The Doctor Doom movie script is complete, but it is now ultimately up to writer and director Noah Hawley to sell Marvel Studios on the idea of making it. In recent years, Hawley has been working on a film focusing on Doctor Doom, leading audiences to wonder about the project’s fate with the character now absorbed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Unfortunately, fans will be disappointed to learn that this iteration of the project is “done.”
“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,” Hawley told Deadline when asked where the Doctor Doom movie stands since The Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox. “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.”
Doctor Doom is the main protagonist in the Fantastic Four universe. The Fantastic Four has seen several movies made under the Fox umbrella. However, once Disney bought Fox, rumors surfaced Fantastic Four would get a reboot movie to put it in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Those rumors proved right: Marvel officially announced a new Fantastic Four movie at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. It’s a rare occurrence when a supervillain gets his own film. But Doctor Doom’s comic book history with both the Fantastic Four and the Avengers could make him the exception to this.
Earlier this year, Hawley reminded fans he was still interested in possibly bringing the project to life.
“What was interesting to me originally about the X-Men universe is these are movies that started in a concentration camp,” Hawley shared with The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
Stay tuned for details on the Fantastic Four’s future.