SDCC ’17: Legion’s Noah Hawley To Bring Doctor Doom To The Big Screen

by Erik Amaya

At long last, the cursed Richards’ cinematic failure is complete.

It seems Legion developer Noah Hawley has another Marvel character in mind for a big screen revamp: Doctor Doom. According to Variety, Hawley said as much at the conclusion of the Legion panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego on Thursday. “I’ll just say two words. The first one is Doctor and the next one is Doom,” he said.

[*Editor’s Note: Comicon.com also announced Hawley’s declaration reporting live from the Panel, and you can read the full panel report right here].

With the news, it would seem the glorious leader of Latveria has finally conquered his arch-enemy, Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four as an exciting film presence. Though Doom has appeared in each of the four mediocre live-action versions of The Fantastic Four, having Hawley in his corner is a big win for Doom.

Doom, sadly, could not be reached for comment.

Legion, meanwhile turned out to be such a fresh, weird and quality reinterpretation of the X-Men that I can’t wait to see what he’ll do with Doom. Will we see his rise to power in his native Latveria after years away in the West? Will it be a more esoteric concept in a time period that might be the 1970s, but could also be now? Will he get control of the Silver Surfer’s board, Toomie, and reek havoc in Manhattan?

Right now, all we have are questions. In fact, Hawley’s quote could even suggest the Fantastic Four are coming along for his ride with Doom. Which would still be a step in the right direction after Twentieth Century Fox’s failed attempts at the concept in 2005, 2007 and 2015. But if all he has to work with is Doom, I’m sure it will be an amazing take on the concept.

Legion returns to FX next year.

 

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com. A contributing writer at CBR, Fanbase Press, Monkeys Fighting Robots and Rotten Tomatoes. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.