Thanks to Ted Sarandos‘ push for Netflix to acquire its own intellectual property rather than relying on licensing other characters, Netflix has acquired comic book publisher Millarworld, which has created hits like “Kick-Ass” and “Kingsman”.
The news was surprising to many in the film industry, as it is Netflix’ first acquisition. According to the company, their goal is “to work directly with prolific and skilled creators and to acquire intellectual property and ownership of stories featuring compelling characters and timeless, interwoven fictional worlds.”
Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer who has led the company in bold new directions, said “Mark [Millar] is as close as you can get to a modern day (comic book icon) Stan Lee”.
He went on to say, “We can’t wait to harness the creative power of Millarworld to Netflix and start a new era in global storytelling.”
Before creating his own comic book characters and universes, Mark Millar worked at Marvel, helping develop the stories for “Avengers” and “Captain America”.
The deal should be very lucrative for Netflix, as Millarworld has created 18 series whose stories and subsequent films have grossed over $1 billion in the global box office.