Comic book author and creator Mark Millar thinks that 20th Century Fox could pull off the Old Man Logan comic book arch that Millar wrote for Marvel several years back. In an interview with IGN.com Millar says it could totally work. Here’s what he had to say;
“They’re not important to the story. The way I worked that thing is I actually structured it as, I broke it down mechanically–I figured out going from this part of America to that part of America and what he would encounter along the way, and then I added in the adversities later. Basically Wolverine doing The Road movie is the important thing and he has a friend [a now-blind Hawkeye] with him. But that friend could be Cyclops and he could be blind by the fact that his ruby-quartz visor is broken and he has to keep his eyes closed the whole time and everything, but still insists on driving the car they’re crossing America with. There’s lots of stuff. Instead of the Hulk, you could have the Blob or something.”
“Honestly, the continuity stuff is the most boring side of it. I kind of like it, keeping it in the ‘X-Men’ universe a little, too, because comic fans are different from the mainstream world. I know this stuff backwards because I’ve lived my whole life loving this stuff, but most people don’t know all the minutia and everything so I think keeping it simplified and keeping it generally ‘X-Men’ universe is a smarter thing to do.”
I like Millar’s confidence but I don’t really know if you can make it work. Outside of Logan, all of the other main characters are Marvel Cinematic Universe characters. Hawkeye, Hulk, the Redskull, the Kingpin, and Blackbolt. In the quote above Millar makes mention of replacing Hawkeye with Cyclopes and the Hulk with the Blob (though this second replacement would take some major retooling for the plot), but he doesn’t address who’d he replace the Red Skull with (probably Magneto or Apocalypse), the Kingpin and Blackbolt could also be swapped out by other mutants as well I guess.
But here is the biggest problem with this being brought to the big screen without the MCU, the plot. The whole reason why the villains won is because they attacked all the heroes at once and their biggest effort was using Mysterio (Spider-Man villain controlled by Sony) to make Wolverine think he was fighting a ton of Marvel villains when in fact he was killing all of the X-Men.
With all of the X-Men gone and Wolverine driven into hiding because of the guilt he feels for killing his friends picking off the rest of the heroes was simple for the villains. The United States then divided up into territories, between the Red Skull, Magneto (who is later overthrown by the Kingpin), and Doom, with other MCU and Sony owned characters in the way.
What really hinders the conversion of this to just a solely X-Men film is that there aren’t that many “villains” in the X-Men universe. There is Magneto, but he’s more or less a hero now or anti-hero and no one else who is a big baddie, all the rest are kind of lowly. Yes Apocalypse is coming for the next X-Film but we don’t know his fate at the end of the film, but that still really leaves us with only two main villains and not a believable villain take-over like in the comic.
Now where I think trying to adapt this comic to film and just replacing certain MCU characters with X-characters, but I like the idea of a disenchanted retired Wolverine in an Unforgiven/The Road style film. This would be a great send off for Hugh Jackman as the character. Taking notes and giving nods to the comic will be a nice treat, but I think writing a completely new story would be better off for the film.
Or maybe work out a deal like Sony did and have the characters loaned to Fox would be great, but like Quicksilver, use different actors and make this film, like it’s comic counterpart an alternate universe.
So what do you think dear reader? Should Fox adapt this book and just use the characters they have rights to in order to replace the MCU characters? Or take my suggestion and just use the themes of the book to create an original film? As usual let us know in the comments below.