Star Wars Villain Actor Will Do Anything To Play Doctor Doom

By Charlene Badasie | Updated

Ben Mendelsohn, who appeared as Director Orson Krennic in the 2016 film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, says he would give almost anything to play Doctor Doom. I would almost give my eyes and teeth to play Doctor Doom,” the actor said when asked which (if any) superhero property (Star Wars, Marvel, or Batman) he would like to revisit.

Ben Mendelsohn Wants To Play Marvel’s Greatest Villain

“I think Doctor Doom is the great unread Marvel character that could and should be done,” Ben Mendelsohn continued. “But it is what it is. I got to work with Spielberg, and I got to work with Terrence Malick, and I got to work with Ridley Scott. It’s been incredible. I didn’t think this ship was coming,” the actor added.

An Iconic Imperial Officer

Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) is a central figure in the Galactic Empire in Rogue One. As the Director of Advanced Weapons Research, he oversees the construction of the Death Star, a super weapon capable of destroying entire planets. Ambitious and power-hungry, Krennic seeks recognition from Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader.

Mendelsohn Can Pull Off A Cape

His ruthless pursuit of success leads to conflicts within the Empire and with key characters such as the brilliant scientist Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), whom he recruits for the project. Krennic’s (Ben Mendelsohn) internal power struggles, particularly with Grand Moff Tarkin (Guy Henry), provide insight into the complexities of Imperial politics.

A Batman Villain

Ben Mendelsohn also portrayed John Daggett in the 2012 movie The Dark Knight Rises. Daggett is a villainous billionaire socialite who uses Bane (Tom Hardy) in his plan to take over Wayne Enterprises. Daggett’s character does not undergo any significant development in the story, remaining a consistent antagonist.

The MCU’s Misunderstood Villain

In 2019, Ben Mendelsohn debuted as Talos in Marvel’s 90s-throwback Captain Marvel. Talos was initially mistaken for a terrorist by S.H.I.E.L.D., who later discovered that the Skrulls face near-extinction due to the destruction of their home world by the Kree. Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) decide to help the Skrulls find a new home.

Is Ben Mendelsohn Done With Talos?

The actor reprised the role in Spider-Man: Far From Home and the Disney+ series Secret Invasion. The latter involves a partnership between Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) and Fury to thwart a rebellious faction of Skrulls. It remains uncertain if Marvel intends to reintroduce Mendelsohn as Talos, given that Secret Invasion featured the character’s demise.

Doctor Doom

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Doctor Doom is one of Marvel’s most iconic villains, primarily associated with the Fantastic Four. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, Doctor Doom made his comic book debut in Fantastic Four #5 in 1962. Born Victor Von Doom, he is the arch-nemesis of the Fantastic Four and is known for his brilliance, sorcery, and indomitable will.

The Greatest Villain In Comics

Clad in advanced armor that grants superhuman abilities, Doctor Doom is nearly invulnerable in battle. Despite his villainous pursuits, Doom’s motivations are nuanced, often extending beyond mere conquest. He believes in his destiny as a ruler and sees himself as humanity’s savior. His intelligence also rivals that of Reed Richards. So it’s not surprising that Ben Mendelsohn would love to play him.

The MCU Fantastic Four Has Been Cast

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Marvel Studios officially announced the cast for the upcoming Fantastic Four movie on February 14. The ensemble includes Pedro Pascal as Reed Richards, Vanessa Kirby as Sue Storm, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Ben Grimm, and Joseph Quinn as Johnny Storm. While there has been speculation that Doctor Doom will be the primary villain, no casting announcements have been made.

Source: GQ