Recently, news of The New Mutants in the MCU circulated, originating from Disney’s official D23 newsletter. However, the surprise and anticipation of fans were cut short. A revised D23 newsletter post quickly appeared with all mention of the news removed. D23 is the official convention for all things Disney. Many also think it will become the only official convention where Disney presents its new content in the coming years. So such a careless mistake on the part of a large cog in the Disney machine seems strange. This was the original post by the newsletter.
“There’s a seriously electrifying new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it comes in the form of the latest from Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Entertainment…
“The New Mutants is an original horror thriller set in an isolated hospital, where a group of young mutants is being held for psychiatric monitoring.
Conspiracy theorists may say the reveal was premature. Thinking that Disney and Marvel Studios are waiting for a more official confirmation with much fanfare. But I don’t believe that’s the case. I don’t think that The New Mutants in the MCU never really made sense, and here’s why.
The New Mutants Pre-Dates Inclusion In The MCU
The New Mutants were not planned as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). They were barely meant as part of the X-Men shared Universe. Twentieth Century Fox, who had the cinematic rights to the X-Men library of Marvel Comics characters, originally produced The New Mutants. This was obviously before Disney bought Fox, returning the X-Men characters to their home with Marvel, via Marvel Studios. But even then, The New Mutants was a standalone movie, separate from the other X-Men films.
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During its production, The New Mutants went through a lot of ups and downs since their initial pitch in 2015. Despite the first trailer for the movie releasing in 2017, many internal factors caused the movie’s delay. During which, Disney bought Fox and the movie’s fate was in limbo. But most recently, director Josh Boone announced a new trailer for the movie. He saw the characters as an X-Men team for a new generation.
We also got confirmation that Disney would be the one releasing the movie. Naturally wondering if The New Mutants would be in the MCU make sense, at first. Still, this is unlikely given the movie completed filming prior to the sale of Fox to Disney. So, there is no way that storylines, characters or plot points could ever be a part of the MCU, a tightly-knit and carefully planned shared universe. Thus, we assume the D23 newsletter post is a mistake. Yes, it is a Marvel property, but The New Mutants is not likely set in the MCU as we know it.
It Takes Years Of Planning To Be Part Of The MCU
Interconnectivity between its movies are a big deal for the MCU, if not one of its founding tenets. Directors have walked out of MCU films due to their inability to work within this established framework of connectivity. (This is arguably why Scott Derrickson quit Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.) The sheer number of stories weaved together takes careful planning. For example: the seeds of Thanos’ storyline in Avengers: Infinity War in 2018 were planted during the first Avengers movie in 2012.
So it’s a stretch to think that a movie that had so many internal issues such as The New Mutants, would ever be part of the MCU, ad hoc, months before it’s eventual release. It’s also completely off-brand for Kevin Feige and his brain trust at Marvel Studios to take a movie made entirely without their input, then go out of their way to force connections to the unprecedented shared universe that they spent the better part of 10 years building. The introduction of mutants into the MCU will be a tricky prospect, and one that will take very careful planning.
There May Be Other New Mutants In The MCU Later On
Mutants are a concept not present in the MCU, both because Fox owned the rights to those characters and shared universes were a new thing for even a single studio to pull off. The lack of ‘mutants’ in the MCU even led the ABC Marvel series Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., to spent an entire story arc modifying The Inhumans story. These half-alien people were how random, everyday folks could be “born” with powers, at least once they go through terragenesis.
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However, now the mutants are fair game the MCU will of course introduce new characters who are actual mutants sooner rather than later. For years now, fans clamored for The Avengers to cross over with the X-Men in the cinematic world, like they do in the comics. So Marvel Studios must already be working on a way to make that happen. And it’s doubtful that they’ll let a movie like The New Mutants, interfere or throw a wrench into any of those plans. It’s more likely, if The New Mutants does well, that some of those same characters could find their way into the MCU, in an altogether different way.
The New Mutants is releasing on April 3, 2020.
Do you think The New Mutants in the MCU would have been a good idea? How do you think Marvel Studios should introduce mutants? Let us know in the comments below.
Shah Shahid is an entertainment writer, movie critic (so he thinks), host of the Split Screen Podcast (on Apple Podcasts & everywhere else) and filmy father on a mission to educate his girls on decades of film history. Armed with uncontrollable sarcasm and cautious optimism, Shah loves discussing film, television and comic book content until his wife’s eyes glaze over. So save her by engaging him on his own blog at BlankPageBeatdown.com or on Twitter @theshahshahid.