Mark Millar is one of the most well-recognized creative forces in the comic book industry, having his name attached to many graphic novels that have either been adapted for the big screen, or are in development. But interestingly enough, he’s not a big fan of the film adaptation of one of his most popular titles, Civil War.
Captain America: Civil War has been universally praised by both critics and audiences alike. Fans loved the conflict between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, and especially loved the film’s airport sequence and the introductions of Black Panther and Spider-Man. Although it has been commonly hailed as one of the best superhero films of all-time since its release back in May, Millar was underwhelmed by the film. In a 2016 year-in-review blog post on this year’s films, Millar expressed his disappointment in the film inspired by the famous comic story line he created:
“Civil War had a good opening twenty mins, but then I honestly can’t remember what the movie was about. It’s interesting the Russos have a background in comedy because it’s really missing in these otherwise well-made pictures and very, very missed. I really hope this bleakness doesn’t extend into their two Avengers pictures because what made that first Avengers work was the light as well as shade and I’ll be sad if that’s all lost like it was in this picture.”
When it comes to the other five comic book films that were released this year, Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange was definitely his favorite – ranking it in his top 10 favorite films of the year. Millar was also a fan of both Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse, expressing his excitement for where the mutant saga is headed in the near future.
“I liked Deadpool and it had some really nice action sequences, the third act especially impressive give they had about 10p to make this movie. X-Men: Apocalypse was also good. After 16 years and 8 pictures, we’ve seen a lot of these characters, but I’m still invested and after a lot of comic-book flicks that just feel part of a wider, not that interesting story that never ends I kind of liked the sense of completeness this movie had. The Prof X turning on Apocalypse stuff at the end was pretty good and overall it had some good moments. Not up there with DOFP, but still enjoyable.”
As for DC’s newest entries, Millar wasn’t so warm on them. He expressed dismay that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad felt too bleak for him to take his kids to – even though he considers himself more of a DC fan compared to Marvel. How would you guys rank this year’s roster of superhero films? Also, what are your most anticipated films of 2017? Sound off in the comments below.