20th Century Fox “Marvel Consultant” Mark Millar recently spoke about his experience with THE WOLVERINE, telling SciFiNow “When I got this job they’d started shooting a couple of weeks, but the screenplay to The Wolverine is really, really terrific – I’m really, really delighted with it. Obviously the casting’s all be really good, the director’s brilliant – James Mangold.”
Hugh Jackman has appeared in every X-Men film to date, but Millar stresses that it’s important to not oversaturate specific the market with specific characters:
“You don’t want to have [Wolverine] out there all the time, because I think if you’ve got him in X-Men and Wolverine movies and they’re all running at the same time, it’s a little bit too much but as long as you’re smart with it and there’s a lot of other characters to explore as well. The X-Men universe is about the same size as the Marvel universe in terms of the number of titles it sustains at any one time, so there’s a ton of stuff to play with there and a lot of characters I’d like to explore there too.”
“It’s incredibly exciting. Even just as a fan.” says Millar about the upcoming X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. “The first X-Men really launched the wave of superhero movies we’ve been loving for the past decade after some horrific stuff in the Nineties so having him back in the world he started just feels right. X2, I think, is one of the greatest superhero movies ever made. The idea of this guy [Singer] being back in the fold and planning something as ambitious as this picture can only be good news.”
Millar then expresses no worries in how the film is being handled, despite the heavy mythology. “I think as long as it’s done right. I know how it’s done, so I’m not worried. I’ve been in all these meetings and talked about it at length with everyone, and everything I hear sounds incredibly mainstream. It’s no more difficult than The Terminator, or whatever, there’s one element of time jump in it, but other than that it’s absolutely fine.
“It’s hard for me to say without actually spoiling the movie, but [producer Matthew] Vaughn – the guy who made the $28 million Kick-Ass look like a $78 million movie, you know? – I completely trust him when it comes to stuff like that – he knows exactly what he’s doing, and Simon Kinberg [X-Men: The Last Stand, Sherlock Holmes writer] has actually done a phenomenal job on the screenplay with him so it’s worked out really well.”
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