Mark Millar and a shared Fox/Marvel Universe

Mark Millar is currently enjoying his new position as Creative Consultant for Fox and their Marvel movies. They currently hold the rights to Fantastic Four, X-Men, Wolverine and Deadpool.

According to Millar, “Fox have said that they want to build a cohesive universe and I’d personally like this to work in complement to the Marvel one. It would be cool if these universes didn’t contradict each other so if you went to see Spidey, The Avengers, the X-Men, etc, as a viewer you would have no idea that all three are coming from different studios. I’d love to make it look like they’re all just happening in one place.”

Thankfully Millar isn’t risking anything by ploughing on as fast as possible. He’s going to make sure the franchises get the time they need.

“I don’t think it’s something anyone would want to rush into. Following that Marvel model, we want to establish things first. If you had a Fantastic Four relaunch, and Wolverine and the X-Men were in it, I think it would distract you from the Fantastic Four. You can make people aware that they’re existing in the same universe without making it a big crossover movie but it would be an injustice to the Fantastic Four not to make their first movie all about them.”

So it seems that the next few years are going to be a whole lot of fun for fans of Marvel superhero movies. By the time Avengers 2 comes along there will have been seven superhero movies, and that’s not even counting the DC hero in Man of Steel.

Just in case your memory is failing let’s count them shall we? Iron Man 3, The Wolverine, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers 2 in 2015. That’s a lot of Stan Lee cameos!

The re-booted Fantastic Four movie is set to be directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) but is yet to be given a release date. A Deadpool movie is still being pushed for by its creator Robert Liefeld along with Tim Miller and Mark Millar. But Liefeld in particular is being very vocal about it on Twitter at the moment:

“I think the success of the Deadpool game will help immensely and get the Deadpool film a green light. It’s going to be HUGE”

“The single biggest blockade (blockhead?) is gone. Mr. Tom Rothman has been removed from Fox. Not a friend of Deadpool’s.”

So cross those fingers Deadpool fans.

Source: SFX

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