Mark Millar on why a cinematic universe might not be the best fit for comic book movies

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May 29, 2015

Mark Millar has quickly become a hitmaker in the comic book movie arena, and he has a few thoughts on why the ultra-connected cinematic universe model might not be the best fit for the genre.

With his latest flick Kingsman: Secret Service hitting home release, Millar was out doing the press rounds and was asked about the connective tissue in his own work. Millar has never been afraid to plant a few easter eggs within his work, but said he worries it can start to weigh the product down if that franchise service gets too heavy. As the guy who wrote the comics that inspired awesome adaptations such as Kingsman: Secret Service, Wanted and Kick-Ass — he might just know what he’s talking about.

Here’s what Millar told about his own approach to connectivity, and why it could lessen the value of the individual movies:

"I've got fun little things that do sort of loosely tie together. But I think we’re almost getting to that point with Marvel now where you’re starting to think, 'Oh this is just part of a puzzle,' as opposed to a film in it’s own right. And there’s something a little bit unsatisfying when you get up close and see the sequence, but then lengthen it for other things. It’s a bit like in the 90’s when you used to by one comic and then realize you have to buy four to understand what was happening. I don’t want to be as overt as that.

I would rather do it in subtle ways, where you maybe see someone running across a rooftop in the background of Starlight or something like that. I like the idea of little, subtle things. Maybe have the a poster on the walls across multiple series. I'd rather play it that way, I think. But maybe a couple years down the line, we do a series with everyone in it. I think that could be really fun to update across the whole project."

Millar makes some excellent points, and though we’re still having a blast with all the Marvel movies, it does start to feel like they’re just chapters in a book — as opposed to their own, separate novel. By keeping the connections minor (i.e. Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy, as an example), you can almost have the best of both worlds, in a way.

What do you think? Is Millar onto something here, or would you prefer the uber-Marvel approach?


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