Fox/Disney’s long-delayed X-Men movie spin-off, The New Mutants is the final entry in the long-running X-Men movie series. The series, which began in 2000 with X-Men, will finally conclude once The New Mutants hits cinemas.
For fans of the X-Men movie series, the release of The New Mutants has been long coming. The film was shot in 2017, and was supposed to be released in 2018, but for various reasons (including the Fox/Disney buy out and the coronavirus) it has been sat on a shelf for the past few years.
While fans are pleased the movie is finally getting released, when The New Mutants does arrive it comes with the knowledge that this will be the one and only New Mutants movie. No further films are planned after this entry, and the likelihood is that we won’t see the characters reappear in a sequel.
But when The New Mutants was originally envisioned that wasn’t the case. In fact, the film was set to be the first entry in a trilogy.
In this post I am taking a look at the sequel that could have happened, if only The New Mutants had made it into cinemas as planned.
What is New Mutants: Brazil?
Had The New Mutants arrived in cinemas in 2018 as originally planned, there is a strong possibility the film could have been given a sequel. The sequel would have been called New Mutants: Brazil.
Confirming the title (via Entertainment Weekly), director Josh Boone, said: “We always intended to do New Mutants: Brazil as the second movie.”
Why was the proposed sequel called New Mutants: Brazil?
The proposed sequel was called New Mutants: Brazil because… well… it was set in Brazil.
What characters would have been introduced in New Mutants: Brazil?
New Mutants: Brazil would have introduced two classic characters, who do not appear in The New Mutants. The characters would have been Warlock and Karma.
“Karma was always going to be the villain in the second movie that would be absorbed into the group by the end”, said Boone. “We had always wanted to bring Karma and Warlock into the second one when we couldn’t do it in the first one.”
Who would have been the villain of New Mutants: Brazil?
The chief villain of New Mutants: Brazil would have been teased in a post-credit scene at the end of The New Mutants. That villain would been Emmanuel da Costa – the father of Roberto da Costa (aka Sunspot) – and he would have been played by Antonio Banderas.
Banderas would have appeared in a small role in The New Mutants, before having his role expanded for the sequel.
So, Antonio Banderas is in The New Mutants?
Antonio Banderas is not in The New Mutants. The actor was cast in the role of Emmanuel da Costa for the first film, but his scene was never shot.
According to director Josh Boone, said: “We had always planned to have a tag at the end of (The New Mutants) that introduced the villain for the next movie. We even had an actor cast, but because of the merger and because Marvel (studios) owns X-Men now and is going to do their own thing, there was no reason to go shoot it.”
Could New Mutants: Brazil ever get made?
It is very, very, very unlikely that New Mutants: Brazil will ever get made; not unless The New Mutants makes an avalanche of cash – and even then it probably won’t happen.
The release of The New Mutants, with its constant delays, has been a nightmare and has not created lot of goodwill with fans. When The New Mutants does make it into cinemas, expect it to be the end of the X-Men run rather than the opportunity to create further films in the current series.
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