Netflix headquarters. Photo by Paul Sakuma Photography, courtesy Netflix.

Netflix Inc. announced Monday its acquisition of Millarworld, a comic book publishing company founded by Mark Millar, creator of such characters and stories as Kick-Ass, Kingsman and Old Man Logan.

The acquisition, the first ever by Netflix, “is a natural progression in the company’s effort 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,” according to a company statement.

Terms of the transaction weren’t disclosed.

“Together, Netflix and Millar will bring Millarworld’s portfolio of critically and fan-acclaimed character franchises to life through films, series and kids’ shows available exclusively to Netflix members globally,” according to the statement released by Netflix.

Millarworld will also continue to create and publish new stories and character franchises under the Netflix label.

“As creator and re-inventor of some of the most memorable stories and characters in recent history, ranging from Marvel’s The Avengers to Millarworld’s Kick-Ass, Kingsman, Wanted and Reborn franchises, Mark is as close as you can get to a modern-day Stan Lee,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “We can’t wait to harness the creative power of Millarworld to Netflix and start a new era in global storytelling.”

Millar said: “This is only the third time in history a major comic book company has been purchased at this level. I’m so in love with what Netflix is doing and excited by their plans. Netflix is the future and Millarworld couldn’t have a better home.”

Millar runs Millarworld with his wife Lucy. In his eight years at Marvel, he developed the comic books and story arcs that inspired the first Avengers movie, “Captain America: Civil War,” and “Logan (Wolverine),” which collectively grossed more than $3 billion worldwide.

Since Millarworld was started, the company and its co-creators have introduced 18 published character worlds, of which three, Wanted, Kick-Ass and Kingsman, have yielded theatrical films that together have grossed nearly $1 billion in global box office receipts.

Netflix has 104 million members in more than 190 countries who consume more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any internet-connected screen.

–City News Service

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