Telling the story of the costumed adventures of the teenage students of Charles Xavier’s School For Gifted Youngsters, the New Mutants ongoing comics series was introduced in 1983, following the characters’ first appearance the year before.
The comic lasted until 1991, when the core group of characters (having grown to very early adulthood in the previous 100 issues) evolved into X-Force, a more pro-active paramilitary-style version of the same team, and the title was relaunched.
Since the movie rights for the X-family of comics characters belong with Fox, the rights to make a New Mutants film also lie with them: and from all accounts, a film is in the pre-production stages, as is an X-Force flick (which sounds like it’s intended to be a basic action flick, entirely separate from the New Mutants film).
If Marvel’s mutant question has always been a metaphor for difference, alienation and evolution - both personal and societal - then the original teenage X-Men, and later the New Mutants, got to explore that metaphor through the lens of adolescence, a time of flux when you’re growing, changing and still deciding what kind of person you’ll end up becoming.
More to the point, the New Mutants are a group of kids all around the same age that are closer than friends. They’re something that the Fox has failed to realise in the X-Men movies to date: a family. That makes the selection of the characters who’ll comprise the main cast of vital importance. Here’s how.
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