After season 1 of Legion blew everyone’s mind, folks are ready to saddle up with whatever Noah Hawley decides to make next. So, it’s with a huge sense of anticipation that we’re learning more about his Doctor Doom movie. The project is still very much in the pre-production stages, of course, but from what we understand, a script is now complete.
Speaking to Vulture earlier today, Hawley teased that he’s written a script which both him and the studio are a fan of. “It needs a little work,” he admitted, but it’s more or less finished. That’s the good news. The bad? Well, things aren’t moving too fast for Victor Von Doom, as the project is currently facing a few roadblocks.
Firstly, there’s Pale Blue Dot, which Hawley is directing next and is occupying a lot of his time at the moment, with the filmmaker telling Vulture:
“It’s hard for me, at this exact moment — because I start shooting another movie in five weeks — to do that work. So, I mean, my hope is to go back to [the Doom movie] after [Pale Blue Dot].”
The other obstacle, of course, is that much discussed Disney/Fox merger. As with many of the X-Men/Fantastic Four-related projects that are in development, it’s unknown what’ll happen to the Doctor Doom movie if the Mouse House acquires their competitor – something that Hawley makes clear by saying:
“I know there’s also a little uncertainty, given the potential for a Disney merger and the fact that Marvel may regain control of X-Men and Fantastic Four. They may have a plan of their own in a desk drawer. I just don’t know. So, I think there’s sort of a sense of uncertainty.”
It’s a tricky situation for any creative involved in Fox’s superhero projects. After all, while the deal’s been announced, Disney aren’t going to officially acquire Fox’s properties for a while and the vagaries of business mean there’s a chance (however small) that the whole thing could be called off due to competition laws. That being said, we imagine the two parties will find a way to make it work.
And if they do, let’s hope Marvel’s down to swing its doors open for the Fantastic Four villain. Kevin Feige’s said that he wants to explore new corners of the MCU in the past, so why not let Noah Hawley loose in Latveria with Doctor Doom and see what happens?