‘Kingsman’ Creator Says Disney Merger Bad For Fox, OK For ‘X-Men’ Reboot

Mark Millar

Now safely ensconced at Netflix, Kick-Ass and Kingsman creator Mark Millar today took aim at the $66 billion mega-merger between The Walk Disney Company and 21st Century Fox for the latter’s film and TV assets, including those lucrative Marvel licenses to the likes of Deadpool and The X-Men.

In a twitter storm, the one-time writer for The Avengers, Civil War and X-Men comics bluntly said that he thought the deal was “good for Disney, bad for Fox as extra levels of bureaucracy creep into creative. Seemingly taking a bit of a dig at the tightly controlled and Kevin Feige run Marvel Studios, the Millarworld boss also pondered that “one area Disney could help” was a “fresh start” for the well-worn mutant franchise and its very successful Wolverine spinoff franchise.

Not that Millar is a total stranger himself to big bucks acquistions. Back in August, Netflix picked up Millar’s comic publishing company in a deal that both sides said would aim to bring Millarworld’s portfolio of character franchises to life through films, series and kids shows available exclusively to Netflix global subscribers.

In that context and with today’s Disney and Fox deal, this year’s blockbuster Logan, which was based in part on the Old Man Logan comics that Millar worked on, saw Hugh Jackman has apparently terminated his stint with the sharp-clawed Canadian, a shift in time could easily bring a new Wolverine story to the screen.

Having made a mint and more with its superhero pic since scooping up Marvel back in 2009, Disney boss Bob Iger told investors today that R-Rated costumed properties like Deadpool could have a home at the House of Mouse. “We think that there might be an opportunity for a Marvel-R brand for something like Deadpool,” the CEO said Thursday. As long as we let the audience know what’s coming, we think we can manage that fine.”

Today’s deal many take up to 18-months to see the companies fully integrated, but perception-wise Disney might have to start seeding that Disney soil fast as the sequel to the Ryan Reynolds starring 2016 hit is set to come out on June 1, 2018.

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