Net­flix buy­ing comics pub­lisher Mil­lar­world

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Hay­ley Tsukayama

The comic book ge­niuses whose work brought you “Kings­man” and “Kick-Ass” are now a part of Net­flix. The stream­ing gi­ant an­nounced Mon­day that it is buy­ing the comic com­pany Mil­lar­world in its first ac­qui­si­tion ever.

The deal, for an amount that wasn’t dis­closed, gives Net­flix the tools to make its own in­ter­con­nected uni­verse of su­per­heroes films and tele­vi­sion shows — and a chance to em­u­late some Dis­ney-Marvel magic.

Mil­lar­world is a re­spected in­die comics pub­lisher founded by Mark Mil­lar — a former writer for both Marvel and DC comics, whose work also pro­vided the ba­sis for “Lo­gan” and “The Avengers” — nearly 15 years ago.

For Net­flix, that his­tory of cre­at­ing bank­able sto­ries is at­trac­tive as the firm spends heav­ily to make its own films and shows. The stream­ing gi­ant said in a Mon­day blog post that the move was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion as it moves to cre­ate more “com­pelling char­ac­ters and time­less, in­ter­wo­ven fic­tional worlds.”

Sev­eral de­tails about the deal re­main un­clear, in­clud­ing how a Net­flixowned Mil­lar­world may or may not ben­e­fit from the roy­al­ties of prop­er­ties that have al­ready been adapted into films.

But much of the value of the deal seems to be vested in Mil­lar him­self.

Net­flix’s chief con­tent of­fi­cer, Ted Saran­dos, com­pared Mil­lar to a “modern day Stan Lee,” a ref­er­ence to the iconic Marvel writer who helped cre­ate Spi­der-Man, the XMen, Iron Man and others.

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Colin Firth, left, and Taron Eger­ton ap­pear in a scene from “Kings­man: The Se­cret Ser­vice,” a movie in­spired by a Mil­lar­world comic.

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