Doctor Doom Central to ‘Fantastic Four’; ‘X-Men’ Crossover Possible
In an article on Entertainment Weekly (EW) that confirmed Rose Byrne’s return as CIA agent Moira MacTaggert in the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse,” the pic’s executive producer and screenwriter, Simon Kinberg, who also serves as screenwriter for Josh Trank’s “Fantastic Four,” talks about Doctor Doom as a central element in “Fantastic Four” and a possible crossover with the “X-Men” film series. Read on for more details on this story.
While speaking with EW about Rose Byrne’s return as CIA agent Moira MacTaggert in “X-Men: Apocalypse,” screenwriter Simon Kinberg discusses the essential role of Doctor Doom in his other project with Josh Trank, the “Fantastic Four.”
“He has aspirations and struggles that are a little bit more classically tragic than the other characters, as much as it’s an origin story of our heroes, it also tracks how someone can become a villain,” Kinberg told EW.
Moreover, the 41-year-old screenwriter divulges information on a possible crossover between 20th Century Fox’s two film franchises.
“The reboot of FanFour really needed to work in and of itself, we were doing something pretty radical with the tone of the movie. If we wanted to find a way to connect them to the X-Men, we could. There’s a lot of precedent from the comics,” Kinberg added.
Trank’s “Fantastic Four” is the third theatrical “Fantastic Four” film to be distributed by 20th Century Fox and serves as a reboot of the film franchise. The “Chronicle” helmer directed the upcoming pic from a script written by Jeremy Slater and Kinberg, from a story conceived by Kinberg and Trank. “Fantastic Four” stars Miles Teller as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Susan Storm/Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm/Human Torch, Jamie Bell as Ben Grimm/The Thing, Toby Kebbell as Victor Domashev /Doctor Doom, Reg E. Cathey as Dr. Storm and Tim Blake Nelson as Harvey Elder.
In addition, Trank’s “Fantastic Four” is heavily influenced by Marvel’s Ultimate version of the “Fantastic Four,” and as such, we’ll see changes in the traditional story of the superhero family such as the origins of their powers, which will now come from a failed scientific experiment. Sue Storm and Johnny Storm are now adopted siblings. The origins of the villain Doctor Doom will also be reinvented for the pic, now named Victor Domashev instead of Victor Von Doom. The Doom in the reboot is an anti-social programmer, which pretty much strays far from the ruler of the fictional Eastern European country of Latveria character in the comics.
Principal photography for the pic started in May 2014, shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and finished in August of the same year. “Fantastic Four” is scheduled for release on Aug. 7, 2015 in North America, in 2D and 3D theaters, with a possible sequel scheduled on July 14, 2017.
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