According to a new rumor, Doctor Doom may be making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as the villain of the upcoming sequel, Black Panther 2. According to Charles Murphy, “trustworthy sources” have informed him that the villain of Black Panther will be none other than Doctor Doom.
Murphy reiterates that the information has not been officially verified, so there is a chance that it ultimately might not be true. But he does say that Victor Von Doom’s potential role in the film will involve him beginning to expand “his empire, conquering parts of Africa and, ultimately, [coming] into conflict with the nation of Wakanda and the Black Panther”.
Murphy writes that Kevin Feige was willing to meet with Noah Hawley, who was developing a standalone Doctor Doom movie before Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox was complete.
Plus, with Marvel Studios now owning the film rights to both X-Men and the Fantastic Four, along with a slew of new release dates for untitled projects slated from 2022-2023, some are speculating that we will be introduced to elements of these popular comic book legends earlier than expected. Perhaps Black Panther 2 will be our first official introduction to such characters with Doctor Doom serving as the main villain.
Ultimately, fans will have to wait and see if this rumor proves to be true, and if Doom ends up being the central antagonist of Black Panther 2. Considering how profoundly the first Black Panther introduced Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan), Doom’s arrival would both be an epic expansion of the MCU and an in-depth take on the character.
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