Doctor Doom, real name Victor von Doom, is the primary nemesis of the Fantastic Four. Doctor Doom was born in the country of Latveria, a place he would later come to rule. As a result of this, he has complete diplomatic immunity. His mother, a witch, died when he was young. Doctor Doom taught himself sorcery, and also took a great interest in science.
Moving to America to attend university, Doctor Doom turned down an offer of friendship from Reed Richards (later to become Mister Fantastic) and obtained his scars when one of his inventions exploded in his face. The trademark suit of armor was acquired at this time, to hide what Doctor Doom saw as hideous scars. His next action was to overthrow the rulers of Latveria and take their place. Doctor Doom then set himself three goals, including the destruction of Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four.
Doctor Doom is a scientific genius, and hugely intelligent. Doctor Doom uses this ability to construct a variety of weapons, which are then used to defeat his enemies. The armor Doctor Doom wears increases his strength to a superhuman level, and he has excellent combat skills. Doctor Doom is also able to exert control over machines using the technopathic powers of his mind.
Doctor Doom’s main weakness is his extreme arrogance. He is incapable of thinking he might be the reason for any failure, choosing instead to blame something or someone else. Doctor Doom encounters, at some point, almost every character in the Marvel universe. At times, he has even been known to assist the Fantastic Four, for the purely selfish reason of wanting to defeat them himself.
The character was created in the Silver Age of Marvel Comics, by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Their intention was to create a new super-villain to fight the Fantastic Four. The name was chosen to imply an evil, menacing figure. Doctor Doom is one of the most recognized supervillains in all comics.
Created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist/co-plotter Jack Kirby, the character made his debut in The Fantastic Four #5 (July 1962).
POWER and ABILITIES
Victor Von Doom is a polymath, scientist, and inventor who possesses a genius-level intellect. Doom has invented several doomsday machines and robots during his career as a supervillain, among them being his Doombots. Doctor Doom can exert technopathic control over certain machines, most notably his Doombots. Throughout most of his publication history, he has been depicted as one of the most intelligent humans in the Marvel Universe. Along with being a genius scientist and inventor, Doom is also a very powerful sorcerer, primarily taught by Tibetan monks, later increased to a considerable extent due to tutoring from his lover at the time, Morgan le Fay. He is capable of energy absorption and projection, manipulating electricity, creating protective shields, dimensional travel, healing, creating blizzards, and summoning hordes of demonic creatures.
Victor Von Doom was born decades ago to a tribe of Latverian Romani people under the rule of an unnamed nobleman called the Baron. Victor’s mother was witch Cynthia Von Doom who died by Mephisto’s hand while Von Doom was young. His father, Werner, was the leader of the tribe and a renowned medicine man who kept his wife’s sorceress life quiet in order to protect Victor from a similar fate. Soon after Cynthia’s death, the Baron’s wife grew incurably ill from cancer, and Werner was called to the capital to heal her. When she succumbed to illness, the Baron labeled Werner a murderer and called for his death.
ENEMIES & ROGUES
Doctor Doom is the arch-nemesis of the Fantastic Four.
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