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You may have heard this news breaking out of San Diego Comic-Con - the creator of Legion and FX's Fargo, Noah Hawley, revealed he was heading up work on a Doctor Doom film. No other info is readily available other than that - a film centered on Victor von Doom, possibly not involving (or at least sidestepping) the Fantastic Four in the process.

But we have an alternate plan for 20th Century Fox to explore - and we just ask that they hear us out on this one.



1. Give it back to Marvel Studios and let Kevin Feige produce it

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2. No seriously they'll let you keep all of the money but let them just do whatever they want with it, that's what they did with Spider-Man: Homecoming and it's working out pretty well. Just....just give it back to them.

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3. Did you SEE Spider-Man: Homecoming? It was great. They'll do that for you too, and you'll make a bunch of money and everyone will forgive you for Fant4stic. Seriously - that will actually happen.

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4. The last Fantastic Four movie you guys did made less than what Spider-Man: Homecoming made in TWO DAYS. C'mon, what do you have to lose? GIVE IT BACK.

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5. You legally have to make a new Fantastic Four movie ever 7 years to retain the rights and you've proven yourself PARTICULARLY adept at fucking this up. IT'S SO SIMPLE JUST HAND IT OVER TO THEM CHRIST



6. Now you're making a solo Doctor Doom movie that might not even feature the Fantastic Four? After you royally messed up the Fantastic Four so badly that the low-budget Roger Corman version from the 90s that was produced JUST to keep the license looked decent in comparison?

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Here's the thing: Doctor Doom RULES as a villain. He's great - he's arch and campy yet complex and interesting. And he needs Reed Richards. He needs someone to scream "RICHARDDSSSS" at, he needs someone to hate, he needs someone to resent, he needs someone as his ultimate rival - his mirror image who exemplifies the different path he could have taken. And likewise, Reed Richards needs Doom. They are both tortured, egotistical geniuses who think they could make the world a better place...if only they had just a little more control over things.

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Making a Doctor Doom-centric movie as a re-introduction into this world is a mistake - the incredible thing about the Fantastic Four through the ages is how they stood for exploration, invention, and hope for a better future. And, honestly, I can understand a studio's hesitance to back that - those notions seem more than a little square juxtaposed against movies like Logan and Deadpool. So the natural inclination is to go darker - and with two failed Fantastic Four franchises in their past, Fox figures they'll start anew with Doctor Doom front and center. He can be darker, grittier - an anti-hero to make the franchise more palatable for modern audiences.

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But they're wrong - Sony also had two failed Spider-Man franchises on their hands, each ending on sour notes with Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. And they did something brave - they admitted they didn't know what they were doing and they handed the property back to Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige. In all honesty, that took guts - admitting defeat is never looked upon kindly in the world of entertainment. And thank god they did - because Spider-Man: Homecoming is my favorite onscreen iteration of Spider-Man ever. And the reason is that Marvel Studios GETS Spider-Man - in a way no one has before.

Spider-Man is a fuck-up. If I had to sum up the core appeal of Spider-Man in one sentence, that would be it: he fucks up constantly. And in Homecoming, we see Peter Parker / Spider-Man fuck up badly and frequently. The best part of the movie in retrospect is that he doesn't win a single battle - he fucks up each and every one. Every single one. Kevin Feige found a way to make Spider-Man's inherent fallibility interesting and cinematic - something only achieved previously by Sam Raimi in Spider-Man 2.

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And they can do the same for Marvel's First Family - the Fantastic Four. The franchise - as it stands - is near worthless to Fox. None of the films have made any significant money, and they just seem to hold onto the rights out of spite. Give them back to Marvel Studios - let them make the great, hopeful Fantastic Four movie that the series deserves (and also access to the vast array of amazing villains who could be in the MCU right now - including Doctor Doom, Galactus, Annihilus, Super Skrull, etc. because COME ON).

And, most importantly, it would remind Marvel Comics' CEO Ike Perlmutter that the Fantastic Four are important, and maybe we could get some damn FF comics again.






Note: none of this is meant as a diss to Noah Hawley, who is absolutely one of the more interesting voices and minds in entertainment today. Legion was a very cool experimental piece of television, and the three seasons of Fargo have all been worthwhile endeavors (season 2 being the obvious stand-out). And while making an experimental, dark Doctor Doom film is sorta neat, it will drain away the possibilities of a genuinely great Fantastic Four film - and a version of Doom that was placed against his righteous nemesis, Reed Richards. Noah Hawley has spent the past several years adapting other peoples' works in his vision - I'd rather see him forging ahead on his own original ideas than continue his skewed adaptations. And I'd rather see Reed and Sue and Ben and Johnny in the MCU where they belong.