Ben Mendelsohn Really, Really Wants To Be Doctor Doom

After playing perhaps the most capable Imperial Officer ever in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, King George VI in Darkest Hour, and the bad guy Nolan Sorrento in the upcoming Ready Player One film adaptation, Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn has his eye on a Marvel-ous role.

Ben Mendelsohn Really, Really Wants To Be Doctor Doom
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Long rumored to be playing the Skrull commander in the upcoming Captain Marvel movie for Disney/Marvel, Mendelsohn has his eye on another comic character. The best part?  It would mean more sweet, sweet cape action for him. (If you want to giggle watching Ben try NOT to comment on the casting, watch this video from Collider; it's pretty great.)

In a recent episode of MTV's Happy Sad Confused podcast, Mendelsohn offered up who he thinks is the greatest comic character of all time, and who he really wants to play:

"Doctor Doom is the greatest comic character of all time. That's a great role. The thing that's appealing about Victor is the damage and trauma, the loss of the family, the wrong done to him and then the takeover, the revenge, and then the protectiveness of Latveria wrapped in that Cold War vibe. There's something about the combination of that. What actually makes him great is his caring bit."

It was announced way back in July at SDCC that Noah Hawley (Legion) has his sights set on a Doom centric film for 20th Century Fox. This, of course, set Doom fans on a path of who they wanted to see play the Latverian leader, the number one name being Mads Mikkelsen. You may recall the widely panned Josh Trank Fantastic Four reboot from 2015 (although several of us try to pretend that never happened) with a "hacker" Doctor Doom.

Ben Mendelsohn Really, Really Wants To Be Doctor Doom

Mendelsohn would certainly be a interesting choice, and one I am totally behind — and not just because he pulled me off a red carpet press line for Darkest Hour to take pictures with me because of my Union Jack dress.

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Mary Anne ButlerAbout Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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