Explaining the tone their they’re aiming for with New Mutants he says, “That’s the fun for me, working in the X-Men universe, creating these sort of standalone movies that have a different vibe to them. And New Mutants has more of a Young Adult vibe to it.”
In the Marvel Comics universe the New Mutants were introduced in 1982 as one of the earliest X-Men spin-offs and featured a new intake of teen mutants to Professor Charles Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters. In some ways it was the original X-Men take two: different characters, same idea, except the “kids” were allowed to be more like kids. So it’s understandable why Fox would be keen to give the New Mutants movie its own unique tone to give it an identity distinct from the the first X-Men film and First Class. Presumably by YA they mean that teen romance, angst and acne will play a big part.
The original New Mutants were Cannonball (who became nigh-invulnerable when rocketing through the air), Karma (who could mentally possess other people’s bodies), Mirage (who could create visual empathic three-dimensional illusions), Sunspot (who had superhuman strength fueled by sunlight) and Wolfsbane (a kind of Scottish werewolf).
There’s no guarantee any of these will appear in the film as there have been a about a zillion other members since, and Kinberg hints that any of them could appear, no matter how obscure. Plus, some names familiar from existing X-movies will probably crossover.
“There’s a long, long list of names,” he says, “and I’ll tell you some of the names on that list I don’t even know. That’s how deep it goes… Traditionally, the New Mutants have some characters that cross over from the mainline X-Men comics. As we are going, I would say it’s likely that you will see some familiar faces.”
Hmm, obscure New Mutants? How about Wither (whose touch made organic matter wither); or Wallflower (a shy girl who could influence emotions); or Skids (who projected a frictionless forcefield)? One of the most interesting New Mutants was Warlock, a techno-organic extraterrestrial. He’s the guy on the left and we’d love the to see film visualise him in CGI. For a while he became bonded with another mutant, Cypher, whose real name was Doug and became known as – we kid you not – Douglock.
Currently Josh Borne (The Fault in Our Stars) is connected to direct the New Mutants movie, and a first draft has been completed (though clearly it must be a very rough draft from Kinberg’s comments) but there is no confirmed release date.