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The creator and showrunner of both “Fargo” and “Legion” announced he’s developing a movie version of “Doctor Doom” at Comic-Con Thursday evening.

At the very end of the “Legion” panel, Hawley asked to make one last statement before the crowd left. After mentioning that he had been developing a film at Fox and how Comic-Con was the perfect venue to unveil it, Hawley hinted at his big new project.

“I’ll just say two words: The first one is ‘doctor’ and the second one is ‘doom.'”

- Article on Indiewire.

Yet another stab at a Fantastic Four movie by Fox, it seems. Even if this one's going to be more Doom-centric, I'm not exactly super optimistic unless it unexpectedly turns out to be a collaboration with Marvel.
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Doom's getting a solo comic! More specifically, an Iron Man comic, "Infamous Iron Man". It's going to be taking over the slot of International Iron Man in the wake of Civil War II and running alongside the main Invincible Iron Man comic. Solicit, courtesy of this CBR article:

There is a new Iron Man in town and his name is VICTOR VON DOOM. The greatest villain of the Marvel Universe will try something new. Where Tony Stark failed, Doom will succeed. What is Doom's Master Plan?
32 PGS./Rated T+ ...$3.99

And here's the cover for #1.

Quite excited for this, actually! It's still written by Bendis, whose take on Doom I'm not all that wild about, but that's a nicely high-profile creative team which together with the Iron Man twist should give it a pretty strong launch and hopefully prove that an ongoing starring Doctor Doom is a viable concept to run with. And it means a regular monthly fix of Doom content! Roll on autumn.
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Specifically, that - surprise, surprise - they've changed Doom's origin story into something even less recognisable than the previous F4 films. has an interview with Toby Kebbell:

KEBBELL: He's Victor Domashev, not Victor Von Doom in our story. And I'm sure I'll be sent to jail for telling you that. The Doom in ours—I'm a programmer. Very anti-social programmer. And on blogging sites I'm "Doom".

...And this right here is why I will continue to cry over the fact that Marvel can't get the F4 rights back.
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According to CBR, Ultimate FF is due to be cancelled after issue #6, most likely down to poor sales.

Damn, that's a real bummer - I liked the writing and was really eager to see where Fialkov was going with Doom's return, but I doubt he's got the time left to resolve much of anything now. I feel like the terrible choice of artists really strangled this book's chances - it was always going to be hard for a new Ultimate verse book to get sales, and with that kind of very acquired-taste art it really didn't have a hope.

Oh, well, I guess at least that solves my problem of whether I can afford to start picking up Agent of Asgard. Sigh.

ETA: someone just linked this tweet from Fialkov:

Sad to say that UFF is finished with issue 6, and due to my illness last month, my last issue is 5. Heartbroken but extremely grateful.

Which gives us even less chance of a proper resolution. A real shame. :(
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Fox have announced their Doctor Doom for the Fantastic Four movie - it's Toby Kebbell.

I... am really not feeling it. (And kind of eye-rolly that their shortlist for the role was all Brits, since no doubt that means they're planning on Doctor Doom having an English accent rather than any attempt to make him actually sound like he comes from Eastern Europe.) At least there's hope that since he's not a well-known face they might actually allow him to wear the Doom mask for more than five seconds this time around?

I want to be optimistic, but they completely failed at doing a movie version of Doom before, and nothing I'm hearing about this movie is giving me much impression that they've learned from what they did wrong. (Stuff like it being "darker" and "grounded" and not feeling like a "larger-than-life superhero thing", which... is not a sense-making tack to take with a Fantastic Four movie at all, let alone with a character like Doom.)
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It seems that the Ultimate Universe version of Doctor Doom is coming back in the new Ultimate FF title. He's on the cover to Ultimate FF #3 and according to an interview with the writer:

The mystery fifth character will be someone with a lot of bad blood with the rest of the team, but a key figure in saving the universe -- Fialkov said it represents the team moving past their differences, and learning to work together.


Fialkov reveals that fifth member: The goat-legged Ultimate Doctor Doom.


"And Doom is the greatest man who ever lived, as far as he's concerned," Fialkov added. "Many of the things he's being blamed for, he has no idea what they're talking about. We get to see where he's been, and a new origin that's changed him from who he was when we last saw him and the man he is today." It's a redemption story for both Doom and Sue Storm, Fialkov said.

I haven't been keeping up with the Ultimate Universe for a while now, outside of some of the Ultimate Spidey TPBs, but I followed the original Ultimate Fantastic Four run and I always wanted to see a retcon to the terrible way Ultimate Doom was killed off in Ultimatum, so consider me intrigued. If that is retconned to be a Doombot/impostor, then he really didn't have much opportunity to do anything particularly evil in the UU, so this could be a chance to see a version of Doom as a good guy. Don't know either of the creators involved, but I'm definitely tempted to check this series out.
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Newsarama has the news from NYCC: the current run of Fantastic Four will end after issue #16 and James Robinson and Leonard Kirk will be taking over for the relaunch. FF is also ending at issue #16, but no word on what will happen to the book after that.
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According to CBR, he's stepping down in September after Fantastic Four #12 and FF #11. Karl Kesel's taking over on F4 and Lee Allred on FF to finish up the current story arc according to Fraction's outline; no info yet whether they'll stay on afterwards or we'll see another change of writers after the arc comes to its end in issue #16 of both titles.
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USA Today has more on the new Fantastic Four and FF books. FF has a new line-up, Scott Lang, Medusa, the original She-Hulk and a new female character, and there's a snippet about potential future developments Doom-wise:

Ant-Man has an agenda of his own, too, in addition to protecting the world. He blames Doctor Doom for the death of his daughter and, with the power of the Fantastic Four and the Future Foundation, wonders what would happen if they declared war on Latveria and devoted all their time and resources to eliminating Doom once and for all.

...I really don't know enough about Fraction's personal take on Doom to decide whether I should be nervous about this storyline or not. Guess we can only wait and see. At least the fact he's following up on Avengers: Children's Crusade raises my hopes that we might get to see some continuation of the Doom/Wanda storyline.
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CBR is reporting that Marvel has released some teasers revealing the new creative teams for Fantastic Four and FF. Looks like it's going to be Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley on Fantastic Four, and Fraction and Mike Allred on FF.

Well, I'm still not thrilled at the idea of Fraction as the writer, but I'm happier with these artists than the Larroca rumours, and pleasantly surprised to hear they're apparently going to continue with FF after Hickman's gone. I don't think I've actually seen Matt Fraction take a stab at writing Doctor Doom for more than a brief cameo, so it's hard to form much of an opinion on that front.

Wait and see time, I guess...
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CBR has Marvel's solicts for October. Two possible Doom appearances for the month:

Details )

But the big news is that nine of Marvel's titles are ending in October in preparation for the Marvel NOW! relaunch in November. Both Fantastic Four and FF are on that list, and while the F4 will undoubtedly be getting a new #1 in some form, I'm slightly nervous that we're going to see the Future Foundation characters dropped.

I just hope the Richards kids don't go back to being ignored after Jonathan Hickman's gone. We need more of Valeria and her Uncle Doom.
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Bleeding Cool is reporting that the Iron Man team of Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca are due to take over Fantastic Four after Hickman leaves.

Given that this comes from Bleeding Cool, I have to admit I'm hoping it's just a rumour. I find Fraction average at best and I can't stand Larroca's current heavily photo-referenced style. (He doesn't just use celebrity faces, he uses wildly inappropriate celebrity faces. The last time Reed Richards showed up in their Iron Man run Larroca drew him as Brad Pitt! Whuh?) Man, if this is true... what a come-down after one of the top three runs in the title's history. :(
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Sad news: it's been confirmed that Jonathan Hickman's awesome run on Fantastic Four and FF will end in October with Fantastic Four #611 and FF #23. No news yet on who might be taking over; I just hope it's not somebody who's going to immediately overturn all the great stuff that he's done with Doom.

In slightly better news, there is a hint that we might not have seen the last of Hickman's take on Doom just yet:
[Hickman] re-energized elements of the mythos from Galactus to Atlantis to the Inhumans and more, as well as finding new roles for classic characters like Doctor Doom and the Celestials. All this and more will factor into his final stories as he brings his larger arc to a grand conclusion.

"Generally speaking, all the FF 'world' elements I've been playing with will get revisited," he teases.
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Well, that really sucks. So close to coming out, too. I wonder what happened there?

I guess it's better than getting an unfinished mini, but still, I would have liked to have seen it. It seems like Spencer got the scripts done, so maybe it could still see the light of day in some form in the future.

Bah. Doom is displeased.

Edit: According to Bleeding Cool, it was cancelled due to Becky Cloonan having family issues that prevented her from getting the art done, so it's not impossible that it will be resurrected at some point. Apparently Marvel's still keen on the series, so that's something.

Edit the Second: ...And now it appears that Bleeding Cool was going with the tried and tested journalistic method of 'making stuff up' when they were claiming Becky Cloonan didn't turn in any interior art, so who the hell knows what actually happened? Aargh.
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This turned out to be a sadly Doom-free week, so, a bit of a roundup post in place of proper reviews.

FF #11

This issue temporarily leaves the Doctor Doom plot to focus on what's going on elsewhere. But he should definitely be back from issue #12 onwards, because that kicks off the long-promised "All hope lies in Doom" plot. In the meantime, everything else is coming to a head:

Spoiler summary )

Amanda Von Doom

The new character of Amanda Von Doom debuted in Incredible Hulk #1 this week, although, bizarrely, it seems that she shares no connection with 'our' Doom.

One panel from Incredible Hulk #1 )

It remains to be seen whether there's a further twist coming in this character's origin or the whole thing was just a rather weird attention grab.

November Comics

Victor Von Doom #1 has apparently been delayed, so it's now coming out on the 23rd of November. ...Which is the same date as both Avengers: Children's Crusade #8 and Fantastic Four #600. That's going to be an epic week.

December Covers

CBR has a pair of connecting variant covers for Fantastic Four #601 and FF #13, which feature Doom charging into battle alongside all the book's other heroes.


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