Now, that it has been revealed that X-Men: Dark Phoenix was a huge loss at the box office for the Walt Disney Company, as revealed by CEO Bob Iger during their earnings call last week, the next question is what happens to New Mutants? the final film in the Fox X-Men universe.
New Mutants has gone through it’s fair share of post-production hiccups, including major reshoots, release date changes, amongst others.
Now, according to Variety, the studio isn’t expecting much from their newly acquired film:
“Disney is optimistic that handing Fox superhero properties such as “Fantastic Four” and “X-Men” to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will improve the quality of these movies, but bumps must be smoothed over in that transition. The studio is unimpressed with “New Mutants,” an “X-Men” spinoff with a haunted-house vibe, and believes it has limited box office potential.”
It’ll be interesting to see what Disney decides to do next. Do they release it in theaters in hopes that comic book and movie fans flock to it like their Marvel Cinematic Universe? Or, Do they release on Disney+ or Hulu like so many have rumored before. Either way Dark Phoenix has given Disney a reason to worry with future Fox properties, as they’ve already reportedly cancelled a handful of films from Fox that include Mega Man, Flash Gordon, Magic: The Gathering, amongst many others.
Based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name, the upcoming X-Men film centers on five young mutants who are just discovering their abilities while being held in a secret facility against their will.
Directed by Josh Boone (The Fault In Our Stars), New Mutants stars Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin / Magik, Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair / Wolfsbane, Charlie Heaton as Sam Guthrie / Cannonball, Henry Zaga as Roberto da Costa / Sunspot, Blu Hunt as Danielle Moonstar / Mirage, and Alice Braga as Cecilia Reyes.
New Mutants is set to hit theaters on April 3rd, 2020… For now that is.