The Ultimates, written by Mark Millar with art by Bryan Hitch, was a sort of blue-print for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, and the look of the Marvel Cinematic Universe overall.
Millar may be known for plenty of comics adapted into films, including Civil War, Old Man Logan (sort of…), The Secret Service (becoming the film Kingsman: The Secret Service), and Kick-Ass, but perhaps his biggest influence on superhero cinema was The Ultimates.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Millar expressed how it feels to see his work helped influence The Avengers and the MCU:
“Zak Penn said to me years back when he was writing The Avengers script, ‘We’re translating The Ultimates.’ I was like, ‘Really? Why that?’ He made a very good point; he said it’s a very simple instruction for why you have an Asgardian god like Thor and a billionaire like Tony Stark and a World War II veteran like Captain America all in one room together. It’s a very clear, simple storyline that’s good for new readers, and it worked in cinemas as well. Kevin Feige has been very generous drawing on our stories for other Captain America movies, especially Civil War and all that stuff. When I was writing Old Man Logan and all these things, these were just stories I wanted to write. As a fan it was like, ‘Okay I’m getting to write the Avengers, this is awesome!’ The goal of the Ultimate line was to make these characters accessible to people who’d never read a comic before. I never thought it’d end up as movies and never even considered I’d have a career in Hollywood as well. Then, weirdly, I started getting invited to meetings and seeing this stuff up walls in the studio itself, and you’re just like, hang on, this is quite cool. [The Ultimates artist] Bryan Hitch had brilliant designs. It was unexpected, but I loved it. As a fan, there’s nothing cooler than seeing your work in print… except seeing it become a movie.”
To be fair, The Ultimates is quite a bit darker than The Avengers, but turning to its pages you will see scenes that have straight-up been adapted into The Avengers and other MCU films. It’s fairly impressive.
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SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly