Everyone stop what you’re doing! Just stop. Don’t take that sip of water. Ignore the dog barking in the other room. Don’t go to the bathroom just yet. Don’t flip those burgers… maybe you should do that. I don’t want you to overcook dinner that’s not cool. Otherwise, stop what you’re doing. I want all your focus here on this column. The only thing you should be doing right now is reading these words which I know goes against me saying “stop what you’re doing” but that sounds a lot better than “stop what you’re doing but keep reading this”. It doesn’t hold the same amount of gravity. Semantics, I know.
Now that I have your attention, listen up. You’ll be glad you did.
Giancarlo Esposito thinks the next phase of his career will lead him to the MCU. Gus effin’ Fring thinks he’ll eventually end up in the MCU and I Am Geek has the perfect role for him to play.
That’s it, that’s the entire column. Giancarlo Esposito needs to play Doctor Doom in the MCU. No questions asked. This isn’t a debate. This isn’t a town hall. This is a fact. This is something we all need in our lives. Up until this point, we have lived in a world with subpar live-action Doctor Dooms. Those first two Fantastic Four movies didn’t capture the essence of Doom much like they didn’t catch the essence of Galactus who apparently is just a hungry cloud. The remake of the Fantastic Four made Doom a hacker with a hoodie and not only did they miss the point of Doom but they also got all the wrong messages from Mr. Robot. We are owed a spectacular Doctor Doom and with Thanos out of the picture, Thor aimed for the head, the time is now for the MCU to deliver. Hell, they own Fox and we all know that the Fantastic Four is coming sooner or later, why not plant the seeds for Doom before then.
Seriously, this thing writes itself. Let’s take Sokovia, you know, the place that Ultron turned into a giant meteor with the intent of destroying the world before the Avengers stopped him or you might know it as the basis for the accords in Civil War. Either way, you know about Sokovia which is good moving forward. We’ve already used Sokovia as the basis for Zemo’s origins in Civil War but let’s expand upon it a bit. What if the ashes of Sokovia evolve into something else entirely. A whole new country in fact. Something like, ummm, Latveria. Which just so happens to be the home country of Doctor Doom in the comics. Now, have Doom played by Esposito come to power, make Latveria a world force that could be the opposite side of the coin to Wakanda, and have Doom vow vengeance on the Avengers for what they did to his home country and BOOM, you’ve got a pretty compelling villain played by someone who freaks me out when he adjusts his glasses. I told you, this thing writes itself.
Esposito has zero issues playing a villain. This guy wields the Black Saber in The Mandalorian. He’s going to be the main villain in Far Cry 6, which looks awesome by the way. He’s Gus Fring for Christ’s sake. The man can go from zero to cutting you up with a box cutter in the amount of time it takes to remove a suit jacket. Mixing together his depth, nuanced performances, and overall intimidation factor and the MCU won’t have to worry about a Thanos sized void left in the wake of Endgame because they’ll be too busy having their hands full with Doctor Doom.
Esposito can easily play the country leader rallying the former people of Sokovia to believe in the promise of Latveria. I’m already chomping at the bit to see him at a United Nations meeting with T’Challa. Esposito has this quiet way of being the smartest person in the room which allows other characters to make mistakes for underestimating him. Look at his mic drop in the season finale of The Mandalorian. Dude was totally in control the entire time and it makes him captivating and scary as hell when he’s in full villain mode. He knows how to be cunning. He can be sympathetic, think Gus, and his drive to take down the Cartel. He knows how to be ruthless, even though I don’t think Marvel will let him tell any of their heroes that he will “kill their infant daughters”. Yikes. But you get the point. All these traits when added together through the use of comic book algebra equal one thing. Giancarlo Esposito should be playing Doctor Doom like yesterday.
What do you think Geeklings? Who would you want to see Giancarlo Esposito play in the MCU? Is Doctor Doom the perfect fit for him? Sound off in the comments or throw me a line over on Twitter @iamgeek32. Let’s make this casting happen!