Good news for iconic writer Mark Millar! Twentieth Century Fox has announced that the creative mind behind ULTIMATES, KICK-ASS, CIVIL WAR, OLD MAN LOGAN and much more will play a key role in Fox's Marvel movie franchises. Millar will now serve as a creative consultant on the studio's upcoming Marvel-based projects. Fox's future Marvel films includes X-Men: Days of Future Past, a Fantastic Four reboot directed by Chronicle's Josh Trank, and of course The Wolverine. No official word yet on the status of a potential Deadpool movie.
Emma Watts, the studio's production president, called Millar "one of the most original voices in comics today" and stated he'll be "an invaluable resource to us." As expected, Millar is thrilled about the opportunity.
"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 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."
When it comes to Marvel movies, Fox has had a pretty bad reputation and was a big player in the era of terrible to okay comic book movies. Most cringe at the thought of Elektra or X-Men Origins: Wolverine but their latest entry, X-Men Origins: First Class was simply fantastic. Hopefully, it's a sign of things to come at Fox and, as a big fan of Millar's work, I'm certainly optimistic about the studio's future with Marvel properties. But what about you guys? Do you share my enthusiasm and think Millar will be a huge help... or do you fear the opposite?