– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s taken a couple false starts, but with the recent success of DEADPOOL, the XCU seems to have officially expanded beyond the main X-MEN franchise. Last year, it was confirmed that FAULT IN OUR STARS director Josh Boone would board THE NEW MUTANTS as writer and director.

As indicated in his tweet above, Boone finished a draft of the script last October, and just last week, he gave some hints as to who would be on the team.

in a recent interview with Collider, X-MEN Cinematic Universe mastermind and producer Simon Kinberg, revealed one key detail regarding the upcoming film, which involves Professor X himself, Charles Xavier.

“Right now, as the movie exists, Professor X would be a part of a NEW MUTANTS movie.”

Notice the careful phrasing the producer uses in his comments. Kinberg is no newbie when it comes to playing this whole publicity tour thing. He knows how much to give the press, and when to add modifiers to his claims.

So as it stands, we’ll be seeing Professor X in the film, but based on Kinberg’s comments, its appears they’re still going through some serious reworks in the script to ensure it’s everything it needs to be. As such, don’t be surprised if by the time the film hits theaters, Xavier has somehow weaseled his way out of the picture.

However, given that the New Mutants are teenage mutants at Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters, it would admittedly be a bit strange not to at least have the professor have some sort of cameo. These are, after all, mutants-in-training at the school, so to avoid him altogether — especially when thingsinevitably hit the fan in the plot– would be a bit strange, to say the least. But again, Kinberg is wise to keep the reins tight on his comments, because in the film game, things can change at the drop of a hat.

In addition to this comment from Kinberg, it looks like Fox is hoping to shoot this X-MEN film at the beginning of next year, meaning we may be getting a release around this time in 2018 (that last part is pure speculation). 

This makes me wonder if THE NEW MUTANTS won’t be a spinoff, but rather just the continuation of the X-MEN story. As of right now, we have no word on what the next X-MEN flick would be, and the only comments we’ve had so far are Kinberg’s recent comments that it would take place in the 90s. Is THE NEW MUTANTS the film that will take place in the 90s? If so, it seems safe to assume that McAvoy would be the version of Professor X that we’d be seeing.

If these comments from Kinberg have proven anything, it’s simply that Fox likes to keep everything really close to the chest, and that we have a lot of questions and fun potential news ready to hit us once X-MEN: APOCALYPSE hits the big screen.

What are your thoughts on Professor X potentially showing up in the NEW MUTANTS movie? Do you think it’s essential, or can the film do just fine without him? Let us know your thoughts down below!

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE hits U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.

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SOURCE: Collider

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.