Mark Millar Talks Loner ‘Wolverine’; Wants to Explore New Characters in the ‘X-Men’ Universe

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Following in Marvel Studio’s highly profitable phase one “shared universe,” 20th Century Fox began considering a similar approach to their forthcoming X-Men films. To help shape their interconnected mutant-populated movie world, the studio enlisted the help of Mark Millar – a fan-favorite comic book writer that has seen many of his own creations brought to the big screen.

Still, Millar wasn’t brought-in until long after director James Mangold had already begun work on The Wolverine. As a result, fans and industry insiders have kept busy speculating about how many “shared universe” story elements have been retroactively stuffed into the latest standalone Wolverine picture. Now, in a new interview, the writer opens up about his feelings on the upcoming Wolverine movie as well as how the character fits into the future of the X-Men movie universe.

In a conversation with Sci-Fi Now, Millar first clarifies his (lack of) influence on the movie and praises Mangold for relaunching the Wolverine film series (after an overwhelmingly negative reaction to Gavin Hood’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine):

“When I got this job they’d started shooting a couple of weeks but the screenplay to The Wolverine is really, really terrific – I’m really, really delighted with it. Obviously the casting’s all been really good, the director’s brilliant.”

Moviegoers have not been quick to forget the problems that plagued Jon Favreu’s Iron Man follow-up – after the studio pushed for a heavy dose of S.H.I.E.L.D. in an otherwise straightforward Tony Stark story. For that reason, many fans are concerned that The Wolverine could face similar challenges (we already know that The Wolverine contains at least one X-Men cameo), if Fox is too forceful in their attempts to tie the spin-off sequel into the upcoming Brian Singer-led X-Men Days of Future Past. Attempting to put fears to rest, Millar claims that it makes sense to see the character jump back and forth between standalone movie adventures and X-Men team-ups:

“You know, I wrote the Wolverine comic twice – I did the Old Man Logan story and Wolverine: Enemy Of The State – and I don’t think it detracts having individual Wolverine adventures from the X-Men. He’s like a lone wolf character, he disappears and does his own thing sometimes and then he comes back and hangs out at the mansion, so it does feel quite natural to for him to be in these movies.”

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In response to “Phase Two” of The Avengers cinematic universe, many Marvel followers have wondered how the next round of filmmakers will successfully tell standalone character stories, given that the heroes could always call upon their Avenger friends if things got too hairy. Ultimately, we’ll have to wait until this summer’s Iron Man 3 before we know whether or not casual audiences can suspend disbelief in a post-Avengers movie world (something comic book readers have been doing for half a century). Comparatively, Millar’s argument about Wolverine’s “unconventional” personality is a workable defense of the character moving in and out of team-up films to standalone adventures.

That said, Millar is cognizant that too much Wolverine could undercut the impact of the character – and it seems as though Fox will not simply rely on Wolverine movies and X-Men team-ups in the next “phase” of their X-Men shared universe.

“You don’t want to have him out there all the time, because I think if you’ve got him in X-Men and Wolverine movies and they’re all running at the same time, it’s a little bit too much but as long as you’re smart with it and there’s a lot of other characters to explore as well. The X-Men universe is about the same size as the Marvel universe in terms of the number of titles it sustains at any one time, so there’s a ton of stuff to play with there and a lot of characters I’d like to explore there too.”

It’s unclear at this point how big a role Wolverine will play in X-Men: Days of Future past. However, as listeners of the Screen Rant Underground podcast already know, we’re expecting the character to play a large part in Singer’s time-traveling X-Men movie – especially if the director intends to rectify certain continuity errors created by Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class prequel/reboot. Currently, First Class occupies a weird middle-ground where it revisits moments and faces from the original trilogy (such as the Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Romijn cameos) while at the same time contradicting previously established plot beats (example: Professor X acts as if he has never met Wolverine before in Singer’s 2000 movie). The disconnect was forgivable when First Class was considered a reboot but, with Fox’s plans to create a X-Men shared universe, it’s hard to imagine that Singer and Millar won’t also attempt to iron out the wrinkles – which could mean a significant role for Wolverine.

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Yet, while Hugh Jackman remains a prominent face in the X-Men film series, Millar’s comment about “a lot of characters I’d like to explore” could also be hint at what’s to come in the franchise. It’s easy to imagine that Jackman doesn’t need (or want) to play Wolverine every two years – especially as an extensive interconnected set of stories takes shape. This is not to say that the character will disappear after X-Men: Days of Future Past but it’s clear that Millar is attempting to divert some attention away from Wolverine as the central figure in the franchise in order to make room for other characters and spin-off adventures. As for which characters exactly, we’ll just have to wait and see – since it’ll depend on the direction that Singer takes the series in Days of Future Past.

Of course, that was the whole idea behind the X-Men Origins branding back in 2009: to make room for side stories from the already existing X-Men film franchise. While X-Men Origins: Wolverine undercut a bit of enthusiasm for the series, The Avengers’ $1.5 billion global box office haul reignited 20th Century Fox’s ambitions and gave the studio a reason to bring the idea back around again. Days of Future Past indeed.

Fingers crossed The Wolverine will serve as a better jumping-off point than its predecessor.

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Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for more on The Wolverine and the X-Men film franchise as well as future movie, TV, and gaming news.

The Wolverine hits theaters July 26, 2013. X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theaters on July 18th, 2014.

Source: Sci-Fi Now [via CBM]

TAGS: the wolverine, x-men, x-men days of future past

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  1. As far as new characters are concerned I want a new better Gambit, Cable, Bishop and Deadpool. Do you read this Fox? We want Deadpool!!!! Possibly fighting dead presidents.

    • Agreed on gambit for sure the one in origins just blew.. well I guess the whole movie did

      • I’m actually one of the few people in the world who somewhat enjoyed Origins Wolverine. I found it entertaining despite its many problems and the fact that it basically raped my favorite Merc with a Mouth.

        • i also enjoyed XO:W, bought the bluray, and i had no problem with the characterization of anyone, even deadpool, since i never read x-men comic books and had no idea who they were when i watched the film. i was aware of the continuity issues once i saw all the films. i do pay attention, and cbm’s are currently my favorite films these days. might be because there are so many out now, and tons more to follow.

        • I didn’t enjoy Origins any less than than I did Thor or Iron Man 2.

        • Raped, eh?

      • How are they going to make the next x.men movie without gambit?
        Gambit has one of the most inportant storylines in the comic book future past story. Bishop gambit wolverine prof x and forge are the most important characters in this storyline.

        Brian singer completely destroyed the x-men story.

      • How are they going to make the next x.men movie without gambit?
        Gambit has one of the most inportant storylines in the comic book future past story. Bishop gambit wolverine prof x and forge are the most important characters in this storyline.

        Brian singer completely destroyed the x-men story.

      • How are they going to make the next x.men movie without gambit?
        Gambit has one of the most inportant storylines in the comic book future past story. Bishop gambit wolverine prof x and forge are the most important characters in this storyline.

        Brian singer completely destroyed the x-men story.

      • How are they going to make the next x.men movie without gambit?
        Gambit has one of the most inportant storylines in the comic book future past story. Bishop gambit wolverine prof x and forge are the most important characters in this storyline.

        Brian singer completely destroyed the x-men story.

      • How are they going to make the next x.men movie without gambit?
        Gambit has one of the most inportant storylines in the comic book future past story. Bishop gambit wolverine prof x and forge are the most important characters in this storyline.
        Brian singer completely destroyed the x-men story.

      • How are they going to make the next x.men movie without gambit?
        Gambit has one of the most important storylines in the comic book future past story. Bishop gambit wolverine prof x and forge are the most important characters in this storyline.
        Brian singer completely destroyed the x-men story.

    • But really dead presidents… seriously? I have all of the comics of the series so far, including most of the variants, but i think they need something better. Still, we want Deadpool!

  2. I’m glad they’re doing a semi-reboot because Brett Ratner really messed up the X-Men movies.

    • Brett Ratner shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near a movie set!

      • There were just so many things wrong with X3 & will he actually say “Bub” in this movie, i have yet to hear him call someone that.

        • I remember in the first X-Men he called Sabretooth bub when they were fighting on the statue of liberty

        • He has said “bub” quite a few times actually.

  3. apocalypse please :)

  4. I have to disagree on the “too much S.H.I.E.L.D” influence in Iron Man 2. Justin Theroux wrote a very weak script and the S.H.I.E.L.D/Avengers influence was necessary in order to successfully leadinto the Avengers. Poor writing and poor character development mainly reflecting on the villain Whiplash. Sometimes more than a little, the movies are only as good as the villain, especially if the story is weak. But the whole lead to Avengers within Iron Man 2 could’ve worked much better if it was written better.

    • A movie isn’t as good as its villain .. look at spider-man 3 , venom is far by the best villain in spider man n maybe outta any villain n they saved him for a 20 min finale at the end of the movie n the rest of the movie well we all know how it was a big let down

      • Yeah, but Venom was so poorly written in Spiderman 3!

      • @Dj vader,.What meant by that is, how the villain or antagonist is portrayed by an actor. Some movies have literally been carried by the villain/antagonist because of how well the actor portayed the character. In some movies the story and or protagonist are mediocre or worse but the actor who actually played the antagonist so well, that the actor(character) literally saves the movie from totally sucking.

    • THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Comic book movie making rule #1: Brian Singer is bad.

    • You seem to forget that without Singer, there wouldn´t be a X-Men movie franchise. And if there was one, you´d have them running around in rainbow coloured costumes in a Batman & Robin like movie. You should read the unproduced 1994 script, that was B&R on steroids.

      • Singer just directed two movies, the studio and producers would have figured out how to get the film done without him. And he did leave to do his dream film Superman, so he is not the die-hard X-Men expert that everyone makes him out to be.

      • You seem to forget…..

        The Avengers…or even Kick A**..or The Watchmen….

        It works as long as people get the ‘real life’ aspect out of their gourd when watching a comic book come to life.

        I dont need to walk out of a movie theater thinking ‘OMG that would be just like real life if this were to happen.’ I like to walk out of a comic book movie thinking ‘OMG that was just like the comics I have read and continue to read for entertainment.’

    • I agree. Keep Brian singer away from x-men. He completely destroyed it. They were great movies but they weren’t x-men movies. Not having the proper costumes was a disgrace. Especially wolverines mask. Not having Gambit in it was a disgrace. Rogue being gothic instead of a southern belle was even more of a disgrace. Under its bad enough not having them in costumes but putting them in leather? Really. The avengers did it right and kept it real.

      • How was Rogue gothic?! And why would Wolverine wear a mask? He didn´t wear a mask in the Ultimate comics and nobody complained.

        • First of all wolverines mask is as famous as Spider-Man or iron mans mask. Would you have had a problem if they didn’t have there mask? Why does x men have to be the only comic movie not to stay true to the comic book or cartoon? Why did batman wear a mask? Why did cap America have a mask in the avengers?

          • Spider-Man wears a mask to hide his identity. Iron Man wears a helmet for the same reasen (at least he used to; these days, he wears a helmet because it´s part of the armor and it´s needed to operate it). In the X-Men movie universe, there´s no need for Wolverine´s mask.

            • Oh, and Batman wears a mask to scare his enemies. And Cap wears the mask/helmet in The Avengers, because he used to wear it in the 40s, in which he was used as a propaganda tool. Recognition.

        • Rogue in the movie was an emo. She was never an Emo in the x-men until the movie. After that she was a gothic emo in every comic book and cartoon. Remember she was the hottest x men character she was confident sexy had a southern accent that’s why gambit was so attracted to her. Why was iceman and her a couple in the movie? And where is gambit in the movies? These are questions I want answered. I want rogue to be sexy and confident and have that back and forth with gambit. I want jean and cyclops to actually look the same age unlike in the movies. I want storm to be African or at least have a African accent. I want wolverine to wear a mask and gloves and proper uniform. Just like he would if he was in the avengers movie. I want iceman to be ice in a movie. Lol.

          • Agree with most of this except maybe when it comes to wolverines outfit although the black and grey uncanny x-force costume would be the business. But yeah, rogue is supposed to be a hottie and I don’t wanna see famke janssen or Halle berry back.

          • If you want all of this so bad, then watch the cartoon. And just for your information, if you´ve read the comic books, you should know that Storm was born in New York and moved to Africa at the age of 10 or so, because her father got a job there a couple months before he and his wife were killed. Your turn.

      • Yes, because the great X-Men stories were all about their fab costumes? Not because of, I dunno, larger social issues like intolerance or otherness or discrimination? Or not because of the kickass powers and action?

        Yeah, Brian Singer really messed it up. He got the social issues in, he got the action in, he got most of the characters in…but darn it, the costumes and characters weren’t 100% the same! Dealbreaker!

        …people really need to learn what the heck an “adaptation” is.

      • Rogue was used in the Kitty Pryde/Jubilee role throughout the series which was even more awkward in the last movie when they finally made Kitty a speaking character. They made certain characters younger to draw in a teen demographic even though they didn’t want to use a similar set-up as the old comic books with a teen-age team. And again it looks funny now since they used young adult characters in First Class for some lesser known characters.

        As for Wolverine and the mask, eh. It was the look they decided to go with for the movie and in the setting they created why would Logan have a costume? He was living out in the woods and had no need for a get-up. The irony is in the original comic he was probably one of the only recruits that Xavier picked up that already had a costume.

    • Comic book movie making rule #2: Don’t sew Deadpool’s mouth shut.

  6. It may just be that I’m a huge x-men fan but I think that the x-men universe should be as big if not bigger than the avengers.

    • Yeah dude. The X-Men cinematic universe has so much potential. Its just the fact that Fox does not know how to handle their superhero properties. Pretty much all but one or two of their comic book movies are awful.

  7. Lol, is Prof. X not remembering Wolverine from their incredibly brief meeting in First Class where they probably didn’t know anything about him except the fact that he was some random mutant really a continuity error?

    I really believe that these so called ‘errors’ are nitpicky at best and basically non-existent entirely when X-Men: Origins is left out of the mix. Its a non-issue imo. Just make a good movie please!

    • That was only one of many – it just seemed the most relevant given we are talking about Wolverine in the piece.

      Here are a few major highlights from an article over at critiques4geeks – http://www.critiques4geeks.com/2011/06/05/x-men-first-class-continuity-errors/:

      “At the end of First Class, we see the incident that paralyzes Professor X from the waist down. Mind you, this movie takes place in the 60s. In the movie, The Last Stand, the opening scene shows Professor X walking, which is set to be 80s.

      In the same opening scene in The Last Stand, Xavier and Magneto are still friends. In First Class, they have already went their separate ways.

      In the first X-Men movie, Xavier states that his first meeting with Magneto was when they were teenagers. In First Class, they are grown men the first time they meet.

      In X2, we see Beast in human form. In First Class, we see him transform from human to blue mutant. Unless he was able to transform himself back to human, and decided to turn himself blue again in The Last Stand, that just wouldn’t make any sense.

      First Class establishes that Hank McCoy (Beast) was the one who built Cerebro. In the first movie, Professor X explains that he built it with the help of Magneto.

      Because it was stated that Magneto helped Professor X construct Cerebro, Magneto was able to build a helmet that was impervious to telepathy. Well in First Class, Magneto merely takes the helmet from Sebastian Shaw.”

      You can say these are nitpicks (and I wouldn’t entirely disagree) but all I was saying is if they intend to form the entire series into a shared universe – it’s likely that Singer will choose to clean-up some of these inconsistencies.

      • You Know It’s Also Possible That He Is Wearing A Fleash Mask He Wore It Before In The Comics During Cyclops Departure.

      • Perhaps now that they’re delving into the tricky notion of time travel then alternate time lines could come into play to inconsistencies.

      • “At the end of First Class, we see the incident that paralyzes Professor X from the waist down. Mind you, this movie takes place in the 60s. In the movie, The Last Stand, the opening scene shows Professor X walking, which is set to be 80s.

        In the same opening scene in The Last Stand, Xavier and Magneto are still friends. In First Class, they have already went their separate ways.”

        Xavier was able to walk in the comics and was crippled again at least 5 times. And how many times did he re-new his friendship with Magneto? I´ve lost count at 50 times. So that can easily be explained. And about the brief Hank McCoy cameo in X-Men 2, ever heard of those fancy holographic devises he used in the comics, just like Nightcrawler?

        The thing about the helmet, I´ll give you that. As well as the Cerebro issue.

  8. Wolverine never forgets a sent and Prof.X has incredible mental capacity for remembering mutants by scanning their minds slightly. One would have had remembered the other even if vaguely. Not nitpicking, it’s knowing the characters and their capabilities.

    • Wolverine was brainwashed a couple of times, wasn´t he? And who says Xavier scanned his mind (which was kinda complicated in X-Men)?

      • @scapegoat, That’s happened before in the comics but Wolverine always says the sent is familiar even though he may not remember who it is.

        • But this is not the comics.

  9. love wolverine never get tired of seeing him in x men

  10. New characters? How about Deadpool, Deadpool, Deadpool, and who am I missing… Oh, yeah, Deadpool.

  11. Forget new characters. The great weakness of Xmen is that every second person seems to have super powers.

    Just focus on a handful of established characters and follow their journey.

    If everyone is special that means no one is (paraphrase from the Incredibles).

    • Ha Ha Ha Now That’s Funny.

    • “The great weakness of Xmen is that every second person seems to have super powers.” Isn´t that the point of the whole “mutant”-concept?

  12. Maybe we’ll get a decent Storm this time. Ororo kicks some serious butt, and she is a great leader, in fact in Uncanny X-men #201 she beat cyclops in the danger room for the leadership of the x-men, WITHOUT HER POWERS! And an interesting past, formerly worshipped as a goddess, a theif on the backstreets of Cairo, Halle was out of her element on this one.

    201 is also the first appearence of cable… as a wee babe.

  13. I don’t think The Wolverine will be full of cameos…i could see the ending cut scene being Professor X showing up and saying, “Logan….something has happened, we need you to come back…” CAMEO OVER.

    I just recently re-wacthed all of the X-men movies and I do agree that there are some inconsistencies between themselves and with X-Men: First Class. Overall as a audience I think we’re going to have to look at Days of Future Past as a bridge b/w all the movies and moving forward they will diminish the continuity errors from before.

    Can’t wait for the movie and seeing sententials!!!

  14. Shared universe inconsistencies an issue? That’s easy to solve…have Deadpool break the fourth wall and joke about those inconsistent moments in the movies and how Hugh Jackman is too tall to play Wolverine. Series rebooted in a quick 2 minute scene with no messy convoluted time travel/alternate universe story lines.

    What I’m saying is….WE WANT A DEADPOOL MOVIE! And I recommend not re-casting Ryan Reynolds. How about Eric Christian Olsen? He’s got a good joking around voice. Does Mark Millar read Screen Rant? If so, someone direct him towards this comment.

    • Yes, Fox needs to drop everything and just make a Deadpool movie. The World Needs DEADPOOL!!!!

      • Don’t worry about dead pool. We want gambit in the x men movies.

      • Don’t worry about dead pool. We want gambit in the x men movies.

        • How are they going to make the next x.men movie without gambit?
          Gambit has one of the most important storylines in the comic book future past story. Bishop gambit wolverine prof x and forge are the most important characters in this storyline.
          Brian singer completely destroyed the x-men story.

          • It’s pretty much a guarantee that they’ll switch up the main characters involved

          • Dude, you´re annoying as f*ck, posting the same crap multiple times using different names! Get a hobby!

            • That comment was aimed a Nafa/Afa/Forge/whateverhisnameis.

        • How are they going to make the next x.men movie without gambit?
          Gambit has one of the most important storylines in the comic book future past story. Bishop gambit wolverine prof x and forge are the most important characters in this storyline.
          Brian singer completely destroyed the x-men story.

          • You´re such a troll…

  15. X-men #1 & #2 were decent entries into the superhero genre. X-Men #3 was not much of anything, and the negatives (among them shallow plot and the deaths of Prof. X, Jean Grey, and Cyclops) definitely out-weighed the good. Wolverine Origin was watchable but not that good. X-Men First Class was probably about the worst of the l,ot. Days of Future p\ast sounds like…well…maybe it might be decent–maybe. The Wolverine probably will be about the same as the Wolverine Origins. We have frankly seen enough of Wolverine, and he is not that good to keep doing him over and over again in perpetuality, same as Superman and Batman keep getting retreads and bad ones at that (hope this new one is better for Supes). What we need is Sentinels. We need lots of Cyclops as the major star. And we need costumes like in the 70s, say. As a sidebar but not the main course, Cable, Bishop, Polaris, and a grown-up Havok and Banshee would be tolerable. I loved the old 60s and 70s X-Men comics, but what they have been portraying in the flicks, while at times a respectable effort at a rewrite, is not what we saw in the comics. And quit messing up the timeline of who lived when and was on what team! Maybe a total reboot is needed (The Prof. X and Magneto actors in the first 3 movies were much better than the ones in First Class, incidently).

  16. First of all wolverine wore a mask to hide his identity because he worked for the government before joining x men. Remember team x with maverick silver fox and sabretooth

  17. It’s all good. One day maybe in 10 years time when they reboot x men they will finally give the real fans what they want. A proper x men movie with all the members and proper uniforms and better storylines. Wolverine will have his mask and won’t be the leader and main character. Cyclops will be the leader and have a bigger part. Gambit will be there. Storm will have a African accent. Rogue won’t be a emo. Professor x will be in his golden floating chair and if ice man is in it he will actually be iceman not bobby who can shoot ice from his fingers. He’ll maybe even jubilee might be in it. But until then we have Fake x men movies. It’s fans like you that made Brian singer have the balls to say that nobody wants to see these guys in yellow spandex and blue spandex. But I didn’t hear any complains about Spider-Man, the avengers, superman, fantastic four being in costumes.

  18. ^ It’s all good. One day maybe in 10 years time when they reboot x men they will finally give the real fans what they want. A proper x men movie with all the members and proper uniforms and better storylines. Wolverine will have his mask and won’t be the leader and main character. Cyclops will be the leader and have a bigger part. ^

    Too true… First Class might have been a good movie (sorta), but it was a terrible cbm. Couldn’t enjoy it one bit, Fox can’t even keep to their own twisted X-Fox verse let alone the proper comic one we all know and love.

    Sad Borigins was, a total insult to Wolverine fans, hell this sequel in Japan should of been Origins, I fail how they can get THE WOLVERINE wrong but its Fox, if we get too many cameoes and stuff, it’ll be another mutant turd.

    MARVEL STUDIOS is where its at… sigh.

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