Millarworld
Parent companyNetflix
StatusActive
Founded2003; 21 years ago (2003)[1][2]
FounderMark Millar
Country of originUnited States
Headquarters locationWest Hollywood, California
Key peopleMark Millar
(President, CCO)[3][4]
Fiction genresSuperhero fiction
Official websitehttps://www.mrmarkmillar.com

Millarworld Limited is an imprint of comic books published by Scottish comic book writer Mark Millar as a creator-owned line, featuring characters created by him in a shared fictional universe, the Millarworld.[5] These characters include Wesley Gibson, Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl, Eggsy Unwin, Nemesis, Duke McQueen, Edison Crane, and others, while the events of The Unfunnies, Jupiter's Legacy, and Supercrooks exist as popular fiction within the world of the Millarworld. The imprint was launched in 2003 with the publication of the miniseries Wanted, followed by Kick-Ass – The Dave Lizewski Years, Kingsman, War Heroes, and The Magic Order, and later the crossover series Big Game. While the majority of series in the line are written by Millar himself, the series Kingsman, Kick-Ass – The New Girl and Hit-Girl feature new writers from their second volumes onward, after Millar wrote the series' first volumes.

Licensing and adaptation

Wanted, published by Top Cow Productions, was loosely adapted into a feature film of the same name by Universal Pictures, released on 27 June 2008.[2] Chosen, published by Dark Horse Comics, was described by Millar as a sequel to the Bible, and has been optioned by Sony Pictures. The Unfunnies was an anthropomorphic animal horror story published by Avatar Press. Kick-Ass, which was illustrated by John Romita Jr. and published by Marvel, was adapted into a film of the same name by Matthew Vaughn, and released in the United Kingdom on 26 March 2010 and the United States on 16 April.

In September 2008 it was announced that the yet unfinished War Heroes had been optioned by Sony Pictures Entertainment, with Michael De Luca as producer and Millar taking an executive producer role.[6]

Millar has stated that whenever he sells the film adaptation rights to one of his creator-owned comics properties, he gives half of the money to the artist who illustrated the comics, despite his agent's reaction to this, saying, "Everything, all the money from the advance, the toys, the games, 50–50, so it's fair. I see it as a collaboration. If I drew, I could keep everything for myself, but I actually like the idea of having a talent that I'm not selling. One of my friends said, 'You could make even more money by drawing, too,' and I said, 'Yeah, and I suppose I could make even more money by lap dancing. It's nice to have something that's just for me."[7]

History

In October 2014, following months of delays for Jupiter's Legacy #5, Millar stated that beginning in April 2015, all Millarworld series would be completely drawn before the publication of their debut issues, in order to maintain a monthly schedule.[8]

On 7 August 2017, Millarworld was acquired by the American streaming media company Netflix.[9][10]

The first comic book series that Millarworld published post acquisition was The Magic Order.[11] The first issue was published on 13 June 2018.[12]

On 17 July 2018 it was announced that Netflix had started work on the first set of films to be adapted from comics. These are: Empress, Huck and Sharkey the Bounty Hunter. The comic book series Jupiter's Legacy and American Jesus will be adapted as television series.[13]

On 6 December 2018, Millar provided an update to the progress of the Millarworld properties adapted for Netflix. Jupiter's Legacy is going to be first television series released, with Steven S. DeKnight as the showrunner (before Sang Kyu Kim took over following DeKnight's exit from the series), with The Chosen One (based on American Jesus) as the second live-action television series released, with Everardo Gout and Leopoldo Gout as the showrunners and Gout serving as director. Empress, Sharkey the Bounty Hunter and Huck are scheduled to be feature films in development. Under Netflix, Millar will exclusively adapt new Millarworld properties to the streaming service, with select properties having comic book tie-ins, starting with Prodigy.[14]

On 11 March 2019, Netflix announced that it will produce an anime series based on Supercrooks. It will be produced by Bones, and is described as a "superpowered heist comic".[15]

In late 2022, several updates on Millarworld production were given, including that Huck would be redeveloped as a TV series as opposed to a movie and that a live-action Supercrooks series would follow Jupiter's Legacy after the show was canceled after its first season.[16] That same year it was announced that Millar would be launching four brand new comic series (Night Club, Nemesis Reloaded, The Magic Order 4 and The Ambassadors) and that they would lead into a crossover event entitled Big Game, which would be illustrated by Pepe Larraz and serve as a crossover between every Millarworld property.[17][18][19][20][21]

In May 2023, it was revealed that Big Game is actually a sequel to Wanted, Millar's first creator-owned work, and follows Wesley Gibson and the Fraternity teaming up with Matthew Anderson / Nemesis to take down the latest wave of superheroes that have popped back up in the world following the actions of Dave Lizewski / Kick-Ass.[22]

In December 2023, it was revealed that Millar had signed a deal with Dark Horse Comics to become the new publisher of the Millarworld titles. This includes reprints of previous Millarworld titles and new series, with five brand-new series launching in 2024, one of them being Nemesis: Rogues' Gallery with artist Valerio Giangiordano.[23]

Bibliography

List of Millarworld publications
Year Title Issues Artist Publisher Adaptation
2004 Chosen/American Jesus 3 Peter Gross Dark Horse Comics The Chosen One
The Unfunnies 4 Anthony Williams Avatar Press
Wanted 6 J.G. Jones Top Cow Productions Wanted
2008–2010 Kick-Ass 8 John Romita Jr. Icon Comics Kick-Ass
2008–2009 War Heroes 6 (3 unpublished) Tony Harris Image Comics
2010 Nemesis 4 Steve McNiven Icon Comics Upcoming film
Superior 7 Leinil Francis Yu
2010–2012 Kick-Ass 2 7 John Romita Jr. Kick-Ass 2
2012 Supercrooks 4 Leinil Francis Yu Super Crooks (anime series)

Upcoming Netflix live-action series

Kingsman: Secret Service 6 Dave Gibbons Kingsman: The Secret Service

Kingsman franchise

2012–2013 Hit-Girl 5 John Romita Jr.
2013–2014 Kick-Ass 3 8 John Romita Jr.
2013–2017 Jupiter's Legacy 10 (2 volumes) Frank Quitely Image Comics Jupiter's Legacy
2014 Starlight 6 Goran Parlov
2014–2015 MPH 5 Duncan Fegredo
2015 Chrononauts 4 Sean Gordon Murphy
2015–2016 Jupiter's Circle 12 (2 volumes) Wilfredo Torres
Huck 6 Rafael Albuquerque Upcoming Netflix series
2016 Empress 7 Stuart Immonen Icon Comics Upcoming Netflix film
2016–2017 Reborn 6 Greg Capullo Image Comics Upcoming Netflix film
2017–2018 Kingsman: The Red Diamond 6 Simon Fraser
2018 The Magic Order 6 Olivier Coipel Upcoming Netflix series
Prodigy 6 Rafael Albuquerque Upcoming Netflix film
2018–2019 Kick-Ass – The New Girl 18 John Romita Jr. and Marcelo Frusin
Hit-Girl Season One 12 Ricardo López Ortiz, Amy Reeder, Eduardo Risso, and Rafael Albuquerque (Colombia, Canada, and Rome)
2019 Sharkey the Bounty Hunter 6 Simone Bianchi Upcoming Netflix film
Space Bandits 5 Matteo Scalera Upcoming Netflix film
Chrononauts: Futureshock 4 Eric Canete
2019–2020 American Jesus: The New Messiah 3 Peter Gross
Hit-Girl Season Two 12 Pernille Ørum, Goran Parlov, Alison Sampson, and Declan Shalvey (Hollywood, Hong Kong, and India)
2020–2021 Kick-Ass vs Hit-Girl 5 Marcelo Frusin
2021 Jupiter's Legacy: Requiem 6 Tommy Lee Edwards, Matthew Dow Smith
2021–2022 King of Spies 4 Matteo Scalera
2021–2022 The Magic Order 2 6 Stuart Immonen
2022 Prodigy: The Icarus Society 5 Matteo Buffagni
2022 The Magic Order 3 6 Gigi Cavenago
2022–2023 Night Club 6 Juanan Ramirez Upcoming Netflix series
2022–2023 American Jesus: Revelation 3 Peter Gross
2023 Nemesis Reloaded 5 Jorge Jimenez
2023 The Magic Order 4 6 Dike Ruan
2023 The Ambassadors 6 Frank Quitely, Karl Kerschl, Travis Charest, Olivier Coipel, Matteo Buffagni, Matteo Scalera
2023 Big Game 5 Pepe Larraz
2024 Nemesis: Rogues' Gallery 5 Valerio Giangiordano Dark Horse Comics
2024–2025 Night Club 2 TBA Juanan Rameirez
Prodigy: Slaves of Mars Stefano Landini
Jupiter's Legacy: Finale Tommy Lee Edwards
The Magic Order 5 Matteo Buffagni

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