Are Fox planning to mix up their Marvel movies into a bigger universe, in the same way Marvel itself has? The company itself hasn’t said anything about this, but it appears they’re at least looking to have a unified vision across their superhero movies, as Deadline reports that 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 of which is also in development at Fox. Millar will work with Fox on developing new avenues for its X-Men and Fantastic Four tentpoles.
Already incoming for the studio is The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman and directed by James Mangold, X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will be helmed by Matthew Vaughn, and a reboot of Fantastic Four, to be directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle). However with Millar onbaord, it looks like for the future they’re hoping to create something more unified, and possibly interlinked.
“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 [Vaughn of vource directed Kick-Ass, based on Millar’s comic] 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.”