Fox has released the first spooky teaser poster for their upcoming X-Men spin-off, “The New Mutants.”
The film’s official Twitter account revealed the poster accompanied with the caption “The only thing you have to fear… is yourself.”
The claustrophobic poster teases the survival horror theme of director Josh Boone’s experimental young adult/superhero movie that will see a group of young mutants held in a secret facility fight to save themselves. Sunspot (Henry Zaga), Mirage (Blu Hunt), Wolfsbane (Maisie Williams), Cannonball (Charlie Heaton), and Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy), are depicted, screaming and pushing their way out of a pure white wall. Director Josh Boone and writer Knate Lee were strongly influenced by “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Stephen King books, and “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors” while making the film, and the influence can be felt here.
The unexpectedly dark first trailer for “The New Mutants” was praised for it’s refreshing and outside the box approach to superhero movies in general. Those familiar with the source material would know of the definitive New Mutants storyline, “The Demon Bear Saga,” that serves as the basis for the film’s story. In the comics, The Demon Bear was an entity that haunted the dreams of Danielle Moonstar and threatened to kill her.
In recent weeks, a rumor has floated around (and gained momentum) in Hollywood that 21st Century Fox could end up selling most, if not all, of their media assets to the Walt Disney Company. At a time when Fox is willing to diversify and experiment with their Marvel-owned properties thanks to the success of “Deadpool” and “Logan,” it would be unfortunate to see their plans cut short.
“The New Mutants” is set for release on April 13th, 2018. It is intended to be the eleventh film in the X-Men film film series.