Marvel has gone to the dark side. Set within the X-Men Universe, The New Mutants promises something very new and different. Earlier this year, The film’s director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) told EW,
We are making a full-fledged horror movie set within the X-Men universe. There are no costumes. There are no supervillains. We’re trying to do something very, very different.
And judging from the teaser trailer alone, it looks like nothing we’ve seen before from a Superhero flick. The New Mutants adapts the comic book series of the same name, which ran from 1983 through to 1991. Though, the ensemble first appeared in Marvel Graphic Novel #4 in 1982. In 2003, a second New Mutants series was launched by Marvel. Created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, The New Mutants follows on a group of teenage mutants in training. The feature film adaptation is expected to be a departure from the sci-fi/action blockbusters of other X-Men films and marketed as something much more spooky.
When discussing the film’s darker tone, Boone told IGN;
We were incredibly inspired by the Demon Bear story which is probably the best, well-known New Mutants story. We also drew on movies like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Stephen King stuff, and even Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.”
An adaptation of the New Mutants comic books, this X-Men cinematic universe installment follows five new mutants who are held in a secret facility against their will. Together, they must fight the dangers of their powers and deal with their troubled pasts, if they are to save themselves.
The New Mutants stars Horror alumni Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, The Witch) as Magik. Fan favorite, Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones, Doctor Who) will play Wolfsbane. Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) will portray Sunspot.
The New Mutants hits theatres on April 13th, 2018.