Noah Hawley Says His DOCTOR DOOM Movie is "Done" and He's Waiting To See if Marvel Moves On It
A couple of months ago Legion creator and showrunner Noah Hawley confirmed that he has been talking with Marvel about his Doctor Doom film project. Well, the filmmaker has offered a new update on the project saying that it’s done and sitting at Marvel. At this point he’s just waiting to see if they will move forward on it at some point.
While talking to Deadline, he said:
"I mean, where it stands is now that the movie is done and Legion is done and I’ve taken a little time off because someone told me there was this word “vacation,” which means you don’t work, which sounded really interesting to me. But you know, I need to circle back to them and announce that I would love to make it and figure out if that’s something that is possible. Whether or not they already have a plan in place for what to do with those characters or whether they’re open to my kind of vision for what to do with those characters. But it’s sort of on me right now to go push them, which I will do as soon as I come up for air."
The question is, does the story that Hawley came up with fit in with the plans that Kevin Feige and his creative team are currently building for the Fantastic Four and their future in the MCU. We know the Fantastic Four are coming, it was announced at Comic-Con, but the earliest we’ll probably see them on the big screen is 2022.
Hawley previously said that “he envisions Doctor Doom as a geopolitical thriller more than a standard superhero movie.” The story begins with Doom “putting a dome over Latveria, the fictional European country he rules. He later invites a female journalist to be his voice to the world, meaning its protagonist would be someone without superpowers.”
When talking about how he would handle the character, Hawley explained:
"What’s interesting to me about Doom’s character is he’s the King of an Eastern European country and is there a version of this that is more of a political thriller that mixes genre?…It’s something that Captain America: The Winter Soldier did really well, which was kind of make a Cold War thriller movie out of a superhero movie. This is different than that, but it does have this idea of, and I don’t want to say too much about it, but it is a mixture of genres… the mandate is not to re-launch the Fantastic Four franchise as much as it is to take this fascinating and under-served character and really build a movie about him where we ask the question: Is he a hero? Is he a villain? What does he really want?”
While I would like to see this Doctor Doom movie get made, I think it’s a long shot that it will happen.