Netflix adds Kick-Ass, Kingsman and Wanted to its comic-book line-up

Matt Sayer 8 August 2017 NEWS

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Acclaimed comic book writer Mark Millar joins the Netflix family.

Netflix has announced its first-ever acquisition today, and it's a doozy. Millarworld, the comic book publisher founded by notable writer Mark Millar, is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Netflix, bringing along its vast library of acclaimed characters and stories.

Millar has penned some of the most popular comics in recent times, including Kick-Ass, Kingsman and Wanted, all of which Netflix plans to take advantage of with original movies, series and kids' shows. Millar and his team will also be creating entirely new franchises exclusively for Netflix over the coming years.

According to Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos, this is only the third time such a major comic book company has been purchased outright. Sarandos considers Millar the closest thing there is to a modern-day Stan Lee, which is a big claim considering Netflix's partnership with Marvel and Lee himself.

In addition to Millar's original creations, the comic book writer was also responsible for the stories that inspired the first Avenger's film, Captain America: Civil War and Logan.

Netflix is experiencing a typically busy month, with plans announced this month for TV adaptations of Stretch Armstrong and a huge raft of new anime titles.

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