Mark Millar Speaks On His Role As Creative Consultant For Fox's MARVEL FILMS

"[Joe Carnahan] 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."

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By Mark Julian - 9/28/2012


Well, we've certainly seen a lot of opinions about 20th Century Fox essentially making Mark Millar, their 'Joss Whedon' (at least that's what speculation is saying his role is, it's still undefined at this point). That's not to say he'll be directing anything of course but he'll be the guy 'steering the ship' so to speak on their decisions of what, who and how to adapt their stable of Marvel characters. Below, Millar also thanks directors Matthew Vaughn and Joe Carnahan who were instrumental in Millar getting the gig. While we know what Vaughn and Millar can create (Kick-Ass), it will be interesting to see what can be produced from a (potential) Joe Carnahan collaboration. Carnahan of course was Fox's choice to do the impossible and direct a Daredevil film at the 11th hour. Millar could potentially repay Carnahan by pushing the studio to select him to direct one of their upcoming Marvel adaptations [NEW MUTANTS Movie In The Works At Fox]. I'm also extremely interested to find out what this means for Josh Trank and Fantastic Four, was the director looking forward to steering that franchise on his own or will he welcome assistance from Millar? For now, you can check out Millar's letter below on his new gig.



Dear Boys and Girls,

I'm just out of bed and hardly slept a wink. Weirdly, the baby slept right through and we could have had a clear eight hours, but I was still buzzing about the big announcement last night. It's pretty much the biggest thing that's ever happened to me so as you can imagine adrenaline is coursing. For those who missed, I've just signed a contract with Fox to work on ALL their Marvel movies, details of which can be seen here:

PRESS RELEASE: Mark Millar To Consult On FOX's MARVEL ADAPTATIONS

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.

Right, better get my Scottish ass showered, dressed and onto work. Kick-Ass 2 resumes shooting here on Monday and I'm on set the week after next, but a TON of stuff to get written before I can get down to Pinewood. Finished issue 2 of Jupiter's Children yesterday for Mister Frank Quitely and issue one of Kick-Ass 3 is now in the can too. Oh, and thanks to everyone who picked up Hit-Girl #3 this week. We sold out by yesterday afternoon and will be going back to press on this and with the FOURTH printing of issue one. Thanks again for spending your hard-earned cash on these Millarworld books and keeping it away from the Romney campaign!

Right. Work. Catch you all later and I promise you are in for an awesome few years. If you're on this board you know how much I'm INTO this stuff.

Lotsa love,
MM


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Jollem - 9/28/2012, 6:22 AM
good stuff. i'm glad millar is on board
toco89 - 9/28/2012, 6:23 AM
What I'm trying to understand is why in the last article people were comparing him to Joss Whedon, when Whedon is a consultant but geared toward the Avengers movies, that's including the tv show. And by him being director that limits the responsibilities he can take in the over all scheme, since being a director covers so much.

It seems more like a Kevin Feige producer position but geared more toward the creative aspect of things. So he's kind of in between both.

I just hope he does all the characters the justice they deserve.
kaijunexus - 9/28/2012, 6:32 AM
Can't wait for this to fail.
norseman79 - 9/28/2012, 6:37 AM
Millar, while I like some of his work, has always struck me more as a "money" guy, than a Marvel guy. :/

Could be good, could be bad.
marvel72 - 9/28/2012, 6:37 AM
the x-men & fantastic four franchise's has the potential to be better then the avengers,but sadly its been handled piss poorly by all at fox.

i hope mark millar can turn things around at fox just by following the source material abit better actually alot better than they have been i.e f*ckin galactus cloud,deadpool in x-men origins wolverine,dr.doom was just shite & of course the x-men first class line up was just lame.

& i almost forgot sort out the x-men movie continuity.
MarkJulian - 9/28/2012, 6:39 AM
@FIRG Whedon is more of a tv guy than a movie guy but either way he still has more experience in adapting print and comic book properties into a visual medium. Still, I bet Millar learned a lot on Kick-Ass and has been actively developing a number of his properties for film adaptations. And at the end of the day, both Whedon and Millar love the medium which is what Whedon himself said needs to be the starting point to make these comic book movies successful.
RamonSuarez - 9/28/2012, 6:40 AM
Horrible news. The worst I've read on this site since I saw Nolan's interpretation of Bane.

This R-rated hack doesn't have the talent to write PG-rated fare. He relies on ridiculous gratuity to entertain his audience. Plus, he knows next to shit about movies.


Now I have to watch him and Track [frick] over the FF4 property and withhold Galactus, Surfer, etc. from a proper battle with Thanos.
YoDawg - 9/28/2012, 6:40 AM
whats wrong with you guys? mark millar has written some of the most acclaimed and recognizable comics...im pretty sure he knows these characters inside and out, there is no denying that.
MarkJulian - 9/28/2012, 6:43 AM
@YoDawg Agreed. It's like everyone only knows him now for Kick-Ass. Was doing bang-up work for Marvel in his early days.
RamonSuarez - 9/28/2012, 6:44 AM
Mark Millar really knew what Cap was all about when he made him a jingoistic asshole.

Um...no...

Guy is a one trick pony. Granted, its a hell of a trick (I loved Old Man Logan). But he isn't exactly the guy I'd hire for a PG-rated movie franchise.
Jollem - 9/28/2012, 6:47 AM
i may be wrong, but i think some of the venom may come from the fact that some die-hard marvel studios production company fans would rather the character rights go to marvel studios
ATrueHero1987 - 9/28/2012, 6:49 AM
Part of me is for this. Part of me is against this...idk how should feel about this.
RamonSuarez - 9/28/2012, 6:52 AM
I hate the move because Millar is a hack.

But the fact that this signals Fox's intent to further rape the FF4 and keep it away from Marvel Studios really gets me going...
RamonSuarez - 9/28/2012, 6:54 AM
Ridiculous. Everyone knows that if Marvel gets Silver Surfer and Galactus that they will be incorporated in the cosmic branch of their MCU.
shangho - 9/28/2012, 6:58 AM
Fox should give those movie rights back to Marvel where they belong.Fox only cares about money,whereas marvel at least cares about money AND the characters,although I dont see Millar hurting theses franchises any more than they have been (Galactus as a space fart cloud in FF2?)
toco89 - 9/28/2012, 7:00 AM
No poiint in complaining if he hasn't done anything yet. They created this position for him. He could actually be good at this job. And it won't be 2+ years til we see what his iinfluence has accomplished since Vaughn, Goldman and Singer have full control of their next installment in the Xmen franchise and FF hasn't gotten off the ground.
shangho - 9/28/2012, 7:04 AM
@cipher this is true,it's not that simple,but I would rather wait another 6-8 years for a proper treatment of Silver Surfer and Galactus than have to settle for whatever Fox puts out.I truly have not enjoyed their treatment of the Marvel canon.
Boogie138 - 9/28/2012, 7:06 AM
millar has done work i love, and work i don't. but the movie kick ass forced me to never want to read the comic. don't care if its better or different, that movie left such a bad taste in my mouth. kinda left me disliking vaughn and millar. don't know or care who to blame for the last 20 min of the picture, both seem to be ok with it which floors me. love his work superman red son and ultimate work. i have high hopes, i need high hopes.

maybe some one can help me with kick ass ending. rocket pack? fail lol now ill check on my post regarding my like for prometheus ;)
thetrojan - 9/28/2012, 7:09 AM
DONT ANY OF YOU REALISE
THIS GUY WROTE THE AVENGERS MOVIE .....
IT IS ALL BASED ON THE ULTIMATES by MARK MILLAR!
ChiefJudge - 9/28/2012, 7:21 AM
He wrote Dredd back in the Day - His early work is his best!
Jollem - 9/28/2012, 7:23 AM
@LEVITIKUZ - i think geoff johns might be good as well
ChiefJudge - 9/28/2012, 7:24 AM
Yeah! Everything comes back to 2000ad - The Dark Knight, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Sandman, Kick Ass - All these written by people who cut their teeth on 2000AD and Judge Dredd. The source of all comic greatness.
Tharg we salute you!
mrHJK - 9/28/2012, 7:25 AM
Fox can keep X-Men.
Give Marvel back Fantastic Four.
Jollem - 9/28/2012, 7:40 AM
@LEVITIKUZ - well, as involved as he is in comics, he most likely knows the characters and the universe pretty well. johns was involved with the green lantern movie. so, if anything, that's someone who already has dipped his foot in the movie pool. for some reason, i don't think i put any blame on johns for green lantern
Boogie138 - 9/28/2012, 7:41 AM
@LEVITIKUZ: don't forget dini wrote for he-man as well!!
thunderforce - 9/28/2012, 7:49 AM
If they create a second MCU it is going to be pretty empty . They need to join the MCU and I think that can happen It would be better for Marvel and it would be better for fox and sony too .
JULEZ13 - 9/28/2012, 7:50 AM
Ehhh.... This may be good or bad for the fans in the end. Even though I'd like to see Fox make these movies right I'd much rather have them ALL fail so they can go back to Marvel where they belong. Only then will we be able to get the ultimate cameos! (I want Sony to give back Spiderman also.)

Even if we won't get a film for these characters right away, at least we'd know they'd be handled correctly. And if Marvel really wanted to get more films out then they can always collaborate with another studio to lessen the load & still make a profit.
Logan5 - 9/28/2012, 7:50 AM
Compared to what came before at Fox(excluding FC), this is good news.

Whedon is a TV guy.

Dini & Timm working on the DC universe would be great; let's hope Warners have plans to involve them.
SageMode - 9/28/2012, 7:57 AM
The only Marvel property ill supported that's non Marvel Studios is Amazing Spider-Man. Other than that, [frick] them.

And I concur RAMONSUAREZ's about Silver Surfer and Galactus. BS
iJackSparrow - 9/28/2012, 8:02 AM
This is brilliant news, lots of luck for Mark, one of my favorite contemporary writers. I have faith on him and most of all I'm hoping that Fox has finally realized the goldmine they are sitting on.

I'd rather have Marvel, Disney and Fox working together to bring us one cohesive universe, but if that's not possible, I'd love to see Fox invest the shit out of this to make the best movies possible. Don't understimate the X-Men and Fantastic Four universes, folks. It could get as much as bigger as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And in the end everybody wins, because since it was mentioned by others, it would be impossible for Marvel to produce all these films without not giving up the spotlight for other characters like Ant Man, Black Panther and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Make it mine, Millar.
SpoonWielder - 9/28/2012, 8:09 AM
Meh, I still want Fantastic Four to fail. I'd really like to see an Illuminati meeting, and the other cosmic characters that fall under FF's license to be utilized correctly. Anyone know when the rights revert back for FF if a miracle happens and they don't get filming this reboot?
NostalgicYouth - 9/28/2012, 8:20 AM
Great now can we finally get a good Punisher movie
Jollem - 9/28/2012, 8:34 AM
@LEVITIKUZ - fer shizzle. never said dini and timm would not be good
ATrueHero1987 - 9/28/2012, 8:41 AM
Sorry If I'm flip flopping but I want F4 back with Marvel!lol Seriously, the rights to the revert back in 2 years! If it was ONE Marvel property I want back with Marvel, it's F4. X-Men, let's face it, is not coming back to Marvel anytime soon. Let Mark Miller focus on that( and get some help by Kieron Gillen, Ed Brubaker, and etc.)
Jollem - 9/28/2012, 8:44 AM
@Splenda - i've only caught minutes of some smallville shows but from what i've read and heard, johns' episodes were some of the better ones. and i'll say it again, for some reason i don't think green lantern was really so much johns' fault
EastcoastAvenger - 9/28/2012, 8:52 AM
Dear Disney,
Buy out the rights to Spiderman now. You need an A-list character in your arsenal badly now. You have been very successful creating some pretty fun movies with secondary characters for a while. But Fox is getting it's sh!t together and creating their own Universe with the likes of some of the biggest names in comic book history.
This news of Miller only solidifies the fact that we will not be able to see a proper Infinity Gauntlet movie. I am afraid that attempting to build towards a movie like that without the likes of at least Silver Surfer and Galactus would prove to be a much less powerful film.
thatiscrazy - 9/28/2012, 8:53 AM
ALL marvel properties should go back to Marvel UNLESS! They completely reboot EVERYTHING at fox and let marvel run the show =D which aint happening.
Jollem - 9/28/2012, 9:08 AM
@LEVITIKUZ - don't people hire ass-kissers and yes-men? :)

i don't think either one would be a bad choice
MrChuff - 9/28/2012, 9:11 AM
I know a lot of people say he's a bit of a wang and I've heard/read that for years but Millar has at least SOME idea of the comics world.
With this news coming after the retirement of Fox's crowning turd-in-the-water-pipe Tom Rothman it can only mean things will get better, surely?

How much better is surely up for debate and time will tell.
DrDoom - 9/28/2012, 9:25 AM
Give Marvel Fantastic Four. Fox can keep X-Men for now.
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