Comics guru will serve as creative consultant

Twentieth Century Fox has tapped comics guru Mark Millar as the studo’s creative consultant on upcoming Marvel Comics projects.

Millar wrote a number of Marvel books including “The Ultimates,” “Civil War” and “Wolverine: Old Man Logan.” He later founded imprint Millarworld, which is currently developing existing film franchises “Wanted” and “Kick-Ass,” as well as new comic properties “The Secret Service,” “Superior” and “Nemesis” (the latter of which Fox is developing).

Millar will work with Fox to develop its “X-Men” and “Fantastic Four” tentpoles, according to a release.

Notably absent from that list is “Daredevil,” which Fox officially has until next month to put into production before rights to the comic book hero revert back to Marvel. The studio had at one point explored ways to hang onto the property, but most observers expected Fox to let it go when it hadn’t attached a director as of August.

Millar is a well-known commodity in the comic book world himself. “Civil War” is Marvel’s biggest-selling series of the last 15 years; and “The Utimates” received widespread critical acclaim. Millarworld also launched a number of creator-owned books including “Wanted,” later turned into U’s 2008 drama starring Angelina Jolie.

“As someone who has spent his entire life obsessed with both comic-books and movies, this is essentially my dream gig as it’s a unique combination of both,” stated Millar in the release. “James Mangold (‘The Wolverine’) is incredible, Matthew Vaughn’s (‘X-Men: First Class’) one of my closest pals and Josh Trank (‘Fantastic Four’) gave us, in my opinion, one of the greatest superhero movies of the last decade with ‘Chronicle.’ The invitation to join this crew was maybe the coolest phone call I’ve ever had.”

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