Who dares summon the awesome powers of Doom? LEGION and FARGO’s Noah Hawley, that’s who. Recently during an appearance at SXSW, Hawley delivered a bit of good and bad news for his take on the classic Fantastic Four villain’s solo venture. The good news is that Hawley told Deadline that his script for a Doctor Doom film is complete. Unfortunately, the Fox/Disney merger has placed the project on hold until further notice. That being the case, the takeaway from Hawley’s update should be that the film is in the works, regardless of it being confined to a production limbo for the time being.
“I would love to make it,” Hawley said. “Marvel, they’ve got a 25,000-year plan. I just don’t know if I fit into there.”
For the moment, Hawley has said that he’s reached out to Feige, asking him to read the script, though the Marvel head has yet to respond. To be fair, he’s probably real busy overseeing the construction of a Scrooge McDuck-style money bin, or something. Either that, or he’s got the overwhelming success of CAPTAIN MARVEL and the oncoming release of AVENGERS: ENDGAME on his plate. I’ve no doubt that both are more than enough to chew on for the time being, but hopefully Feige will arrange for a meeting with Hawley after the Avengers give The Mad Titan what for.
As far as the details of Hawley’s script are concerned. The BONES alum says that the story would take place in Doctor Doom’s country of Latveria and would be a “kind of Cold War, geopolitical movie.” After 10 years of mostly isolation, Doom would invite a female journalist to go in and share Doom’s message to the world. (via Deadline)
“Is he a good person or bad person?” Hawley added. “We don’t know anything about him.”
In my experience, Doom is a little bit of both. As one of the smartest characters in the Marvel Universe, Doom uses his superior intellect, arcane magics, and egotistical air to care and lord over the people of Latveria. He’s teamed up with his sworn enemies, The Fantastic Four, on more than a few occasions, and before a recent reboot, was known throughout Marvel’s comicverse as a tried-and-true hero of the people. Currently, Doom can be found in the pages of Marvel’s Fantastic Four, written by Dan Slott with contributing artists Sara Pichelli and Aaron Kuder.
And now, if I may … get on it, Feige! THE FANTASTIC FOUR (and Doctor Doom) need your help! Too many times have they mis-represented on the big screen, and the world deserves a family-oriented, exploratory Marvel franchise. Here, I’ll even give you the pitch. INDIANA JONES meets LOST IN SPACE. Done! Oh, and if you really want to make FF fans happy, be sure to include the Future Foundation in your plan, as they’d be a stellar additon for younger viewers and beyond. Do eeeeeet!