Even if you don’t know Mark Millar by name, you’re familiar with his work.
Kick Ass. Kingsman. Civil War. Logan. Millar wrote the comics that all of these movies, and plenty more, were based on. He’s kind of a big deal.
He’s also, shall we say, a little kooky? He has some weird ideas about storytelling, a desperate desire to build an interconnected comic book “Millarverse” that is as dull as it sounds, and he has a tendency to go for the lowbrow violent nonsense whenever he can’t think of anything better to do.
Basically, he’s everything you’d expect from the writer of Kick Ass. He actually thought that title was a good idea, for starters.
Apparently, though, Mark Millar also suffers from some memory issues. The writer has released his verdict on some of the biggest movies of the year, and has some odd things to say. For example:
“Civil War had a good opening twenty mins, but then I honestly can't remember what the movie was about.”
Mark. The movie was about your comic book. That you wrote.
The one called Civil War. Don’t you remember that?
Sure, they changed which black superhero got wounded in the big fight, and they downgraded it from a death to a crippling accident.
No, Civil War the movie didn’t feature a zombie robot Thor, or a giant prison in another dimension. Spider-Man didn’t unmask in public, and the movie didn’t end with Captain America suddenly and inexplicably surrendering for no good reason.
Otherwise, though, this movie was your comic. Were you playing the Civil War drinking game and finished your glass every time Cap gave Bucky a smoldering look?
What’s weirder, though, is that apparently, Mark Miller thought Apocalypse was a better film.
“After 16 years and 8 pictures, we've seen a lot of these characters, but I'm still invested and after a lot of comic-book flicks that just feel part of a wider, not that interesting story that never ends I kind of liked the sense of completeness this movie had. The Prof X turning on Apocalypse stuff at the end was pretty good and overall it had some good moments.”
Uh, did it?
Yeah, okay, the Quicksilver scene was fun, and we got Wolverine in his Weapon-X gear. But as far as character investment goes, this film lacked somewhat horribly.
The only way you could be particularly invested in the characters is if you’d written Ultimate X-Men comics for a decade, and were hired by Fox to consult on the development of all of their comic book movies.
So this is a money thing?
Well, fair enough. “Mark Millar Is In It For the Money, Doesn’t Care About Storytelling” isn’t exactly breaking news.