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Kick-Ass, Kingsman creator Mark Millar on Disney-Fox deal: 'I see zero upside to this'

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Dec 14, 2017

The ripple effect of the Disney-Fox deal is being felt across the Internet. Fans and industry big shots alike are offering up their thoughts, sometimes humorously, about the major news that rocked the business world this morning. So far, Ryan Reynolds, James L. Brooks, and James Gunn have all voiced their thoughts about it on Twitter and now, Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar has expressed his feelings in a slew of tweets. The Scottish comic book writer also created Kingsman: The Secret Service, which was adapted into two feature films at 20th Century Fox. 

Millar says that the deal is "[g]ood for Disney" but "bad for Fox" and everyone else because it cuts down on studio competition for agents and reduces the chances of Deadpool's cinematic survival. In addition, he states that Disney may have never taken the risk of giving lesser-known heroes their own movies (i.e. Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy) if they had the rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four when the MCU first started out. Adding too many characters makes the franchise too unwieldy for mainstream audiences anyway, he adds. However, he does concede that an X-Men reboot at a new company could be successful, and he ends the thread of tweets by wishing good luck to everyone involved in the deal. 

Millar's concerns mainly revolve around the idea of an entertainment monopoly, which will own the rights to a majority of the world's most popular franchises including Star Wars, Alien, and Indiana Jones. Both this and oversaturation of superheroes can be seen as good or bad depending on whom you ask.

As for Millar's fear that Deadpool and other R-rated superhero movies will be squashed for not being brand-friendly, Disney CEO Bob Iger has said that there's a good chance Deadpool will remain R-rated. Then again, Disney could always release movies that equally appeal to adults under its Touchstone Pictures banner, which it did with Who Framed Roger Rabbit? in 1988. 

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