Written by Edwin Francisco
It seems like The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is setting up Dr. Doom. If you have not seen the series yet, please be warned; there are spoilers ahead.
In the third episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Baron Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl) tells Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) that:
Sokovia was cannibalized by its neighbors before the land was cleared of rubble, erased from the map.
Sokovia is the fictional country set in Central Europe that was lifted off in the movie Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The country was eventually destroyed during the movie and was left in ruins.
One of the countries close to Sokovia is another well-known fictional country called Latveria.
This is the country of Dr. Victor von Doom, aka Dr. Doom.
Dr. Doom is one of the best villains in Marvel history.
He is one of the greatest scientists in the Marvel Universe; furthermore, he is a candidate for Sorcerer Supreme.
However, his personal goal is actually having order and a united world.
But he plans to conquer the world to achieve his dream.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Could Be Setting Up Dr. Doom
He’s more known to be the rival of Reed Richards, known as Mr. Fantastic, who is the leader of the Fantastic Four.
In the comics, it is also notable that Dr. Doom is a Monarch himself.
Being among the nobility, it may not be too farfetched if Zemo, who is a baron and simply mentions he is considered royalty in Sokovia, would know him as the Supreme Leader for the Kingdom of Latveria.
Dr. Doom was previously played by Toby Kebbell (Planet of the Apes, Bloodshot, Kong: Skull Island) in the failed 2015 Fantastic Four movie.
The villain was also portrayed by Julian McMahon (Charmed) in 2005 and 2007’s Fantastic Four films with Ioan Greffudd, Chris Evans, Jessica Alba and Michael Chiklis.
Will we see Dr. Doom in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier?
It’s possible that it’s not the case, but it’s not hard to see that they’ll use some of the elements they have laid out to get Dr. Doom out of hiding.
In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the Flag Smashers are represented as the villains of the series; after all, they want a one-world government.
This idea of a single government for the world seems like something Dr. Doom would think of to create his own order and united world.
So, it might not be farfetched that Dr. Doom is already pulling some strings that we are not seeing yet.
I doubt that they’ll use Dr. Doom for the TV series.
I think this villain is best presented in a movie.
Think about it: Dr. Doom has the brains and almost unlimited resources like Iron Man, but also a magic user like Dr. Strange.
Personally, I think he’s one of the best villains in the Marvel Universe.
None of the previous movies presented him anywhere close to his comic book counterpart.
There might not be any mention of Doctor Doom or Latveria in The Falcon and Winter Soldier series, but you can’t deny that they are already leaving bread crumbs that may lead to it.