Marvel fans have been hoping for a Doctor Doom movie for a while now. And, well, there isn't much to be excited about.
Albeit 'Fantastic Four' is the first movie of the Marvel family, the movies never really lived up to the comic book's legacy. Between the 1994 adaptation that was only made in order to retain the rights to the characters, which never saw an official release, 2005 adaptation and its sequel, and including the 2015 adaptation - they didn't quite make a stir. Recently, Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley has been working on a film focusing on Doctor Doom and that made a lot of people wonder about the project's fate with the character now absorbed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But sadly, the project seems to be done.
Hawley, in an interview with Deadline, 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."
Who's your favorite Marvel supervillain? Mine is Doctor Doom. pic.twitter.com/TYH4WKlMze— Crystal McGhee (@CrystalMcGhee) 6 August 2019
But, wait. Don't get devastated just yet. While this does not mean the project is completely over, but it is now clear that Hawley isn't in much of a rush to pursue the project at the moment, with Marvel Studios possibly hoping to move forward with the characters as soon as possible. But, during the last month's San Diego Comic-Con, the Marvel Studios presentation slate for Phase 4 projects didn't include anything about the Fantastic Four, and that means it potentially allowed enough time for Hawley to return to pitch the project at some point in the future.
Earlier this year, Hawley told his fans that he was still interested in possibly bringing the project to life. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he said, "What was interesting to me originally about the X-Men universe is these are movies that started in a concentration camp. They are clearly concerned with the true nature of human evil. It's not just some cosmic force bringing about the end of the world. That's what was always interesting to me here. Let's explore through this genre the everyday evils we do to each other, the ways we hurt each other and take each other for granted. There are different stories and characters who will bring about other themes. I wrote a script about Doctor Doom, an antihero story I really like, and we're still talking about making it."
Noah Hawley says that he would still love to make his DOCTOR DOOM film, but he says he’s on a break after LEGION and will push Marvel to let him make the film when he returns. pic.twitter.com/V1hYXohbHd— Walt (@UberKryptonian) 13 August 2019
He added, "I'm trying to get out from under this movie I made and this last season of Legion and Fargo is coming back up… but for better or worse, these are the stories we want to hear right now. I think you can bury your head in the sand and say, 'That's unfortunate for our culture because they're simplistic.' Some people say that. I don't look at it that way. I think they are morality tales on a larger scale, and it's better to be part of the conversation than pretend the conversation isn't happening."