Mark Millar recently sat down with IGN for an interview about his comics Jupiter’s Circle and Chrononauts, when he was asked about the third and final Wolverine movie starring Hugh Jackman in the role of everyone’s favorite Canadian mutant.
Being a creative consultant for Fox, the comic-book writer has some insights into the upcoming movies. He also wrote the fan-favorite and critically acclaimed Wolverine: Old Man Logan comic a few years back, on which the upcoming superhero movie may or may not be based.
“Obviously I know what the final [Wolverine movie is] going to be, so I can't say, but I can just say what Hugh Jackman said. Hugh Jackman walked out on stage at Comic-Con a few months back and he said, ‘I've got three words for you: Old Man Logan.’ and everyone went crazy and everything.
“What would be nice actually is Hugh Jackman playing an old Wolverine and he wouldn't have to go on that diet, he eats 5 chickens every day. He can just slob out a little bit.”
The site asked Millar about the possibilities that his comic-book story would be adapted as the third Wolvie flick, and then he went on to explain how Fox could make the story work even though they can’t use any of the major Avengers characters, since they belong to Marvel Studios. For Millar, it’s quite simple; you just need to substitute some of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes — like Hawkeye and Hulk — with more Children of the Atom. And he’s already worked it out.
“They're not important to the story. The way I worked that thing is I actually structured it as, I broke it down mechanically - I figured out going from this part of America to that part of America and what he would encounter along the way, and then I added in the adversities later. Basically Wolverine doing The Road movie is the important thing and he has a friend [a blind Hawkeye] with him. But that friend could be Cyclops and he could be blind by the fact that his ruby-quartz visor is broken and he has to keep his eyes closed the whole time and everything, but still insists on driving the car they're crossing America with. There's lots of stuff. Instead of the Hulk, you could have the Blob or something.
“Honestly, the continuity stuff is the most boring side of it. I kind of like it, keeping it in the X-Men universe a little, too, because comic fans are different from the mainstream world. I know this stuff backwards because I've lived my whole life loving this stuff, but most people don't know all the minutia and everything so I think keeping it simplified and keeping it generally X-Men universe is a smarter thing to do.”
I could definitely see a blind Cyclops stepping in for Hawkeye, and with the two men’s intense rivalry over Jean Grey, it would make for quite the interesting road trip. What do you think of Mark Millar’s X-Men universe choices to replace the characters that belong to Marvel Studios for Fox's possible adaptation of Old Man Logan?