Earlier today, a new trailer for The New Mutants dropped online. The trailer – which you can view below – is the second teaser for the forthcoming movie. 

Looks good, right?

But what is The New Mutants and does it have anything to do with the X-Men or the Marvel Cinematic Universe? More importantly, why does this trailer/film look so familiar?

In this post I will answer these questions and more.

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What is The New Mutants?

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The New Mutants is a super hero horror movie based on the comic book of the same name published by Marvel Comics. Directed by Josh Boone, the film stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton and Alice Braga.

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If The New Mutants is based on a Marvel comic, is the film part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

While The New Mutants is based on a Marvel property, it is not part of the MCU. The film was originally green lit by 20th Century Fox to be part of the X-Men movie series.

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Are the New Mutants connected to the X-Men movies? 

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Yes, kind of. When the movie went into production the aim was for The New Mutants to be an X-Men spin-off, featuring mutant characters who had not previously appeared on screen. The original plan was to see how well audiences responded to The New Mutants, and then possibly turn it into an ongoing series of films.

The New Mutants was one of many Marvel projects in the works at 20th Century Fox, along with the Deadpool and X-Men movies (as well as various rumoured spin-offs), before the studio was bought by Disney.

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Why does The New Mutants look familiar?

If you think The New Mutants looks familiar it’s likely that you recall seeing the first trailer or the movie poster which were released in 2018. The film was actually shot in 2017 and was marketed in 2018, but has sat on a shelf ever since.

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Why did the first New Mutants trailer come out in 2018?

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Production wrapped on The New Mutants in 2017, with a release date originally set for April 2018. However, after some early promotional work, 20th Century Fox made the decision to delay the film’s release, sighting the need for some reshoots as the reason.

Many films undergo reshoots, often to tweak or change parts of the movie that don’t quite work, or didn’t play well to test audiences. Usually these reshoots taken place before the film begins its marketing campaign.

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How many times was The New Mutants release date rescheduled?

The film was initially pushed back to February 2019, before being pushed back once again to August 2019. This decision not only confused fans, it also confused the film’s cast as they even didn’t know when (or if) the movie was due out. 

By Spring 2019 the cast still hadn’t taken part in any reshoots and the film’s release was still up in the air. Meanwhile, while all of this re-scheduling took place, something very significant happened to 20th Century Fox – it was bought by the Walt Disney Company. 

As a result of a change in ownership, a number of Fox movies got rescheduled or reshuffled. The New Mutants was one of these and it was temporarily shelved without a release date, even appearing as though it might never get released.

However, last week, director Josh Boone announced the film was finally getting a release date – April 2020. Oh, and the film is reportedly the same one that was completed in 2017, so without any of the reshoots (that may or may not have taken place).

When the movie finally gets released it will be the last entry in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men movie series. 

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Hang on… wasn’t X-Men: Dark Phoenix the last entry in Fox’s X-Men movie series?

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Yes, kind of – it’s all a bit confusing.

The New Mutants was shot before X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and as discussed above, was supposed to be released before that last X-Men movie. When the movie got delayed and then shelved, X-Men: Dark Phoenix technically became the last entry under Fox’s watch.

When X-Men: Dark Phoenix was released during summer 2019 (after being delayed from a November 2018 release date), 20th Century Fox marketed the film as the last X-Men movie. Either this was because Disney considered scrapping The New Mutants completely, or it was simply to give X-Men: Dark Phoenix a boost in theatres by calling it the finale.

Either way, now that The New Mutants is getting released it will (sort of) conclude the 20th Century Fox era of X-Men movies and TV shows that has included:

  • Generation X (1996)
  • X-Men (2000)
  • X-2: X-Men United (2003)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
  • X-Men: First Class (2011)
  • The Wolverine (2013)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
  • Deadpool (2016)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
  • Logan (2017) 
  • Deadpool 2 (2018)
  • X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019)
  • Legion (2017-2019)
  • The Gifted (2017-2019)

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So, if The New Mutants completely concludes the Fox X-Men series, does that mean there will be no more movies?

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Erm… kind of. While the Fox era will conclude with The New Mutants, this isn’t quite the end for the Fox/X-Men characters. Deadpool 3 is currently in development at Disney, which means the 20-year run of movies will still continue in a way.

Due to the nature of the character, and his ability to break the fourth wall, Deadpool can exist in both in the Fox X-Men movie series, and whatever Disney has planned for the X-Men moving forward (i.e the Marvel Cinematic Universe).

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Why is The New Mutants getting released now?

Releasing The New Mutants is Disney’s way of tying up loose ends (from a business point of view). Whether it’s a good film or a bad film, and whether it required reshoots or not, as far as Disney is concerned it is best to just get The New Mutants out there and then move on.

The New Mutants is one of the remaining Fox films that Disney needs to release, and the last Marvel movie produced by Fox. Moving forward, all Marvel movies – with the exception of the Spider-Man films – will be produced by Marvel Studios (which is owned by Disney).

Marvel Studios/Disney does not own the rights to the Spider-Man films, even though Spider-Man is a Marvel character. This is an equally convoluted situation, which I’ve simplified on Don’t Tell Harry (should you want to read up on it).

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Is it possible that Disney could have shelved The New Mutants indefinitely?

Disney owns Marvel Studios and therefore controls the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As The New Mutants was not created by Disney and/or Marvel Studios and is not part of the MCU, then it is possible the studio could have simply shelved it indefinitely as it serves no real purpose in Disney/Marvel’s future plans. 

While it’s rare that a studio will bury a film forever (as it is better to make some money off a film than none at all), it does happen. Heck, even the first Fantastic Four movie was the subject of an indefinite shelving, which meant the initial FF film has never been given an official release.

However, it doesn’t make any sense for Disney to shelve The New Mutants. The film will make some money upon its release, which is essentially new money for Disney, and if it is a bad film then audiences will forget about it in the long run.

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If The New Mutants is pretty much the end of the Fox X-Men movies, does that mean it won’t get a sequel?

Here’s the kicker with The New Mutants, because the film was shot so long ago and is technically a loose end, it’s very unlikely we will see a sequel, even if it is a good movie. OK, so if it brings in a billion dollars then you can bet it’ll be thrown a lifeline, but chances are it’ll simply come and go as a standalone tale.

If you’re a fan of The New Mutants comics/characters then it’s probably best to just be thankful that the film will be released. Appreciate it for what it is, then hope The New Mutants will get revived in some capacity in the MCU.

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What happens to the X-Men movies moving forward?

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At some point in the not-too distant future, the X-Men will be introduced into the MCU. When this happens, expect to see a new era of X-Men films (i.e a reboot of the series), with a new cast taking on the iconic roles of Wolverine, Storm, Jean Grey etc.

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I hope this post has answered any questions you might have about The New Mutants movie. Should you wish to read further posts on the convoluted release of the film, I recommend you read my posts: ‘Fox pushes back X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants (again)’, ‘What is happening with The New Mutants film?’, ‘Yeah, about The New Mutants movie…’, ‘The New Mutants movie has been pushed back again’ and ‘The New Mutants *IS* coming out in 2020’.

Jeez, that’s a lot of reading! Now just imagine how much of a headache it has been trying to keep track of this movie.

For more Marvel-related posts, check out the recommended reads below. Alternatively, if you have various questions about the Spider-Man movies that you want answering you can also check out my Spidey movies blog, Don’t Tell Harry.

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