Toby Kebbell, who played Fanastic Four arch-villain Doctor Doom in the 2015 remake, hopes that the rights for the franchise will return to Marvel Studios.
This came after an interviewer broached the idea of that movie getting a sequel. Kebbell’s quick, humorous response: “I won’t be in it!”
His reasons for wanting the transfer were somewhat odd. He seemed notably more interested in his own character, the mad scientist/sorcerer/dictator Victor von Doom, getting to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe than the titular superhero team.
“Listen, Doom is an incredible bad guy, they just keep trying to force him into the Fantastic Four, you know?” he said. “They just need to move it out, ’cause he smashes up Thor and Iron Man, all them. They get wasted.”
While Doom does battle other heroes in the comics, he is forever tied to the Fantastic Four as their arch-nemesis. In particular he has an intense rivalry with Richard Reed, the team’s leader and one of the few people who can rival Doom’s own intelligence.
The 2015 Fanastic Four was a famously awful movie; created mostly so that Fox would not have to return the rights to Marvel, it changed numerous elements from the comics. Many feel it was trying to be more of a sci-fi/horror film than a superhero movie. The result was panned as boring and nonsensical. (Kebbell’s costume as Doctor Doom was also notably awful.)
Marvel Studio’s Kevin Feige recently noted that Fox was unlikely to sell their other major Marvel property, X-Men, back to Marvel Studios. Fans still hope that Fantastic Four, having been less profitable for Fox, may have a chance, though Feige also noted that Marvel has a very detailed plan in place even without such franchises.