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Subj: Re: Think Doom is faking the redemption attempt?
Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 at 12:21:34 pm EST (Viewed 73 times)
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Posted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 at 07:42:26 am EST (Viewed 76 times)

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I certainly do. I think Ben is right on the money. Frankly I think the instant Doom lays eyes on Reed again, he will return to his nefarious ways. What I think he's doing right now is trying to out-Reed Reed in the good guy department because it's the only avenue left to him for continuing the Great Game, which has centered on Reed since their college days. Reed is the worthy adversary, which I think Doom needs like he needs air.

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I don't think he's faking. I think it was necessary in many respects that Marvel take a different direction since there was really no choice. He was god, not with a capital G, but he was in charge of all that was left of the multiverse for 8 years. He had a family that loved him and a good friend (for a while anyway) with Stephen Strange.

It has been noted in interviews that Hickman wrote this as the last Fantastic Four story. He knew that the title was going away, primarily because of Ike Perlmutter and his anger about the Fox situation with the movie rights. But he also writes it like the last Doctor Doom story. It was the final confrontation with Reed, which leads to Doom's confronting his true feelings about why he hates Reed. I don't know where else another writer could have take this. It would be an insult to the years of build up that lead to Secret Wars and its conclusion if the next writer simply put Doom on his throne in Latveria and then had him scheming to take over the planet again.

As Amara points out to Doom his motives for taking this new course is mostly a selfish one, which he admits to. But even in that he recognized that is also an area that he needs to address. Doom has always been about setting goals and then setting out to achieve them no matter what it takes. While I can agree Bendis is probably not the best choice for the task of dealing with this new Doom I think in many respects he's done better than I expected.

I don't know where other writers will take this since Bendis is leaving. Zdarsky gives us a Doom that clearly is still not quite over Reed since he calls the inventions he left behind "inconsequental" It will be interesting to see their next face to face meeting, whenever that comes.


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