Every year, San Diego Comic Con (aka Comic-Con International) always has a slew of huge announcements and crazy surprises. Big reveals, crossovers, and casting announcements are all the rage, and all the different comic-book houses, TV networks, and film production companies want direly to get in on the action.
It comes as no major surprise, then, that ‘Legion,’ the FX televised series about the “other” mutants in the ‘X-Men’ universe, had a fun panel on Thursday of the convention. What was the shocker, however, was what series showrunner Noah Crowley told the crowd (per reports), in no uncertain terms, what his next project will be:
“I’m developing a film for Fox and I’ll just say two words. Doctor. Doom.”
Intriguing that this would be the direction that 20th Century Fox, the rights-holders to the cinematic Fantastic Four realm of the Marvel Comics, is choosing to take the FF film franchise. Intriguing, but maybe not that all surprising, as they clearly can’t figure out how to get a film series focused on the main characters themselves work correctly, so maybe they just figure it’s time to try something different?
For his part, long-time Marvel creator and cultural icon Stan Lee probably thinks a Doctor Doom-centric film would be a good idea. In 2016, when asked which Marvel villain he finds the most exciting, he said:
“I think maybe Doctor Doom. Now, I’ll tell you why: everybody has Doctor Doom misunderstood. Everybody thinks he’s a criminal, but all he wants is to rule the world. Now, if you really think about it objectively, you could just walk up to a police officer and you could say, ‘Excuse me, officer? I want to rule the world.’ He can’t arrest you. It’s not a crime to want to rule the world. It’s unfair that he’s considered a villain. He just wants to rule the world and maybe he could do a better job of it. So, I’m very interested in Doctor Doom, and I’d like to clear his name.”
It’s obviously a bit early to discuss casting and a potential release date for this Doctor Doom film, but we’ll keep you updated with more info as we receive it!