After a year of deal-brokering and negotiations, Scottish comic book writer Mark Millar announced the sale of his publishing house, Millarworld, to the streaming service mogul, Netflix. The deal brings Millar himself into the Netflix fold as their “President of Millarworld Division” and promises fans that more of their favorite Millarworld titles will join the ranks of Kickass and Kingsman as comic-to-screen film and television series adaptations.

The Details

Netflix reportedly paid somewhere in the ballpark of $40 million for the Millarworld rights, and fans can be certain that the company plans to get their money’s worth. News of the deal preceded an announcement by Disney stating that they would launch a competing streaming service of their own by just one day, so it appears Netflix is anxious to work with exclusive intellectual property like Millar’s library of tiles. Not just the stories he has already published, but Netflix now also owns the stories he will publish in the future, and Millar is rumored to have quite a few stocked away.

The deal did not close without complication. Millar frequently collaborates, so side deals with individual co-creators and artists needed to be made before he could sell Millarworld to Netflix outright. Additionally, the rights to several Millarworld comics were already owned by third parties. Titles like Wanted and Kingsman were already spoken, but more than a dozen others, including fan favorites Huck and Jupiter’s Legacy, now await Netflix to bring them to life.

The Implications

Now that Netflix has acquired Millarworld, what does that mean? First of all, preparations must be made. Stockpile the popcorn, find that favorite throw blanket and snag a complimentary subscription to Netflix with the T-Mobile ONE cellphone plan, because a new universe is about to be born on the small screen.

Netflix has already demonstrated its prowess for comic adaptations with the success of ongoing series like Daredevil, The Defenders and Iron Fist, so the next question is not whether or not the Netflix-Millarworld marriage will work, but rather, where to start. Which titles will adapt best to film and which will require a series format?

Millarworld enthusiasts are all a-chatter with the possibilities, but one title that keeps popping up at the mention of a Netflix original film is Huck. As others have pointed out, Netflix has a fondness for shy but inexplicably tough orphans of mysterious origins, as shown in the popularity of Stranger Things protagonist Ele/Jane, and since Huck shares these qualities him may fit right in at Netflix. Set in a small, sleepy town, the story of Huck, a mild mannered gas attendant with extreme super powers who performs one act of kindness each day, would translate effortlessly to the small screen and would only require as nominal budget. Huck’s desire for anonymity and the potential threat to it could serve as a driving force in the film, but seeing as Superman cornered that market long ago, it may become tedious in a series format.

Jupiter’s Legacy is to Millar what The Dark Tower series is to Stephen King — an epic tale that spans generations and involves the rise (and in some cases, the fall) of dozens of individual characters. The series is said to have drawn inspiration from Roman mythology (hence, Jupiter) and the Star Wars sagas. It is Millar’s longest-running title. The story line follows the disenfranchised offspring of the individuals who had once formed the Union, an elite council of superheroes (whose stories are later told in the prequel Jupiter’s Circle comics). Whereas the Union worked hard to stand as a shining beacon of hope and goodness, the children that carry the legacy are more concerned with the acquisition of fame and fortune. The slights and betrayals of the family drama go on for decades, so any screenwriter would be hard pressed to fit all that bad blood into a single film. Fans of this comic advocate that adequate exploration of these characters and relationships would demand multiple episodes within a series format.

Though no concrete declarations have been made regarding which Millarworld tales Netflix will spin into riveting film or binge-worthy TV, the brokering of this deal gives fans much to look forward to as well as time to prepare, and there is much fun in the anticipation.

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After a year of deal-brokering and negotiations, Scottish comic book writer Mark Millar announced the sale of his publishing house, Millarworld, to the streaming service mogul, Netflix. The deal brings Millar himself into the Netflix fold as their 'President of Millarworld Division' and promises fans that more of their...