With his work on “Legion” finishing up, producer and filmmaker Noah Hawley is tackling other projects in the near future – and that might include some sort of credit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
A little while back Hawley famously penned a script for a “Doctor Doom” movie, a spin-off of the “Fantastic Four” franchise which would offer a closer look at one of the Marvel Universe’s most famous and richly backstoried villains – and a character who has yet to be given a decent portrayal on screen.
The project, however, seemed to fall by the wayside due to the whole Disney-Fox merger which is tipped to do to a “Fantastic Four” reboot somewhere down the line. Speaking to The Live Feed this week, Hawley confirmed he had a recent meeting with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, and adds it was for a reason:
“I did sit down with [Marvel Studios’ president] Kevin Feige recently and I said that I look at myself as sort of the Marvel R&D department. I know the genre can do all of these amazing things that [the Marvel Cinematic Universe] is doing, but my feeling is, what else can we do with it? Can we make it surreal? Can we make it musical? Not as a gimmick, but all of these techniques are about putting you into the subjective experience of these characters.”
In other words, Hawley wants to shake up the formula of the MCU, not just a little (ala Gunn, Waititi, etc.) but by a lot – much like he did to the “X-Men” with “Legion”. Hawley’s “Doctor Doom” script now belongs to Disney and Marvel and it’s unclear what they intend to do with it. Hawley will be occupied for much of the rest of the year though on a fourth season of “Fargo” and the theatrical debut of his new feature “Lucy in the Sky”.
Speaking of “Fantastic Four,” frequent Marvel writer Dan Slott took to Twitter to suggest whom he thinks would be a perfect actor to play the role of Johnny Storm. The answer? “Riverdale” star K.J. Apa.