Dr. Doom, also known as Victor Von Doom, has a long history in Marvel comics. He is one of the most well-known Marvel villains. As someone who has faced off against some of the best Marvel teams, like the Fantastic Four and the Avengers, Doom has a wide range of stories. Over the years, Doom has become more than just a simple Marvel bad guy.
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Besides being a super-genius, he’s also one of the most dangerous magic users in the Marvel Universe. He can fight with both weapons and his fists at a high level, and he can also use magic. These abilities make Doom a good villain for a wide range of stories.
1. Dr. Doom Battled Mephisto In Astonishing Tales
One of the most important parts of Dr. Doom’s story is how he deals with the loss of his mother, Cynthia Von Doom. Cynthia gave Mephisto her soul when she was alive in exchange for powerful magical skills. To make things even worse, when she died, she was bound to spend all of eternity in Mephisto’s world. In Astonishing Tales #8, thanks to a deal made with Mephisto, Dr. Doom has the chance to win back his mother’s soul in a fight against a champion of Mephisto. Doom is easily defeated by Mephisto’s warrior, Kagrok the Killer, in a short fight. He loses the chance to free his mother, so he doesn’t.
2. Dr. Doom Manipulated Reality In Fantastic Four 1234
Dr. Doom made a machine that could change the world so that the Fantastic Four would die. This was done under the Marvel Knights banner, which is used for Marvel books in a separate timeline. He tried a Doombot’s gauntlet after failing to get the attention of the other members of the Fantastic Four. It took him to Castle Doom in Latveria, where he met up with the other members of the group.
When the Thing hears some shocking news from Dr. Doom, he takes a trip through a time machine, believing that Doom will help him become a normal person again. It turns out that the process worked, but his teammates don’t recognize him when he comes out of the other side of the machine.
3. Matt Murdock Assisted The Fantastic Four Against Dr. Doom
It turns out that the radiation from the Q-Bomb set off by the Frightful Four has made all of the Fantastic Four lose their powers in Fantastic Four #39. When the Fantastic Four were forced to wear power-based supersuits, Dr. Doom came right up and attacked them. Daredevil set up a distraction, but only Dr. Doom was able to get away because of it. During the Fantastic Four’s frantic work in the Baxter Building, Doom is kept from killing them by Daredevil, who narrowly saves them from being killed time and time again. We’re glad the Fantastic Four can use their powers again, because they were able to stop Doom just in time.
4. Dr. Doom Faced Off Against Iron Man In Doomquest
When it comes to Dr. Doom’s biggest enemy, Iron Man tops the list (aka Tony Stark). Iron Man and Doom are rivals because they are both billionaires who have a lot of money and smart gadgets. Stark International takes away time travel equipment from Dr. Doom’s company in Iron Man #149. Doom sends a team to New York to get the tech back for himself.
After Iron Man finds out about the robbery, he goes to Latveria to confront Doom. The two accidentally fight in Doom’s time machine, which causes their fight to happen all over history.
5. Books of Doom
The fact that Dr. Doom has been such a big baddie since very early on in the Marvel Universe makes it hard to get a full picture of his history.
In late 2005 and early 2006, the Books of Doom written by Ed Brubaker brought together the parts of his life that happened before the Fantastic Four came to town. By and large, it’s a Cliffs Notes-style story because Brubaker has a lot of time to cover and always moves things from one big event to the next.
The ruler talks about how he used to be in a reflective monologue in the beginning of the limited series. Pablo Raimondi, Mark Farmer, and Brian Reber make a big splash with the character’s face at the top of the picture. As soon as they’ve shown off what Doom looks like now, they go back in time to Victor’s childhood and let him tell how they got to be rulers of Latveria.
The overall experience makes for a uniform and house-style retelling, which is a good place to start. By putting this part of his history into a trade paperback-length story, it makes the timeline clear while still focusing on the relationships that made Victor von Doom the man he is today. These relationships include his family, early interactions with Reed Richards and Ben Grimm at university, his royal advisor Boris, and the rest of his Romani clan.
6. Degree Absolute/Fall Out
Marvel had so many events in the ’10s that some of their ongoing series’ stories were taken over by them. Al Ewing has shown that he can keep the momentum going and make the most important points relevant to the story he was already telling.
Several Loki: Agent of Asgard comics from 2014 show this in a good way. Loki’s journey to change his fate and choose his own fate is the main storyline of the series. There are a lot of things that make Doom an intimidating opponent for him to face off against. He thinks that Loki will destroy Latveria in the future. They are the artists, and their picture of the desolate landscape where Latveria used to be is cold and harsh, just like the land itself.
When Ewing talks about the showdown between the trickster god and the ruler of Latveria’s kingdom, he mentions a few other characters, but he keeps things focused on how the two of them are going to fight.
Doom’s power is shown in how he can use stories as weapons, not just in how he traps his chosen enemy, but also by changing existing ideas, like the prevalence of Doombots. At the same time, Doom’s character is on display even in a supporting role. This is both because of what he could do and because his hubris sometimes gets the best of him.
7. Avengers: The Children’s Crusade
Some books, on the other hand, have stories that are so big that they feel like they cover the whole universe.
Between 2010 and 2012, Allan Heinberg and Jim Cheung made Avengers: The Children’s Crusade, which is one of these short-run comics. There are two of the Young Avengers, Speed and Wiccan, who might be the reincarnations of the Scarlet Witch’s children. They all set out to find her, and they found her in Latveria, where she was set to marry Doom.
It doesn’t matter that the series is based on some big stories from the time, like Avengers: Disassembled and House of M. Heinberg and Cheung don’t get too bogged down in having to explain everything that happened before. At a breathless pace, the Young Avengers’ understanding of what has happened is always being changed, not to mention the number of Avengers and X-Men who appear at different points in the story.
Because there are so many people in this list, Doom doesn’t get as much attention as he does in the other ones. This shows how well he fits in with the Marvel Universe. Even in a show that doesn’t have the Fantastic Four, he’s a smart and clever bad guy who keeps our many heroes on their toes.
8. Origin of Doctor Doom/The Final Victory of Doctor Doom
As a side note, let’s not forget when Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Chic Stone, and Sam Rosen first came up with the character’s history. It was full of two stories (and a lot of pin-ups) in 1964, and the first one is the story about how the Fantastic Four came to be.
Lee and Kirby paint a picture of a young Victor von Doom, who has already lost his mother and will soon lose his father as well, because the Baron of Latveria is angry about the death of their own wife. Eventually, Doom moves to America, where he meets Reed and Ben for the first time, as well as the accident that leads him to become famous for his famous armor. While that’s going on, the second story is about another fight between him and the Fantastic Four.
Lee and Kirby’s work on the Fantastic Four is at their most creative point. This is shown by the amount of imagination shown in the comics. Doom’s history is very detailed, even though it only has twelve pages. However, Kirby’s perspective choices in the second story make it possible to think that Doom’s face isn’t shown, even when he unmasks. This allows the reader to think that it’s just a small flaw that would have kept him covered.