If someone asked you about Marvel’s most iconic villains, we bet Dr. Doom would be on the list.
People are super excited to finally see Dr. Doom in the MCU. While we don’t know who will portray the character, fans are suggesting different actors for the role, Viggo Mortensen, Mads Mikkelsen or even Succession ’s star Kieran Culkin.
But one name that certainly keeps popping up the most is Cillian Murphy, who is currently on everyone's lips due to his performance in the recent Oppenheimer, directed by Christopher Nolan.
Some of the most creative fans are even making art picturing Cillian Murphy in the role. Such amazing art by a user named @bobby_art was posted on Instagram.
What is there to say? Even though it's fan concept art, Cillian Murphy looks exactly what fans expect him to look like in this role. Murphy has one unique ability — despite not being physically imposing and looking even somewhat skinny, he can be intimidating.
Murphy proved it with his performance as Tommy Shelby in Peaky Blinders. He actually managed to convince the show’s creator to choose him over Jason Statham, known for his imposing physique. So there is literally zero reason to believe Murphy won’t nail the role of Dr. Doom.
Dr. Victor von Doom has been portrayed on the big screen twice. In the original 2005 Fantastic Four ( and its sequel) and was portrayed by Julian McMahon. Surprisingly, Robert Downey Jr. was considered for the same role in the film.
In the 2015 reboot, Dr. Doom was portrayed by Toby Kebbell. Now, both McMahon and Kebbell did a pretty good job, but let's keep it real, Cillian Murphy is just in a whole different league.
Which MCU project is most likely to introduce Dr. Doom? Well, the most obvious ones are Avengers: Secret Wars ( 2027) and Fantastic Four (2025). In the comics, Dr. Doom was in the center of the Secret Wars’s plot. And as for the Fantastic Four, Dr. Doom is the team’s sworn enemy.
However, cinematic Secret Wars would likely have Kang the Conqueror as the antagonist, while including Dr. Doom in the Fantastic Four movie (for the third time, given the previous movies) seems like a bad idea, and any other villain will probably take the role of the bad guy.