Are movie studio execs really as blinkered and limited in scope as some pundits make them out to be? Or are lawyers so in control that good ideas are pooh-poohed as too difficult or risky? It varies, of course, but there’s no doubt of one thing: Fox has, for years, been sitting on a goldmine set of properties licensed from Marvel, but it took Marvel’s own success with The Avengers and films leading up to it for Fox to realize that films can act as cross-promotional efforts for one another. Maybe the studio just looked at the hit it took with Daredevil spinoff Elektra and thought “well, that’s clearly not going to work.”
But The Avengers changed everything, and now Fox realizes that, years ago, it should have done what Marvel did.
Enter Mark Millar, who has become Fox’s own version of Josh Whedon, and is overseeing the creation of new films based on properties Fox has licensed from Marvel. We know that a new Fantastic Four film is part of that package, and that Daredevil is not, with the latter having gone back to Marvel. More X-Men films are to come, and Millar will try to make Fox’s properties all feel like they take place in one interlinked “universe.” But how? Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
Matthew Vaughn‘s abrupt departure from X-Men: Days of Future Past raised some questions, namely why he decided not to move forward. One theory that’s emerged in recent days is that he’s up for the Star Wars VII directing gig, but if a recent comment from Mark Millar holds up, that may just turn out to be so much wishful thinking.
According to the famously loose-lipped writer, Vaughn dropped out because he needed to get moving immediately on The Secret Service, an adaptation of Millar and Dave Gibbons‘ comic. Read more after the jump.
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Newly anointed 20th Century Fox Marvel guru Mark Millar has had that job for less than a month and in that time he’s already proved his worth in quotes. As is usually with the boisterous comic book creator, he’s had no problem talking about the three main Marvel properties currently in different stages of development at Fox: The Wolverine directed by James Mangold, Fantastic Four directed by Josh Trank and X-Men: Days of Future Past, directed by Matthew Vaughn. And while the first film is already shooting and the second is still a ways off, the sequel to X-Men: First Class should be the next one to go into production.
Millar spoke to SFX Magazine about the film and called it “X-Men” meets “The Terminator,” confirming that it has robots in it. Can you say Sentinels? Also, another Marvel property in development at Fox, Deadpool, gets a brief update from its director, Tim Miller. Read about all of this after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
With shooting on Kick-Ass 2 well underway, Universal has released an official synopsis for the Jeff Wadlow-directed adaptation of Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.‘s comics. Those who’ve been following our updates on the project won’t be surprised to see that it seems to follow the “bigger is better” rule of sequels — not that we’re complaining when the new cast members include John Leguizamo and Jim Carrey. Hit the jump to get the details.
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Want to watch Guillermo Del Toro speak for ten minutes including tidbits on Hulk and Hellboy 3? How does the trailer for Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United look? When does Mark Millar plan on linking Fox’s Marvel heroes? What’s Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige saying these days? What does the evil car in Kick-Ass 2 look like? Have we seen all the suits from Iron Man 3? How can you take a tour of the floor at New York Comic-Con? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
Marvel Studios’ plans for a unified Marvel Cinematic Universe may have seemed wildly ambitious when they were first announced a few years ago, but after the dazzling success of this summer’s The Avengers there’s no question that all the risk and hard work has paid off. The endeavor proved such a hit, in fact, that it sent other studios scrambling to up their game as well.
A few weeks ago, 20th Century Fox (which holds rights to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four) took a first step toward improving their comic book offerings by hiring Mark Millar to serve as the “creative consultant” for all Marvel-based films. Now the famously fan-friendly comic book writer has spoken up about what exactly that’ll entail. Read his comments after the jump.
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Once Marvel Studios started their ambitious Marvel Cinematic Universe, linking all their films in one world that culminated with The Avengers, executives and fans alike expressed disappointment so many major Marvel properties weren’t being treated with the same respect. 20th Century Fox has now taken a step to fix that mistake. Much as Joss Whedon is doing at Marvel, Fox has hired Mark Millar – the popular Marvel writer of stories like The Ultimates, Civil War, Old Man Logan and creator of Kick-Ass, Wanted and Nemesis – as the “creative consultant” on their upcoming films such as The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Fantastic Four. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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