Giancarlo Esposito playing a significant role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been quite a rumor now over the past few times. Now with several new projects announced at the SDCC 22, the rumor is getting new meanings as there are many possibilities for the Breaking Bad fame to appear in the vast landscapes of Marvel. The Current rumor suggests that Giancarlo Esposito will play the role of Doctor Doom in MCU but this also raised concerns among the fans as they figured out that similar to rumors about Namor’s story, Doom’s story would also be changed in MCU.
Giancarlo Esposito as Doctor Doom raises question marks:
With a brand new Fantastic Four movie being announced in 2019, Marvel didn’t give any news regarding it till we got to know in the recent San Diego Comic-Con 2022, that the movie has been set for Phase 6 of MCU and is going to release on November 8, 2024. Doctor Doom and Fantastic Four share an age-old connection to each and if the rumors are true, he can really be the next Baddie of MCU.
While the casting of Giancarlo Esposito raised excitement among the fans, they also pick some valid points regarding the character. The most important question is if MCU gonna keep the Romani background for Doctor Doom as it is or will it go in a different direction?
Doctor Doom’s story has an integral connection with the Romani Heritage. The injustices he faced there contribute heavily to his character while Esposito is a Danish Black actor so the fans have come up with the question that if Marvel is going to change the origin or not. After all the recent Black Panther 2 rumors suggest that the Namor origins have changed in the movie from Atlantean to Talocan which makes the fan think that Marvel doesn’t care about the heritage of the characters.
Fans are skeptical about the casting:
Doctor Doom’s character owes a lot to his Romani Heritage as he and his people of the Zefiro Clan had to suffer a lot of abuse from the rulers of Latveria so the fans think that without the Romani heritage, it will be a major disservice to the character. We have picked up some of the tweets which clearly show that the fans are agitated with Marvel repeatedly changing backstories:
I’ve heard some rumblings that Giancarlo Esposito has met with Marvel to discuss a couple of roles… one of them being DOOM
— CanWeGetSomeToast (@CanWeGetToast) July 29, 2022
Giancarlo is not Romani. Being Romani is a big part of Doom's backstory. I'd rather they get someone Romani.
— A.J. | Marvel comics and Star Wars Era (@ikindaplaydrums) July 29, 2022
Likewise. I prefer an Eastern European actor for Doom, Romani preferred. And I prefer an actor of Jewish descent for Magneto.
— v5a (@thev5a) July 29, 2022
But he can't… Dr. Doom is romani not white or black why do ya'll keep fancasting the wrong people?
— Mr. N. (@MrN33152258) July 29, 2022
Please no, let him play anything but a villain
Also Doom should be romani
— R⭐bin #SaveLegendsOfTomorrow (@Ras_Al_Him) July 29, 2022
Well, last time I checked, Doctor Doom is a Romani from Latveria (a fictional Eastern European country), so… pic.twitter.com/qwAgDoMUD6
— 🇺🇸#ForeverMarvel🇵🇷 (@MCExcelsiorius) July 29, 2022
So looks like Marvel will gonna have a hard time if the rumors are true about Giancarlo Esposito’s casting. While earlier rumors about Esposito playing Professor Charles Xavier were also flying around the internet but till now there’s nothing official. It will be really exciting to watch if the rumors are true while on the other hand, we have to also look forward to Namor’s ancestry in the MCU which can give us some glimpse into Marvel’s abilities to handle characters’ backstories.
Fantastic Four is going to release on November 8, 2024 while Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will hit the theaters on November 11, 2022