In case you forgot, Mark Millar is the creative consultant on the Marvel movies at 20th Century Fox, and especially compared to Kevin Feige, has absolutely no filter. Where Feige carefully parses his statements, Millar walks around dropping truth bombs, and he’s got a few to start your Monday morning.
Regarding “Fantastic Four,” the fantastic flop that dropped with a splat in August, Millar reveals that there is still no word on a potential sequel, which is still on the release calendar for 2017. “I think everything’s open to discussion. No decision has been made on anything yet like that. There’s chats everyone’s going to have on the phone at some point,” he told IGN. As for his feelings on Josh Trank‘s movie, he says “it’s a shame” how it all turned out, though he adds that “elements of it were good.”
However, Millar notes that not everything turns out to be a home run. “Marvel doesn’t always work out great: ‘Thor 2‘ didn’t work out especially well; ‘Iron Man 2‘ didn’t work. But then ‘Iron Man 3‘ comes along and it’s great. These things can be uneven sometimes. ‘Avengers 2‘ is nowhere near as good as ‘Avengers 1.’ There’ve been 45 superhero movies or something over the last 15 years. They can’t all work out fantastically,” he said. “I’d say the hit rate has actually worked out terrifically compared to most genres.”
Meanwhile, Millar is also looking at the brewing “Kingsman: The Secret Service” sequel, and in particular, how they’re going to bring back Colin Firth‘s character. And man, it really sounds like they are working through some godawful ideas. “…if you are bringing him back, it has to make sense. That’s where it is at at the moment. Beats of the story have been done. [Screenplay co-writers] Matthew [Vaughn] and Jane [Goldman] are working on it at the moment,” he told the site. “Some things have to be worked out, some decisions have still to be made and everything, so it’s all fairly amorphous, but all going well.”
“It’s funny because there’s a lot of conversations like that, like should he have an evil brother, Colin with a mustache? Or is he a ghost or whatever? The guys have a plan. I can’t spoil it just now because the final decision is still to be made. It’ll be good,” Millar added. Sheesh, it better be a lot more inspired than those half baked ideas tossed out there.
Millar always stokes a few good debates, so be sure to share your thoughts on his latest comments below.