For the time being, the Doctor Doom movie is still happening, and now we have some idea of what it could look like. Noah Hawley, creator of Legion and Fargo, announced last year during San Diego Comic-Con that he was working on a movie based on the famed Fantastic Four villain. Details have been scarce since the initial announcement, and it seemed like maybe Fox would ice the project when the Disney/Fox deal came to light, but nope. Hawley is still working on Doctor Doom and he has an ambitious vision.
Noah Hawley recently spoke a bit about this Doctor Doom movie, which is being developed but is in no way a guarantee at this point. While he's being vague for now, Hawley reveals that he's going to draw some inspiration from Captain America: The Winter Soldier but that his Doctor Doom movie won't be a retread of that concept. Here's what Hawley had to say about it.
"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?"
It's no secret that Fox has had trouble making a good Fantastic Four movie. Most recently, they totally botched the 2014 reboot, which is one of the worst-reviewed comic book movies of the modern era. One of the worst things about the failure of these movies is that Victor Von Doom is one of the best villains in the world of Marvel Comics. So maybe coming at it from an angle of making it his movie is the best way to go. Especially with someone as talented as Noah Hawley involved.
The Disney/Fox deal has yet to be approved by regulating bodies, but Fox is developing a slew of Marvel projects in the meantime, including a Kitty Pryde movie and an X-Force movie. They're not just sitting on their hands. Noah Hawley admits his plans for this movie could change if the deal goes through saying, "That's not clear to me yet... I would have to imagine there's a plan in a drawer somewhere." In any case, for now, Hawley is finding time for this Doctor Doom movie in his busy schedule and sounds hopeful it will actually see the light of day. This news comes to us courtesy of Observer.