Disney will replace the old guard with The New Mutants and simultaneously test waters for a standalone future film around comic book stalwart Ka–Zar.
The world of X-Men is one where aberration in humans is celebrated. After the first phase that focused on the famous first generation of X-Men from Prof. X, Magneto and Wolverine to Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm and Mystique, the franchise is moving on to a new crop of characters, much like the future fate of Avengers in MCU Phase 4.
Heads Up! The Latest on Disney’s The New Mutants
- How the movie evolves the X-Men cast and future narrative
- The speed-breakers on the way and final release date
- Why Ka-Zar’s entry into the MCU opens the Pandora’s Box?
- Why Marvel and Disney need to test the waters first?
- Ka-Zar set to feature in Disney’s The New Mutants?
What started with 20th Century Fox produced films in 2000s, went on to feature standalone Logan aka Wolverine films, a movie focusing on Jean Grey and also a dive into the past and the origins of Prof. X, Magneto and the X-Men. There were also divergent storylines like the Deadpool films which are now set for a crossover with the Avengers movies of Marvel.
The New Mutants features a younger group of teenage mutants including Magik and Wolfbane, just discovering their abilities in captivity.
Consequently, with the X-men franchise evolving over the years into an ever-widening mutant universe, The New Mutants will open yet another chapter for the moviemakers. It features a younger group of teenage mutants including Magik and Wolfbane who are just discovering their abilities in captivity. The movie will focus on their resilience and also how they get rid of their old sins, save themselves and emerge as the new guard.
The New Mutants Movie
In comic cannons, The New Mutants went down in history as Marvel’s first spin-off series of the X-Men storyline. So, it brought a breath of fresh air to the mutant world with a bunch of gifted teenagers taking up the mantle of X-Men from the older, middle-aged lot. It was a matter of time before a movie on The New Mutants hit the theatres.
Then things expedited and the movie was all set to premiere on the 13th of April 2018 before the delay train hit its fate. The movie directed by Josh Boone of The Fault in Our Stars fame and co-written by Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber, and Knate Gwaltney has completed principal photography in 2017 by then Disney revealed in the beginning on 2018 that reshoots were causing delay.
Disney announced 3rd April 2020 as the new release date for The New Mutants.
The new date then was August 2019, but the reshoots didn’t happen on time and then the merger of Fox-Disney further put the project on the backseat. Finally, Disney announced 3rd April 2020 as the new release date for The New Mutants.
How Ka-Zar might fit in the plotline?
Speculation is intense that Disney is mulling the opportunity that Ka-Zar’s Savageland presents as a future movie franchise. But the X-Men member closely resembles the well-known character of Tarzan. So, putting him into the fold needs to be a careful approach for the bosses at Marvel. In fact, a dull version similar to the much-squeezed Tarzan will result in the failure of the Ka-Zar franchise at the outset.
So, Ka-Zar first surfaced in the comic book world with Ka-Zar #10 in 1956. He is spotted by explorers with his sabre-toothed tiger in Antarctica. Then on, X-Men targeted bringing him into their fold after an epic battle in the Savageland where they joined Ka-Zar’s forces where he saves the Marvel Girl.
Speculation is intense that Disney is mulling the opportunity that Ka-Zar’s Savageland presents as a future movie franchise.
Apart from X-Men, Ka-Zar has also featured in the Daredevil 12 comic book storyline. Ka-Zar also comes across Plunder, his brother, a pirate and Daredevil’s nemesis.
Why Marvel and Disney would want to test the waters before betting big on Ka-Zar?
In terms of potential, however, Ka-Zar and Savageland offers a world of possibilities. The Savageland is full of animals extinct in the rest of the world – dinosaurs, mammoths, giant lizards and sabre-toothed tigers. So if Disney manages to create a CGI experience of such multitude on screen, it will bring in unprecedented audience. But first, they need to ensure that the timing is right and how the audience respond to Ka-Zar in The New Mutants.
Furthermore, Ka-Zar also owned the anti-metal Vibranium. So, that makes him an automatic crossover contender in a future Black Panther or Falcon and Winter Soldier movie. Moreover, Ka-Zar hides the Vibranium in Savageland. Likewise, that itself opens up the possibility of other Avengers also joining Ka-Zar and X-Men among the gigantic ancient flora and fauna of Savageland.
Ka-Zar also owned Vibranium which makes him an automatic crossover contender in a future Black Panther or Falcon and Winter Soldier movie.
But first, Disney needs to test the waters for a savage character like Ka-Zar. Therefore, it might give Ka-Zar an on-screen tryout in The New Mutants.