It was revealed back in 2012 that comic writer Mark Millar had signed on as a creative consultant for 20th Century Fox and would help oversee their comic properties and adaptations. Millar has had a number of films influenced by his work as well as a couple of hit films based on his original properties under his belt. So, what does Mark Millar think about the disappointing performance of Fantastic Four? Speaking with IGN, Mark Millar had the following to say:
“It’s a shame because I think element of it were good. Some bits were good. I remember the first half in particular works well. [Director Josh Trank] is brilliant. Chronicle was my favorite superhero movie in 2012 — and be reminded Avengers was out that year. I really love Chronicle. It’s just a shame sometimes things don’t work out as planned. Nobody goes in hoping it’s not going to work out. Everybody is trying their best and those guys worked their asses off. It just didn’t quite come together as well as they hoped, which is a shame.”
There’s been plenty of talk recently about Fox still moving forward with a planned sequel. When asked if he believes that there is a future for the Fantastic Four film franchise, Mark Millar commented:
“I think everything’s open to discussion. No decision I think has been made on anything yet like that. There’s chats everyone’s going to have on the phone at some point, but the Marvel brand is such a powerful brand. Marvel doesn’t always work out great — Thor 2 didn’t work out especially well, Iron Man 2 didn’t work. But then Iron Man 3 comes along and it’s great. These things can be uneven sometimes. Avengers 2 is nowhere near as good as Avengers 1.”
So, what does Mark Millar think about Steven Spielberg’s comments about superhero films going “the way of the western”?
“The human race will go the way of the Western. Everything has to end at some point. [Laughs] We’re just going to be atoms. It’s inevitable. I think [the superhero movie genre has] got at least another good five years. The stuff that’s coming up is so strong.
There’s no way Avengers 3 and Avengers 4 isn’t going to make a ton of money. These are billion dollar grossers, multi-billion dollar grossers. Batman and Superman, just the fact those two icons are coming together, that’s a billion dollar movies. So all this stuff that’s coming up, there’ll be flops but there’ll be super strong ones. Guardians [of the Galaxy, Vol. 2] is going to be amazing, I can’t wait for it.
I think a lot of filmmakers are waiting for this to end, too, because they hate it. I love superhero movies, but I know loads of people who hate them. There’s an actress back in the UK who said last week that if she has to watch another Spider-Man movie, she’s going to hang herself. [Laughs] They are aimed at a specific audience. I’m just glad that audience is me because I love it. It’s brilliant. It’s amazing.”
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