Legion's Noah Hawley developing Doctor Doom movie for Fox

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Jul 20, 2017, 9:40 PM EDT

Many fans and press alike were disappointed that 20th Century Fox decided to devote their entire panel Thursday morning in Hall H to Kingsman: The Golden Circle. While the hype is strong for that film, fans were anxious for any and all Marvel-related news Fox was willing to give, and it turned out they weren't willing to give any.

Of course, most of the speculation centered around the X-Men family of characters and films, and while the movies didn't get a panel, the TV shows, Legion and The Gifted, both had panels of their own. It was at the Legion panel that fans got a big surprise. Closing out the panel, showrunner Noah Hawley announced he has something else going on with Fox.

Yes, Hawley is working on a Doctor Doom movie for 20th Century Fox. This is the first concrete announcement regarding the Fantastic Four license at the studio since the 2015 film, which neither broke even financially nor broke double digits on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, where it finished with a 9% rating.

While all three Fantastic Four films have used some version of Doctor Doom, none has really given the character the strength of motivation and self that he's so known -- and beloved -- for in the pages of Marvel Comics. Doom has often been the center of stories, whether he's been the antagonist for the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, or even the entire Marvel Universe (heck, a couple of years ago he was against the entire Marvel Multiverse). The character has had one-shots and mini-series, and is currently featured in the Marvel Universe as the Infamous Iron Man, so he can certainly stand on his own.

An actual Doctor Doom film would be notable for more than just giving the Fantastic Four franchise another try (likely without the team itself at all) -- it would also be one of the first modern superhero movies (meaning post-2008) to directly star a villain. Of course, Doom would never say he's the villain at all. Doom is order. Doom is law. Doom is doom.

Of course, Hawley only actually said of his Fox film project, "I’ll just say two words. The first one is Doctor and the next one is Doom," but that's plenty to get fans excited. Hawley's work on Legion has been nearly universally loved by fans and critics alike, and if Fox is going to give Fantastic Four another (final?) try, there are likely no better hands than his to put it in.