20th Century Fox recently announced that Kick-Ass and Wanted creator Mark Millar will serve as a creative consultant on their upcoming Marvel adaptations, mainly X-Men and Fantastic Four. Millar has previously written for comic titles such as Ultimate X-Men, Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Spider-Man, and Ultimate Fantastic Four, so he’s certainly knowledgeable on the subject.
After the news broke Millar posted a message on his forum thanking fans, and revealed directors Joe Carnahan (The Grey) and Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) helped him land the role.
For those who missed, I’ve just signed a contract with Fox to work on ALL their Marvel movies…
It’s way too early to talk about plans just yet, but as you can imagine the idea here is to make exactly the kind of superhero movies you and I want to see most. There literally isn’t a more talented bunch of film-makers to be working with and the team at Fox are incredibly excited about this bold new direction too. I also want to post this here to say thanks for the hundreds of emails I woke up to this morning and the thousand-plus tweets I got overnight from well-wishers. I wish I had time to reply to them all today – I usually reply to most of my tweets @mrmarkmillar – but this morning was an AVALANCHE and so I just wanted to so a big thanks, that I’ve read every one and that they’re hugely appreciated. A highlight, I think, was well-wishes from Stan The Man himself. That’s like the Pope sending a message. Couldn’t have been more exciting.
But my biggest thanks has to go to director Joe Carnahan, I think. It was Joe who suggested me to the bigwigs at Fox for this role as he’s always been a supporter of what I did in comics like The Ultimates and so on. He and Matthew Vaughn – both of whom have a very strong relationship with Fox – really pushed for me to get this gig and I just want to publicly thank them both for their support.
One interesting thing to come from the press release was this statement from production president Emma Watts:
“We are excited to be working with Mark. In addition to his groundbreaking Marvel work, he is simply one of the most original voices in comics today and will be an invaluable resource to us and to our filmmakers as we look for fresh opportunities to innovate within our shared Marvel universe.”
The success of The Avengers must have caused Fox to re-evaluate its Marvel properties, and they may be trying to forge a link between the X-Men films and Josh Trank’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot. It’s happened in the comics, and with superhero team-up movies producing big returns at the box office you can see why they’d want to explore it.