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– by Nick Doll

With Hugh Jackman’s tenure as Wolverine complete, Fox is still full steam ahead on numerous X-Men projects that (likely) don’t feature everyone’s favorite mutant. Next up is New Mutants next April, followed by Deadpool 2 in June, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix in November 2018. It looks like we will be getting X-Force after that, with Gambit still on the back burner, stuck in development hell. If I am not mistaken, Wolverine has thus far been in every X-Men film to some capacity, save for Deadpool, where Hugh Jackman’s face still made an appearance. But, in the age of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Sony’s SpiderVerse, Fox can’t allow their slice of the Marvel universe sit while they wait until the time is right to cast a new Logan, even if it means they will be moving forward without their lucky charm.

New Mutants is already paving the way as a unique take on the X-Men formula, melding younger, angsty mutants that would fit into a superpowered Breakfast Club with the horror genre. Director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) previously had this to say about the project’s uniqueness:

“We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe. There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.”

Horror is certainly an interesting direction to take the youngest characters in the X-Men universe, as this easily could have been Fox’s most family friendly X-Men film. No costumes worked to great effect in Logan, so that sounds awesome. But no supervillains? What will the new mutants be dealing with exactly?

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Variety conducted an interview with the chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, Stacey Snider, and she had this to add concerning the plot and tone of New Mutants:

New Mutants is about these teenagers who are just coming into their powers. It’s like watching mutants go through adolescence and they have no impulse control, so they’re dangerous. The only solution is to put them in a Breakfast Club detention/Cuckoo’s Nest institutional setting. It protects the people on the outside, but it’s strange and combustible inside. The genre is like a haunted-house movie with a bunch of hormonal teenagers. We haven’t seen a superhero movie whose genre is more like The Shining than ‘we’re teenagers let’s save the world.’”

It all sounds horribly claustrophobic, but that’s part of the point in a haunted-house movie, and Logan proved that smaller, “the world doesn’t need to be saved” plotlines really work in the age of overly giant and destructive final acts in the genre. This is far more appealing to me than the more traditional X-Men: Dark Phoenix, for sure. This kind of genre twisting that Marvel has done within their own MCU has certainly paid off, and may be just what the doctor ordered in a world without Wolverine.

I still have questions regarding whent his film is set within the timeline, if it is set within the broken timeline at all. With this closed off setting, it may not be neccesary to reference the outside world at all, and could be more standalone like Logan. Otherwise, are these new mutants in the current era of X-Men films set in the earlier years, or are we in the current millennium like the original trilogy? After all, Xavier’s school has always been for mutants in their adolescence who can’t yet control their powers, but maybe this batch of new mutants are too powerful to be let loose in his mansion’s halls? We’ll find out more as this next X-Men film approaches, but it certainly sounds more interesting than the title and choice of director originally suggested.

What do you think of what Snider has to say about New Mutants? Does this sound like something you might be interested in, or do you prefer more conventional stories like Dark Phoenix? Care to speculate on the timeline? Let us know in the comments section below!

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SOURCE: Variety

  • Mad Barchetta

    Well, the original book mostly was about finding a new generation. Unlike what we’ve seen in the movies or recent comics, back in the day, Xavier had 5 original students, then had to replace them when they were trapped (and flagging sales were threatening the existence of the book) and he needed a new team to extricate them. The new team he assembled were adults who didn’t need so much training. Once the new team was firmly established, it was time to bring in a new group of youngsters: The New Mutants, but in terms of a new class and mutants still new to their abilities.

    So…why say all that? Just a way to set up my opinion that the timeline should be somewhere between First Class and DOFP. They could be the ones Xavier brought in to continue his work and/or replace members who left or died (Darwin, Mystique, Havok – to war, Banshee – captured/killed by Trask at some point). His school wasn’t yet so populated as to have multiple classes running simultaneously and would fit in a similar position as the original comic.

    Makes sense to me, anyway. Besides, weren’t many of the most seminal of horror films created in the 70s, anyway?

    • axebox

      They basically have a new group every movie. So a New Mutants where it not only introduces a new group (done to death), but in a new way makes sense to me.

      • Mad Barchetta

        Mostly accurate. The first three movies focused on Cyclops, Wolverine, Jean Grey, Rogue, and Storm. That was pretty consistent. Of course, they added Nightcrawler, Iceman, Beast and Colossus along the way, but not so much as main characters.

        First class introduced young Xavier, Magneto, Mystique and young Beast as main protagonists. Those all remained in the latter films, with Banshee and Havoc being jettisoned. Later, younger versions of Cyclops, Nightcrawler and Jean Grey were introduced for Apocalypse.

        So, yes, there have been a lot of characters, but overall only a handful of them have been of central focus. They have not yet introduced a COMPLETELY new group, except for First Class, which was set in the past anyway. And even then, Xavier, Magneto and Mystique were involved, so it still wasn’t a completely new group.

        This film is supposed to involve no previously introduced characters, which would make it unique in this series.

        • axebox

          Do Deadpool and Wolverine 1 and 3 count?

          • Mad Barchetta

            Count as/for?

          • axebox

            As X-Men teams.

  • Kronx

    Claustrophobic… someone afraid of tight spaces, Santa.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      Santa doesn’t deal with tight spaces. He twinkles his nose and holiday magic turns him into sparkles so he can fly up the chimineys.

  • M@rvel

    The more I hear about this movie the less interested I get. Cool no costumes!! When have we ever really had satisfactory costumes in the X men universe?? Aside from deadpool and the last 30 seconds of Apocalypse, the costumes have either been nasty ass leather or straight up armor. I wouldn’t call any character’s outfit a “costume”…. except maybe magneto….

    • Nick

      First Class had the rad yellow and blue costumes. I think those were the best.

  • J’Accuse

    There are no costumes, There are no super-villians, and I have no interest.

  • J’Accuse

    I’m trying to think of a super-villain that was ever featured exclusively in the New Mutants. The Spirit bear? Does she count?

    • Mad Barchetta

      Yes, I would say that’s the best choice. Last I heard, I thought this movie was suppose to be based on that exact storyline.

  • axebox

    If Legion is involved I can see how this could get dicey.

  • suckit15694

    Wait i thought it was like a haunted house movie? Whats next ? The Exorcist ?