The X-Men film series has been quite a ride, with its share of highs and lows. From the successful “X-Men” and “Logan” to the disappointing “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “Dark Phoenix,” the franchise has evoked various emotions from comic book film fans over the years. Now, as it prepares to merge with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), fans are saying farewell to the Fox universe of X-Men films, albeit with a tinge of nostalgia.
Among the memories of the X-Men film series, there is one film that many have likely forgotten exists: “The New Mutants.” This superhero horror film had promising ambitions but encountered numerous hurdles during its development and release. The end result was a 90-minute film that fell short of its potential and left fans yearning for what could have been one of the boldest comic book adaptations.
On the subreddit r/Marvel, some fans are looking back at “The New Mutants” not for what it was but for what it could have been. The film boasted a talented cast, with stars like Charlie Heaton from “Stranger Things,” Maisie Williams from “Game of Thrones,” and the impressive Anya Taylor-Joy. The ingredients for a great movie were there, but the film struggled with reshoots, pandemic-related delays, and other challenges that arose during Disney’s acquisition of Fox.
Despite its shortcomings, “The New Mutants” was not a complete disaster, especially when compared to Disney’s recent ventures. While the film didn’t reach its full potential, it managed to avoid being overshadowed by some of Disney’s questionable decisions in recent months.
One interesting development in the MCU is the upcoming “Deadpool 3,” which will introduce characters like Wolverine, Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and even Elektra from Jennifer Garner’s portrayal. With such crossovers happening, there is a glimmer of hope that “The New Mutants” might also find its way into the MCU. Anya Taylor-Joy’s impressive acting may further bolster this possibility, with fans speculating that she could potentially reprise her role as Magik for an event like “Secret Wars.”
As the X-Men film series bids farewell to its own universe, the MCU opens up new possibilities for beloved characters and storylines. While “The New Mutants” may have been a missed opportunity, fans can’t help but wonder if it might find a new home within the ever-expanding Marvel universe. As fans eagerly await the next phase of the MCU, “The New Mutants” remains a curious footnote in the X-Men film legacy, leaving some to ponder what could have been in a world where the film’s potential was fully realized.