Big news for the post-X-Men Apocalypse world of Fox's Marvel mutants dropped just days ago when it was announced that the studio is digging into the comic books crates and has come out with The New Mutants as the future of their X-Men franchise. Fox has tapped The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone to take over the X-Men franchise after Bryan Singer wraps things up. All those rumors about X-Men Apocalypse and Hugh Jackman's next Wolverine movie being the end of what Singer started 15 years ago are proving to be true as The New Mutants will kick start a new, young cast of mutants to carry the X-Men torch for Fox.
Who Are The New Mutants?
This move makes sense for a lot of reasons with one cool detail being that The New Mutants comic book was the first real X-Men spin-off series dating back to 1983. With the X-Men Apocalypse movie taking place in 1982, I'm guessing these dates are just a coincidence. Nothing is known about how The New Mutants movie might tie-in to the aftermath of X-Men Apocalypse. Fox's mutant mastermind Simon Kinberg only had this to say to Deadline about the announcement of the title and director Josh Boone:
“We’re so excited to explore this new part of the X-Men universe, and so excited to do it with Josh, who is uniquely suited to tell this story about young characters.”
The New Mutants were developed by Marvel as a younger and more diverse group of mutant superheroes - almost like a rotating group of X-Men in-training that would factor (no pun intended) in to larger, ongoing X-Men storylines as well as their own. The diversity of the group could be one big reason why Fox is going The New Mutants route as the initial line-up consisted of a Scottish guy (Wolfsbane), a Vietnamese girl (Karma), a Brazilian (Sunspot) as well as an American (Cannonball) and Native American (Mirage) mutant.
The Future Past of Fox's X-Men
There are other interesting clues about where things could be headed for the X-Men in The New Mutants announcement. Since these teenaged X-Men are basically in training, they've had some interesting tutors over the years. They started with Xavier but were quickly handed over to Magneto - but eventually they became the pupils of Cable which led The New Mutants to eventually seed the debut of the X-Force series.
X-Men Apocalypse has been heavily teasing the introduction of the Celestial Ship that gave Apocalypse his powers and also became something of a headquarters for The New Mutants, Cable and X-Force. Whether or not Cable actually gets introduced in X-Men Apocalypse is yet to be confirmed but the power behind the Celestial Ship and its ability to shuttle through time and space is something that could be crucial in how the world of Bryan Singer's X-Men gets handed over to The New Mutants.
Agents of SHIELD & The Inhumans
The other big Marvel reveal this past week was on Agents of SHIELD which has been busy doing all of the heavy lifting when it comes to acclimating audiences to the crazy Kree world of The Inhumans. The birth of the Inhumans actually has strong ties to the Celestial story that X-Men Apocalypse is getting into and it is a shame that Marvel and Fox can't strike the kind of deal Marvel did with Sony to make these two world join in harmony. But that isn't stopping Marvel from diving in and Agents of SHIELD's big season two finale shows them finally getting into the deep end of this elaborate mythology.
For most of season two, Marvel's Agents of SHEILD has been walking us through the origins of The Inhumans and the Terrigen Mist that can turn most people to dust but can transform the select few into super-powered "Inhumans". Such was the story of Skye who had the biggest arc this season - learning to harness her powers and ending the finale being given the go-ahead by Agent Coulson to lead up her own team of Inhuman SHIELD agents. Over the course of the season it was revealed that Skye is in fact the MCU version of Daisy Johnson - one of the founding members of the Secret Warriors, codenamed Quake.
Unleashing The Inhumans on the World
This tease all but confirms that season three of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD will heavily feature the MCU version of Secret Warriors which will continue to pave the way to Black Bolt, Medusa and the rest of The Inhumans crew that will be Marvel's big summer of 2019 movie. Another big tease was seeing the Terrigen Mist being released into the ocean and eventually getting bottled up in fish oil pill form. Terrigen Mist being deployed across the world has shown up in Marvel comics and played a large part in the big Infinity crossover storyline in 2013.
The Inhumans and Thanos have strong ties and it will be interesting to see how this plot in Agents of SHIELD plays out and when we'll see our first signs of Black Bolt, Medusa and other big players from The Inhumans comics. Will Guardians of the Galaxy 2 dive further into the Kree and Skrull wars? Will the Terrigen Mist outbreak in Agents of SHIELD be a small hint of a bigger threat that Thanos could make in Avengers: Infinity War?
What do you think? How does Fox's announcement of The New Mutants sound to you? What did you think of the Inhuman heavy second season finale of Marvel's [Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.](tag:722469)? Will Fox and Marvel ever play in the same sandbox? Take to the comments section and keep the conversation going, dear reader!