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Netflix has snapped up Millarworld, the comics publisher founded by Mark Millar which counts among its properties 'Kick-Ass', 'Kingsman' and 'Old Man Logan'.

It plans to adapt these characters and worlds into films, series and kids' shows. The above three stories have already been made into feature films.

Millarworld will continue to create and publish new stories and characters under the Netflix label.

This is Netflix's first such acquisition. The streaming services describes it as "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."

Netflix described the deal as "a new era in global storytelling."

"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 Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer.

"We can't wait to harness the creative power of Millarworld to Netflix and start a new era in global storytelling."

Millar added: "Netflix is the future and Millarworld couldn't have a better home."

Millar previously worked at Marvel, where he developed the comic books and story arcs that inspired the first 'Avengers' film, 'Captain America: Civil War' and 'Logan'.

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