Last year, 20th Century Fox appointed comic book writer Mark Millar as creative consultant on its slate of Marvel superhero properties. The appointment came too late for him to have any involvement with James Mangold’s upcoming solo X-Men spin-off The Wolverine, but it was thought that Millar’s duties would incorporate next year’s mutant epic, X-Men: Days of Future Past.
However, Bryan Singer recently revealed that he’s yet to speak to Millar about the time-traveling sequel, so the writer / producer has taken to his official Millarworld forums to explain he’s now finally had a chat with Singer, as well as touching upon the studio’s various Marvel projects.
As a producer on Kick-Ass 2, I’ve not been in LA since Sept when Fox flew me out to sit with the insanely-clever writer Simon Kinberg and the Fox execs to chat X-Men back when Matthew Vaughn was still directing. But Kick-Ass 2 is pretty much done now and so my beady-eye can move back towards the Fox stuff again. There’s a very exciting announcement you guys will hear about over the coming months (if not before), but the most immediate things the office is talking about are Days of Future Past and The Wolverine, both of which I’m absolutely aching to see. I saw the first 10 mins of Jim’s Wolvie when I was out there last September. I’m out again next month and will have the pleasure of seeing a very near final cut too.
Days of Future Past is potentially the biggest and most ambitious superhero movie ever made. I’ve seen this coming together in various stages, but now they’re only weeks away from shooting it’s really catching fire. I’ll catch Bry in person before he heads to Montreal next month when I’m seeing Wolvie and we can chat a little more about the Fox grand plan. A very, very exciting time to be into this stuff, especially when you consider that the brilliant Josh Trank has The Fantastic Four lined up for 2015. You don’t know how lucky you are – when I was a kid Nicholas Hammond was playing Spidey on a visible wire!!
So what could be this “very exciting announcement” from Fox? Casting on The Fantastic Four? Another X-Men movie? The long-rumoured Deadpool feature? Or – shudder – an Elektra reboot?