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Mads Mikkelsen Eyed as Doctor Doom in Marvel’s ‘Fantastic Four’

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Danish-born actor Mads Mikkelsen is reportedly being considered for the role of Doctor Doom in Marvel Studios’ Fantastic Four movie scheduled for release on May 2, 2025.

While no firm decision has yet been made by Marvel, film sleuth John Campea posted the following this week: “What [Campea’s source] confirmed to me is [Marvel] has talked to Mads Mikkelsen [about] Doom. Now, to be clear, I’m sure they talked to a dozen people. They did not tell me that Mads Mikkelsen has been cast as Doom. Not at all. But they were able to confirm to me that Mads Mikkelsen is one of the people they talked to for Doom.”

Mikkelsen achieved global recognition in 2006 when he played the role of Le Chiffre in the James Bond film, “Casino Royale.” He appeared as Dr Hannibal Lecter in the TV series Hannibal and later played villainous characters in Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore and “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.” The actor already has a track record with Marvel, having appeared in several of the studio’s films. In 2018, he played Kaecilius, the lead villain in “Doctor Strange.”

Thus far, Marvel has not announced its roster for the upcoming “Fantastic Four” film, but insiders are betting that Pedro Pascal will be playing the role of Mr. Fantastic/Reed Richards. Pascal had earlier thrilled audiences with his performances in “The Last of Us” and “The Mandalorian.” According to the rumor mill, other actors being considered for parts include Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Javier Barden, Vanessa Kirby, and Joseph Quinn.

“Fantastic Four” is being directed by WandaVision showrunner Matt Shakman from a screenplay by Josh Friedman. The original screenwriters were Jeff Kaplan and Ian Springer.
The Fantastic Four have been entertaining generations of fans since 1961, when the original comic book debuted. The quartet became the first superhero team produced by Marvel Comics.

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Edward Moran
Edward Moran
Edward Moran began his journalistic career many decades ago as a theater and cinema reviewer for Show Business and the New York Theater Review. More recently he contributed film reviews to and Movie Sleuth. His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as the Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, the Paris Review, and the Massachusetts Review. Moran also edited a memoir by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Christine Choy. He served as literary advisor to her film Hyam Plutzik: American Poet, which was the keynote film in the American Perspectives series at the 2007 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.


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