Mark Millar On “Four,” “Ultron,” “Kingsman”

“Wanted” and “Kick Ass” comic creator Mark Millar is 20th Century Fox’s go to guy for consultation on Marvel projects, and he’s also a fairly forthcoming guy about not just his work but comic book film adaptations in general.

In a new interview with IGN UK, Millar has talked about quite a few major comic book films that have either just hit or are on the way. The results are often interesting.

First up “Fantastic Four” and where a sequel to that stands: “I think everything’s open to discussion. No decision has been made on anything yet like that. There’s chats everyone’s going to have on the phone at some point.” As for the film itself? He says “it’s a shame” how it turned out, though admitted liking certain elements.

He says Marvel Studios has similar problems with some of their films: “‘Thor 2’ didn’t work out especially well; ‘Iron Man 2’ didn’t work. But then ‘Iron Man 3’ comes along and it’s great. These things can be uneven sometimes. ‘Avengers 2’ is nowhere near as good as ‘Avengers 1.’ There’ve been 45 superhero movies or something over the last 15 years. They can’t all work out fantastically. I’d say the hit rate has actually worked out terrifically compared to most genres.”

Millar also talked about a sequel to “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” this year’s successful hit based on his own comic. He says that they’re trying to figure out a way for Colin Firth’s character to return: “If you are bringing him back, it has to make sense. That’s where it is at at the moment. Beats of the story have been done. [Screenplay co-writers] Matthew [Vaughn] and Jane [Goldman] are working on it at the moment. Some things have to be worked out, some decisions have still to be made and everything, so it’s all fairly amorphous, but all going well.”