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Moviepilot's very own Alisha Grauso recently had the illustrious opportunity to speak with comic book legend Mark Millar. In her extensive interview with him, they touch on a full range of topics from [Kingsman: The Secret Service](movie:713143) to the prospect of writing for the screen. But, this particular exchange on comic book adaptations really jumped out at me.

Just like that.
Just like that.

Here's what Millar had to say about how he doesn't write his comics with the film version in mind:

You can’t anticipate what a movie will be because a movie can be anything, couldn’t it? Like, Spider-Man is a movie, but so is Boyhood and so is Transformers and so is Grand Budapest Hotel. They’re all just stories, you know? So you can never anticipate what’s going to make a great movie, so you just write the kind of story that you would write.

He brings up a great point about artistic freedom. Why put limits on yourself and your expression when virtually anything can work as a film?

It’s the same way in comic books. Some guys have got a more cartoony style, and some guys have got a photographic style. What some people have said to me is that my style feels like a movie, but I’m too close to it to see it. Stan Lee even said it to me! I wrote a 12-issue Spider-Man story about ten or eleven years ago and what Stan said to me was that it felt like a Spider-Man movie. And I didn’t quite get what he meant. But I don’t know, maybe the structure is the same in the sense of escalation; maybe it has a cinematic style. But because it is my style, it’s like assessing your own handwriting; it’s impossible to say.
I had noticed that Marvel movies were using quite a lot of my stuff, like the Ultimates, Avengers and Captain America and those things, Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. The Fantastic Four, obviously, you know, comes from a lot of the stuff I did in Ultimate Fantastic Four where they were younger. So, even when I’m doing my Marvel stuff, I never intend for them to be movies, but it eventually finds its way into the films. So I guess I create characters with a similar style and they all seem to be becoming movies as well.

Based on this account, it seems like Millar really is just THAT good at what he does. He innovates brilliant character that translate perfectly onscreen, and we are all the better for it!

Be sure to check out the full interview here to get a taste for the true scale of Millar's brilliance.


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