Mark Millar Now Consulting on All Marvel Films at 20th Century Fox
by Ben Pearson
September 27, 2012
It would be an understatement to say that Marvel fans were pleased to hear The Avengers director Joss Whedon would be coming back to helm a sequel, as well as oversee the creation of a new S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series for ABC. We were all thrilled. But that's all on the Disney/Marvel side of the equation, and now 20th Century Fox has decided having a creative overlord of sorts is a good idea to oversee their own remaining Marvel Comics projects. Therefore a press release has announced that Fox hired Wanted and Kick-Ass writer Mark Millar as a consultant for all of the Marvel film adaptations they still house under their roof.
Millar has a storied history of writing comics at Marvel, having spent ten years with the company writing runs for the highly publicized Civil War, as well as titles like Wolverine: Old Man Logan and more. It sounds like Fox is really trying to take a page out of Marvel's film playbook, as they cite Millar as "an invaluable resource to us and to our filmmakers as we look for fresh opportunities to innovate within our shared Marvel universe." Here's what Millar himself had to say:
As someone who has spent his entire life obsessed with both comic-books and movies, this is essentially my dream gig as it's a unique combination of both…I really like the Fox team, love this bold new direction they have for their franchises and am proud to be working alongside some of modern cinema's biggest talents. James Mangold is incredible, Matthew Vaughn's one of my closest pals and Josh Trank gave us, in my opinion, one of the greatest superhero movies of the last decade with 'Chronicle.' The invitation to join this crew was maybe the coolest phone-call I've ever had.
Fox currently has The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the reboot of The Fantastic Four in various stages of development, so we'll see if Millar can help them truly innovate and switch up their formula a bit now that Fox CEO Tom Rothman is stepping down from his duties and moving into a producer capacity on films like Robopocalypse. It should be an interesting pairing, and Millar is certainly familiar with the characters and cinematic universe that Marvel has created, so it should be fun to see if he can actually "walk the walk" instead of just "talking the talk" like he's so often known to do. Thoughts?