Marvel Zombies live-action show or movie may be in development
Comic book writer and industry insider Mark Millar says Marvel Studios may be developing a live-action Marvel Zombies adaptation.
Famous comic book author and industry insider Mark Millar says Marvel Studios could develop a live-action adaptation of Marvel zombies. This news follows the last episode of What if … from Marvel? – titled “What if … Zombies !?” – which gave audiences a first glimpse of what an undead pandemic might look like in the Marvel Universe. Despite the relatively short runtime, the episode’s writers managed to incorporate several references and plot points from the 2006 original. Marvel zombies comic book series written by Robert Kirkman.
Kirkman, who is most famous for co-creating the original The walking dead comics, give free rein to his imagination in his limited series of five issues. Leaving the origin of the Ultimate Fantastic Four, Marvel zombies takes place in an alternate timeline where the Marvel Universe is ravaged by a contagion of zombies known simply as “hunger.” The series differs from Marvel’s main continuity by its graphic representations of gore and (most importantly) its dark, relentless tone. While And if the adaptation certainly delivered with violence, it failed to capture the tone – likely an intentional decision to cater to the show’s younger target audience. However, it looks like the studio will have another chance to adapt the famous screenplay soon.
In his personal newsletter (via RBC), Millar claims that “(if my sources are correct) a little bit of live-action Marvel Zombies further on, but you’ve never heard that from me.” The writer does not specify if the project will be for film or television, although that may simply indicate how well the project is in production. As such, Millar also does not provide a possible exit window.
If that’s true, a live adaptation of Marvel zombies would certainly mark a departure from the standard Marvel Studios superhero fare. Although next year Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is supposed to incorporate elements of horror, the studio has never attempted a horror project before in the MCU. The recent introduction of the multiverse presents a perfect opportunity for Marvel Studios to tackle riskier scenarios like Marvel zombies in the future.
However, as with any rumor, news of this alleged live-action Marvel zombies adaptation must be taken with care – at least until the studio itself intervenes. Even if Millar’s sources are correct, there’s still a possibility that the studio will veto the idea later on (as they did for Nia DaCosta’s original pitch for an X-Men and Fantastic Four crossover film. ). Either way, this rumor shows the exciting new storytelling possibilities available to filmmakers now that the MCU’s multiverse is up and running.
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Source: Mark Millar (via RBC)
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