Well, here’s something that both makes sense and kind of doesn’t: Mark Millar has been hired as a creative consultant for 20th Century Fox‘s upcoming slate of Marvel-based comic book movies.
Millar has largely been somewhat of an energetic loose cannon, known as the creator of “Kick-Ass,” who has many other projects in development and is more than happy to trade in rumors and conjecture as fact during interviews and on message boards (though, in fairness, he has calmed down in that regard recently). Fox on the other hand, tend to play it close to the vest until they are ready to promote a movie, so it’ll be interesting to see how his personality will play on studio turf where stakes are much higher. And indeed, it’s a bit hard to understand at the moment just what Millar is bringing to this equation.
“The Wolverine” is already shooting so we’re not sure when consulting he could have left do on that one, though he’s obviously close to Matthew Vaughn (the director was eyeing two Millar adaptations to direct last fall — “Superior” and “The Secret Service” — which just happen to be set up at the studio along with “Nemesis“) so we presume they’ll collaborate in some capacity on the “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” which shoots next year. And then there’s Josh Trank‘s upcoming “Fantastic Four” reboot, which is a safe bet to have his fingerprints on in some capacity. But either way, given his propensity to talk when asked any question, we’re surely in for years of random speculation about countless movies on the Fox lot. Hooray.
And while it was easy to see why Disney/Marvel hired Joss Whedon as their godfather of Phase Two, aside from writing the comic that “Wanted” was based off of and being a familiar face around the studio, it’s not immediately clear what makes Millar’s hire so necessary or vital. But perhaps there is a clue to found in the press release, which says “Millar will work with Fox on developing new avenues for its ‘X-Men’ and ‘Fantastic Four’ tentpoles.” Spin-offs and sequels coming under his domain? Perhaps.
But what do you think — is Miller a good hire by Fox? Do you think he’ll make an impact on their comic movies? Sound off below. [ComingSoon]
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