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Mark Millar brought onboard as official consultant to Fox for their Marvel properties

Sep. 27, 2012by:

20th Century Fox is preparing to batten down the hatches and revamp their Marvel properties to compete with Disney. First step is bringing on someone to shepherd the vision, similarly to how Disney has put their eggs in Joss Whedon's basket. That someone will be Mark Millar.

Millar, creator of KICK ASS and WANTED, has worked in both Marvel and DC universes extensively. He recently was integral in the Marvel Civil War campaign that featured the death of Captain America. His Superman: Red Son is one of my favorite alternate history stories. There are those out there who do not like Millar's style or vision of comics but he definitely can shape a distinct voice for where Fox aims to take their franchises.

From the 20th Century Fox press release: “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,” stated Millar. “I spent ten 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. 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 three Marvel projects in various stages of development: THE WOLVERINE, starring Hugh Jackman, directed by James Mangold; X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, helmed by Matthew Vaughn; and a reboot of FANTASTIC FOUR, to be directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle). They also recently passed on a DAREDEVIL reboot from Joe Carnahan. Maybe Millar can get that back on track.

Something tells me Fox may be trying to get their own AVENGERS style super-squad movie going. Who knows if it would have roots in an existing comic or an entirely new team comprised of their properties. Maybe they can even pull Sony in and include Spider-man.

What do you guys think of Millar joining Fox?

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2:43AM on 09/28/2012
I don't think this would matter much. The studio executives are going to have their ways anyway.
I don't think this would matter much. The studio executives are going to have their ways anyway.
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7:40PM on 09/27/2012

Not good news

Maybe Millar will be better as a consultant than as a writer but I really don't like him. He always struck me as a writer who didn't like his own characters and who's overly preoccuppied with his idea of edginess.
Maybe Millar will be better as a consultant than as a writer but I really don't like him. He always struck me as a writer who didn't like his own characters and who's overly preoccuppied with his idea of edginess.
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7:39PM on 09/27/2012
This is terrible news, Mark Millar's comics are all done for shock value with no thought, proper story structure or heart put into them. Mathew Vaughn even kind of brings this up on the Kick Ass commentary. I can only seeing this being a bad move as Millar is kind of the Brett Ratner of the comics world. Fox and Sony should be working with Kevin Feige to build cohesion on these properties. I'm now really worried for X-Men: Days of Future Past and the new Fantastic Four.
This is terrible news, Mark Millar's comics are all done for shock value with no thought, proper story structure or heart put into them. Mathew Vaughn even kind of brings this up on the Kick Ass commentary. I can only seeing this being a bad move as Millar is kind of the Brett Ratner of the comics world. Fox and Sony should be working with Kevin Feige to build cohesion on these properties. I'm now really worried for X-Men: Days of Future Past and the new Fantastic Four.
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7:18PM on 09/27/2012

Awesome.

Millar is the man. I bet Marvel is annoyed though. It would be so smart to pull the same deal with the characters as Marvel did. And they have kind of already done it with the cameo in First Class. I don't know, outside of the Xmen and FF, who else they have access to but that's a pretty good bunch right there if they played their cards right.
Millar is the man. I bet Marvel is annoyed though. It would be so smart to pull the same deal with the characters as Marvel did. And they have kind of already done it with the cameo in First Class. I don't know, outside of the Xmen and FF, who else they have access to but that's a pretty good bunch right there if they played their cards right.
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7:02PM on 09/27/2012

To Alex concerning Daredevil...

Millar won't get a chance to restart the flick because rights have reverted back to Marvel & Disney, good news in my opinion. As for this? It can't hurt to get someone like him in there, god knows if Warners & DC ever want to get there shit together they should do the same with someone like Paul Dini.
Millar won't get a chance to restart the flick because rights have reverted back to Marvel & Disney, good news in my opinion. As for this? It can't hurt to get someone like him in there, god knows if Warners & DC ever want to get there shit together they should do the same with someone like Paul Dini.
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5:55PM on 09/27/2012
Strikebacker markgrayson is right. Superhero movies benefit from having comic book insiders and fans who love and respect the source material. Granted, Mark Steven Johnson might be an exception, but he advised his movies well even if he did not direct them well. Comic geeks can help create some pretty great projects: David Goyer, Zak Snyder, George Lucas, Joss Whedon, Frank Miller, Michael Chiklas, Kevin Smith. And, what is our typical priority concern on these Strikeback boards? Don't screw up
Strikebacker markgrayson is right. Superhero movies benefit from having comic book insiders and fans who love and respect the source material. Granted, Mark Steven Johnson might be an exception, but he advised his movies well even if he did not direct them well. Comic geeks can help create some pretty great projects: David Goyer, Zak Snyder, George Lucas, Joss Whedon, Frank Miller, Michael Chiklas, Kevin Smith. And, what is our typical priority concern on these Strikeback boards? Don't screw up the source material. Millar knows the material--and the material's audience--at least.
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5:27PM on 09/27/2012

Not Bad

IT all depends on what he would actually be doing. Is he a consultant or is he going tobe given a big project to direct and rewrite like Whedon got with Avengers? Either way he's a creative guy that could hopefully breath some life back into the horrible Fantastic Four movieverse. Aside form Bendis writing Ult Spider Man and a few other limited series Millar owned the Ultimate Universe which was for he most part well writen and entertaining. The worse thing Marvel ever did was not let him end
IT all depends on what he would actually be doing. Is he a consultant or is he going tobe given a big project to direct and rewrite like Whedon got with Avengers? Either way he's a creative guy that could hopefully breath some life back into the horrible Fantastic Four movieverse. Aside form Bendis writing Ult Spider Man and a few other limited series Millar owned the Ultimate Universe which was for he most part well writen and entertaining. The worse thing Marvel ever did was not let him end it and to put that in the hands of Loeb who is just not the writer he was.
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5:12PM on 09/27/2012

Pretty typical Fox move.

Millar, while being a big fan of Marvel, is absolutely the wrong person for Fox to pick. Firstly, the guy has to take his tongue out of Matthew Vaughn's ass. He's not nearly the great filmmaker Millar would have us believe. Secondly, the only Marvel property that Fox has that Millar has worked on is FANTASTIC FOUR, and that was a pretty bizarre and boring run apart from Bryan Hitch's art, but he also started ULTIMATE X-MEN, which we can obviously see was not an influence on the Fox X-MEN
Millar, while being a big fan of Marvel, is absolutely the wrong person for Fox to pick. Firstly, the guy has to take his tongue out of Matthew Vaughn's ass. He's not nearly the great filmmaker Millar would have us believe. Secondly, the only Marvel property that Fox has that Millar has worked on is FANTASTIC FOUR, and that was a pretty bizarre and boring run apart from Bryan Hitch's art, but he also started ULTIMATE X-MEN, which we can obviously see was not an influence on the Fox X-MEN franchise, and it never will be. And of course, where would Millar be without his all-too-casual misogyny?
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5:12PM on 09/27/2012
I honestly find Millar's writing to be poopy. I was shocked at how much better kick-ass the movie ended up being compared to the comic. A MILLION times better. But this isn't necessarily bad news. At least they have someone doing it who at least loves the source material.
I honestly find Millar's writing to be poopy. I was shocked at how much better kick-ass the movie ended up being compared to the comic. A MILLION times better. But this isn't necessarily bad news. At least they have someone doing it who at least loves the source material.
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4:42PM on 09/27/2012

Double Post

Ehh....
Ehh....
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4:31PM on 09/27/2012

Worst Marvel Rep to pick

Guy is a hack IMO.
Guy is a hack IMO.
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4:31PM on 09/27/2012

As much as I want ALL of Marvel's properties to be under a single banner....

The hard truth is with all those supertight schedules of Marvel's existing movies for the next 5-6 years, even if they get X-Men & others under them, we might not get to see them for atleast 8-10 years (with obvious recasting of some great actor-character combinations, namely Wolverine). Now, Fox was always a bit of wildcard (to put it mildly) with a slew of mediocre to awful adaptations for every great ones.....But after the recent change of leadership and with both the X-MEN movies looking
The hard truth is with all those supertight schedules of Marvel's existing movies for the next 5-6 years, even if they get X-Men & others under them, we might not get to see them for atleast 8-10 years (with obvious recasting of some great actor-character combinations, namely Wolverine). Now, Fox was always a bit of wildcard (to put it mildly) with a slew of mediocre to awful adaptations for every great ones.....But after the recent change of leadership and with both the X-MEN movies looking really promising, not to mention with this bit of great news, I'm hoping that maybe, just MAYBE Fox will go down the Marvel rout, and organize their future movies way ahead for a similiar game changing scenario.....And we the viewers will get not one, but TWO Awesome Marvel universes (Avengers & X-Men) going head-to-head at the same time. Yeah, I know I'm a sucker, I prefer to be called Optimistic :P

I guess THE WOLVERINE will tell us which way the compass is tilting....
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4:00PM on 09/27/2012

Not bothered.

Give Marvel them all back please.

(I know this won't even happen until they are dried up, whored out, shells of former franchises. But a man can dream.)
Give Marvel them all back please.

(I know this won't even happen until they are dried up, whored out, shells of former franchises. But a man can dream.)
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