The Future Of Marvel’s Mutants
Tripwire looks at what’s next after Dark Phoenix for Marvel’s mutants…
Fresh off the release of Dark Phoenix, X-Men fans have already started to wonder about the future of their favourite mutants. Though the aforementioned film is set to be the final instalment in the main X-Men series, fans still have the upcoming Josh Boone-directed New Mutants spinoff to look forward to – even if 20th Century Fox has a history of pushing back release dates.
Because of this combination of anticipation and past letdowns, producer Simon Kinberg saw it fit to clear the air in a recent interview regarding the multiple delays that have impacted the project. “What’s happening is we’re gonna do reshoots this year on that film and it has a new release date from Disney,” Kinberg explained. “Part of it was figuring out what the reshoots were gonna be, the pick-ups, and the other part of it was getting that cast back together.” Kinberg then praised Marvel for its skilled planning, citing that the company had provided immense help in ensuring that all the actors could be together at the same time and in the same place.
Kinsberg also went on to detail that there had been issues resulting from the fact that all of the characters in the film were also making appearances in TV shows, forcing production to juggle multiple timing and scheduling conflicts. All in all, the producer painted a picture of an intricate web of complications – though he also wound up conveying that they would all be handled within a year, leading, at long last, to the film’s release.
When it does finally come out, New Mutants is set to star Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams and Stranger Things actor Charlie Heaton in leading roles. The plot will revolve around a group of young mutants held in a facility fighting to keep themselves alive, and the studio has indicated that this will all be depicted as a full-fledged horror concept (which is certainly going to be a new look for a modern superhero film).
That said, New Mutants is just one of a few projects set to inject a taste of horror into the superhero genre. The other is the recently released Brightburn, which turns the typical superhero origin story on its head and explores what happens when a super-powered extraterrestrial sent to Earth starts to use his powers for evil instead of good. Beyond Brightburn, there is also talk of New Mutants potentially spawning a trilogy, which would mean there would be subsequent horror-superhero films in this same series as well.
It may all seem at first like a gimmick of sorts, but it’s actually this type of creative take on the superhero genre that has been cited as a reason why films like Logan and The Dark Knight have been able to garner disproportionate critical acclaim, and even earn Academy Awards nominations. In turn, New Mutants has been pointed to as having the potential to do the same. The film may be a ways off, but some of the newest available betting sites have made a habit of tracking major entertainment awards, and we’d bet (no pun intended) that this project is going to start showing up in some odds listings. That is to say, right now we have no idea what the critical reception will be – but because of the success of some other horror-infused superhero projects, we could ultimately be discussing New Mutants more in terms of its Academy Awards odds than its box office earnings.
Granted, those are some lofty expectations to heap upon a project that’s still in development. But maybe those are just the consequences of a long delay! And with the serious tone, Kinberg’s prowess, and the beloved lead actors attached, there are legitimate reasons to buy into the idea of New Mutants ultimately being a success.