Disney completed its historic buyout of Fox last month, which means that Marvel Studios now has the rights back to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four franchises. That means the possibilities for fresh heroes and villains to bring into the MCU are practically endless. The tough choice facing Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and the various filmmakers, then, is choosing just which characters to adapt first.
That being said, Avengers: Endgame directors the Russo brothers already have one name at the top of their list. The pair were asked which villains they want to feature in the MCU that haven’t been seen already and Joe Russo quickly jumped on Doctor Doom, which his brother Anthony agreed on. His second choice was then Kraven the Hunter.
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As you can see above, Joe explains that he loves “the sort of Shakespearean mythology” behind Victor Von Doom, adding: “and he’s another fascinating character that has had different interpretations in the books, so I think you could shade him in really complex ways.”
We’re sure many fans would agree with the Russos on wanting an MCU Doom pretty sharpish. Sadly, both Julian McMahon and Toby Kebbel’s versions from the three Fox Fantastic Four movies fell far short of the iconic comic book supervillain. There’s a widespread feeling that Marvel Studios would crack the code in doing Doom right though and, seeing as the franchise does seem to have sorted out its traditional villain problem of late, that’s probably correct.
The last we heard, Legion‘s Noah Hawley expressed interest in continuing his Doctor Doom solo movie, that Fox was developing, over at Marvel. The writer/director revealed that he’d already had the briefest chat with Feige about this so, who knows, something might come from it. If not, then it sounds like the Russos will pick the character up themselves. No doubt in that Secret Wars movie they’re always teasing.