It’s not like he just lopped the words “Dear Brendon” off the front but Mark Millar‘s latest forum update does seem to be a response to something I posted a week ago. Something that mentioned him.
For context, let me tell you what I had said. Or rather, what Bryan Singer had said, when talking to me about X-Men: Days of Future Past and its place in Fox’s Marvel movie plans.
I’ve not spoken to Mark Millar at all. He’s not involved. I don’t know what his role is about. All I know is that I have my own specific beliefs about how to take this universe forward. I started with the first X-Men, then First Class and now I am combining them and I think it could go further than that and I have some ideas about that, so perhaps he should chat to me at some point.
Seems that “some point” turned out to be “tonight.”
As you might expect, Millar’s update includes a tease for something he can’t yet tell us:
There’s a very exciting announcement you guys will hear about over the coming months (if not before).
That’s pretty vague and, when you’re talking about Fox, a studio with several big and relevant films on the way, is about as valuable as me saying “Stay tuned to Bleeding Cool for the next few months for a big story about Star Wars.” It can’t not happen, frankly.
Still, Millar’s key point comes a little later. He says, of Days of Future Past:
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 Fantastic Four lined up for 2015.
Good to know they’re on first syllable terms. Already.
That Millar and Singer hadn’t talked appeared to shine an interesting light on Millar’s role with Fox. If you were to argue – cynically, I’d say – that Millar’s position is a marketing one, just there for PR, then this forum post about them speaking could be seen as a bit of damage limitation.
On the other hand, if you accept that Millar has been given a creative role at Fox,whatever it might be, then this marks the beginning of Singer’s Days of Future Past coming into his sphere.
I’ve got a very good feeling about Days of Future Past, almost as good a feeling about Fantastic Four, and do hope that Fox can make this all work. There’s a lot of fun in the way Marvel have crossed over their own movies, and no reason why other studios shouldn’t be able to tap into the same thing. Good luck to them all.