Simon Kinberg Has Become Fox’s Marvel Guy; Where Is Mark Millar?

By Mark Hodge (doddleNEWS)

Marvel may be the kings of blockbuster cinema, however 20th Century Fox believes they have the weaponry to take that crown.

Indeed, while Warner Bros. is combining all its DC Comics properties together for separate cinematic and TV universes, in an attempt to emulate the Disney-owned company’s strategy, Fox has a masterplan of their own.

Producer and writer Simon Kinberg has being tasked with developing both the X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises, which if done correctly, could seriously challenge Marvel’s box office supremacy.

This time last year, Kinberg revealed to THR that he has been given creative free reign to build a tentpole universe, much like Avengers director Joss Whedon.

He said: “I have a lot of ideas on how to built those brands and do what everybody is thinking of these days: Be like Marvel [Studios].

“I want to be able to build stories over multiple movies.”

He added: “They’ve (Fox) always been incredibly generous with me and trusting me with movies.

“They treat me like a partner and not an employee.”

Two years ago, Screen Rant reported that Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar had been hired to oversee Fox’s Marvel universe. But since then, Kinberg has written and produced X-Men: Days of Future, The Fantastic Four, and the next X-Men movie, Apocalypse. That’s in addition to solo films from Gambit, Wolverine, Deadpool, possibly Quicksilver, and many others.

In fact, during last summer, while working on Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer revealed that he had never talked to Millar.

He said: “I’ve not spoken to Mark Millar at all. He’s not involved. I don’t know what his role is about.”

He added: “I started with the first X-Men (2000), then First Class (2011), and now I am combining them, and I think it could go further than that and I have some ideas about that, so perhaps he should chat to me at some point.”

Millar has been given the title of creative consultant for Josh Trank’s upcoming F4 reboot, and has been working alongside Matthew Vaughn on Kingsman: The Secret Service, which has been adapted from a comic he created.

As yet Kinberg has not been given an official title by Fox – who probably want to resist comparisons with Marvel and Whedon.

And with Marvel’s Phase: Three and Warner’s hugely ambitious Justice League right around the corner – it will be interesting to see how Kinberg’s universe competes. (Sony has their own Spider-Man Cinematic Universe, though it seems to be stalling out.)

The Fantastic Four reboot will be released in August 2015, and is the next key date in Fox’s masterplan. If the new franchise is a big success, then there is little doubt that the studio will instruct Kinberg to expand the subject matter into a tentpole. Oh, and did we mention Kinberg is also involved with Star Wars?

Stay tuned for more F4 and X-Men news.

About Mark Hodge

Mark Hodge is a journalist and copywriter from Glasgow, Scotland. As well as being involved in film festivals in the UK, Mark has also worked as a sports reporter covering soccer matches in his home country. In fact, he even attended the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, helping to document the cultural impact of the event on the city. He also writes for The Huffington Post covering topics such as film, sports and politics.