Prompted by the success of Deadpool and Logan, 21st Century Fox gave The New Mutants the go-ahead. Like Deadpool and Logan, the April 13, 2018 release will have very little in common with the mainstream X-Men installments.
We already know that The New Mutants will be set in the present day, so it can conveniently ignore any need to build a connection with X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which will take place in the 1990s. This will allow New Mutants, which revolves around five teen mutants - Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy), Wolfsbane (Maisie Williams), Cannonball (Charlie Heaton), Sunspot (Henry Zaga), and Mirage (Blu Hunt) - to deliver something fresh that may not necessarily conform to the core franchise’s sensibilities.
Director Josh Boone, who described his latest flick as a rubber-reality supernatural horror, told USA Today that New Mutants is more character-driven, grounded, and credible than the X-Men movies have been:
These kids could care less about being X-Men. They're so (messed) up, and have had such horrible things happen, that they're just trying to figure out how to get out of this situation"¦We just tried to pull this back and make it performance and character-driven, and more grounded and credible than X-Men movies ever are.
The article included a brand new photo of the movie’s main characters, including an apparently unconscious Mirage!
The first New Mutants trailer was launched over two months ago, and some impressive new footage was shown at Brazil's Comic Con Experience 2017. With one hundred-odd days to go until the movie’s theatrical release, Fox is keeping the movie's marketing campaign alive by releasing a number of brief promo videos:
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