Comic book writer and industry insider Mark Millar claims that Marvel Studios may be developing a live-action adaptation of Marvel Zombies.
Acclaimed comic book author and industry insider Mark Millar claims that Marvel Studios may be developing a live-action adaptation of Marvel Zombies. This news comes off the heels of the latest episode of Marvel’s What If…? — titled “What If… Zombies!?” — which offered audiences their first glimpse of what an undead pandemic could look like within the Marvel universe. Despite the relatively short run time, the episode’s writers managed to incorporate several references and plot points from the original 2006 Marvel Zombies comic series written by Robert Kirkman.
Kirkman, who is most famous for co-creating the original The Walking Dead comics, let his imagination run wild in his five-issue limited series. Originally spinning out from the Ultimate Fantastic Four, Marvel Zombies takes place in an alternate timeline where the Marvel universe is ravaged by a zombie contagion known simply as “the Hunger.” The series sets itself apart from the main Marvel continuity through its graphic depictions of gore and (most importantly) its unrelenting bleak tone. While What If…?’s adaptation certainly delivered with the violence, it failed to capture the tone – likely an intentional decision to cater to the show’s younger target audience. However, it seems that the studio will get another shot at adapting the famous storyline soon.
In his personal newsletter (via CBR), Millar claims that “(if my sources are correct) a little live-action Marvel Zombies further down the line, but you never heard that from me.” The writer doesn’t specify whether the project will be for film or television, though that may simply indicate how early the project is in production. As such, Millar does not provide a possible release window either.
If true, a live-action adaptation of Marvel Zombies would certainly mark a departure from Marvel Studios’ standard superhero fare. Although next year’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is said to incorporate horror elements, the studio has never outright attempted a horror project before in the MCU. The recent introduction of the multiverse presents a perfect opportunity for Marvel Studios to tackle riskier storylines like Marvel Zombies in the future.
However, as is true of any rumor, news of this alleged live-action Marvel Zombies adaptation should be taken with a grain of salt – at least until the studio itself chimes in. Even if Millar’s sources are accurate, there is always the possibility that the studio vetos the idea later on down the line (as they did for Nia DaCosta’s original pitch for an X-Men and Fantastic Four crossover film). Regardless, 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 CBR)
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