Mark Millar talks The Wolverine

News Glen Chapman 16 Jan 2013 - 06:51

Millar praises the upcoming films but warns of the overuse of the character

Mark Millar has been chatting about The Fantastic Four reboot recently, as he seems to be settling into his role as creative consultant for Marvel properties at Fox, but the focus seems to be shifting to Fox's next Marvel property scheduled for release, The Wolverine.

Chatting to SciFiNow, he said that “When I got the job they had started shooting a couple of weeks, but the screenplay to The Wolverine is really, really, terrific. I'm really, really, delighted with it. Obviously the casting has all been really good, the director is brilliant.”

He continued; “I don't think it detracts having individual Wolverine adventures from the X-Men. He's like a lone wolf character, he disappears and does his own thing sometimes and then he comes back and hangs out at the mansion, so it does feel quite natural for him to be in these movies.”

Millar does go on to warn of the overuse of Wolverine in the X-Men universe, though. “You don't want to have him out there all the time, because I think if you've got him in X-Men and Wolverine movies and they're all running at the same time, it's a little bit too much but as you're smart with it then there's a lot of other characters to explore.”

The Wolverine is set for release on July 26th 2013


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“You don't want to have him out there all the time, because I think if you've got him in X-Men and Wolverine movies and they're all running at the same time, it's a little bit too much.

Yes, clearly that's what's putting people off The Avengers Universe..........

The thing is movies work on different timescales. A movie every year or two with a favourite character is nothing like 5-6 appearances a month in comic books where the portrayal can differ widely between each. I think where movies tend to outstay their welcome is in repeating a formula with the same characters, movie after movie. Character progression and new challenges in each movie would not be a problem, IMO.

On a tangent, one thing that's been playing on my mind is the difficulty for Marvel when they have to start replacing lead characters like Downey Jr, Hemsworth and Evans. I very much doubt they'd reboot their movie universe, in the same way every other studio has with each new actor, but they'd need a way of introducing the new interpretation of the character that the new actor would be portraying.

I think audiences don't need to have a reboot in order to accept a new actor, James Bond does it every ten years or so, Doctor Who every five, and in fact it actually creates a buzz about the film, except with superhero films you tend to get lumbered with another take on an origin story rather than just seeing the new actor do his thing by jumping straight into action and ignoring the fact that actually the actor exists to some degree. It's the continuation of the character that's important.

Here here. I totally agree, even the general movie going audience is aware to some degree of these characters origins so why bother rebooting with origins etc. TASM would have been better if it had simply been Spidey 4 and continued Peter Parker's progression. If studios just changed these actors it would give folks a chance to get used to the idea (if they need it) and to get on board and enjoy the film instead of thinking "Great, yet another bloody reboot/origin of the same character. No thanks, i'll give it a miss".

when do we get to see a trailer? even a teaser would do! hurry up movie folks!

I think this could be really good.

Mark Millar fawning about Fox movies is going to get tiresome very quickly I fear.

Mark millar talks the same old bullshit he's always talked more like

i did like Gwen staceys 'reboot' in the new spidey movie. such a waste of proven narrative in the Raimi version.

generally tho, i wish they did, as omni said, treat the characters like Bond or Who. Either way, i would like to see more fantastic four. likewise, i wish audiences would have been warmer to daredevil. but setting up a daredevil universe and in one movie taking out his two biggest foes and most tumultuous love seems like it was intended as a one shot.

I think it will be sometime before Marvel has to change the main actors, such as Hemsworth, Evans and Downey Jr, but I think I'd prefer to change the actors when they're needed to be changed rather than reboot the whole thing.

I wonder the time for "the submariner" movie, the most epic, a little
humid too, character of Marvel's universe.

Yes! Look at how Bond has rebooted Q, M, Moneypenny and Bond. Just seamless and assume the audience is smart. That's pretty much what First Class did and most of the audience was on board, outside of nitpicky comic fans

They did change The Hulk/Bruce Banner and War Machine. So there's precedent for them to keep doing the same thing with other characters

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