September 27, 2012

Mark Millar To Consult Fox On Their Marvel Films

It's looking like 20th Century Fox is taking another lesson from Marvel Studios as they have announced that comic book creator/writer Mark Millar will now consult their Marvel movies. He'll be involved in the creative development of the Wolverine, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool franchises. Millar is best known for his creator owned projects such as Wanted, Kick-Ass, Nemesis (film setup at Fox), Superior and Supercrooks. He is also one of the creative minds behind Marvel comics Ultimates (influencing Phase One/Two Marvel films), Civil War and Wolverine: Old Man Logan. I assume that this move is similar to Marvel placing Joss Whedon in the role of creative head of their phase two films. Mark could really bring new life/voice to these projects most notably Deadpool and the budding Fantastic Four reboot.

This is a giant step for Fox who has never really used the comic book community as a resource. Previously they had studio executives call the creative side of their superhero projects. There had been rumors that the studio was trying to connect their heroes in their own Marvel universe similar to what Marvel Studios is doing at the moment. I wouldn't be shocked to see Millar spearheading the Deadpool film first. Seeing an Old Man Logan in Wolverine 3 could also be a very interesting possibility. I'm sure it didn't hurt that Millar and Matthew Vaughn (X-Men First Class, X-Men Days Of Future Past) have such a strong working relationship.

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