, jamie lannister, mads mikkleson (he can be from an alt universe so they can work around his other character). Alexander skarsgaard could work too.
Origame
Origame - 5/31/2024, 11:11 AM
Wow. Not one that clearly doesn't look European just for the sake of "muh representation". It's almost as if there's value in staying true to the source material.
LiteraryJoe
LiteraryJoe - 5/31/2024, 11:33 AM
@Origame - If they don’t get a Latverian for the role, we riot.
Origame
Origame - 5/31/2024, 11:47 AM
@LiteraryJoe - I mean, it's still necessary to get a European. Like getting an African to play a wakandan.
mountainman
mountainman - 5/31/2024, 11:53 AM
@LiteraryJoe - Was Chadwick Boseman from Walanda or did he have ancestry from the same continent as that fictional nation?

Same rule should apply for Doom. Either cast an Eastern European actor or someone who could convincingly pull that off.

In Doom’s case, his race (at least being from a small Eastern European country) is absolutely integral to his character.
mountainman
mountainman - 5/31/2024, 11:53 AM
@mountainman - *Wakanda
BeNice123
BeNice123 - 5/31/2024, 11:56 AM
@Origame - Mads Mickelson. 👌🏽
Origame
Origame - 5/31/2024, 12:00 PM
@BeNice123 - he'd be great, but that might be confusing since he was kaesilius.
LeDiableBlanc
LeDiableBlanc - 5/31/2024, 11:14 AM
I like 7 and 2.
Magus
Magus - 5/31/2024, 11:14 AM
Its an alternate universe so just give me Mads Mikkelsen again. He is the only choice.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 5/31/2024, 11:35 AM
@Magus - good point but I doubt it if he’s gonna carry over into the MCU.
marvel72
marvel72 - 5/31/2024, 11:39 AM
@Magus -

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Izaizaiza
Izaizaiza - 5/31/2024, 1:12 PM
@Magus - He really is absolutely perfect
JFerguson
JFerguson - 5/31/2024, 11:14 AM
Joseph O’Conner is actually a really inspired choice. Reminds me a bit of early career Tom Hiddleston in a way. Damn now I hope he gets an audition
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