Mark Millar Talks More About His Role As 20th Century Fox's MARVEL Creative Consultant

The prolific comic book writer and creator talks in detail about his new role as 20th Century Fox's Creative Consultant for their upcoming Marvel slate. He also briefly shares his thoughts on their past films, as well as highly anticipated adaptations, The Wolverine and Fantastic Four.

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By Josh Wilding - 10/10/2012
The news that Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, , Supercrooks, Wolverine: Enemy of the State) had been hired by 20th Century Fox as a creative consultant on their upcoming Marvel adaptations came as music to the ears of fans who were left disappointed by the likes of Elektra and X-Men: The Last Stand. In a 45 minute chat with Word Balloon, the writer has talked more about his role with the studio, even sharing his thoughts on their past, present and future projects. To listen to more of Millar's thoughts on the current state of Marvel and DC, Warner Bros.' planned Justice League movie, and why we won't see Miracle Park anytime soon (as well as a whole lot more), be sure to head on over to the site by clicking on the link below to check out the interview in full.


"The job at Fox is officially "Creative Consultant" and if there's a comparable job, I guess it's probably what Joss is doing over with Marvel Studios. It's very, very exciting. Just as a fan, to be at the heart of something like this is wonderful."

"There have been some poor decisions in the past, but you also have to remember that there have been some excellent ones too. Bryan Singer's X-Men for example, I think revolutionised superhero movies. It pre-dated Sam Raimi's Spider-Man, and I think you forget how close that was chronologically to Batman and Robin! To open with a Holocaust scene in a superhero movie was just unheard of. Fox get a lot of flak for the films which didn't work out, and quite rightly, but you forget that they've done some really great stuff too. I'm thinking specifically of X-Men, X-Men 2 and X-Men: First Class."

"The team who is running the show over there now I'm very comfortable with. I actually really like everything that they're doing, and they recognise more than anyone the mistakes that they've made in the past and they just want to do right by the fans. Hiring myself was a first step in a number of things that they're planning and they just really want to be respectful to the material I think. X-Men: First Class, which I absolutely loved, just feels like planting the flag for what they're planning to do over the next few years."

"Hiring Josh Trank for Fantastic Four...it could just not be more different than the first Fantastic Four movie from what I've seen so far. Even just as a fan, I'm very, very excited by the level of talent they have on the directors side of things."

"I can't say too much about it right now, but The Wolverine has only just started shooting really, I mean it's been shooting for a few weeks now. I really do like it and I'm really impressed by it. Days of Future Past, which is being written at the moment, is the next one up and at the same time, Fantastic Four is being written right now. In a weird way, it's just the easiest job in the world as I'm surrounded by people who are so good!"


Source: Word Balloon
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kevberg - 10/10/2012, 5:48 AM
maybe, but hes right on a lot things he said in that interview.
Jollem - 10/10/2012, 5:56 AM
i'm very pleased millar is on board
BruceLeroy - 10/10/2012, 5:58 AM
"The job at Fox is officially "Creative Consultant" and if there's a comparable job, I guess it's probably what Joss is doing over with Marvel Studios"

Dat swagga jacking.

SageMode - 10/10/2012, 6:03 AM
[frick] Fox and their move at trying to emulate what Marvel Studios is doin. Hacks
darkspark - 10/10/2012, 6:11 AM
Joss actually directed Avengers and is going to direct part 2 how is that comparable to Millar's role as a consultant? Sounds more like he is blowing hot air.
Jollem - 10/10/2012, 6:18 AM
@darkspark - he meant like as in how joss is overseeing tgotg and others. ya know, being a creative consultant

@ckal - i remember x-men actually being a big deal and getting a lot of praise. it was also a superhero team movie many years before the avengers thing happened

@SageMode - yeah, frick fox. how dare they bring us comic book movies :)
jimoakley666 - 10/10/2012, 6:18 AM
I completely agree with his opening comments about the stellar work on the first two X-Men films and First Class. Anyone who cannot recognise the work and craft that went into those films, not to mention just how good they are as movies must seriously have their head jammed so far up their arse that all they can hear is their own colon mumbling away.

May I also point out to people like @SageMode that without those first Singer X-Films we probably wouldn't have the Marvel studios films, let alone a marvel studios.
jaewest215 - 10/10/2012, 6:20 AM
None of the X-Men films were any good except First Class. I don't think that the X-Men films revolutionarized anything. Just because a movie makes alot of money doesn't mean its good or even great.

Batman Begins was the first comic book movie to have the biggest impact on the comic movie genre. It influenced and inspired others to come up with great material. It is the most successful comic book movie series in history to date. The Avengers is the best comic movie ever by itself. It truly is a COMIC BOOK movie as if they took it straight out of the comic book pages. I can watch that over and over.

The thing I didn't like about the X-Men films they were grounded too much in reality and looked nothing like the characters from the book. I believe if they would've put Whedon on the project in some way I think the quality would've been alot better. He has shown he can direct an assemble movie. The reason why Whedon's Avengers stick out it is a great mix of reality, fantasy and action. Cap looks stupid in his uniform but he wasn't corny. He was my favorite (I like leadership).
LFANCH - 10/10/2012, 6:24 AM
I just wanna know how fox plans to bring together the fantastic 4 and the x-men if they're doing their own universe. Yeah, they're both marvel, but I certainly don't think of them together. What would that movie even be called? X-men vs. Fantastic 4?
Jollem - 10/10/2012, 6:35 AM
@ckal - yes. and it was also good :)

@jaewest215 - i don't think i agree with anything you said there

@tea - does it count in the vengers that the team action was only in the last 25-30 min? more like a bickering/fighting movie than a team movie :)

i thought it was funny how in origins there were as many mutants as there were in the x-men films. didn't seem entirely wolverine-y
Kayo - 10/10/2012, 6:38 AM
well Fox, i would say that the only good thing happen to X-Men: First Class was Magneto, Professor X and Sebastian Shaw.
superotherside - 10/10/2012, 6:40 AM
What ever. Stop trying to do what you can't Fox, just give the rights back to Marvel already.
Jollem - 10/10/2012, 6:43 AM
@tea - you actually made the robocop suit look good. i think the only photshoppe i used was the first one. i'm better with contemporary artstuffs

@cipher - i like to think i have some sense, but it just may be nonsense :)
ATrueHero1987 - 10/10/2012, 6:51 AM
If Marvel Studios had at least the F4, THEN I would be happy about this!

SN: We should all stop before 2 specific people come on here and yell at us about Marvel Studios getting the rights back/trashing FOX. :)
ATrueHero1987 - 10/10/2012, 6:51 AM
I like some of Millers works but his Ultimates was hit & miss...
Valandil - 10/10/2012, 6:53 AM
Fox is desperate...
ATrueHero1987 - 10/10/2012, 6:58 AM
Yea, FOX had some good/great Marvel movies...but only X-Men, X2, and X:FC. Basically 1/3 of their Marvel movies were good.smh
Jollem - 10/10/2012, 6:59 AM
...daredevil director's cut...
polarkyle - 10/10/2012, 7:03 AM
now if only dc could get geoff johns to help them on their movies
Tymminator - 10/10/2012, 7:08 AM
Damn, great work Tea.
fortycals - 10/10/2012, 7:09 AM
@tea
I do agree that the Xmovies were to wolvie centric. No matter how you feel about him, he was/is the most popular character in the xmen. Even the comics themselves push wolvie on us a little to hard. He is definately a money maker, and fox banked on him hard. At times it did feel like wolverine and his amazing friends. The comics of the day made me feel the same way. I used to love the character, so I never minded, until wolvie overload set in. Even though my favorite Xman is storm, I couldnt imagine the story being storm centric or anybody else except for xavier.
StrangerX - 10/10/2012, 7:15 AM
Dear Mr Millar

If you want to talk about sticking close to the source material please don't use First Class as an example.
hellfire - 10/10/2012, 7:23 AM
Loving the meowth-cop outfit
marvel72 - 10/10/2012, 7:23 AM
x-men good but nothing special.

x-men 2 very good,the only very good comic book movie from fox.

x-men 3 shite

x-men orgins wolverine shite is too good a reveiw for this movie.

x-men first class had a couple of good moments but nothing special.

@ teabag

love your nova & venom two of my favorite characters.
StrangerX - 10/10/2012, 7:24 AM
@Tea-those are pretty good
Kingdork - 10/10/2012, 7:30 AM
I thought Millar's Red Son was pretty damn good. And come on... The Ultimates? But yeah, other than that...
hellfire - 10/10/2012, 7:32 AM
Gotta say can it be any worse that the crap they've been dishing out.
Here's hoping that when they do FF they can get the original unseen FF as an extra on the bluray


Here they are taking some dramatic direction from the smallville actors
jessepostal - 10/10/2012, 7:35 AM
Maybe tea should be fox's consultant.

Why does everyone think x2 was this great movie?? I'm asking because I always found it dragging and boring at parts. Some cool scenes but the 2nd and third act get pretty bland
hellfire - 10/10/2012, 7:40 AM
cipher

I still PMSL to this day that it was made. I know Constantin Film made it to keep hold of the rights but f*ck me lol
hellfire - 10/10/2012, 7:45 AM
O and let's remember folks, rubber turds have feelings too


Tymminator - 10/10/2012, 7:48 AM
Look at the "4"s placed over the stomach....such horrible costume design. I think all the money went into the Thing suit.
Adventurer - 10/10/2012, 7:49 AM
Millar has written some crap dialogue in his time, but he almost never fails to turn out an epic plot. I think he's going to be great at this.
Jollem - 10/10/2012, 7:51 AM
@teabag - how come it felt like to me thor was just there in the vengers? felt like cap was just there, hawkeye was almost non-existent. there was some widow time, a lil' hulk time, and lot's of everybody's new-favorite near c-list superhero :) it wasn't iron man and friends...but damn, if rdjr. didn't try :)

@jesse - x-2 is my third favorite
Wallymelon - 10/10/2012, 7:54 AM
x-men 1 was cool, definitlety doesnt have a rewatch value. that movie is pretty dated. x2 was dope still holds up. x3 was awful. first class was really ood. not perfect but the best x men movie hands down. and you have to be pretty ridiculous to think its not. mark millar is hopefully going to just make sure they dont make too many mistakes. fox is still a huge studio that will end up doing what they want, but i feel like they are at least trying to not make as many mistakes. which is really nice to hear as a fan of comics and movies.
dancingmonkey08 - 10/10/2012, 7:55 AM
I dont know why Fox is only doing this now, why didnt they go get a creative consultant after X-Men The Last Stand!!! Seriously, by that point they had 4 stinkers, if they had gotten a creative consultant that time, we might have been saved from the rubbish that was the Fantastic Four sequel or Wolverine!

Its partly thanks to Fox that comic book movies have haters who want no more cbms, because of the 6 shit movies we got from Fox!!!! I hope Mark is a good thing for these movies, or I will have no more time for Fox's cbms.

Im already pissed Fantastic Four isnt going back to Marvel (and yes, I know we would have probably have had to wait a decade before we got a Fantastic Four reboot but it would have been worth the wait and there would have been more time to get rid of the bad taste of the other movies).

In all this, it looks like its a definite, Daredevil is on his way back to Marvel Studios because theres not one mention of him in Fox's brighter future! At least theres one small victory out of all this (again, even though we will probably have to wait a decade for a new movie)
ATrueHero1987 - 10/10/2012, 7:57 AM
@dancingmonkey08 you're right! The DD rights officially are back with Marvel today!!
Jollem - 10/10/2012, 8:02 AM
@tea - i believe a wise man once told me; that's the beauty of these things, we all get something different :)
jessepostal - 10/10/2012, 8:06 AM
@jollem, third fav x movie?? Or third fav cbm?
Tymminator - 10/10/2012, 8:11 AM
What is number 6 Tea for 12:44? Hawkeye?
Name - 10/10/2012, 8:11 AM
Someone said batman begins ahd the most impact on comicbook movies in this generation. As Xmen and Spiderman debuted within 2 years of the noughties i'd disagree.
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