Mark Millar to Oversee Fox’s Marvel Cinematic Universe

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20th Century Fox Marvel Movie Universe Mark Millar to Oversee Foxs Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Avengers are back in the spotlight this week with its home video release on Tuesday, aiming to break records just as it did in theaters worldwide. Proving that comic book movies are not only still the golden ticket in Hollywood, Marvel Studios demonstrated that just like in the comics, separate stories and characters can be brought together in a shared, interconnected cinematic universe.

The Avengers was both risky and ambitious, but it paid off and now Joss Whedon is overseeing the entire Phase Two of the Marvel cinematic universe to keep the growing universe organized and within the same continuity. Twentieth Century Fox plans to do the same with the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises and they’ve hired Mark Millar to be their very own Joss Whedon-esque mastermind.

When doing the press rounds for his YouTube series H+, Bryan Singer couldn’t avoid questions about his next X-Men project, a followup to last year’s X-Men: First Class directed by Matthew Vaughn. He wasn’t shy about confirming that the film will be based on X-Men: Days of Future Past, a time travel story from Marvel Comics, and he explained that it will attempt to bridge together all of the films so far, to make sense of the continuity and do something larger and grander with the universe just like Marvel Studios has done with the characters they own film licenses to.

“I think there’s a strong desire to broaden out the universe. I mean, the X-Men universe is every bit on its own as big as the Marvel universe and I think it’s time to reach out and explore it and perhaps even bring some connectivity between the films,as Marvel’s done so well. You may see some of that, I don’t know (laughs).”

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We absolutely will see some of this and the man behind The Ultimates and Marvel’s successful Civil War crossover event will help guide the future X-Men movies along with Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot. As the official press release reads, Mark Millar has been hired as “creative consultant on the studio’s upcoming projects based on Marvel Comics properties.” The Marvel Comics properties of course, do not include Daredevil which the studio is dropping after passing on Joe Carnahan’s reboot pitch due to time restrictions.

Millar’s official statement on the new gig (full press release here on page 2):

“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.”

Millar not only has experience crafting major story arcs and superhero team-ups in the books but it was his Kick-Ass books that brought him close to Matthew Vaughn, who of course, is now intimately involved with the X-Men franchise. With Singer, Vaughn, Millar, Mangold and Trank all potentially working together, Fox has assembled a creative team with strong potential.

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Coincidentally, Joe Carnahan is working on adapting Mark Millar’s Nemesis (also a Fox movie) and it all comes full circle. What’s really odd about this, is that writer Zak Penn (who wrote the first draft of The Avengers) also wanted to include cameos from the Fantastic Four back when he was writing the X-Men films but Fox wouldn’t let that happen at the time. Now, that’s exactly what they’re doing. Poor guy had his entire script rewritten by Joss Whedon too. Give this guy some credit!

There’s no release date set for Fantastic Four but it’s safe to assume there will now be some crossover between those characters and the X-Men, at least in reference. There are now officially two Marvel cinematic universes. Your move, Warner Bros./DC Entertainment.

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

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X-Men/Fantastic Four cover art by Pat Lee.

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Marking an expanded commitment to some of its most important franchises, Twentieth Century Fox has brought on comics superstar Mark Millar to serve as a creative consultant on the studio’s upcoming projects based on Marvel Comics properties.

Millar wrote several celebrated Marvel books such as The Ultimates, Civil War and Wolverine: Old Man Logan, before moving on to found Millarworld (millarworld.tv), where he continues to develop existing film franchise titles Wanted and Kick-Ass, as well as newer comic properties The Secret Service, Superior, and Nemesis — the latter also in development at Fox. Millar will work with Fox on developing new avenues for its “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” tentpoles.

Commented TCF production president Emma Watts: “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.”

Upcoming for the studio is THE WOLVERINE, starring Hugh Jackman, directed by James Mangold; X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, helmed by Matthew Vaughn; and a reboot of “FANTASTIC FOUR, to be directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle).

“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,” stated Millar. “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.”

About Mark Millar
Mark Millar is the writer of Civil War, Marvel’s biggest-selling series of the fifteen years, Ultimate X-Men, Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Spider-Man, Ultimate Fantastic Four and The Ultimates (described by Time magazine in 2010 as the best comic series of the decade). His Millarworld line of comics boasts a roster of creator-owned books such as Wanted, turned into a blockbuster movie starring Angelina Jolie; Kick-Ass, which starred Nicolas Cage; and Nemesis, which Fox is presently developing as a theatrical feature. Kick-Ass 2 is currently filming in London and Toronto, starring Jim Carrey and Chris Mintz-Plasse and Universal is also developing his War Heroes series with Mike DeLuca producing. The Secret Service, co-created with Watchmen legend Dave Gibbons and X-Men First Class director Matthew Vaughn, is also currently indevelopment. In his native UK, he’s the editor of CLiNT magazine, an advisor on film to the Scottish government and managing director of his film and television company Millarworld Productions.”

About 20th Century Fox Film
One of the world’s largest producers and distributors of motion pictures, 20th Century Fox Film produces, acquires and distributes motion pictures throughout the world. These motion pictures are produced or acquired by the following units: Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox International Productions and Twentieth Century Fox Animation.

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  1. This seems a good fit for the Days of future past storyline, in the annual crossover story, “days of future present” Franklin richards, reed’s and sue’s son, came from the future as a grown mutant and changed reality. That spanned the Fantastic 4 and x-teams annuals. Art Adams art… exceptional. They also had to face Ahab and the hounds. It ran through Fantastic 4, uncanny x-men, new mutants and x-factor.

    If they somehow combined that with the future past story, with the sentinel-filled future and half the x-men dead, then Reed and team could easily be connected.

    But still… it seems like a lot of work just to get the continuity back on track.

    • Wow! Franklin Richards’ mutant ability shall solve the problem toward X-Men’s continuity errors. He can alter reality. Great tie-in/band-aid, Fox.

      • Hehe, that is actually pretty funny to think about.

  2. Whedon/Freige for Marvel, Millar for Fox, Bruce Timm for DC?

    Nah.., WB still did not get their heads out of their a$$es.

    • I keep hearing that DC is gonna try doing something stupid and go ahead and jump strait into a justice league movie. They need to atlease start fixing things by maybe making a really good movie for the flash to redeam themselves, then fix the numerous problems with that crappy green lantern movie. Then they can assess how their gonna re-boot or add in the established continuities with batman and superman. After that they should have their junk strait enough to atleast attempt a decent justic league movie, i mean, unless they actually want some more practice with something like a wonder woman movie.

      • I don’t think DC has to follow what Marvel did step for step to set up a decent “Justice League”, but they do have to get their house in order. For one WB needs to step back and let DC take control of their movies. Marvel has their property set up perfectly, Disney distrubes and promotes but Marvel makes all the movie decisions on their characters which they should. WB has their hands too much in the cookie jar, DC knows far more about their own characters than WB ever will, they need to take control. Pick good directors and let them do their thing, WB had this oppertunity with ‘Joss Whedon’ working on ‘Wonder Woman’, they gave him the keys to a car that was running on empty, haha. I think ‘Whedon’ would have done a great job on ‘WW’, but he was never truly allowed the opertunity, that’s too bad. I do want to see ‘JL’ on the big screen, here’s to hoping WB can make smarter decisions in the future.

  3. Sad how Fox is now seeing how great shared continuity is. They have their work cut out for them. They’ll have to retool the entire universe and act like the prior X-men and FF crap fests were a cinematic version of a “What If” comic.

  4. I think the best story in the X-men comics is where the sentinels try to capture mutants for the humans. I also think The best villains are Apocalypse,John Sublime, and Sinister. I just read Grant morrisons run on the new x-men and really only like a few new characters and found the stories all over the place.

  5. that said i would like to see Beak and wolverine do the Fastball special.

  6. Thought Id throw in my 2 cents….for me the X-men movies would have been great had I never faithfully followed the comics for 15 years prior. X-men 1 & 2 are good as stand alone movies….but the X-men never really progressed to bigger & better things if you will. As great a Villain as Magneto is, Its been tough to see him as the villain for 4 frig-gin’ movies.

    One of the biggest problems with Fox’es X-men is they’ve been stunted for 4 movies. Therefore they’ve never had a chance to grow…let alone become a fully fledged team.

    One thing the X-men franchise has never dissapointed me on as a movie franchise is casting great actors to play the roles whether it be Alan Cummings(as Nightcrawler) or Kelsey Grammer (as Beast) thats the only bright spot in my eyes.

    I truly understand that my viewpoint is infact tainted being a superfan (but lets face it) Without the superfans there would be no X-men movies…someone had to buy the comics, merchandise, video games & cartoons. Hence the reason I hate Bryan Singer….its almost like the slave master saying he picked the plantation fields himself and the slaves dont matter. Sorry for such a bad analogy lol. I just dont trust the series in Bryans hands at all.

    • Yeah i do get what you’re saying about ‘Bryan Singer’, when he said he was really only familiar with ‘Superman’ through the ‘Richard Donner’ films as opposed to ‘Supes’ comic book history, i kinda knew ‘Superman Returns’ was in trouble. A director does’nt neccessarly have to know the characters comic history inside and out to make a great film in my opinion, but he does have to have at least an understanding and knowledge of the characters source material and history from the comics.

      • In addition to that, and I can’t recall the man’s name, but one of the producers was interviewed after the first X movie and made it sound like the main plot was HIS idea. I also remember reading somewhere that the producers didn’t have a lot of faith in letting Singer handle a multi-million dollar project without a lot of input and outside (producer) control over the film, so I don’t wholly blame Singer for everything anyway.

        When I see a suit talking comic oriented things, I can only truly believe the closest thing to a comic they ever read was Archie :P

    • I never saw it myself, but someone I know who is still heavy into comic books said that Singer once called comic books low-brow literature. I don’t know how true that is, but looking at the comic book adaptions he has been involved in there seems to be a disconnect between him and the material.

      His approach seems to be to plug existing characters and ideas into generic stories. What I don’t understand is that for someone who directed the Usual Suspects, he can’t seem to give more then two or three characters a personality in these big budget comic book movies. The lack of time given to various X-Men characters may be explained away due to the amount of characters he had to deal with, but Superman Returns was flat and boring with only a handful of characters to juggle.

  7. I’d like to see an overall Marvel cinematic universe. Unfortunely FOX, Sony Pictures, Lionsgate and son on are all assholes. I hope The Amazing Spider-Man bombs along with the rest of them. Marvel is just stupid for selling them off in the first place.

  8. In hindsight I would just love to get a director who is passionate about the X-Men Franchise…I really believe that would make all the difference.

    • @Iceman20 & Slayer – You guys make some very valid points which i definantly agree with. I myself like when diretors have a good understanding of the characters source material, like you said that director will be passionate about this film and not half assed about it. We don’t need no directors stepping into this comic book film game looking down on the material and treating as such. You might have been able to get away with that 15-20 years ago but today that’s not going to fly, the culture has advanced and grown much more sofisticated and we demand too much for that. That’s why people killed ‘GL’ last year because we knew is was a far cry from the quality we’ve gotten form the Marvel films and ‘Bat’ flicks over the last several years, we demand so much more quality now as we should. Had a film like ‘GL’ came out 10-15 years ago i believe it would have been much more liked, but not in this day and age.

  9. Go ahead Fox… Keep ruining Fantastic Four and X-Men… It’s ok… Keep going. Just ruin them some more :’(

    Honestly, I just want Spidey in The Avengers. He’s my favorite superhero ever, and The Avengers is my favorite superhero film ever… If they united the two, I think it’d be the greatest moment of my life :(

  10. Does anyone know when Fox will be done trashing these movies and Marvel can start making the movies we all want to see like Wolverine and Iron Man’s take european adventure

    • Timtop,

      They’ll keep them for as long as they can do a movie. I think that horrible X1C was a stop gap measure to keep the rights until something else came up.
      I’ll have to say that In my opinion, Blade 1 was better than all the X flicks combined.

  11. Honestly, until we’re talking about the Fantastic Four and X-Men (and Spidey) joining the established Marvel Cinematic Universe, it doesn’t make a bit of difference to me. Someone referring to the “X-men universe” while ignoring the fact that it’s part of the larger Marvel universe kind of spotlights the problem.

    Oh, and I’m sure the suits will totally follow Millar’s lead… (Sarcasm)

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  14. Honestly this seems like such a corney ploy to jump on a band wagon started with Avengers. Not to say im not stoked about Marvel teams being connected. Ive always hoped for this back in the early 00′s when these movies came out, before i knew about the rights. But the way theyre going about it is all wrong, its our Marvel universe(fox) vs your Marvel Universe(marvel). It should all be shared all be one because thats what it is. Besides the FF are way more connected with the avengers then they are with the Xmen. As if these two companies cant just let things be and give it to the fans. Selfish. X men are outsiders and looked at as so by the “Powers”. Now theyre gonna team up like everything is so great and happy save the day cause hey it worked for the Avengers so lets just throw smart Drama and Rad attitude out the window. Cinimatic Wolverine is a P*ssy.

  15. is Millar going to tie these in with the X-Men movies? I’m guessing no, since there’s probably going to be a ton of confusion but it doesn’t sound impossible if the retcons (in Days of Future Past) are manuvered in such a way to accomodate them.

  16. Get X-Men and fantastic four back to marvel for a reboot. Marvel needs to find a way go get them back so they can complete the MCU. Its already speculated that they in fact have gotten spider-man to tie in with the MCU, now you just have to get the second largest part of the MCU which is the X-men. Imagine a universe where the X-men fight magneto, Logan can help the avengers and X-Men, and then there is the fantastic four killing Dr. Doom. Fox has destroyed these characters its time for marvel to own them so they can have justice.