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– by David Kozlowski

Mark Millar is a storytelling force in both Hollywood and comics, and he’s speaking-out about the massive Disney-Fox deal. Millar is a wildly successful creator who has written screenplays for for films like Wanted, Kingsman, and Kick-Ass; as a comic writer he’s authored major mini-series and franchises like The Authority, Marvel’s The Ultimates, Civil War, and Old-Man Logan (among many, many other storylines). More recently, Millar sold his Millarworld venture to Netflix, which might ultimately provide an alternative to the streaming service’s existing Marvel shows (I’m speculating here).

Interestingly, Millar was also once pegged to be Fox’s quasi-equivalent to Marvel’s Kevin Feige, overseeing the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises as a creative consultant. Millar is also no stranger to controversy, with his sometimes negative positions regarding costumed superheroes. So, it’s no surprise that he has some concerns with the Disney-Fox deal.

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According to Deadline, Millar took to Twitter to vent his thoughts, which you can see below. He makes some solid points regarding Disney’s willingness to tackle risky concepts like Deadpool or Logan — R-rated content hasn’t exactly been a historical focus for the media giant. However, Feige’s MCU was in its very early stages when Disney acquired Marvel, and they stuck with his vision, so let’s not get too carried away with our fears and worries, yet.

The larger issue, if you read between the lines, is the sudden embarassment of riches for Disney. Consider that Disney already owns December 2017 (CoCo and The Last Jedi), and given the addition of Avatar, X-Men, and the Fantastic 4 franchises to Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Incredibles, The Avengers, etc.

It’s conceivable that a new Disney film could be hitting theaters every other week of the year in the near future — we’re not far from that now! The consequence is either too much Disney product in the pipeline, which creates audience fatigue, or fewer fringe projects, which creates new audiences. (Guardians of the Galaxy was once considered a huge risk for Marvel — would such a minor property even be developed under this new paradigm?)

Millar has seen and done it all within the superhero and action-adventure genres. His connection to this subject-matter and his overall genre expertise are significant, he’s definitely someone that we should be paying more attention to in the future. Whether or not Millar is correct will be revealed over time, but it’s good to raise these concerns with fans now, who collectively have proven to hold sway over (some aspects of) decision-making at studios like Fox, Marvel, and Sony when it comes to these cherished franchises.

Do you agree with Millar’s stance regarding the Disney-Fox deal? Let us know in the comments down below!

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SOURCE: Deadline , Wikipedia , Millarworld

  • Victor Roa

    ugh, the fun thing about twitter is you can say shit and people retweet it.
    Look it’s not the studio that makes the films. if that’s the case then why does fox keep fucking up the Xmen franchise but still makes Gone Girl and Hidden figures? It’s the producers who run interference on the studios meddling. We are talking about a studio that fucked up Aliens series since 1992, they never green lighted Independence Day 2 which lead Emmerich and Devlin to make 1998 Godzilla for Sony.
    I get more irritated about this, because X-Men is going to be fine, but what about Blue Sky? Is simpsons and family guy going try to get out of the deal? It still has to pass through the US regulatory committee? Is Die Hard going to get rebooted? What other studios are going to pick at this corpse?

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Jeezus someone is super jelly. Marvels simplicity? Marvel is the one who started crossing characters and universes. They have a movie coming out next year with the largest roster ever. I think this guy doesn’t know what he’s tweeting about.

    • Victor Roa

      he really doesn’t, Kick Ass is published through a Marvel comics imprint. he probably got a nice cut off of Civil War, and he’s talking about how Logan is his master piece, I sure loved Blind Hawkeye. What you’re seeing now is him turning into David Groyer before he hires the body guards on blade 3

  • Dakkar

    Let us not forget that Fox did not want to gamble on Deadlpool until somebody leaked test footage on-line.

    • M@rvel

      That is an excellent point.

  • FeixPunk

    A good point on the last tweet. It is hard to see Disney bringing new characters to the screen now that they have X-Men and I’m sure they’ll get a deal with Constantin films for FF. I hope they wait longer for X-men and being the first family on in another movie. Too hard to explain why no mutants before our why reed ignored everything for so long. Need a uniqueway to do this, our say screw it and use the reality and time stones to do it.

  • Nay sayer!

    I love Mark Millar and he does have a point but Disney are bigger risk takers than fox. Fox has so many franchises that they throw away with “safe” remakes that turn out to be shit or just make bad films. I don’t like monopolies and I’m more bummed losing Fox Searchlight which had good Indie titles. Only after Deadpool (and Fox don’t deserve credit for that, Reynolds and the leaked footage deserve all the credit) did we see things starting to change. X-men let’s be honest the only good ones prior to DP were X2 and First class and whilst i didn’t like DOFP, a lot of people did. After that we got the phenomenal Logan which is the best of the lot. And whilst Disney probably wouldn’t have green lit a DP film, they have green lit the Netflix stuff. Now if DP 2 and New Mutants makes bank, then guarantee Disney will not hold back on making more. Remember these guys own Miramax.

    The streaming service stuff will be interesting as Disney owns 30% of Hulu and with them launching their own service time will tell. I wouldn’t worry about Netflix as I personally only watch the stuff they make as it’s pretty much better than anything else out there (apart from some HBO stuff)

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.