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After months of hints, it’s finally official: X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn has acquired the film rights to Superior, the superhero comic by Mark Millar and Leinil Francis Yu.
The confirmation came today in a press release announcing a deal that will allow the National MS Society to use the character to help raise awareness of multiple sclerosis.
Debuting in October 2010 from Marvel’s Icon imprint, Superior follows a young boy with MS who’s transformed by a magic wish into his favorite big-screen hero, and uses his superpowers to end wars, fight famine and save people from natural disasters.
“I wanted to write about a superhero with a disability and I chose MS because it’s something that touched one of my school-friends growing up,” Millar said in a statement. “I’m acutely aware of the unexpected way the disease can strike anyone and the enormous difficulties it can cause. Superhero stories are essentially wish-fulfillment fantasies and nothing seemed more powerful to me than a little boy with a magic wish not only wanting to WALK again, but to FLY.”
Vaughn of course also directed Kick-Ass, the 2010 superhero comedy based on the comic series by Millar and John Romita Jr.