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