Victor Von Doom aka Doctor Doom made his first appearance in Fantastic Four #5 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, though while he was introduced as a Fantastic Four villain, he quickly became prevalent throughout the entire Marvel Universe due to his impressive power level and genius-level intellect. While Doctor Doom relies heavily on technology–with every piece of his tech being of his own design–he has also studied in the mystic arts and oftentimes merges the two disciplines to give his tech a magical edge over his unsuspecting enemies. Utilizing magic through technology made Doctor Doom the formidable foe he was introduced as, but it wasn’t until he dabbled in cosmic power that he was able to reach his ultimate form.
In an Instagram post from Marc Kandel, the cosplayer is dressed in a battle-worn Doctor Doom suit complete with the full mask, green robe (albeit torn to shreds), and broken armor while posing in front of a fiery background. Above the posed cosplayer, text was inserted into the image reading, “Secret Wars”, making it even more clear that the cosplayer took the inspiration for their costume directly from one of the most epic crossover events in comic book history–which is fitting as Secret Wars was the first Marvel Comics title to really put Doctor Doom on full display as a powerful threat on a cosmic scale.
The specific comic issue being referenced in this cosplayer’s Instagram post is Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars #10 by Jim Shooter and Mike Zeck. In that issue, Doctor Doom siphons the Power Cosmic from Galactus as the Devourer of Worlds is in the middle of consuming a planet for the strength necessary to defeat his enemies in the Beyonder’s twisted competition. Unfortunately for Galactus, all of the power he would have absorbed from the devoured world went straight to Doctor Doom, making Doom practically an omniscient being who decided to use his ultimate power to kill the Beyonder and win the freedom of everyone involved in the Secret Wars–enemies and allies alike.
By the end of the issue, Doctor Doom claims to have killed the Beyonder which seemingly granted him even more god-like power. However, during the battle itself, Doctor Doom was on the verge of death just being in the presence of the Beyonder’s home realm, and the damage he took was evident by the condition of his armor. While Doom’s battle-worn look in Secret Wars was awesome in the comics, it is almost more so when taken from the page of a comic and brought into the real world–which is exactly what this cosplayer did in epic fashion as they brilliantly recreated Doctor Doom’s ultimate Secret Wars victory.
Source: Marc Kandel