Gillen's first arc on the new X-Men ongoing series sees protagonist Hope Summers attempting to help a new mutant called Kenji Uedo from hurting the residents of Tokyo when his powers of transformation become unstable.
"That resemblance is deliberate and highly stated, Gillen told CBR. "What I'm trying to do with Kenji is show that he's an artist, and I wanted to talk about the idea of creation."
"He could have created anything, but he hasn't," the writer continued. "He's acting like he's in Akira, because he's watched Akira."
"It's how he thinks he should act - it's the only way he can process the horror of his body starting to warp," Gillen added.
'The Future is a Four Letter Word' concluded in this month's issue of Generation Hope, which is on sale now.