New Mutants Comics co-creator Bob McLeod explained how the box office bomb could be saved.
Talk to Movie Slash, McLeod was asked about how the 2020 film handled the source material. McLeod replied, “I mean, outside of comic book fans, the general public didn’t know who the New Mutants were.” He continued, “So I really think they should have done an origin story of… Like, the beginning of the graphic novel, I thought that was awesome, the way [New Mutants co-creator] Chris [Claremont] introduced each of the characters. I think it could have been a good movie, starting the same way we did. But just kind of more original, introducing them to the public.”
The eponymous team of mutants made their first appearance in the Marvel Universe in 1982. Marvel graphic novel #4 by McLeod and famed X-Men writer Chris Claremont. Initially, the team consisted of Karma, Psyche (better known as Mirage), Wolfsbane, Sunspot, and Cannonball, only the latter four of which appeared in the film. Initially, the New Mutants were brought together by Charles Xavier and longtime X-Men ally Moira MacTaggert during a time when the former was in deep depression after losing the lives of other students. Over the years, the team has become a mainstay in the mutant corner of the Marvel Universe and has seen over two dozen members come and go.
Unfortunately, The New Mutants The feature film was not as well received as its comic book predecessor, despite being considered Marvel’s first foray into the horror genre. Of the decision, McLeod said, “I mean, the horror side is interesting. Because maybe some horror fans would watch it that wouldn’t otherwise, maybe it would attract new fans. . That’s fine. I wasn’t totally against it. I didn’t think it was the best way to go, but I was just happy that they were making a movie about something I had something with. something to see.”
The New Mutants star game of thrones alum Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt, Henry Zaga and Anya Taylor-Joy as the eponymous team of mutants. The five are reunited in an enigmatic hospital run by Alice Braga’s Dr. Cecilia Reyes, who hopes to help them learn to control their mutant powers. While the team believes they are being trained to eventually join the X-Men, they are actually being studied and experimented on at the behest of the Essex Corporation, a front for Mister Sinister’s unseen machinations.
McLeod also commented on the film’s aesthetic regarding its characters, saying, “I don’t see anything that I contributed to the book in the film, except maybe more girls in the crew. I mean, none of the characters look like what I designed. to look at. And again, Magik, who I had nothing to do with, looks perfect, just like she does in the comics. You know So that’s basically what I had against the film.
The New Mutants is currently streaming on multiple platforms.
Source: Movie Slash
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