Outside of the first two X-Men movies, Fox hasn’t really done a lot of good with the Marvel comics characters that they currently have. Their Fantastic Four movies, while successful, were hated by fans and disliked by critics. After seeing how well the Marvel Studios formula worked, they realized that they were playing a game with new rules. That’s why they hired Mark Millar to oversee their own Marvel movies, just the way Joss Whedon is godfathering the Avengers franchise, and Christopher Nolan will be with DC.
However, while Millar has been talking quite a bit about the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, the film’s director, Bryan Singer, has said that he hasn’t been involved at all since he, Singer, took the director’s chair.
“I’ve not spoken to Mark Millar at all. He’s not involved. I don’t know what his role is about. All I know is that I have my own specific beliefs about how to take this universe forward. I started with the first X-Men, then First Class 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 mentioned his confidence in Singer before, even referring to him as “Mr. X-Men” before, but it is surprising that he hasn’t spoken to him about the project at all. Millar has that he has read the screenplay for the film.
Now, if Millar’s job is to mentor these movies, and make sure that all the Marvel properties match up, then wouldn’t it probably be in his best interest to actually speak to the director of the first movie they’re making since he’s been hired? Just signing off on the screenplay can’t be enough. This is some very surprising news to me. I would have thought that Millar would be much more hands-on than Singer is saying here.
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