Comic book legend Mark Millar recently sat down with our own Alisha Grauso and spoke about many things comic-related, specifically getting into the Civil War and how he thinks Marvel will handle it on the big screen. It sounds like he truly thinks his original content is in good hands.
Oh, Marvel is fantastic. There are just certain situations that you can relax in. For example, if I know Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman are adapting one of my books, I know it’s going to be great. I can just relax. With Marvel adapting something, I know it’s going to be amazing. I mean, you look at Winter Soldier, Avengers, all the Marvel stuff – I mean, they’ve had a couple of movies that haven’t worked out so great, but generally it’s fantastic. So I feel good about it.
He also commented on the structure, implying that it wouldn't be too difficult to adapt to film.
And to be honest, I think it’s quite an easy translation. I actually didn’t read a lot of the tie-ins with Civil War. If you try to encompass all of that stuff, it becomes very unwieldy, but that was a publishing decision. With a book as big as Civil War, and something that sold as well as it did – they knew it was going to be big – you try to tie in as much stuff as possible. There were literally hundreds of books and comic publications within it, but you can ignore all that when you’re doing the movie. You really only need the main book itself, and even that follows a 3-act structure. It’s quite a simple adaptation. Just Captain America versus Iron Man, and it splits the superheroes down the middle; one goes rogue, one goes after him.
He went into detail about how the story has a lot of characters but should still be relatively easy to adapt to film.
So I think it would be a very easy adaptation, you know? Even just that visual of Captain America punching Iron Man in the face, and vice versa, is so shocking that as soon as you see that poster, you’re going to see that movie if you’re a kid.But, like I often say, if people are worried about not doing a proper translation, if you look at the main title, the main story I wrote, there are a lot of characters in the story, but it’s actually quite streamlined. There are actually hardly any of those background characters talking. They were just drawn in the background to indicate it was a big, important event because you could see all of those characters on the pages. But really, there are only about 10, maybe 15 characters who are kind of pivotal in it and important. It’s Captain America, Iron Man, and their immediate allies. So I almost the Marvel Cinematic Universe is almost the perfect place for it, because I think if you suddenly hit, you know, all these random, sceneless characters, it would be really confusing. You want ot keep it as simple as possible. You want to keep it to Iron Man, Captain America, and then each of them have 5 or 6 pals. And then maybe they’re backed by S.H.I.E.L.D. or whatever. To me, that’s perfect. That’s kind of the way I wrote it anyway.
You can find the interview in its entirety here.