Doctor Doom (Marvel)(Ultimate)
Real Name: Victor Van Damme
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Doom is a child prodigy and scientific genius, though unlike Richards he approaches science as an art rather than as a system. He has a solid metal body. Internal organs as a poisonous gas and could grow and fling porcupine-like volleys of quills from his forearms. regenerative power. Proficiency in Atlantean magic. He is believed to be as powerful a other top tier superhumans like Thor and Namor.
In the Ultimate Marvel universe, Doctor Doom is Victor Van Damme, a direct descendant of Vlad Tepes Dracula, and was part of the Baxter Building, a government think-tank of young geniuses, such as Reed Richards and Susan Storm. Van Damme in this continuity is no longer the 'Marvel-wide threat' that he is in the normal continuity; that position probably belongs to Magneto. He worked to help Reed Richards develop a teleporter to the "N-Zone," but reprogrammed its coordinates without telling anyone. This caused the accident that gave the Fantastic Four their powers. Though Victor maintains that the original Richards programming was so bad that even he couldn't fix it, and that it was this that led to the accident. Van Damme was caught in the same accident, and his flesh was changed into a metallic hide (with a somewhat reduced ability to perceive tactile sensations and pain), clawed hands, his legs transmogrified into demonic goat-hooved legs, and he re-appeared on Earth at an undisclosed location in Europe.
For a time, he was the charismatic leader of a small micro-nation called "Free State", "Freezone", or "The Keep", a Permanent Autonomous Zone located in Copenhagen, Denmark, where citizens lived without rent in a shanty town under squatter's rights, and were given free comforts and necessities in exchange for loyalty to Van Damme. There, a dragon tattoo was given to new settlers, incorporating microfibers that interfaced with the brain and acting as a cunning mind control device. However, the Fantastic Four eventually freed them from Doom's control during their first battle, and all subsequently left.
During the Namor fiasco, the mother of Sue and Johnny Storm returned to New York. After the adventure, it was revealed that she possesses a similar dragon tattoo, and is presumably under Doom's control.
After the collapse of the Keep, Van Damme returned to Latveria, and in six months turned the country around. Latveria went from being a Third World nation to the ninth-richest country in the world. While seemingly happy, the citizens of Latveria are bearers of Doom's Dragon tattoos. He is revered by the citizens, who refer to him as "the good doctor".
Doom would later attempt to replace Reed Richards as leader of the Fantastic Four. Using ancient text pilfered from the ruins of Atlantis, Doom summoned the ancient horror Zvilpogghua and placed it inside the body of Johnny Storm. When Richards came to Doom for help, Doom agreed to save Johnny, but only if Richards would exchange minds with Doom.
With his intellect inside Richard's body, Doom returned to the Baxter Building. Using Atlantean magic, he removed the Zvilpogghua parasite from Johnny's body. However, Richards (now trapped inside Doom's body) returned, captured the parasite, and reverted their mind-swap. Doctor Doom was last seen carrying Zvilphogghua into the Zombie Universe, thereby saving the world from both perils. Richards hypothesized that the Zombie Universe will not reconnect with the Ultimate Universe for many thousands of years, and whether Doom is able to escape has yet to be seen.
The Ultimate version of this character is not an alternate identity of the regular Marvel character as the Ultimate universe is a distinct reality.
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First Appearance: Ultimate Fantastic Four (2004) #2
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Official Handbook of the Ultimate Marvel Universe 2005: The Fantastic Four & Spider-Man (2005)
Ultimate Fantastic Four (2004)
#2 Ultimate Power (2006)
- 'The Fantastic, Part 2'#7
- 'Doom, Part 1'#8
- 'Doom, Part 2'#10
- 'Doom, Part 4'#11
- 'Doom, Part 5'#12
- 'Doom, Part 6'#27
- 'President Thor, Part 1'#28
- 'President Thor, Part 2'#30
- 'Frightful, Part 1'#31
- 'Frightful, Part 2'#32
- 'Frightful, Part 3'
#4 Ultimate Secrets (2008)
- 'Part 4 of 9'#6
- 'Part 6 of 9'#7
- 'Part 7 of 9'#8
- 'Part 8 of 9'
Ultimates 3 (2008)
- 'Ultimatum Chapter One: Three Kings'#5
- 'Ultimatum Chapter Five: The Ugly Truth'
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