Report: 'The New Mutants' is a Good but Not Great X-Men Film With No MCU Connections
Written By Mikey Sutton • Editor-in-Chief • Owner
The real horror of The New Mutants just might be its curse of a release date.
Filmed in 2017, The New Mutants was reshuffled several times as it was also caught in the middle of Disney's acquisition of Fox. When it was finally supposed to come out on April 3, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had exploded, shutting theaters down. Now scheduled to be released on August 28, 2020, merely four days away, the virus is keeping the movie from being screened in advance to critics but some are concerned that the film is simply terrible. Is it? According to a source who has seen the movie, the answer is apparently no. This person revealed to me that The New Mutants is a claustrophobic, icy teen drama that has echoes of the '80s more trippy horror fare such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Shining, and Deadly Friend but with a more somber John Hughes tone. The film's central flaw seems to be that it holds too much back, not really pushing the envelope of horror when it should.
The viewer added that the movie is superior to previous Fox fare such as X-Men: Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix, eschewing the excesses of the former and the blandness of the latter. The cast is singled out for their performances, especially Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik, who is said to be good enough to transfer the role to the MCU. And therein the disappointment lies for anyone expecting it; the film is definitely not set in the MCU. This individual further explained that The New Mutants more closely echoes a moody Netflix series than anything that Fox did with the X-Men in the past or with Kevin Feige's MCU. A B+ was the grade given for the movie and, unlike Fox's worst X-Men fare, there is a genuine love for the characters and their comics roots in The New Mutants.