New details emerge on NEW MUTANTS villain and potential story

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For the past few movies, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men movies have looked a little stale. So, to restore everyone’s faith in humanity them, they have been working on a new spin-off titled New Mutants. Out with the old and in the new I say. No offense Logan, I didn’t mean you, you are always awesome.

Despite Fox’s desire to kick off something new and exciting though, they have been making little progress since the project was kick-ff. Outside of Josh Boone directing and Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber writing the script, we have no information on the casting for the movie or even what approach to the story that might take. Considering it was originally planned for a 2017 start date for filming, it’s a little worrying that perhaps more news hasn’t been coming out for the film.

However, Coming Soon is reporting a new scoop in the New Mutants, more info on what mutants we are likely to see focused on in the movie and also what the films main antagonist may be.

The storyboard animatic shows several of the New Mutants, including Magik, Wolfsbane, and Cannonball, taking turns battling Demon Bear. Demon Bear first appeared in New Mutants #3, and is pretty much exactly what he sounds like — a big, nasty, magical bear.

Demon Bear draws power from negative human emotion, and also has some more run-of-the-mill abilities like supernatural strength, teleportation, transformation, and the ability to corrupt human souls. So, quite a powerful villain when he’s facing off against a bunch of mutants with a range of emotional issues. Could be fun to watch, even though the sound of a magical bear might be a little too much of a stretch for the more grounded villains Fox has shown so far in their movies.

Obviously, story boards are simply just story board and so you can’t really tell much from them to determine if a film will be good. And also, it goes without saying that this is just a rumour for now, as nothing has been confirmed as of yet by the studio. The film has been described as a John Hughes style horror film, so expect the film to target the teen audience quite strongly in this one.

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And while there is no official word on the casting for the movie, there are still rumours floating around with Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) favourite to play Wolfsbane, Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch) for Magik and Nat Wolff, who worked with Boone in The Fault in Our Stars, favourite to play Cannonball.

I’ll remain skeptical about this one working out until I see any more details about the film, but a completely fresh spin-off to the X-Men could be appealing. There is no release date for the film yet, but Fox have set aside March 2, 2018 for an unnamed Marvel project, which could very well end up being New Mutants. If they can hurry up and get all their details finalized.

Last Updated: November 29, 2016

Craig Risi

A man of many talents, but no sense how to use them. I could be discovering the cure for aids or finding ways to achieve world peace, but I'd rather be watching movies and writing here instead.

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