Mark Millar Confirms FOX's Plans For A "Cohesive Universe"

Mark Millar Confirms FOX's Plans For A "Cohesive Universe"

As we know, Mark Millar is on board as creative consultant on future Marvel based movies at 20th Century Fox. It was assumed that this was a step towards joining the various properties together in one movie universe, but now Millar has confirmed as much..

When Mark Millar was hired as a consultant on all of Fox's Marvel based movies, we pretty much figured it was because the studio wanted to bring their various properties together in a shared cinematic universe akin to what Marvel Studios have done. This was assumed, but never officially stated and Millar's exact role was not defined, until now. In an interview with SFX the writer says that Fox do indeed intend to "build a cohesive universe", and, he says he would personally love to see this working alongside Marvel's own cinematic universe - "It would be cool if these universes didn’t contradict each other so if you went to see Spidey, The Avengers, the X-Men, etc, as a viewer you would have no idea that all three are coming from different studios. I’d love to make it look like they’re all just happening in one place." So can we expect to see some of these characters cross-over in the next batch of movies released under Millar's watch? Well, not so fast..

“I don’t think it’s something anyone would want to rush into. Following that Marvel model, we want to establish things first. If you had a Fantastic Four relaunch, and Wolverine and the X-Men were in it, I think it would distract you from the Fantastic Four. You can make people aware that they’re existing in the same universe without making it a big crossover movie but it would be an injustice to the Fantastic Four not to make their first movie all about them.”

It may just be wishful thinking, but could you imagine if one day we had every single Marvel character on screen in a shared universe, even with the rights being held by different studios? Anyway, first things first, I'll settle on the prospect of seeing The X-Men take on The Fantastic Four for now!

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NerdyGeek - 10/13/2012, 6:18 AM
I like.
TheAntiGrif - 10/13/2012, 6:44 AM
If Millar and Whedon have a sitdown i believe they're end result will be glorious. I think it would start with whedon prasing millars work for marvel and what hes doing with kickass. Then they would try to find a way for the studios to intertwine but not over run eachother. Like it would definietly be a cool scene if maybe someone from sony or even Avi Arad backed a similar approach an all three talked. Can you imagine seeing a scene in avengers or even another iron-man movie where tony needs help and you see him go down the lust of contacts from Beast to Reed Richards, Professor x, and even Peter Parker. Now im sure it highly unlikely that every single character will be in one movie not until we have atleast 10 more marvel characters established and hidden characters within those movies like in how Black Widow and Hawkeye were. Then we could Have something close to civil war but it couldnt be exactly the same. Listen the fact that Millar is stating these words is a better sign then any we've ever seen. If he pulls through with this hopeful collab with marvel studios then Sony will fall in line. The 1.7 Billion divided 3 ways is not bad for each studio because thats the least a movie like that would make if done right. I just hope Sony isn't so full of pride that they can't form a deal with marvel for Spider-Man and maybe even give back Ghost Rider to marvel for a reboot and take place in some of that production and Box office numbers. Hey it really comes down to pleasing the audience with an art and making money in the process. Can any of what i said be done. I believe it can under the right people. Hey nerds like Joss and Mark are getting It done. They know what Fans like and what will get box office money while entertaining us the viewer. Sony and Warner Brothers need to get on the movie consultant train where it seems to be getting the big bucks and the products....Ha Rhyme!!!
Vapes - 10/13/2012, 6:44 AM
This is kind of like seeing a delicious, complicated recipe and trying to make it with the couple of ingredients you have laying around the house.
AlSimmons - 10/13/2012, 6:48 AM
It won't work. You can't just have a cosmic threat like Galactus happen and the Avengers NOT be there. Earth-ending stuff is sort of what the Avengers do. The FF can take point and all that, but the avengers would still be there. If you were to have the FF take on a cosmic threat without the Avengers, you would have to give some BS explanation why they're not there. Therefore, you will not see Galactus or any world-killing entity, and the villains' rise will be short, quick, and unable to be quickly noticed by the other heroes. In other words: lame villains. It's still gonna suck people.
StarSpangledBruce - 10/13/2012, 6:49 AM
Where was Iron Man when the Lizard rampaged through New York?

Why were there no Anti-Mutant propaganda in either of the MCU films?

How did the Avengers not notice the mutant war on Alcatraz Island?

I can't see it.
toco89 - 10/13/2012, 6:49 AM
As long as its 616, or wait...nevermind just make sure it makes sense.

But anyway, the feel that Vaughn has established in the Xmen series now seems to real and mature to be trying to mix it with the mcu's feel which half of it, at least, is directed toward the kiddies.

Doesn't mean they can't do it if they are just rying to make people aware its the same universe.
StarSpangledBruce - 10/13/2012, 6:49 AM
@AlSimmons I think he's talking about the Fantastic Four reboot that's in pre-production, not the original films.
silverdog - 10/13/2012, 6:51 AM
they cant even make a "cohesive" movie.. gonna be fun see them fail at "universal" level.
RedSkull667 - 10/13/2012, 6:52 AM
They are adding Franklin Richards in Days of the Future Past nothing else.
BruceLeroy - 10/13/2012, 6:52 AM
Absolutely hilarious.
marvel72 - 10/13/2012, 6:54 AM
way back in 1987 marvel released x-men vs fantastic four 4 issue limited series,it would be cool to see on the big screen but only if they get the right x-men line up not that shitty x-men first class team.

the original five x-men against the fantastic four would be shit hot.

cyclops vs reed richards
marvel girl vs sue richards
beast vs the thing
iceman vs the human torch

angel could take on any of them if it comes to it,also magneto & dr.doom in the same movie could be good.
FireKnightRises - 10/13/2012, 6:58 AM
LMAO they will fail

fox-men is a mess and now their gonna add FF in it :p
superotherside - 10/13/2012, 6:58 AM
Meh, I wish they'd still all go back to Marvel. Personally besides a very few performances First Class wasn't that great IMO.

And something I think everyone is forgetting is that Marvel makes adaptions of the comics and puts it in movies. Fox and Sony most of the time just takes the character's name and does something completely different.
Valandil - 10/13/2012, 6:59 AM
The Fox guys think the can do as well as Marvel Studios.
icebergslick - 10/13/2012, 7:00 AM
Fantastic Four is like a Punisher movie....they never really work. Good luck Fox studios with those characters.
JordanKing - 10/13/2012, 7:00 AM
Well, good luck to them I say. Imagine that, 2 Marvel Universes up before one DC.
dopemaster - 10/13/2012, 7:05 AM
INSTANTJUSTICE - 10/13/2012, 7:07 AM
StarSpangledBruce: "Where was Iron Man when the Lizard rampaged through New York?

Why were there no Anti-Mutant propaganda in either of the MCU films?

How did the Avengers not notice the mutant war on Alcatraz Island?"

Because they all took place at different times and when they were otherwise occupied.
DrDoom - 10/13/2012, 7:13 AM
[frick] that. Fantastic Four need to be back home.
Danbojohnj - 10/13/2012, 7:20 AM
Why do people need a reason for everything,they are comic book movies about people who can fly FFS,use some imagination and just accept it.
FF in the X-men,sure why not,throw in the Avenger too for me.
More important things are story and Direction,acting etc,sort those out and the rest just follows.

If they pull this off it brings us one step closer to stories like Secret Wars or Civil War.
UltimaRex - 10/13/2012, 7:36 AM
The one thing this has going for it:

Tom "[frick] the fans, we have their money" Rothman is gone.
lokibane2012 - 10/13/2012, 7:38 AM
Moviegoers have stopped caring about X-Men.
Moviegoers have never cared about Fantastic Four.

Get the two [frick]ing series on track before you start going for a shared universe.
Jolt17 - 10/13/2012, 7:40 AM
I can care less about crossovers, Fox's shared universe, or whatever. I just need a proper Fantastic Four movie, and that's what I'm expecting from Fox under Millar's creative control.
Jolt17 - 10/13/2012, 7:42 AM
marvel72: I also remember their first meeting, during the Lee/Kirby run...Professor X was controlled by the Puppet Master (and the Tinkerer), and so the X-Men battled the Fantastic Four, et cetera.

Damn, the battles were pretty great there.
Name - 10/13/2012, 7:44 AM
Marvel were idiots when they sold the rights, what the [frick] were they thinking?


They were obviously struggling financially at the time. Its woked out well though as i'd rather have a marvel universe with the characters they do own as well as the few good fox and sony films than not have Marvel be around at all.
thunderforce - 10/13/2012, 7:45 AM
They only have 4 options .1, Keep making a movie or two then reboot = shit . 2, Put their properties into a small shared universe = almost shit . 3, Join into the MCU and work with Marvel and share the characters and make shit loads of money 4, let the rights go back to Marvel . I doubt they are taking door #4 so what other choice do they have , they may try #2 but once they fail guess what comes next .
thunderforce - 10/13/2012, 7:47 AM
I would bet dollars to doughnuts that Marvel has already invited both Fox and Sony to join with the MCU .
thunderforce - 10/13/2012, 7:50 AM
And don't forget if X-men or FF or Sony makes shit loads of money Marvel gets some of it too so they want these movies to do well also .
Viltrumite - 10/13/2012, 7:51 AM
You'd imagine a non-contradicting universe wouldn't be all that difficult to coordinate. You don't even need to have the characters appear with each other, maybe just a few name-drops or passing references, and don't include events that would completely invalidate other films.
The Amazing Spider-Man can still be made to fit into the MCU, if it takes place before The Avengers. Presumably Peter would be stuck in school, in Queens. There's no way he would be able to get to the battle in time before it ended.
Grievo - 10/13/2012, 7:55 AM
^ why? They currently have a liscense to print money to the point that they're making a "Guardians of the Galaxy" film that they KNOW nobody wants to see. It would cost them too much to get these characters back, so they'll just wait for these companies to destroy the franchises and lose the rights again (see: Daredevil).
Grievo - 10/13/2012, 7:55 AM
My last comment was aimed at Thunderforce
QuietStorm - 10/13/2012, 7:57 AM
This is what I call a cohesive universe :)
toco89 - 10/13/2012, 8:01 AM

I wanna see a "Guardians of the Galaxy" movie.
marvel72 - 10/13/2012, 8:06 AM
@ brazilianbatman

of course they've got to sort their own movie universes first & then set up a vs movie.

@ cipher

the 80s when comics were shit hot.

@ jolt17

of course way back in the 60s classic stuff,i just thought of the actual comic that was titled fantastic four vs x-men.
StephenStrange - 10/13/2012, 8:08 AM
This doesn't improve my opinion of Fox CBMs in the least.

Or give me any hope for a better future. Even if by like 2018 we see the FF and the X-Men team up together, the legacy of garbage is still there.
toco89 - 10/13/2012, 8:13 AM

LoL, could they have emphesized any more that they have a sausage fest going on there.

They understand their characters though.
thunderforce - 10/13/2012, 8:14 AM
@JustinCJWiggins they may get back Ghost Rider but they are not getting back any of the others ever and I think they know it too .
lvcl - 10/13/2012, 8:14 AM
Millar says "it would be an injustice to the Fantastic Four not to make their first movie all about them.”

But we have 5 X-Men movies without the X-men ¿where is the original team?

XavierLehnsherr - 10/13/2012, 8:15 AM
An "AntiGrif" only glorifies a "Grif".

It makes a statement about how powerful he is, that he would nee an antagonist.
thewonderer - 10/13/2012, 8:16 AM
You know I would love for the world to be at peace and for there to be no more crime....but that doesn't mean its going to happen.

Who in their right mind doesn't want all marvel properties back to marvel? Stop posting this, its obvious...but ITS NOT going to happen unless suddenly they all stop making money....which wouldn't work either as then Marvel wouldn't even make it themselves.

So people, let it go, and think of the next best thing. This sounds pretty great, Fox has screwed up in the past but this is the present, and Avengers making a ton of money might very well be the sign that accurate movies are here to stay.

So its either keep up and compromise, or be left in the dust wallowing in dreams that will never ever happen
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