When news came out the other day that Josh Boone had just cast his first two characters for his 2018 film X-Men: The New Mutants, a large portion of the movie going planet exasperated a collective “who?”…
Well, fear not, this is an easy one and The Game of Nerds has your back! A lot of this information is already online in various places, so we’ve put it all together for you!
First, a history lesson…
The New Mutants is a Marvel comic series centered around a group of mutant teenagers who attend the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and was created by Chris Claremont and Louise Simonson. Claremont and Simonson were riding a massive wave of success in the early 1980s with their Uncanny X-Men series which had become one of the industry’s most successful titles. At first they weren’t to eager to start another “mutant” line of books but out of fear that another company would strike first, Marvel chief Jim Shooter insisted. Simonson says…
“Neither Chris [Claremont] or I really wanted to do it. We wanted X-Men to be special and by itself, but Shooter told us that if we didn’t come up with a new ‘mutant’ book, someone else would.”
The first appearance of these “new” mutants would be in 1982’s Marvel Graphic Novel #4 and a year later they would get their own title which ran until 1991. The New Mutants would follow the X-Men motif of individual and team conflicts interconnected with typical comic book adventure stories.
And much like the X-Men they would also feature a revolving door of characters, included among them Deadpool, who be introduced in February 1991 with issue #98. They would eventually be re-launched as the X-Force in 1991, now led by Cable, when the original New Mutants run was finished.
There would be other New Mutants series to follow, with a second run in 2003 featuring an all new lineup and then in 2009 a third series would begin reuniting the original members.
The New Mutants were a group of younger students of Professor X at the time, much like the current X-Men once were. However these “All-New, All-Different X-Men” were more of a reflection of social change at the time in terms of ethnic diversity. The original team consisted of: Cannonball, Karma, Mirage, Sunspot and Wolfsbane and then later add Cypher, Magik, Warlock and Magma. The original run would have 17 total members not including Professor X and end with issue #100 in 1991. X-Force (being led by Cable) and subsequent series’ would go on to be successful and sell millions of copies.
Time jump to May 2015 when 20th Century Fox announces Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) would write and direct a feature length New Mutants film. The film is supposedly heavily influenced by the original run of comics in the early eighties and is said to be a “young-adult style” movie. In the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past there were appearances by New Mutants alumni Sunspot, Blink and Warpath but there has been no word on if they will be appearing the new film.
In fact, other than the casting news the other day of Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik and Masie Williams as Wolfsbane, the only other bit of news Boone has released is that we will definitely not see James McAvoy reprise his role as Professor Charles Xavier.
With a release date of April 13, 2018 we’re less than a year out so expect a lot more casting and story information to be coming very soon since time is short and it is currently still listed as in “pre-production”.
Boone doesn’t have a ton of big budget experience but fleshes out characters very well and counts exposition as a strength so this should be an interesting one since X-Men and the other mutant spin-offs are very character heavy and story driven.
Should be good!
Till next time…