Well, this came out of nowhere. Apparently envying what Marvel Studios is doing with Joss Whedon, Twentieth Century Fox has decided they want their own in-house version of Whedon. But whereas Marvel Studios spent years with Whedon and organically incorporated his vision into their movie universe, Fox, you know, is just gonna cram ol Mark Millar in there. It’s such a, well, Fox thing to do.
The studio recently announced that Scottish comic book writer Mark Millar (the man who created “Kick-Ass” and wrote many, many other properties, including the highly successful “Ultimates” universe) has been tapped as a “creative consultant on the studio’s upcoming projects based on Marvel Comics properties.”
Crows Fox production prez Emma Watts about the new hire:
We are excited to be working with Mark. In addition to his groundbreaking Marvel work, he is simply one of the most original voices in comics today and will be an invaluable resource to us and to our filmmakers as we look for fresh opportunities to innovate within our shared Marvel universe.
Miller himself sounds very pleased with his new gig:
As someone who has spent his entire life obsessed with both comic-books and movies, this is essentially my dream gig as it’s a unique combination of both. I spent ten years working at Marvel and am really happy with the work I did on the comic side of things so the idea of working with these characters now in a brand new medium is enormously exciting for me. I really like the Fox team, love this bold new direction they have for their franchises and am proud to be working alongside some of modern cinema’s biggest talents. James Mangold is incredible, Matthew Vaughn’s one of my closest pals and Josh Trank gave us, in my opinion, one of the greatest superhero movies of the last decade with Chronicle. The invitation to join this crew was maybe the coolest phone-call I’ve ever had.
Fox currently has a number of superhero films on the way, including the James Mangold-directed “The Wolverine”, Matthew Vaughn’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, and a “Fantastic Four” reboot with “Chronicle” director Josh Trank.
There’s no word how Millar’s new position will affect those titles, if any. Or if his fingerprints will be more readily obvious in future Fox titles utilizing whatever Marvel characters they currently own the rights to. As you’ll recall, they recently lost Daredevil back to Marvel Studios.