'The New Mutants' could use Magik's dimension-hopping powers to introduce mutants into the MCU
The somewhat unstable younger sister of longtime X-Man Colossus/Piotr Rasputin, Illyana Rasputin/Magik has a wide range of magical skills at her disposal but the power she gets from her mutant gene is the ability to transport herself and her friends across space and time
'X-Men' fans are busy debating which future Marvel movie will introduce the merry mutants to the shared cinematic universe but there is already one mutant film being released by Disney in 2020 that no one seems to be talking about. 'The New Mutants', originally planned as the last of Fox's 'X-Men' movies, is a teen horror film featuring a junior team of young mutants who are still learning to use their powers.
'The New Mutants' actually completed filming in September 2017 but Fox decided to do a few reshoots in order to amp up the scare factor. Those reshoots never happened because of the busy schedules of the movie's cast.
Now after the Disney-Fox merger, the future of 'The New Mutants' is more unclear than ever. It has missed multiple release dates and fans are starting to think the movie may never see the light of day.
There have been rumors Disney has come up with a new cut of the film which eliminates its ties to the rest of Fox's 'X-Men' movies. While this doesn't automatically mean the characters will be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), it does leave the door open for mutants to make their way to the shared universe and a certain dimension-hopping mutant may be the key to the whole thing.
In 'The New Mutants', Anya Taylor-Joy ('Split') plays the character of Illyana Rasputin, better known as Magik. The somewhat unstable younger sister of longtime X-Man Colossus/Piotr Rasputin, Illyana has a wide range of magical skills at her disposal but the power she gets from her mutant gene is the ability to transport herself and her friends across space and time.
Unfortunately, it is unlikely 'The New Mutants' will outright be a part of the MCU because it is still a movie that was primarily produced by Fox. That said, the film could still give mutants a backdoor entry by having Magik's often uncontrollable powers transport the youngsters to the world of the MCU.
While the film itself may have been created outside of the MCU, there's not much standing in the way of its character's being brought into Marvel's stable now that 21st Century Fox has been effectively absorbed by Disney. It could all be done in just a quick post-credits scene but it would neatly bring the old 'X-Men' franchise to a close while helping set up mutantkind's future with Marvel and the fans are bound to love it.
'The New Mutants' stars Anya Taylor-Joy ('Split') as Illyana Rasputin/Magik, Maisie Williams ('Game of Thrones') as Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, Charlie Heaton ('Stranger Things') as Sam Guthrie/Cannonball, Henry Zaga ('Trinkets') as Roberto da Costa/Sunspot, Blu Hunt ('The Originals') as Danielle Moonstar/Mirage, and Alice Braga ('Queen of the South') as Cecilia Reyes.
The movie is expected to arrive in theaters April 3, 2020.