The New Mutants is a film that was born during the Fox era of X-Men and yet is now under the management of Disney after their purchase of Fox. To begin with, many in the industry (including me stupidly) thought that Disney would just scrap the project which was said to require a lot of expensive reshoots, especially after the last Fox X-Men movie Dark Phoenix went out with such a whimper at the box office. However, it does seem as if The New Mutants will hit theaters next year after all, but will it even be called The New Mutants?
The New Mutants is scheduled for release on April 3, 2020, and according to a new report from FandomWire Disney is going to be removing all mention of Mutants from the movie, to take away its connections to that franchise. It actually makes some sense given how toxic the brand seems to be after Fox was finished with it and we know that the X-Men will eventually be brought into the MCU by Marvel Studios. The idea here appears to be to release this as a one-off film that doesn’t connect in any way to Fox’s X-Men or the MCU at large. According to the outlet’s source, this change was made in case Kevin Feige wants to ever use The New Mutants properly for the MCU.
But what does this mean for the movie? For a start, some names might need to change, along with any references to the word Mutant or the X-Men. The movie also reportedly ended with a reveal that the main villain of the movie was actually Mr. Sinister, a classic X-Men villain, and surely that all has to be removed to make this work as an independent movie? The other pressing matter must surely be the name of the movie as mentioned above. If Disney does not want an association with the word Mutants, then surely they must choose a new name for the movie?
It appears that whatever movie we end up getting on April 3rd next year, it won’t be The New Mutants any longer. How will they market this, will they just hope to recoup as much of the production costs as possible before assigning this to the dud bin, what if it is actually a good movie after all? These are the questions you can answer if you like in the usual spot below.
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