Originally teased last year at Comic-Con International in San Diego, little is known about the status of Legion creator Noah Hawley’s upcoming Doctor Doom solo film, with Disney’s planned acquisition of 20th Century Fox only exacerbating the mystery. However, according to Hawley, the project is still very much alive, at least for the time being.
“I haven’t had a phone call, and I’m just operating under the assumption that it’s business as usual,” Hawley told Rotten Tomatoes. “Obviously, the merger, should it go through, will take a year at least. Certainly no one’s reached out to me from Marvel or Fox to say, ‘Well, you know, maybe we should take a beat or maybe we should rush.’ I’m working on the script, and we’ll see what the landscape is when I deliver it. It’s coming. I’m almost done with the last Legion [Season 2] script, and then it’s my first responsibility.”
Doctor Doom is the arch nemesis of Marvel Comics’ Fantastic Four superhero group. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in The Fantastic Four #5 in 1962. His origins have been revised numerous times, but he is the consistently depicted as the braggadocious ruler of a fictitious country named Latveria. Doctor Doom is highly intelligent and boasts a mastery of both science and magic, the two of which he frequently fuses with ease.
Doctor Doom has been depicted on-screen numerous times, most recently by the likes of Julian McMahon in 2005’s Fantastic Four and Toby Kebbell in the 2015 reboot.
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