Yesterday’s big comic movie news (besides the news of Patrick Stewart hinting at a return to The X-Men) was that writer Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) has been hired to serve as a creative consultant on all of Fox’s Marvel properties. If you don’t follow comics very closely, this might not mean much to you, but for fans it’s a pretty exciting proposition. Millar is the man behind some of the biggest stories and series in the medium. He wrote the Marvel series Civil War, worked on The Ultimates and Spider-Man, and was responsible for indie books Wanted and Kick-Ass (both of those, as you’ll probably realize, went on to become films). So, Millar is clearly a comic vet with a solid track record – and having him head up your comic movie division is definitely a big deal.
The scribe realizes the scope of the job he’s taken on and has posted a letter to fans on Twitter and his website. In it, Millar thanks everyone for their support (particularly Joe Carnahan and Matthew Vaughn) and talks a bit about what this all means. The short version? Potentially good things for fans of X-Men and Fantastic Four and the other Marvel properties at Fox.
Millar tweeted “In all seriousness, this is the biggest thing that's ever happened to me and I really want these movies to be as phenomenal as possible."
He then posted the following excerpts as part of a larger letter on his site’s message board:
“It's way too early to talk about plans just yet, but as you can imagine the idea here is to make exactly the kind of superhero movies you and I want to see most. There literally isn't a more talented bunch of filmmakers to be working with and the team at Fox are incredibly excited about this bold new direction too.”
Apparently, even Stan Lee stopped by long enough to offer his congrats, which is certainly a sign of blessing when you’re handling Marvel properties.
Millar will have his work cut out for him, though. It’s too late for him to have much input into The Wolverine, but he’s certainly got plenty of time to get his hands dirty tuning up the X-Men: First Class sequel Days of Future Past and trying to reboot The Fantastic Four. If that’s not enough, there’s always the main X-Men franchise to consider, which has been dormant since the third film disappointed in 2006. One thing he apparently won’t have to worry about is Daredevil, which appears poised to head back to Marvel after Fox couldn’t get Joe Carnahan’s version up and running back in August.
[via Coming Soon]