Mark Millar, the Joss Whedon of Fox’s Marvel Properties?
Mark Millar has taken on a pretty big role as Fox’s Marvel creative consultant, and it’s not something he’s taking lightly. Although it’s something of an unprecedented position, Millar told Word Balloon (via ComicBookMovie.com) he finds his role parallels that of another big name at Marvel Studios.
“If there’s a comparable job, I guess it’s probably what Joss [Whedon] is doing over with Marvel Studios,” Millar said. “It’s very, very exciting. Just as a fan, to be at the heart of something like this is wonderful.”
Millar also offered updates on Fox’s current slate of Marvel movies, saying director Josh Trank’s take on Fantastic Four “could not be more different” than Fox’s previous two franchise installments. And The Wolverine and X-Men: Days of Future Past will be awesome.
“I can’t say too much about it right now, but The Wolverine has only just started shooting really, I mean it’s been shooting for a few weeks now. I really do like it and I’m really impressed by it,” Millar said. “Days of Future Past, which is being written at the moment, is the next one up and at the same time, Fantastic Four is being written right now. In a weird way, it’s just the easiest job in the world as I’m surrounded by people who are so good!”
Fans were excited to learn Millar would be brought on to consult with Fox because that would likely mean he would raise the quality of the superhero films the studio is putting out. But Millar pointed out that not every Marvel movie Fox has adapted has been as bad as, say, X-Men: The Last Stand, and that he thinks some of their projects deserve more credit.
“There have been some poor decisions in the past, but you also have to remember that there have been some excellent ones too. Bryan Singer’s X-Men for example, I think revolutionized superhero movies. It pre-dated Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, and I think you forget how close that was chronologically to Batman and Robin!” he said. “To open with a Holocaust scene in a superhero movie was just unheard of. Fox get a lot of flak for the films which didn’t work out, and quite rightly, but you forget that they’ve done some really great stuff too. I’m thinking specifically of X-Men, X-Men 2 and X-Men: First Class.”