Josh Hartnett Reportedly Offered Doctor Doom MCU Role


In a move that has Marvel fans buzzing with excitement and speculation, Josh Hartnett has reportedly been offered the role of the iconic villain Doctor Doom in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

According to Giant Freakin Robot’s ‘trusted’ sources, if Hartnett accepts the role, he won’t be featured prominently in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot but will have a more significant presence in future Marvel projects.

Josh Hartnett: An Unexpected Choice for Doctor Doom


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The Actor’s Background

Josh Hartnett, known for his roles in films like Penny Dreadful and Oppenheimer, has been offered the role of Doctor Doom, one of the most iconic Marvel Villains. This casting choice is intriguing, given that Hartnett is often chosen for roles that are more action-oriented rather than cerebral. Characters like Danny in Operation Fortune and Ethan Chandler in Penny Dreadful are the type of people that Victor von Doom, the man behind the Doctor Doom persona, would not even consider worthy of his attention.

Why Hartnett?

It appears that Marvel Studios is keen to learn from past mistakes. Doctor Doom was the chief antagonist in both the 2005 and 2015 Fantastic Four films. Hartnett’s recent role in Oppenheimer, where he played real-life physicist and Nobel Prize winner Ernest Lawrence, might have influenced Marvel’s decision to offer him this role.

The Role of Doctor Doom in the MCU


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A Smaller Role in Fantastic Four

According to the reports, if Hartnett accepts the role, his part in the Fantastic Four reboot will be relatively small. However, his appearances will carry much more weight in subsequent MCU projects. This could mean that Doctor Doom might make a cameo appearance in Fantastic Four, similar to how Thanos was introduced in earlier Marvel films before becoming the main villain in Avengers: Infinity War.

Doctor Doom as an MCU Villain

Doctor Doom is a character with a rich history in Marvel Comics, not just as an adversary to the Fantastic Four but as a significant figure in the Marvel universe as a whole. The likelihood that Doctor Doom will not be the main antagonist in the Fantastic Four reboot has left some fans disappointed, but it also opens the door for the character to be developed more fully in future MCU films.

Other Casting Reports for Fantastic Four

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Josh Hartnett is not the only actor who has been reported to be in contention for a role in Fantastic Four. Daveed Diggs was reportedly offered the part of Ben Grimm, also known as The Thing, and Vanessa Kirby dodged questions about possibly being cast as Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman.

Final Thoughts on Josh Hartnett potentially playing Doctor Doom in the MCU


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The potential casting of Josh Hartnett as Doctor Doom in the MCU is a topic of much discussion and speculation among fans. While some are intrigued by the unexpected choice, others are keen to see how Marvel Studios will handle one of its most iconic villains. The role’s limited scope in the Fantastic Four reboot suggests that Marvel is taking a long-term approach to developing Doctor Doom as an MCU Villain. This strategy could pay off in the long run, offering a more nuanced and compelling character arc for one of Marvel’s most complex villains.

The casting also indicates that Marvel Studios is willing to take risks and break away from traditional casting choices, potentially offering a fresh take on well-known characters. With the Fantastic Four release date set for May 2, 2025, and ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, nothing is set in stone. However, the prospect of Josh Hartnett taking on the role of Doctor Doom adds another layer of excitement and unpredictability to the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.

What do you make of this news? Are you looking forward to seeing Doctor Doom in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

You can watch Josh Hartnett in the Christopher Nolan movie, Oppenheimer, which is currently in cinemas.

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