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Following the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, rival studios like Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. are scrambling to imitate that by launching their own series of spinoffs which build a larger world.

In Fox’s case, they’ve got Deadpool, Gambit, and another Wolverine in the works, not to mention X-Men: Apocalypse next year. However, no doubt one of the most exciting additions to that slate was the recent announcement that they’re planning a movie focusing on the New Mutants, a fan-favourite team.

Created by Chris Claremont and artist Bob McLeod in 1982, there have been many different versions of the New Mutants, with the book often focusing on an expansive group of heroes, both well-know and obscure.

That means there are a lot of different directions that the movie could take, but here you will find everything you need to know about the New Mutants. That includes their connection to that rumoured X-Force movie, which characters make up the team, who we should expect to see as the villain, and much, much more…

Josh Boone Is Writing And Directing

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A release date hasn’t been announced, but Fox are clearly confident with their plans for the New Mutants as a writer and director has already been attached. That will be The Fault In Our Stars’ Josh Boone, and as well as directing the spinoff, he will co-write alongside Knate Gwaltney. The latter is perhaps best known for producing the Jackass movies, and many comic book fans were confused about his involvement with New Mutants when the news hit.

Well, some Tweets from Boone make it clear that the two grew up together as fans of the characters, and chances are that this will be the most comic book faithful X-Men movie to date.

It Laid The Groundwork For X-Force

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Before we delve into the New Mutants themselves, it’s interesting to note that their series eventually transitioned into something entirely different when the team took on a harder stance under the guidance of Cable.

It was during this period for the title that Deadpool was introduced, and with that character starring in his own solo outing next year, it’s hard not to wonder if he might also factor into this somehow. With Jeff Wadlow apparently developing an X-Force movie, could Fox be planning on using New Mutants as some sort of prequel? It’s unlikely, but the links between the two properties means there might be some connections.

 They’re Teenagers

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One of the most appealing things about New Mutants is that the team is made up of teenagers. We saw young mutants in X-Men: First Class, but the movie didn’t really have time to delve too much into what it feels like to be a youngster discovering these powers.

The same could be said for Bryan Singer’s original X-Men movies. While we got a glimpse into that side of things, it was never really the focus, so an entire team of teenage mutants will be something new.

Interestingly, X-Men: Apocalypse looks set to tackle that by introducing younger versions of characters like Cyclops and Jean Grey, so what New Mutants will bring to the table that’s different remains to be seen. Either way, Boone has already done great things with a young cast.

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