10 Wasted MCU Actors Who Could Be Recast As Doctor Doom

  • Doctor Doom could lead to the best MCU movies yet, with the potential for recurring appearances.
  • Marvel needs to nail Doctor Doom's casting to do justice to the iconic villain.
  • Wasted MCU actors like Mads Mikkelsen and Michael Rosenbaum could potentially play a menacing and unpredictable Doctor Doom.
Doctor Doom should soon debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the perfect actor to play the iconic Marvel villain could already have been a part of the MCU. Doctor Doom is one of the best villains in all of Marvel Comics; however, that has not exactly translated into live-action. The villain appeared in three Fantastic Four movies, which did not exactly do right by him or Marvel's First Family. Julian McMahon's Victor von Doom in the 2000s Fantastic Four movies showed promise but never met it, and Toby Kebbel's Doom sank in the ill-received 2015 Fantastic Four reboot.
If Marvel gets Doctor Doom right, then the character could lead to some of the best MCU movies yet. Doom is not meant for the MCU's disappointing model of one-and-done villains, with the character having the potential to remain a recurring foe to not only the Fantastic Four but several MCU heroes. Given how important he is, Marvel needs to nail Doctor Doom's casting. While there are some stars who could join the MCU as Doom, some actors who were wasted by Marvel in small or bad roles also have what it takes to play Doom — and deserve MCU redemption.
Related Every Actor Who Played Multiple Roles In The MCU Throughout the history of the MCU, there have been multiple examples of actors being cast into multiple roles across the shared universe. 10 Richard Armitage Has Experience With A Huge Franchise Known For: The Hobbit Trilogy, Captain America: The First Avenger, Castlevania, And More Close Richard Armitage is best known for his role as Thorin Oakenshield, which showed that the actor has the potential to play a major MCU character, as Armitage's performance throughout The Hobbit trilogy was impeccable. In the MCU, the actor was given a small role as Heinz Kruger, the Hydra agent who murdered Abraham Erskine after Steve Rogers got the super-soldier serum in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger. Armitage has the action expertise and the dramatic skills to make Doctor Doom a feared villain.
Related 10 Actors Who Would Be Perfect For The MCU's Doctor Doom With the Fantastic Four movie and rumors that Kang could be replaced by the team's main villain, there are some great choices to play Doctor Doom. 9 Christopher Eccleston Deserves Redemption After Poor MCU Villain Known For: Doctor Who, Thor: The Dark World, True Detective, And More Close Christopher Eccleston is another talented actor who was given the short end of the stick in the MCU. The star is famous worldwide for being the Ninth Doctor in the popular Doctor Who series, but Eccleston's leading man talents were never used by Marvel. Instead, he played the boring Malekith in Thor: The Dark World. Eccleston deserves a chance to show his full scope as an actor in the MCU, and as Doctor Doom, the star could deliver a menacing and vicious character akin to his role in the post-apocalyptic horror 28 Days Later.
8 Clancy Brown Could Give Doctor Doom A Frightening Voice Known For: Thor: Ragnarok, Invincible, Daredevil, And More Close Clancy Brown has experience with superhero projects in spades. The actor has appeared in several live-action roles for both Marvel and DC, including MCU series like Daredevil and The Punisher, where he played Colonel/Major Ray Schoonover. However, Brown's true talent lies in voice acting, with the actor having voiced many heroes and villains over the years, including Surtur in Thor: Ragnarok and Marvel's What If...? At 65, Brown is likely too old for Doctor Doom; however, if Marvel chooses to have the villain appear with his mask only, there is no better choice to voice him than Brown.
7 Karl Urban Could Make Doctor Doom Unpredictable Known For: The Boys, Thor: Ragnarok, The Lord Of The Rings Franchise, And More Close Karl Urban has become one of the most popular names in the superhero live-action realm thanks to his role as the superhero-killing Billy Butcher in The Boys. In the MCU, Urban played Skurge the Executioner, who first betrayed Asgard to join Hela before being redeemed by sacrificing himself in Thor: Ragnarok. Urban has multiple blockbuster franchise roles under his belt, and a fan-favorite actor of his caliber deserves a bigger MCU character. Urban's Doctor Doom could be an unpredictable threat that sometimes acts on impulse and other times in a calculating manner, making him difficult to read.
Related Wait, Is That Doctor Doom In Deadpool & Wolverine Trailer?! The first Deadpool & Wolverine trailer may have revealed the next major MCU villain, or a version of him, by showing what could be Doctor Doom. 6 Sterling K. Brown Has The Dramatic Chops To Make Doom Awards-Worthy Known For: This Is Us, Black Panther, Invincible, And More Close Sterling K. Brown was severely underused in the MCU. While his N'Jobu was part of an emotional sequence in Black Panther that set up the arc of Michael B. Jordan's Killmonger, the actor possesses the skill set to be one of the faces of the MCU. With Jonathan Majors fired from Kang the Conqueror, Brown would be a fantastic replacement for the star as Kang and his variants, given his versatility. If that does not happen, Brown's dramatic talents would lend themselves well to make Doctor Doom a nuanced foe, with his complexity being a major trait of the villain.
5 Lee Pace's Doctor Doom Would Beat His DCU Fancasting Known For: Guardians Of The Galaxy, Captain Marvel, The Hobbit Trilogy Close While Lee Pace's Ronan the Accuser has appeared a couple of times in the MCU, with a sizable role in Guardians of the Galaxy, his heavy makeup for the character allows Pace to take on another MCU role without confusing the audience. Pace is currently one of the popular fancasts to play Batman in the DCU's The Brave and the Bold. However, the actor's turn as multiple versions of the same villain in the sci-fi series Foundation shows that he can play a compelling foe like Doctor Doom despite Ronan falling short of expectations.
4 Ben Mendelsohn Wants To Be Recast As Doctor Doom Known For: Captain Marvel, Secret Invasion, Rogue One, And More Close Ben Mendelsohn played Talos in the MCU. After his Skrull character was killed in Secret Invasion, Mendelsohn revealed that he wants to be recast as Doctor Doom, saying, "I would almost give my eyes and teeth to play Doctor Doom. I think Doctor Doom is the great unread Marvel character that could and should be done." Mendelsohn has shown in movies like Rogue One that he has what it takes to play an entertaining villain such as Doctor Doom. Besides, with some MCU stars leaving in recent years, having an actor passionate about the role is the best for Doom.
3 Michael Rosenbaum Played One Of The Best Live-Action Supervillains Known For: Smallville, The Guardians Of The Galaxy Franchise, Justice League Unlimited, And More Close Michael Rosenbaum gave life to the best live-action version of Lex Luthor to this day in Smallville. The actor nailed the DC villain's complexity, making fans feel for him as Lex slowly turned from a compassionate character into his evil self from the comics. In the MCU, Rosenbaum only made cameo appearances as the CGI character Martinex in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. As such, the actor is free to take on another role, and his DC experience makes him one of the best candidates to turn Doctor Doom into the MCU's premiere villain for years.
2 Christian Bale's MCU Villain Was Underused Known For: The Dark Knight Trilogy, Thor: Love and Thunder, American Psycho, And More Close Christian Bale is one of the most talented stars Hollywood has today. After playing Batman in The Dark Knight trilogy, Bale made his MCU debut in Thor: Love and Thunder. While Bale's performance was excellent — Gorr the God Butcher was a frightening and violent villain — his character ended up being underused, disappearing for long periods, and was ultimately pulled down due to the movie's tonal conflict. The actor would be able to bring a pitch-perfect Doctor Doom to the big screen, and Bale is open to returning to the MCU as another character.
1 Mads Mikkelsen Is One Of The Most Popular Doctor Doom Fancasts Known For: Doctor Strange, Hannibal, Casino Royale, And More Close Mads Mikkelsen and Cillian Murphy are the most popular actors to play the MCU's Doctor Doom in the eyes of fans. Mikkelsen already played the villain Kaecilius in Doctor Strange, though the talented actor got very little to do in the movie, with his MCU role being forgettable. Mikkelsen would consider playing Doctor Doom, and the actor's history with compelling villains in major franchises like Harry Potter, James Bond, and more proves that his bad role in the MCU was not his fault. If given the chance, Mikkelsen could excel as Doctor Doom, making up for his wasted MCU casting.


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