Doctor Doom is arguably the greatest comic book supervillain of all time, yet his cinematic portrayals range from bad (2005’s Fantastic Four) to terrible (2015’s Fantastic Four). If anyone can change that, it might just be Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley.
Hawley surprised fans at San Diego Comic-Con Thursday when he revealed, at the end of the Legion panel, a new project with this teaser:
“I’ll just say two words. The first one is Doctor and the next one is Doom,” he said.
At the time Hawley said, fans were not entirely sure what he meant. It could have been a Doctor Doom movie but it just as easily could have been yet another reboot for the Fantastic Four. Fox, the studio with Doom’s film rights, later confirmed that it would indeed be a solo Doom film developed by Hawley. It’s only Friday but that news is likely to go down as one of the best things you’ll hear from Comic-Con this year?
Why? Well, Hawley’s on a major hot streak. He just wrapped up Season 3 of the brilliant Fargo and Legion is one of the best new series of the year. He has an ability to be fiercely original while maintaining the tone of his source material and thanks to Legion we know he can do that with comic books as well. Putting Doom in his hands feels like an exciting move from a studio that’s always struggled with the character in the past.
While solo villain films can often feel pointless and untethered, a Doctor Doom movie could be brilliant. Doom has proven time and time again throughout comic book history that he’s, if nothing else, a very versatile character. You can pit him against the Fantastic Four but you can also send him on an adventure with Doctor Strange or Luke Cage. You can place him in sci-fi adventures, fantasy epics and even political dramas and he thrives. The Secret Empire event by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic is basically “What if Doom finally gets exactly what he wants?” and it’s brilliant. If Hawley understands the character and crafts the right story we might finally get the Doctor Doom film we deserve. Based on everything we know about Hawley, there’s reason to be excited.