Whats the likelihood that Marvel Studios will make a Union Jack movie? Other than Agent Carter / Captain Britain on Disney+ What If?, the only other talk of a “British” hero coming to the big Marvel Screen was of Captain Britain. Well luckily for us, some fans have beat Marvel to it. Lots of information below on the inspiration for the episodes and why the producers chose Union Jack.
Theatrical Trailer for “Union Jack Movie”: a fan series of web-based films inspired by the Marvel Comics and characters. “Union Jack” follows the mishaps and misadventures of Joseph Chapman: MI5 agent-by day, vampire hunter-by night. With absurd allies and bonkers baddies, “Union Jack” mixes up a crazy cocktail of comedy, super hero, action, horror and espionage. Episode 01 will premiere on 31st October, 2019. New episodes every Thursday. For more info, please visit: MarkGarvey.co.uk A series of films by Mark Garvey Inspired by the Marvel Comics and Characters.
a series of films by Mark Garvey
starring: Sam O’Hara-Childs, Jasmine Knight, Simon Cleary,
Rachel Cuthill, Tom Gillson, Alice Phillipson, Scott Robinson,
Akar Faraj, Maureen Roche, Callum Oakaby-Wright, Chris Punter
contact: [email protected] please visit: www.markgarvey.co.uk
This Autumn, Marvel’s first British superhero, “Union Jack”, comes crash-bang-wallop-ing onto your screens in a fan series of web-based films adapted from the comics. This not-so-super superhero, is a loveable rogue that divides his time between his day job on messy missions as an MI5 agent, and fulfilling his true passion of hunting down – and putting an end to – “stinky” vampires. Agent Joseph Chapman, codename: Union Jack, is ably aided by his ever-suffering partner, Romany Wisdom: the brains of the duo, while their forever furious boss, MI5 Deputy Director Philip Gavin, barks endless orders at them. How can Union Jack put a stop to the evil schemes of the big bad vamp, Baroness Blood, when naughty terrorists Axis Mundi are also up to no good? Throw in psychotic master assassin, Slaymaster; sneaky double-triple-quadruple agent, Zaran; elusive puppet-master, Vixen; as well as an array of nasty vamps … and poor old Jack really has his work cut out for him.
An ambitious and unique Marvel fan series, “Union Jack Movie” shines a light on an as yet unseen shadowy little corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: the United Kingdom … and illuminates its many colourful characters. Created by Roy Thomas and Frank Robbins, the first Union Jack, James Montgomery Falsworth, appeared in “Invaders” in July 1976 … months before Marvel’s better-known British hero, Captain Britain, made his debut. Roger Stern and John Byrne then introduced the third Union Jack, Joseph Chapman, in “Captain America”, in January 1981. Our hero, Joey, has been proudly flying the flag in the comics ever since. We follow hapless MI5 agent Joseph Chapman – as Union Jack – as he romps his way through ten half hour episodes. Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a whacky assortment of friends and foes are also along for the ride, in this very British adventure.
Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly is a “Marvel Fan Series”?
Simply put: it is a series made by Marvel fans. Obviously, as it is fan-made, the series is not official nor canonical, but it is set in the existing Marvel Cinematic Universe. It goes without saying that we do not have permission, the rights, or clearances, which is the very definition of a fan series or a fan film; however, Marvel and Disney are very supportive of their dedicated, die-hard fans and the creative work they produce.
Why make a “Marvel Fan Series”?
For passion. For fun. For an almighty challenge. To tell stories and to explore characters that Marvel are yet to tackle on their epic canvas. The creative team wanted to work on something big and bold, and so the scale and scope of a lengthy series was appealing. The idea of producing work set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was very exciting and had lots of potential, especially as the British side of Marvel remains unexplored on screen.
How does “Union Jack Movie” fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
It exists in the continuity of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and makes references to it. Our timeline starts in 2017 with the later episodes taking place in 2018, around the time of the events in “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (2018), and we wrap up our story just before Thanos’s snap in “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018). We have tried to produce a show that is in keeping with the tone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially their more absurd and humourous outings, such as “Thor: Ragnarok”.
Why Union Jack?
Initially, when the project was first coming together, we were working towards producing a “Captain Britain” series, but it quickly became apparent that Union Jack was much more appropriate to what we wanted to do and where we wanted to go. There’s quite a wide range of interesting lesser-known British characters in Marvel Comics, but Joey’s adventures hunting vampires and being an agent in MI5 were well-suited to us, our style, and our creative intentions.
Do you stay “true” to the comics?
Yes and no. Some stories are adapted from the comics, others are entirely original stories featuring the characters from the comics. We wanted our hero to be different and not the type of character you would typically expect as a lead in superhero media, and as he doesn’t have superpowers, or any particularly special qualities, it made sense for him to be very different. He’s not special, he’s just an ordinary guy in extraordinary situations. He’s often incapable and out-of-his-depth, and we really pushed the boat out on this at times. In addition, his Britishness also helps set him apart from other familiar characters.
For the creative team, the time was right to take on an ambitious large-scale project like this. The team’s project prior to “Union Jack” was also an adaptation, and a wave of fan films we encountered led us towards the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which we felt lacked British characters, particularly as the lead. With the Brexit fiasco and other awkward embarrassments, Britain is undeniably in a bit of a mess, so the project was a timely, unifying, and positive “antidote” that gave us a voice to protest against the things going on around us that we weren’t happy about.
Meet the team
Mark Garvey: Director/Writer
Mark is an independent filmmaker from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire. He is a prolific writer/director of a string of recent indie features including “The White Van” (2018), “Portmanteau” (2017) and “The Same Circles” (2017). A lifelong Marvel fanboy and an utter geek, “Union Jack” is Mark’s dream project.
Sam O’Hara-Childs as Joseph Chapman/Union Jack
Having spent many years performing stand-up comedy and appearing on-screen in several sketches and skits, including “Stonewall Toda”, Sam has a gift for making people laugh, and he uses this wealth of experience to bring our hero, Joseph Chapman/Union Jack, to life.
Jasmine Knight as Romany Wisdom
Jasmine has been performing on-stage and on-screen since a very young age. A scene-stealer with an intense screen presence, Jasmine is perfectly placed to confidently translate Romany Wisdom from the comic panels to the screen … with unbridled sass.
Simon Cleary as Philip Gavin
Indie film stalwart, Simon, lives and works in Hertfordshire, where his creativity occasionally keeps him out of trouble. When not obsessing over The Fall, Simon – as a perfomer, writer, producer, photographer, musician and/or educator – can usually be found working on several bonkers creative projects or academic endeavours.
Tasha Fights Tigers: Music/Soundtrack
Veteran multi-instrumentalist Bill Hooper (better known as Tasha Fights Tigers), has been producing music for film for over a decade. An accomplished genre-bending songwriter, he has produced a wide-ranging portfolio of diverse music and songs to complement “Union Jack”.
Country of origin: UK
Year of release: 2019
Episode 1.1 Premiere: 31/10/19
Series runtime: 10 episodes, each 30 minutes (approx)
Rating: 18 (violence, language, adult themes)
Format: HD/1080p/25 fps
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Union Jack Movie Credits:
Directed, Written, Produced, Cinematography and Editing by Mark Garvey
Inspired by the Marvel Comics and Characters
Music by Tasha Fights Tigers
Production Managers: Simon Cleary, Michael Manning
Aerial Cinematography: Callum Oakaby-Wright, Blake Max
Sam O’Hara-Childs: Joseph Chapman/Union Jack
Jasmine Knight: Romany Wisdom
Simon Cleary: MI5 Deputy Director Philip Gavin
Rachel Cuthill: Lily Cromwell/Baroness Blood
Tom Gillson: Grausum
Alice Phillipson: Edith Harker
Maureen Roche: Lady Jacqueline Falsworth
Callum Oakaby-Wright: Kenneth Crichton/Baron Blood
Chris Punter: Percy Hotchkins
Scott Robinson: Maximillian Zaran
Akar Faraj: Slaymaster
Mark Garvey: Agent James Larner
Lizzie Byers: MI5 Director Annabel Warner
Ben Drake: Lancaster Sneed/Shockwave
Philip K. Meadows: Jessie Drake
Rob Ellingham: Sidney Crumb
Paul Woodcock: Mastermind
Nathan Loughran: Kevin Mulhearn/Doctor Destiny
Emma Tozer: Alison Double
Victoria Markham: Vixen
Camille Krieg: Ruth Bat-Seraph/Sabra
Suridner Juneja: Navid Hashim/Arabian Knight
Chris Nicholls: Professor Jonas Eckhardt/Necromancer
“Union Jack” Volume 1 by Ben Raab and John Cassaday
“Union Jack” Volume 2 by Christos N. Gage and Mike Perkins
“Invaders Now!” #1-5 by Christos Gage, Alex Ross and Caio Reiss
“The New Invaders ”Volume 1 #4-5 by Allan Jacobsen, C.P. Smith and Chris Walker
“The Daredevils” Volume 1 #3 by Alan Moore and Alan Davis
Union Jack Movie Links:
Union Jack: Instagram
Union Jack: YouTube
Union Jack: FaceBook
Union Jack on IMDb
“Union Jack” is a fan series: made for the fans, by the fans. The series is not endorsed by – nor affiliated with – Marvel Comics, Marvel Studios or Disney. All names and references are copyright and/or trademark of their respective owners. The project is entirely not-for-profit, is in no way monetised and is not intended for commercial use.