The New Mutants are an unproven property. Though Fox has cranked out numerous X-Men movies (and Wolverine spinoffs), the young mutants from Marvel's stable of superheroes haven't had a shot at big-screen success just yet. They'll get their chance soon enough, and a source might have just revealed who the team will fight.
ComingSoon is reporting that the villain Demon Bear will be the main antagonist in Josh Boone's planned series launcher, though the movie doesn't yet have its own confirmed release date. If you didn't read the New Mutants comics, you might not know that Demon Bear made its debut in New Mutants #3 (released in May 1983), and as you might expect from the name, it's a giant bear creature who derives the bulk of its power from negative energies. In the comics, he looks like this, though you can click over to ComingSoon for an idea of what Demon Bear will look like in the New Mutants movie.
The Demon Bear has possessed various members of the New Mutants team in the comic book stories, from Moonstar to Warpath and Bishop (who appeared briefly in X-Men: Days of Future Past). This could hint at the lineup of the New Mutants movie, though we have reported on rumors of which members would make up the team in its first movie. ComingSoon is also reporting that Nat Wolff, who starred in Josh Boone's The Fault in Our Stars, could play Cannonball in the movie, which would be fine by us.
This is also interesting: ComingSoon is reporting that instead of sticking to the traditional X-Men mold, New Mutants will be a "Stephen King meets John Hughes" type horror teen movie, which has the site comparing it to Netflix's Stranger Things. If that's the case, we are SO on board.
But when might we see this movie? Fox doesn't have a traditional X-Men movie in tap at the moment, focusing instead on Logan and Deadpool 2. They just carved out two release dates for "mystery" Marvel movies. Could New Mutants be programmed in for November 2, 2018? Josh Boone has been busy working on it, sharing his progress on Instagram, so we know it's farther along than Channing Tatum's Gambit, which currently has no director. Stay tuned for more information on New Mutants as it becomes available, but for now, are you excited for Demon Bear?