Mark Millar is the New York Times best-selling comic-book writer of JUPITER’S LEGACY, KICK-ASS, KINGSMAN, THE MAGIC ORDER, WANTED, OLD MAN LOGAN, MARVEL CIVIL WAR and SUPERMAN: RED SON.
He is also President of Netflix’s Millarworld Division in Los Angeles since he and his wife sold their company to Netflix in 2017. The eight-part superhero blockbuster series Jupiter’s Legacy is their first project from the streamer and debuts in 2021.
Marvel and DC
In Summer 2000, Marvel brought Millar in as part of a new team to revitalise their comic-book line. He worked with the best artists in the industry and launched his X-Men revamp at number one with Ultimate X-Men, re-thinking The Avengers next and shattering his own sales numbers with The Ultimates before creating the Marvel Civil War storyline in 2006, remaining Marvel’s most financially successful event of the 21st century and their best-selling graphic novel of all time.
Screen-writer Zak Penn credits The Ultimates as his template for the 2012 Avengers movie and both Civil War and his classic Wolverine: Old Man Logan provided the inspiration for two massive-grossing movies of the same name.
His Superman book, Red Son, is the highest-selling Superman graphic novel in history and was adapted by Warner Bros as an animated movie in 2020.
On the advice of Stan Lee, Mark decided to branch out from Marvel and create his own franchises while still working at the company.
Wanted was his first comic-book under the Millarworld banner, a huge hit that spawned the 2008 movie starring Angelina Jolie and James McAvoy. Wanted grossed $342 million on a $70 million budget and paved the way for the successful adaptation of his Kick-Ass comic in 2010, starring Nicolas Cage.
Quitting Marvel soon after, Millar focused all his attention on Millarworld and co-created properties which include Jupiter’s Legacy, The Magic Order, American Jesus, Supercrooks, Sharkey The Bounty Hunter, Empress, Superior, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Chrononauts, Starlight, Nemesis, Space Bandits, MPH and Huck.
Kingsman was released as a movie in 2015 and, like Kick-Ass has spawned at least one sequel. The most recent Kingsman movie, The King’s Man, is released in 2021.
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