Finally, The Trailer For X-Men Horror Spin-Off The New Mutants Has Arrived
With Dark Phoenix carrying the X-Men franchise — a welcome, grittier respite for the many superhero fans who want to see more human stories told than what they get in the normal MCU — into the decade on a thoroughly disappointing note, there's perhaps no better time for The New Mutants, a film that's been so widely speculated on and so mysteriously made that many thought it had completely ceased to exist altogether, to re-emerge.
Now, the much-anticipated Superhero horror has arrived. In trailer form, at least, with all signs pointing towards an April release.
For context, The New Mutants was announced a few years ago and immediately became one of the most exciting concept in the entire Marvel movie stable when it was. It was to have an all-star young cast, led predominantly by Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams and Stranger Things' Charlie Heaton, portraying a group of young mutants still coming to terms with their powers. Even better, it would be a horror film, as revealed by a trailer that dropped all the way back in October 2017.
But then, for a long time, word of the film largely dried up. Planned reshoots were repeatedly delayed All the way up until March last year, Maisie Williams was giving press interviews with the hopes of getting momentum behind the project once more, and when asked if and when the film would come out, all that its cast could offer was a shrug and an uncomfortable expression.
Finally, however, it seems the project has come together.
"The New Mutants, according to the film's synopsis, is "an original horror thriller set in an isolated hospital where a group of young mutants is being held for psychiatric monitoring. When strange occurrences begin to take place, both their new mutant abilities and their friendships will be tested as they battle to try and make it out alive."
The trailer also confirms rumours about which Marvel Comic Book character each of the film's stars will embody. Maisie Williams will play young werewolf Wolfsbane, Anya Taylor-Joy will play Majik, a Russian mutant with sorcery powers, and Charlie Heaton will embody Cannonball.
It's thought that the story of the New Mutants, while entirely separate for now, will eventually be worked into the wider X-Men franchise, which at the moment includes the characters featured in Dark Phoenix and spin-off series Deadpool. Russian character Collosus, who features prominently in the latter, is the sister of Majik.
Disney have also indicated that the X-Men will eventually be worked in to the wider MCU following their acquisition of 20th Century Fox, but that's a long way away for now.
The New Mutants will drop on April 3, 2020.