Dr. Mindbender (2004)
Well, the good Doctor finally found a little humility in the new millennium, and put on a shirt. After all, what makes more sense for a mad scientist type than a white lab coat? The man can’t leave behind his flair for fashion however, and picked out a side buttoning affair along with jackboots and bloused pants. He’s even sporting some stylish new glasses in favor of the old monocle. He’s actually pretty hip looking in comparison to his previous outfits. Maybe he didn’t want to be compared to the stodgy Dr. Venom, who wore a plain white lab coat and blue pants. Venom probably shopped at Sears.
Mindbender really had some serious focus in the Valor vs. Venom storyline, being the central Cobra character responsible for bringing about the venomization process. I like to make fun of his look, but in all seriousness, sometimes he doesn’t get the credit for becoming the be-all, end-all of Cobra scientists. Whenever a storyline calls for some sort of Cobra scheme, he’s readily available. In that respect, he’s become as indispensable as Destro to the Cobra hierarchy.
In this incarnation, he’s given up the cattle prod for more traditional scientific accessories. There’s a laptop and a couple of test tubes that handily attach to the screen. Not sure what that’s for; maybe they’re some sort of fancy experimental laptop speakers made by Bose.