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Noah Hawley Says His Doctor Doom Movie May Still Get Made

June 25, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Doctor Doom may have jumped back to Marvel, but Noah Hawley’s planned film centered on him isn’t necessarily dead. Hawley, the creator of Legion, spoke with THR for a new interview and said that he recently sat down with Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, adding that his Doom film may get made.

“I did sit down with [Marvel Studios’ president] Kevin Feige recently and I said that I look at myself as sort of the Marvel R&D department,” Hawley said. “I know the genre can do all of these amazing things that [the MCU] is doing, but my feeling is, what else can we do with it? Can we make it surreal? Can we make it musical? Not as a gimmick, but all of these techniques are about putting you into the subjective experience of these characters.”

He continues, “What was interesting to me originally about the X-Men universe is these are movies that started in a concentration camp. 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 every day 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. I’m trying to get out from under this movie I made [Lucy in the Sky] and this last season of Legion, and Fargo is coming back up… but for better or worse, these are the stories we want to hear right now. I think you can bury your head in the sand and say, ‘That’s unfortunate for our culture because they’re simplistic.’ Some people say that. I don’t look at it that way. I think they are morality tales on a larger scale, and it’s better to be part of the conversation than pretend the conversation isn’t happening.”

Hawley first revealed that he was writing a Doctor Doom film at San Diego Comic-Con 2017. He described it in March of 2018 as a political thriller, noting, “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?. It’s something that [Captain America: The Winter Soldier] did really well, which was kind of make a Cold War thriller movie out of a superhero movie. This is different than that, but it does have this idea of, and I don’t want to say too much about it, but it is a mixture of genres.”