New concept art from Tim Story’s Fantastic Four movies shows Nicolas Cage as Doctor Doom.
Although many fans still fondly look back on the 2005’s Fantastic Four starring Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, Michael Chiklis and Julian McMahon, the family-friendly adventure wasn’t ultimately successful to spawn a long-lasting series. But perhaps if it had cast Nicolas Cage as Doctor Doom, things might’ve been different. A newly-surfaced piece of concept art from the film imagines Nicolas Cage in the role with a creepy look for the iconic Marvel villain.
Ryan Unicomb revealed the concept art on Instagram, explaining that Nicolas Cage was originally cast in the role before Julian McMahon came aboard. He explained that the people behind the Fantastic Four film wanted the actor to play Doctor Doom after seeing concept art of Marilyn Manson’s face used for the villain. The artwork also shows off the body horror style combination of metal and flesh for Doctor Doom’s body. Take a look at the art of Nicolas Cage as Doctor Doom for Fantastic Four below.
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Back before Julian McMahon took over the role, Nicholas Cage had been cast as DOCTOR DOOM for 2005’s FANTASTIC 4. The production team decided to approach Cage after a concept artist used the likeness of singer Marilyn Manson for some of their pieces. At the time, the project was considerably darker & Doom’s look was definitely walking a line between PG13 & R (as seen in these production maquette’s of his skinless, bio-metal arms). This obviously never panned out but it’s interesting nonetheless. #NicholasCage #Fantastic4 #FantasticFour
What do you think of Nicolas Cage as Doctor Doom for Fantastic Four? Are you glad the star didn’t appear in the role? Who should play the villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Let us know in the comments!
Here’s the synopsis for 2015’s Fantastic Four:
A contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.
Directed by Josh Trank, Fantastic Four stars Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell, Toby Kebbell, Reg E. Cathey, and Tim Blake Nelson.
Fantastic Four is available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray, DVD, and digital. Stay tuned for the latest news on the future of the Fantastic Four and Nicolas Cage and be sure to check out and subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more great video content!
Source: Ryan Unicomb