Fans have been speculating over Doctor Doom’s involvement in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever for months, but is Doctor Doom actually in the film?
From the moment Walt Disney Studios finalized the paperwork to acquire 20th Century Studios, Marvel fans have been eager to see what the deal would mean for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In acquiring the 20th Century, Disney managed to regain ownership of two of Marvel Comics’ most iconic and successful franchise characters: the Fantastic Four and X-Men. By regaining ownership of the characters, suddenly the door was opened for Marvel Studios to utilize characters many fans thought might never get the chance to join the MCU.
Since the acquisition, fans have been waiting to see the fruits of the sale finally come to fruition, but it’s been a quiet few years making fans more eager than ever to see the characters from the franchises enter the MCU.
Our first taste came in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness when John Krasinski suited up as Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic and Sr. Patrick Stewart reprised his role as Professor Charles Xavier. Following the film’s release, fans have been speculating as to when we could see other characters arrive which led to a rumor regarding the possibility of Doctor Doom making his MCU debut in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
According to reports, rumor had it that Doom was set to be introduced via a post-credit scene in the film as a way to tease his involvement in the MCU ahead of films such as Fantastic Four and the upcoming Avengers movies. But is there actually any truth to the rumors circulating around the internet?
Warning: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever spoilers ahead.
Is Doctor Doom in Wakanda Forever?
Although the internet and fans on Reddit would have led you to believe Doctor Doom appears in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the character does not make an appearance across the film in any manner nor is he even mentioned.
Leading up to the film’s release many had begun to speculate over whether we could see Doctor Doom enter the mix via the film be it in a key role or via a post-credit scene. While many hoped Doom’s arrival might be set up in a similar way to how Thanos’s arrival was hyped via post-credit sequences, the film does not incorporate the iconic Fantastic Four villain in any way.
While disappointing, it shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise as the film looked to build up Namor as its primary villain. Plus, the creative team behind the film had made it clear the character was not involved in the film — something that proved to be true.
Do you think Marvel made the right decision by not including or even referencing Doctor Doom in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever? What project do you think the character should or could be introduced in? Share your reactions and theories below!