IGN recently sat down with comics creator Mark Millar for a round table discussion at the Glasgow Film Festival. Considering Millar is the author of the “Civil War” series, many of the questions unsurprisingly focused on the forthcoming “Captain America: Civil War” film, as well as the addition of Spider-Man to the MCU.
Millar talked about writing the 2006-2007 series, and called it “honestly a nightmare.” He added, “It was the hardest thing I’ve ever written. Like, there was almost no pleasure in it.” Millar pointed to the intricacies of working on a company-wide crossover event as the reason it was such a struggle. “To write something that you’ve said to 40 different creative teams, ‘Alright, I’m going to leave him here in this month, if you can spin off from that’ [is difficult.] And I was emailing all these writers and having to read all their scripts, and they were all messing up… Everybody was late with their scripts, their book was shipping too late, giving away reveals to early and things.”
He went on to say that he’s glad to have accomplished such a massive event, but emphasized the pains of trying to satisfy canon and concurrently running books.
Millar also spoke briefly about how his writings have impacted the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He revealed that his original designs for The Ultimates’ Nick Fury were more Morgan Freeman than Samuel L. Jackson, and that it was artist Bryan Hitch who gave the character his now ubiquitous look. He also spoke about the involvement of Spider-Man in “Civil War” and how he thought it would play out in the film.
“I don’t think they’ll have to change much, especially now that they’ve got Spider-Man,” he said. “It’s funny, because people kept saying to me they can’t do ‘Civil War’ without Spider-Man, but in the actual book, Spider-Man only appears in about six pages.”
Throughout the conversation, he touched upon how the “Kick-Ass” movies impacted his writing the sequel comics, his opinions on some of the MCU movies to date, and more. Check out the whole video below.
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