It’s been clear for some time now that Fox’s 2015 “Fantastic Four” film isn’t afraid to divert sharply from Marvel Comics lore, and more evidence of that surfaced in a Collider video interview with actor Toby Kebbell, who plays Doctor Doom in the movie.
In the interview — ostensibly promoting the home release of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” which featured Kebbell — the actor stated that his character’s civilian name will not be Victor Von Doom, and that his background has a distinctly more 21st century bent than the Doctor Doom of the comic books.
“He’s Victor Domashev, not Victor Von Doom in our story,” Kebbel said. “And I’m sure I’ll be sent to jail for telling you that… I’m a programmer; very anti-social programmer. And on blogging sites I’m ‘Doom.'”
As introduced by comics legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1962, Doctor Doom is the leader of the fictional nation Latveria, and met the Fantastic Four’s Reed Richards as a student. This wouldn’t be the first time the character has been named something other than “Victor Von Doom” — in Marvel’s Ultimate Universe, the character is named “Victor van Damme.”
In the same interview, Kebbell describes “Fantastic Four” director Josh Trank‘s approach to the movie as “lo-fi” and “ultra-real.” Last month, Michael B. Jordan (who plays the movie’s Human Torch), was quoted as saying the titular four will wear “containment suits” in the film, which he called “gritty.”
Fox’s “Fantastic Four” reboot is scheduled for release on Aug. 7, 2015. A sequel has been dated for July 14, 2017.