How Fox and “The New Mutants” can introduce a new genre in superhero movies


The reason why this is the PERFECT scenario for a movie like this is the fact that there is a huge similarity to the comics. The New Mutants most famous comic story comes waaaaaay back to Chris Claremont’s and Bill Sienkewicz 1980’s run. New Mutants “Death Hunt” (issues #18-31) is a story I definitely recommend to all comic book fans. Because this comic was published in 1982, it’s only right to have that 80s vibe with a full 80s music soundtrack and fashion.

    In Febuary 2016, Fox brought a new style in the field of superhero films with the release ofDeadpool. This movie swayed away from the more “saving-the-world” concept into a more comedic and a less heroic film. Though, Deadpool still delivered awesome action-packed scenes and a good amount of comic/superhero reference, one simply does not categorize Deadpool in the same group as, say, The Avengers. The film’s ability to alienate itself and sort of craft its own world from other comic heroes, gave movie viewers a different flavor of superhero movies. Because of Fox’s huge win, it’s  upcoming X-men spinoff, The New Mutants should follow the footsteps of the merc with a mouth in establishing a new genre.

The New Mutants were a team of teenage mutants created by Professor X when he believed that his X-men were dead. The team was young and its purpose was more of controlling their powers in their everyday lives rather than saving the world with the X-men, that of course, never worked out. What made the group special was the fact that they became very relatable to most adolescent readers, and reminded us, mutants or, superheroes in general, are just like us (think Spiderman). While the team battle countless enemies, they also threw wild parties and struggled with schoolwork like any “normal” teenager would. Fox has put Josh Boone, who directed. The Fault in Our Stars, yes, a teenage movie, in charge of the movie. Boone is a huge X-men fan and I have faith in how he will steer this film.

    Nevertheless, my opinions still matter. I think that in order for Josh Boone to create a New Mutants masterpiece he must construct a mixture of a mysterious (We don’t know the who’s killing all these people type), teenage, 80’s styled type of film. It looks messy, I know, but hear me out real quick. Thanks to my recently viewing of Stranger Things, the combination of a Stand by Me/Super 8Breakfast club, superhero type of film really intrigued me. Stranger Things was an exceptional show because it is able to balance the creepiness and suspense with other important aspects like friendship, school, and a flashback trip to the 80’s . Now imagine your favorite young, wild, weird, mutant, teenagers, Cannonball, Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Magik, Warlocke, etc. in the small town of Westchester with suspicious dead bodies, crazy adolescent parties, uncontrollable superpowers and the song “Melt With You” jamming in the background, it makes sense right?!

    The reason why this is the PERFECT scenario for a movie like this is the fact that there is a huge similarity to the comics. The New Mutants most famous comic story comes waaaaaay back to Chris Claremont’s and Bill Sienkewicz 1980’s run. New Mutants “Death Hunt” (issues #18-31) is a story I definitely recommend to all comic book fans. Because this comic was published in 1982, it’s only right to have that 80s vibe with a full 80s music soundtrack and fashion.

The notable enemy in this storyline, is lgit a frightening spirit demon bear. Now I know it might sound lame but if we look into context it won’t, I promise. In the comics, Danielle Moonstar aka Mirage was critically injured by a gigantic spirit demon bear, leaving the New Mutants to fend off such a creature. Picture a horrifying looking beast who is mysteriously feasting off members in the small town. Imagine the suspense and mystery of the young mutants trying to make sense of all the disappearances and killings! It’s a PERFECT fit…

Bill Sienkewicz HAS to be rewarded the most underrated comic book artist. I mean seriously, the guy’s is a downright beast. Sienkewicz revolutionized the series by his art. The New Mutants shifted from of a very traditional 1980’s styled art from Bob Mcleod to a darker, more edgy and abstract artistry of Sienkewicz. The art of Sienkewicz set a tone for the series which made it cooler from the rest of other 80s comics. I credit Scienkewicz for having the talent to make a bear actually give me nightmares. A theme of creepiness and mystery would be a homage to Sienkiewicz’ art. I mean look at his art on the right, it’s basically a scene waiting to be filmed.

Whether it is an inspiration from Stranger Things or just another strange dream I had. I can’t help envisioning, Wolfsbane shifting into wolf form to track a scent of a missing body, Magik teleporting everyone to Limbo to hide from the beast, or even Canonball crashing into a log house, while Sunspot looks for some girls to woo. While the X-men are busy saving the world from Poe Dameron, the so called “X-babies” are solving a seemingly smaller problems that evolve into larger ones. To make it simple. Keep it fun. Keep it young. And make it daring. At least now we’re never gonna have to ask “Where the f”@# are the X-men to help?”.

What do you guys think? A genius masterpiece or a recipe for disaster?