In its want for more superhero content, Netflix has purchased Millarworld, the publishing outfit founded by comic book legend Mark Millar.
The acquisition follows Netflix’s partnership with Disney-owned Marvel that has delivered a number of popular superhero-based shows including Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
Known as a modern-day Stan Lee, Millar is the creative force behind a number of iconic Millarworld brands including Kick-Ass, Kingsman and Old Man Logan.
Millar also spent eight years at Marvel, where he developed a range of comic books and story arcs that inspired the first Avengers movie, Captain America: Civil War and Logan.
Though terms of the acquisition haven’t been disclosed, Netflix has announced it will create yet-to-be-announced original films, series and kids shows based on Millarworld’s existing fan-favourite franchises.
Under the Netflix label, Millarworld will also continue to create new properties spanning the superhero, anti-hero, fantasy, sci-fi and horror genres.
Millar founded his comics publishing house in 2003 and currently operates the company with his wife, Lucy. Since its launch, the company and its co-creators have produced 18 published character worlds, of which three, Wanted, Kick-Ass and Kingsman, were adapted into movies that have a combined global box office gross of nearly US$1