Noah Hawley, the creator of Legion, took some time to talk about his plans for an upcoming movie focused on the Marvel Comics villain Doctor Doom, saying that the character provides a chance for a “mixture of genres.”
“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?”
He compared the idea to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which was half superhero film and half Cold War thriller. He said that his idea was not exactly the same, but similar.
“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?” Hawley added.
In the comics, Victor von Doom was born into the Romani people in the fictional country of Latveria, which he would ultimately wind up conquering. Along the way, he became an expert in both science and sorcery, and develops a fierce rivalry with scientist Reed Richards, the future Mister Fantastic of the Fantastic Four. During their attempts at academic one-upmanship, Doom created a malfunctioning experiment that left his face scarred; he put on his iconic metal mask and blamed Richards for the whole thing.
Despite being a dictator and having a ridiculously villainous name, Doctor Doom can be something of an anti-hero. He fought the demon Mephisto to rescue his mother’s soul from Hell, for example, and (depending on the current comic book writer) is beloved by the people of Latveria, being a vast improvement over the monarchy that he overthrew. He adopted the son of a dead servant as his heir, and even delivered (and named) Valeria Richards, the daughter of Reed and his wife, Sue Storm/Invisible Woman.
Hawley’s plans may be stymied, however, since Disney bought the rights to most of Fox’s properties, including Fantastic Four, last December. While project in production have gone ahead, his might be ruined by whatever plans they have to add Doom and the others to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“I would have to imagine there’s a plan [for Doctor Doom] in a drawer somewhere.”