“God please don’t choose Ben Affleck”: Kevin Feige Has Been Warned! Marvel Fans Voice Frustration Over Doctor Doom Casting Rumors

Fans are expecting Cillian Murphy to be the frontrunner for the Emperor of Latveria.

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SUMMARY

  • Matt Shakman's The Fantastic Four has been moving forward with great momentum and Marvel has been announcing new cast members.
  • Fans are eagerly awaiting for the casting of Doctor Doom in the film, who is touted to be the main antagonist of the Multiverse Saga.
  • However, fans might be disappointed after new rumors emerged about Marvel considering Ben Affleck for the role.
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Ben Affleck has been one of the most prolific actors in Hollywood, and he has also made a mark as an acclaimed filmmaker. Having his breakthrough with the Oscar-winning drama Good Will Hunting, which he co-wrote with Matt Damon, Affleck rose to worldwide stardom as he headlined blockbusters and became a slough-after actor.

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Affleck’s tryst with the superhero genre has been bittersweet. While his role as Daredevil has been regarded as cheesy, with the actor himself considering it a mistake, his role as Batman in the DCEU has been divisive. Now, the actor is rumored to be in the running for Doctor Doom in the MCU, which fans seem to be completely against.

Ben Affleck Rumored to Be Considered For Doctor Doom

Ben Affleck wearing the Batsuit as Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice
Ben Affleck in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Ever since Matt Shakman’s The Fantastic Four was announced, fans have been waiting for Doctor Doom to finally make his MCU debut. The rule of Latveria has been depicted before in previous iterations of the franchise but has never been done justice. Doom also recently made a cameo in the Disney Plus series X-Men’97.

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Doom has been rumored to be the main antagonist in the ‘Multiverse Saga’ after Kevin Feige and the gang had to pivot their plans to have Jonathan Majors’ Kang as the main villain after his publicized arrest and subsequent firing from Marvel. While the reports have not been confirmed, Marvel was reportedly figuring out how to deal with their Kang problem by either recasting him or going in a different direction altogether (via Variety).

Toby Kebbell as Victor Von Doom in Fantastic Four (2015)
A still from Fantastic Four (2015)

Many actors have been in consideration for the role, and fans have expressed their desire for actors like Cillian Murphy to be cast in the role. Actor Ben Mendelsohn, who played Talos in the MCU, expressed his desire to play Doctor Doom and said that he would “give his eyes and teeth” to play the role (via GQ). However, Marvel seems to have other plans.

The X (formerly Twitter) user HolyField News, who is an industry insider and a popular scooper, recently revealed that Kevin Feige was looking at Mads Mikkelsen, Cillian Murphy, and Ben Affleck in the role of Doctor Doom. While Mikkelsen has already played Kaecilius in Doctor Strange, he was killed and hence could still be a multiversal variant of Doom.

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Fans Warn Marvel To Not Cast Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner as Matt Murdock and Elektra in Daredevil
A still from Daredevil

The Fantastic Four has been drawing a lot of attention for its unorthodox casting. While Pedro Pascal’s casting as Reed Richards a.k.a Mr. Fantastic had a divisive response, the casting of Julia Garner as the Silver Surfer received a lot of criticism for gender-swapping the character in the comics. Recently, the film also brought Paul Walter Houser on board in an undisclosed role (via THR).

However, Marvel’s casting of Ben Affleck might be the last straw for fans as the actor has not had a good reputation in the superhero genre. He was first cast as Matt Murdock in the 2003 Fox Studios film Daredevil, which was considered to be a cheesy and campy iteration of the character. Affleck’s tenure as Batman in the DCEU reportedly took a heavy toll on the actor, and he even went as far as saying that he hated it there (via EW).

While Affleck himself might not be ready for another role in the genre, fans themselves are not happy with the casting rumors. Marvel fans seem to be more in favor of Cillian Murphy, who has never been in a Marvel film, to don the role of Doctor Doom than the other former Marvel stars.

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Murphy has also appeared as Jonathan Crane a.k.a Scarecrow in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, which were DC films. However, the films were not part of a shared universe like the MCU, and hence, Murphy can move on to Marvel.

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Written by Nishanth A

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Nishanth A is a Media, English and Psychology graduate from Bangalore. He is an avid DC fanboy and loves the films of Christopher Nolan. He has published over 400 articles on FandomWire. When he's not fixating on the entire filmography of a director, he tries to write and direct films.