Comic writer Mark Millar has been a titan within the comic book industry for a very long time. Now, Netflix has taken notice of his work in a very big way.
For those unfamiliar, Millar not only wrote some of the most influential runs on titles such as Spider-Man, X-Men and The Avengers, but was also the creator a vast array of original series, including Wanted, Kick-Ass, and Kingsman: The Secret Service (which were turned into one meh film and two great ones, respectively). Now, Netflix has announced that it has acquired the vast collection of original titles under Millar’s name. Here’s the press release:
“Together, Netflix and Millar will bring Millarworld’s portfolio of critically and fan-acclaimed character franchises to life through films, series and kids’ shows available exclusively to Netflix members globally. Millarworld will also continue to create and publish new stories and character franchises under the Netflix label.”
This raises a lot of its own questions. For one thing, Kick-Ass and Kingsman are both owned by Lionsgate. As another matter, it also seems to imply that Netflix is entering the comics distribution industry. Nevertheless, it’s an exciting development for comic-book fans everywhere, and should bring to light some of Millar’s incredible stories.