With the trailer giving us a glimpse of the mutant characters Wolfsbane (Maisie Williams), Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy), Sunspot (Henry Zaga), Cannonball (Charlie Heaton), Mirage (Blu Hunt) and Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga) who we will be fully introduced to in the upcoming movie New Mutants, fans have been asking if any other notable characters will be showing up.
When asked about the possibilities during an interview with IGN, here is what director Josh Boone had to say:
“Every video complains online about characters that aren’t in it right now. I will say we’re going to introduce new characters in the next movie as well. Characters like Karma and Warlock, and all that will be in future movies.”
So yea… he definitely said “next movie” implying that they already have plans for a sequel where they will start to build out the team by adding a founding member from the comics, Karma who possesses a range of telepathic abilities, and Warlock a techno-organic shape shifting alien.
Boone was also asked about the likelihood of any X-Men characters moviegoers might be familiar with popping up which he sidestepped, instead confirming the connection of the New Mutants to the existing X-Men universe and stating they will continue to be connected as the future movies expand. While cameos and appearances from characters in several different movie series seems likely, what with Colossus popping up in Deadpool, being part of the X-Men, and siblings with Magik of the New Mutants, I wouldn’t count on seeing a Marvel style crossover event film from the studio due to how muddled Fox’s X-Men franchise has been both continuity and timeline wise.
While talking about inspirations for his new film Boone also confirmed that Wes Craven’s Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors was something that he drew on heavily, interestingly enough that movie sees a group of kids trying to survive in an abandoned hospital much like our mutants, and at 1:22 in the recent trailer we even get to see the same faces in the wall effect which Craven utilized.
Boone then added:
“We brought it to FOX as a trilogy of films, really all based on that long run by Sienkiewicz, and kind of incorporates some stuff from later issues in the ’80s. These are all going to be horror movies, and they’re all be their own distinct kind of horror movies. This is certainly the ‘rubber-reality’ supernatural horror movie. The next one will be a completely different kind of horror movie. Our take was just go examine the horror genre through comic book movies and make each one its own distinct sort of horror film. Drawing from the big events that we love in the comics.”
It looks like Fox is going to be pretty busy if this goes ahead, with already juggling Deadpool, X-Force, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Gambit, and now possibly a New Mutants trilogy. Here is to hoping they can pull it off though, this could potentially lead to a very genre diverse group of mutant led comic book films covering comedy, action, sci-fi, romance, and horror.
The New Mutants will make their big screen debut in cinemas April 13, 2018.