Video-On-Demand service Netflix has announced that it has acquired Millarworld, the Scottish comic-book publishing company founded by Mark Millar in 2004 that has brought to life franchises including Kick-Ass, Wanted and Kingsman.
The deal will see Netflix bring the remaining Millarworld portfolio of superhero and other characters to life “through films, series and kids’ shows available exclusive to Netflix members globally,” with the newly-acquired company also continuing to publish new comics under the Netflix label.
In other words, this could be Netflix’s answer to when Disney bought Marvel comics – a chance to build their own superhero universe on their own terms, with a hope of some measure of the success Disney has had with the Avengers et al. And in fact, during his years working at Marvel Millar actually created the ongoing Ultimates series that is widely considered to be the inspiration for the modern Marvel films, as well as the ‘Civil War’ crossover that inspired the most recent Captain America film, so they might not be too far off the mark…
“This is only the third time in history a major comic book company has been purchased at this level,” Millar said in a statement.
“I’m so in love with what Netflix is doing and excited by their plans. Netflix is the future and Millarworld couldn’t have a better home.”
“As creator and re-inventor of some of the most memorable stories and characters in recent history, ranging from Marvel’s The Avengers to Millarworld’s Kick-Ass, Kingsman, Wanted and Reborn franchises, Mark is as close as you can get to a modern day Stan Lee,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos.
“We can’t wait to harness the creative power of Millarworld to Netflix and start a new era in global storytelling.”
“Mark has created a next-generation comics universe, full of indelible characters living in situations people around the world can identify easily with,” added Sarandos.
“We look forward to creating new Netflix Originals from several existing franchises as well as new super-hero, anti-hero, fantasy, sci-fi and horror stories Mark and his team will continue to create and publish.”