10 Major Problems With The Fantastic Four No One Wants To Admit
10. Why Don't Governments Simply Negotiate With Doctor Doom?
Even though the despotic ruler of Latveria is pure evil, why aren't the governments of the free world lining up around the block to negotiate with him or even beg him for a favour? This is a man whose genius rivals that of Reed Richards, purportedly the smartest guy on the planet, so Doom's bound to have one or two ideas worth paying billions for. The US government could, say, buy the blueprints of those doombots of his, mass produce them as an army and rename them "freedom bots". In the real world, Nazi scientists were shipped over to the USA at the end of the second world war to help Uncle Sam. Would dealing with Dr. Doom really be any worse? The horse trading wouldn't even need to be done in public. And if Doom was treated with some respect - even publicly thanked for selling his ideas - he might feel that he didn't need to keep on trying to conquer the Earth. If there was ever a man who needed a good ego stroking, it's Victor von Doom. With the right handling, he could become an extremely useful ally of the West.
Mike has lived in the UK, Japan and the USA. Currently, he is based in Iowa with his wife and 2 young children. After working for many years as a writer and editor for a large corporation, he is now a freelancer. He has been fortunate enough to contribute to many books on Doctor Who over the last 20 years and is now concentrating on original sci-fi & fantasy short stories, with recent sales including Flame Tree, Uffda, and The Martian Wave. Also, look for his contribution on Blake's 7 to "You and Who Else", a charity anthology to be released later this year.
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