Yesterday it was announced that comic book writer Mark Millar would be working with 20th Century Fox as a creative consultant on all of their Marvel comic book properties. Millar took to his message board and Twitter to discuss the announcement. He said on Twitter, “In all seriousness, this is the biggest thing that’s ever happened to me & I really want these movies to be as phenomenal as possible.”
On his site, he added: “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 film-makers to be working with and the team at Fox are incredibly excited about this bold new direction too. I also want to post this here to say thanks for the hundreds of emails I woke up to this morning and the thousand-plus tweets I got overnight from well-wishers. I wish I had time to reply to them all today – I usually reply to most of my tweets @mrmarkmillar – but this morning was an AVALANCHE and so I just wanted to so a big thanks, that I’ve read every one and that they’re hugely appreciated. A highlight, I think, was well-wishes from Stan The Man himself. That’s like the Pope sending a message. Couldn’t have been more exciting.
“But my biggest thanks has to go to director Joe Carnahan, I think. It was Joe who suggested me to the bigwigs at Fox for this role as he’s always been a supporter of what I did in comics like The Ultimates and so on. He and Matthew Vaughn – both of whom have a very strong relationship with Fox – really pushed for me to get this gig and I just want to publicly thank them both for their support.”
Millar is well known for writing the Marvel event Civil War, Ultimate X-Men, Wolverine: Old Man Logan, Spider-Man, Ultimate Fantastic Four, The Ultimates and the creater-owned series Wanted and Kick-Ass.
Currently, Fox has The Wolverine in production with the sequel to X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, in development with Matthew Vaughn alongside the Fantastic Four reboot with Chronicle director Josh Trank.