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Straight from many new reveals at Comic-Con, Fargo and Legion creator Noah Hawley announced that he will be developing a new film at Fox that focusses on Fantastic Four’s biggest villian: Doctor Doom.
At the end of Thursday’s Legion panel, Hawley kept mum about many details on the new project, except for one ‘cryptic’ line which seemed to offer enough information on what fans can expect from the project.
“I’ll just say two words. The first one is Doctor and the next one is Doom.”
Of course, Doctor Doom first appeared on the big screen in Fox’s 2005 film Fantastic Four. The film starred Ioan Gruffudd, Jessica Alba, Chris Evans, and Michael Chiklis with Julian McMahon playing the villain. The initial success led to a 2007 sequel, Rise of the Silver Surfer which was not met with the same praise.
Recently, Fox suffered a setback with the release of the 2015 reboot. The film, which starred Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell was considered a financial and critical flop, earning just $167 million of a $125 million budget.
There is no news on whether Toby Kebbell will reprise his role as Victor Von Doom, but it seems unlikely at this point.
Fox owns the cinematic rights to certain Marvel characters, such as Fantastic Four and X-Men. Recently, the studio has had some surprising R-rated hits such as Deadpool and Logan. Perhaps the success of more canon films drew the inspiration for a darker take on the single character.
Doctor Doom is one of Marvel‘s most feared villains. As leader of Latveria, he runs the fictional country wearing a mask that covered his facial disfigurements. In recent comic books, most notably Civil War II, he has actually joined the Avengers and helped Tony Stark.
It will be interesting to see where Fox takes the character and see if they can try change public perception of the characters who have not performed as strong as others in Marvel Studios with the help of Disney.