Looks like X-Men is following the likes of 'The Hunger Games' in aiming to tap into the young adult audience, but will it work?
Fox is rapidly expanding the X-Men cinematic universe with every new X-Men film announced! Not only are Deadpool and [X-Men: Apocalypse](tag:1194267) due out this year, but Fox also has two X-Men based TV pilots in the works as well, Legion and Helfire.
However it doesn't stop there, as Fox recently announced they had enlisted The Fault In Our Stars director Josh Boone, to co-write and direct the New Mutants film based on the Marvel comic series. Now more details about the X-Men spin-off have emerged about the direction of the film, and producer Simon Kinberg confirmed it will be a young adult genre movie.
“That’s more of a Young Adult movie.”
This young adult direction really isn't too much of a shocker given Josh Boone is involved. TFIOS was a highly successful young adult film based on the John Green novel of the same title. Also for fans of the comics, New Mutants already has plenty of young adult plot-lines and characters ready to be adapted to screen that will serve the sci-fi and young adult genre well. Young adult films and books have been hugely successful in the past few years, and one might even argue that comic and young adult films hold the top spot in audience favorites and box-office gold.
I think adding a YA X-Men film to the X-Men cinematic universe is a fantastic idea. It could open up a whole new generation of fans to the mutant world. X-Men is and always will be my favorite comic series and the idea that a younger audience could become as enraptured as I am with these gifted young people is exciting. Also, the sci-fi/fantasy and young adult genre share a lot of the same audience so in many cases they just go hand in hand, like with films such as The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, Mortal Instruments, and more.
The young heroes of 'New Mutants' were exceptionally more diverse than the original X-Men, so who are the young mutants we may be seeing in 'New Mutants'?
- Cannonball - A mild-mannered Kentuckian and eventual co-leader, who became nigh-invulnerable when rocketing through the air.
- Karma - A 19-year-old Vietnamese girl and the team's original leader, who could mentally possess other people's bodies.
- Mirage - A Cheyenne and eventual co-leader after Karma's "death," who could create visual empathetic three-dimensional illusions.
- Sunspot - A Brazilian who gained superhuman strength fueled by sunlight and could store solar energy in his body to use his super strength during the night.
- Wolfsbane - A Scot who could transform into a wolf-like creature.
- Magma - A fiercely tempered native of a secret Roman society in the Amazon who can control lava.
- Magik - Sister of the Russian X-Man, Colossus, and long-time resident of the X-Mansion. An accomplished mystic who could open "teleportation discs" allowing travel to Limbo and from there, any point on Earth.
- Warlock - An extraterrestrial of the techno-organic race known as the Technarchy.
- Cypher - An otherwise ordinary young man who could learn any language, spoken or written, at an exponential rate, whether it was human, alien, or machine, making him an unmatched computer expert.
For so many years we have seen the same few X-Men leading the franchise's films, and it's not to say I certainly haven't loved them. However this fresh new take with NEW and younger X-Men could really be a game-changer for the films, and is much welcomed. These new young mutants will serve as flagships for the new generation of Xavier's gifted youngsters as the original X-Men continue to grow on through X-Men: Apocalypse and beyond. Many have speculated Marvel became frustrated after it tried again and again to regain the rights to the X-Men once more to no avail.
Regardless, Fox has no intentions of relinquishing them as is clear with films like New Mutants on the horizon, and with this new YA direction, I am hopeful the X-Men series will continue to be done well and succeed in the Comic Book cinematic universe!