Stuck between Fox and Disney, The New Mutants was set to release on 8 April 2020. But with the coronavirus pandemic and Disney and Marvel’s past decisions, it will not see the light of the day before November 2020.
The New Mutants has been waiting for a release date for a long time now— first under the banner of 21st Century Fox and now under the banner of Marvel and Disney. The movie is one of its kind and has an audience base that is waiting for its release since 2018. But there is a clash of interest, it seems. Marvel might try to shift the release date of The New Mutants yet again, just for the sake of The Eternals’ success. If this happens, it will not be for the first time.
- The current New Mutants release date was set for 8 April 2020.
- Marvel might delay the release date and set it after The Eternals release.
- The Eternals release date is currently set for 6 November 2020.
The New Mutants will meet Dark Phoenix’s fate
When Disney took over 21st Century Fox, it was the end of all its ongoing and completed projects. While some completed projects were simply churned, others were placed such that they did not sabotage the Marvel movie firsts. A huge example of such a failure was Dark Phoenix.
Had the movie released before Captain Marvel, it would not have been such a failure. Both the movies were first female stand-alone ones. Captain Marvel surely bagged a billion dollars at the box office, but it went down on the list of worst MCU movies.
Not only that, but the themes of both Dark Phoenix and Captain Marvel were also quite similar and yet it was Dark Phoenix that seemed like a copy despite the fact that the movie was supposed to release way before the Marvel movie (November 2018). Could Marvel and Disney do this yet again to save another title of theirs?
The Old Mutants
Recently, co-writer of The New Mutants, Knate Lee said that despite the delay in its release, the movie still includes many firsts compared to other Marvel movies. This project which was undertaken by Fox Studios is basically a spin-off of the X-Men series. Ever since it has completed filming, The New Mutants has seen four delays in release dates.
- 13 April 2018 (initial release date set during pre-production)
- 22 February 2019 (To avoid Deadpool 2 which had moved its release date and in some countries, the two movies would have been released at the same time.)
- 2 August 2019 (shifted for Dark Phoenix’s release in February)
- 3 April 2020 (Disney set this date according to its calendar)
- Waiting for a fifth reschedule which is inevitable due to the coronavirus pandemic
Despite so many release dates, the movie has a lot of first as compared to the upcoming Marvel Phase 4 movies and series. Here is a list of firsts that The New Mutants is banking upon for its success—
- First Marvel horror movie. Marvel had plans to produce dark movies starting with Phase 4. As an example, in Avengers 5, Captain Marvel could turn evil. It is also expected that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is rumoured to be a dark movie.
- First Marvel movie to feature a gay relationship. (Only if the release date does not postpone)
While it may still be the first horror movie of Marvel, there is a possibility that Marvel will try to give the second title to The Eternals.
The Eternals vs The New Mutants
Marvel is all set to introduce a new set of characters into its Cinematic Universe with Phase 4. One such bunch of superheroes will be introduced in November 2020— The Eternals. What is really unique about The Eternals is that the movie is confirmed to include MCU’s first gay superhero on-screen kiss.
This is a huge deal for MCU just like the first female superhero stand-alone movie was. Dark Phoenix was delayed so that Captain Marvel could be at the forefront. Now that Disney has a reason (coronavirus pandemic) to delay the movie, there is no stopping the reschedule. And when it will come to The New Mutants vs The Eternals, surely, the later would be chosen to go down in the history with its first gay MCU superhero.
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