Noah Hawley excited fans with one word at Comic-Con last year. The man behind the hit Marvel series Legion simply said, “Doom,” and that was enough to spark speculative dreams about a movie based on Marvel Comics’ most popular villain (sorry, Thanos). That project is now in limbo thanks to Hawley’s busy schedule and the Disney-Fox deal.
Earlier this year, Hawley said everything was “business as usual” for his Doctor Doom movie in the wake of the proposed deal in which Disney will purchase most of 21st Century Fox. Included in the purchase is Fox’s movie studio and the rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four, the latter of which Doctor Doom falls under.
Hawley kept working on his movie and he’s almost arrived at a full shooting script. The problem, as he tells Vulture, is that he will not have time to finish it in the immediate future.
“I wrote a script that I really like and the studio really likes. It needs a little work. 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].”
Hawley is directing Pale Blue Dot, so he will be occupied for several months. In the meantime, the Disney-Fox deal, if it’s not interrupted by Comcast, could be moving full steam ahead. Hawley now acknowledges pending deal as something that could keep his Doctor Doom movie on an indefinite hold.
“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. [Marvel Studios] 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.”
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has said a number of times that he and his team are not working on any plans for Marvel characters currently licensed to Fox. Of course, that does not mean Feige has never dared to dream about Doctor Doom in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, like he did with Spider-Man, so Hawley may be right.
Then again, Hawley is on quite a roll creatively, so I’m sure Feige would at least be willing to read Hawley’s script and see if it can be adapted within Marvel Studios’ framework.