We May Have to Actually Start Taking Mark Millar’s Marvel Plans Seriously

By  · Published on November 13th, 2012

It’s amazing Mark Millar has been appointed the coveted position of handling Fox’s Marvel adaptations and has yet brag about it or give us exaggerated news stories to scoff at. Millar actually seems to be taking this gig rather seriously. Based on his still slightly cryptic plans, we can see why.

Considering Millar just signed on for the job, there isn’t a whole lot of news in what he had to say about the future for Fox’s Marvel properties. If there’s anything newsworthy in what Millar had to say about the future it’s regarding the obvious spinoffs from the X-Men franchise, “Fox are thinking, ‘We’re sitting on some really awesome things here. There is another side of the Marvel Universe. Let’s try and get some cohesiveness going.’ So they brought me in to oversee that really, so to meet with the writers and directors to suggest new ways we could take this stuff and maybe new properties that could spin out of it, because the X-Men alone feels like a universe of itself; there’re so many characters, there’re so many great potential spin-off characters.”

The X-Men world is currently the only universe Fox has set up, but could Daredevil work in an X-Men world? The rumor was Fox wanted an unsurprisingly “gritty” take on the man without fear, and after the tone Matthew Vaughn established with X-Men: First Class, would the two styles mesh together well?

When it comes to how the films would actually tie together, if Millar has it his way ‐ and, really, who knows how much power he’ll have in the actual making-of the movies ‐ we shouldn’t expect in clunky crossover appearances, a la Hawkeye in Thor. I can’t help but to feel Millar is referring to that Marvel moment and others in this particular statement,“But I also at the same time don’t want to make it too much of a mess either, you know, I don’t want everyone showing up in everybody’s films. What my dream is right, as a fan, my dream is that when you go and see any Marvel movie that it all feels as if they’re all taking place in the one universe like when you pick up a Marvel comic.” Millar’s dream has already been done by Marvel studios, so maybe no one has told Millar that yet. Then again, why fix a plan, even if it isn’t yours, that isn’t broken? [Empire]

Longtime FSR contributor Jack Giroux likes movies. He thinks they're swell.