It may still be in its early days, but Legion creator Noah Hawley has been teasing fans with some interesting details of his much-anticipated origin story of Marvel’s Doctor Doom, which he's currently writing for 20th Century Fox.
The film is set to unpack how Victor Von Doom came to be the infamous supervillain, and Hawley has hinted that it may draw on some inspiration from another Marvel movie, 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Talking to Observer about Doom’s character being “the king of an Eastern European country,” Hawley says he is hoping to give movie fans something they haven’t seen before by mixing up genres, and has wondered if there’s more of a political thriller than a standard superhero movie to be made out of Doom’s story.
“It’s something that [Captain America] 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,” he told the site.
Hawley added: “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?”
It sounds as though Hawley is going to be digging deeper with the characterization of Doom than we’ve ever seen before on the big screen, which is certainly a promising sign. In other words, we can forget about the one we saw in Fantastic 4 (2005), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), and even in the gritty 2015 reboot.
It’s not the first time that Hawley has mentioned Captain America: The Winter Soldier when discussing the project, either. Earlier this year, Hawley told SYFY Wire that his Doom will have a similar “alchemy of genre,” adding that superhero movies often work best when you “marry genres.” We can’t wait to see what he'll conjure up.
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