With The Avengers hitting theatres next weekend and currently on track to become one of the biggest movies of all-time, there’s probably a good chance that we’ll be seeing some additional projects involving superhero team-ups in the very near future. While there have been rumours that Marvel may be planning movies focusing on lesser known groups like Inhumans, Guardians of the Galaxy, or Heroes for Hire, and although Warner Brothers say they want to eventually do a Justice League movie, it sounds like it is Fox that may actually be next out of the gate with another superhero team on the big screen. 20th Century Fox actually owns the rights to quite a few Marvel characters through the Fantastic Four and X-Men franchises, and they are looking to capitalize on those licenses further. In addition to the X-Men: First Class sequel and The Wolverine, it seems that they are potentially setting up another X-Men spin-off… who’s up for a New Mutants movie?
The news comes courtesy of Collider, who had the chance to interview Fox CEO Tom Rothman at CinemaCon this week. Although he didn’t come right out and confirm a New Mutants movie, he was certainly not denying any of the possibilities being inferred. Here’s how the conversation went:
Collider: I know you guys have like The New Mutants and a lot of characters in the X-Men universe. Obviously you guys are moving forward on an X-Men sequel, you’re moving forward on Wolverine, do you envision New Mutants or some of these other characters as franchises that the door can be open to? It does seem to me that the superhero genre is bigger than it’s ever been, and you guys have some of the crown jewels.
Rothman: (smiles) Yes.
Collider: When can fans expect an announcement on some of these other properties? Before Comic-Con, after Comic-Con, at Comic-Con?
Rothman: In the summer.
Collider: Are you talking to filmmakers right now?
Rothman: Let me just say this. All I have to say is, I agree with you in your assessment of the potential in a lot of these characters.
The New Mutants are a group of “teenaged mutant superheroes-in-training” that have had a number of different line-ups over the years. Typically they have been very racially diverse, with previous members including Karma, a 19-year-old Vietnamese girl who can possess other people’s bodies, Sunspot, a Brazilian who gained superhuman strength in sunlight, and Surge, a Japanese girl who can absorb and release electricity. There have been three different incarnations of the team since their creation in the 1980s.
It does seem to me that Collider could be jumping to conclusions by assuming it is a New Mutants movie, but either way it’s clear that Fox has something up their sleeve and we’ll be finding out what it is shortly. We already know they are trying to set up a Fantastic Four reboot with Josh Trank (Chronicle) in the director’s chair. Could this possibly be related to that as well? What do you think, would you be interested in a New Mutants movie?