‘Kick-Ass 2′ Creator Mark Millar to Focus On ‘X-Men,’ ‘Fantastic Four’ and Other Marvel Movies
Comic books have pretty much dominated the movie world with fun-to-watch (if not incredible) film adaptations of the X-Men, Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Spider-Man and Fantastic Four story lines, to name just a few. Marvel Studios is currently in the middle of a renaissance of sorts when its box office hit ‘The Avengers‘ becoming one of the top movies of summer 2012, thereby making the branched-off movies (‘Iron Man,’ ‘Captain America,’ ‘Thor,’ ‘The Hulk’) equally epic.
While Marvel is focusing now on the upcoming ‘The Avengers 2,’ ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ and all the various sequels of the individual Avenger members, 20th Century Fox has some plans of its own. The studio has decided to bring on board comic book writer and ‘Kick-Ass 2‘ creator Mark Millar as creative consultant for all the upcoming Marvel-adapted movies.
Millar previously wrote such Marvel books as ‘Wolverine: Old Man Logan’ and ‘Civil War,’ before he founded Millarworld and created ‘Kick-Ass 2.’ 20th Century Fox made the announcement through a press release earlier today, stating, “Millar will work with Fox on developing new avenues for its ‘X-Men‘ and ‘Fantastic Four‘ tentpoles.”
“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,” said Millar. “I spent 10 years working at Marvel and am really happy with the work I did on the comic side of things so the idea of working with these characters now in a brand new medium is enormously exciting for me. 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.”
Considering the studio is already well into work on ‘The Wolverine,’ featuring Hugh Jackman reprising his role as the clawed mutant from the ‘X-Men’ trilogy and ‘Origins,’ it’s presumed Millar’s creative input won’t have much of an effect on the final product. However, it’s already planned for him to focus on the next chapter in the ‘First Class’ series, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ as well as creating a new ‘Fantastic Four’ film.
Because Mark Millar comes straight out of the comic book world, our guess is that he won’t want to change the popular Marvel story lines in such a way as to invoke the wrath of fans. As he said, he’s obsessed with comic books, very much like Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, and we all know how much we love his films.
As for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ specifically, we’re wondering how close to the original comic book plot he’ll be sticking. We’ve previously mentioned that the story centers around a young Shadow Cat who gets a visit from her future self warning of an attack on the Senator Robert Kelly by the Brotherhood. The studio has previously stated that they’re trying to push the boundaries with this latest edition to the series, which is probably why they need Millar’s creative input.
He’ll also be working with ‘Chronicle’ Director Josh Tank on ‘Fantastic Four,’ which also brought on Jeremy Slater to write the script. Previously, the movie franchise have tackled Dr. Doom and The Silver Surfer, and failed both times to turn them into hits. One can only imagine what this team will try now for the next one.