With all that Doom is capable of, and all that he has done, it never really registered to me that (arguably) Marvel's greatest villain has no enhanced abilities of his own, though not from lack of trying. Also telling that when he has acquired them, it never sticks.
And I also love that his kingdom stays old school and all the tech is behind the scenes, in contrast to Reed where (mostly) all the tech is up front. But you would think that would follow with his armor, where he wouldn't wear any of it but the mask when lolly gagging around the castle unless on a "mission".
It occurred to me recently, too, that we’ve all become so fixated on Doom’s destroyed face we tend to forget his whole lab (small as it was) exploded around him, so his entire body should be covered with burns.
In some ways the fans have so overthought something cast in a light fantasy mold... perhaps it's the quality some creators have put into things, but ultimately I don't think a lot of it can hold up under that kind of intense scrutiny. Shouldn't the writers of doctoral thesis on the worlds of Marvel and Star Trek not have gone on to say read English at Oxford or have a dissertation on the works of Herman Melville published by an academic journal rather than another long article delving into the mythic archetypes behind Spider-Man and Peter Parker in the Comics Journal?
Too many fans (fanatics?) and not enough readers enjoying themselves? I really don't ask where Huey, Dewey and the other guy actually came from, but this seems to be the prevailing mentality when it comes to superhero comics. Can't they 'just' be talking ducks too? Trapped in a world we never made, waugh! Except for a John Byrne... he did make it! :^0
I recently read one of those 'Acts Of Vengeances' where Magneto reacts strongly to the Red Skull's Nazi status, so I'm thinking that predates the first X-Men movie.
My original question about their accents stemmed from my memory of the emphasis of the new X-Men being intercultural/interracial/international, that they regularly shouted exclamations in their native language (not Storm for some reason, even though she was partly from an African nation). It was interesting to me that it didn't extend to villains like Magneto or Doom.