Marvel’s ‘The New Mutants’ Will Avoid Horror Clichés: Here’s How

Marvel’s The New Mutants — though releasing post-Fox/Disney merger — will probably not be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) intricate landscape. Nearly all rumors surrounding mutant introductions into the MCU focus on appearances via Avengers-oriented ties, not prior Fox entities. Storm may show up in Black Panther 2; Professor Xavier may help form the Illuminati in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and so on. 

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Just because the upcoming Marvel film will not tie into the superhero soiree we have come to know and love doesn’t mean that it won’t receive the greatness fans expect from anything that — in some way, shape or form — falls under Kevin Feige’s ownership. Thus, it should come as no surprise that, though the movie will be a part of the horror genre, as trailers suggest, it will not fall victim to stereotypical horror tropes customary of PG-13 fear flicks. 

Based on recent information from The New Mutants creator, it looks like The New Mutants has taken a page from the MCU handbook, and if what the creator says about the movie turns out to be true, X-Men fans should be pleasantly surprised with the upcoming installment. 

Bill Sienkiewicz on Marvel’s ‘The New Mutants’

When discussing The New Mutants on Twitter, creator Bill Sienkiewicz took a jab at other horror movies, seemingly in an attempt to elevate what the director has done with The New Mutants above films of its kind. Sienkiewicz stated:

Scary film at PG-13. The atmosphere, mystery, &  tone of Josh’s direction makes it work. The cast is stellar, not horror tropes who split from the group 1 by 1 like idiots only to get offed. They’re a team united; forged by the horror, and that’s new take. Bravo Josh &  Co.

Bill Sienkiewicz via Twitter

The New Mutants will aim to avoid separating the group, which always seems like a bad idea to viewers and has become an instant fast-pass to your imminent death scene. Rather, the horror in place will create a family, the shared fears at play will develop a bond, which sounds like a character-driven action movie customary of an MCU installment. Sienkiewicz later noted on Kevin Smith and Marc Bernardin’s Fatman Beyond podcast:

I don’t know if I’m even allowed to mention any of this, but I will say that The New Mutants film if you’ve heard anything about it the last couple years… two days ago, I heard from Josh Boone, the director. And he sent me a new trailer. They’ve been working on it, and it is phenomenal. I got chills. It looks like, because of the whole Disney-Fox merger, takeover, whatever … it’s got the blessings of Marvel. And it feels more Marvel in terms of what they’re doing, but also the horror elements of the film are in place. It’s really, absolutely stellar, just what I’ve seen. I think it’s coming out — they haven’t mentioned the exact release date, but I’m very excited about it.

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The New Mutants will be a horror film; however, if the creator isn’t just tooting his own horn, the horror aspect will possess a purpose that drives the narrative and retains weight regarding the story’s development. The movie will not be a horror flick without a defined purpose or theme.