THE WOLVERINE Starting Point For Fox’s Marvel Universe
Fox’s new creative consultant Mark Millar (for Marvel films) has talked to ComicBookResources about when his era of films will begin. Apparently, The Wolverine will be their Iron Man as the film will spark a slew of other films which will likely occupy the same world (ala The Avengers). Director James Mangold and Hugh Jackman have stated the film is darker and more serious in tone than previous X-Men films. It’s not hard to imagine with Mangold comparing it to a Japanese noir movie. The Wolverine, X-Men Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four and Deadpool could all have links to each other. Millar also talks about working with director Bryan Singer on Days of Future Past.
“I felt like ‘Iron Man’ was really the beginning of something for the Marvel Studios movies, and ‘The Wolverine’ will be a similar starting point to build a lot off of for the Fox movies,”
“When Matthew decided he wasn’t going to do the sequel, they just switched places with Matthew producing and Bryan coming on to direct. That’s got nothing to do with me, but I’m delighted that Bryan and I will get to work together over the next few years,”
Empire talked to Mark as well and he went into more detail about working with 20th Century Fox. Which for the most part sounds promising that they actually have someone who understands the characters in there making suggestions to the writers and directors.
“Fox are thinking, ‘We’re sitting on some really awesome things here. There is another side of the Marvel Universe. Let’s try and get some cohesiveness going.’ So they brought me in to oversee that really. To meet with the writers and directors to suggest new ways we could take this stuff and new properties that could spin out of it.”
“The X-Men feels like a universe by itself; there’s so many characters and so many great potential spin-off characters. They asked me to come in and work out a plan, so unfortunately at this point I can’t get too specific. I DO have a three to four year plan of where things could go, but you know, I’ll be working with guys like Matthew and Josh Trank (the new director of ‘Fantastic Four’) and just figuring out how everything can work together and not contradict each other.”
“But I also don’t want to make it too much of a mess either, with everyone showing up in everyone else’s films. What my dream is, as a fan, is that when you go and see any Marvel movie that it feels as if they’re all taking place in the one universe like in the comics.”