Netflix Purchases Comic-book Publisher Behind Kick-Ass and Kingsman

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In its first buy ever, Netflix has acquired Millarworld, the comic-book publishing firm founded by Mark Millar, who’s the creator behind stories such as Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Old Man Logan.

In a company blog post, Netflix explained that it would develop films, TV shows, and kids series based on Millar’s work. To add to this, Millarworld will also continue to create and publish new franchises under the Netflix label.

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos expressed how excited he was to work with Millar. The duo look forward to creating new content and expanding on Millar’s work.

He said:

“Mark is as close as you can get to a modern day Stan Lee. We can’t wait to harness the creative power of Millarworld to Netflix and start a new era in global storytelling.”

While history has been made for Netflix considering its the company’s first ever purchase, Millar also commented on how the purchase also marks a significant moment in comic-book history. According to Millar, this is the third time a major comic book company has been purchased by a significant platform.

He said:

“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.”

Millar and his wife Lucy Millar are huge figures in the graphic novel and comics world. For eight years, Millar worked at Marvel and helped develop the story arcs and books that would later inspire the first Avengers movie, Captain America: Civil War, and Logan.

The trio of films did exceptionally well – grossing over $3 billion in the worldwide box office. Millar’s own work, Wanted, Kick-Ass, and Kingsman have seen similar success, grossing nearly $1 billion in the global box office.

Not much else has been said on the deal, but Netflix Originals involving Millarworld characters and stories are definitely going to be made. From “super-hero” to “sci-fi and horror stories,” the possibilities are endless in this new collaboration between the two companies.

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