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Wolfsbane in the New Mutants trailer

Between the MCU and DCEU, there is no shortage of comic book movies. But the X-Men franchise is not one to be left out. The very first trailer for Josh Boone's The New Mutants arrived this week, and it's unlike any superhero movie we've ever seen before. A horror film revolving around a group of young mutants, the upcoming film looks like a scary and thrilling take on the X-Men mythos. But what is the time period, and could they ever crossover with Deadpool or the proper X-Men films? Director Josh Boone recently revealed the setting, and it sounds like a crossover could happen fairly easily.

It takes place present day.

Well, that's one step closer. With so many timelines happening in the X-Men franchise's long history, the wrong time period could end up stopping the films from crossing over. But a present day setting puts it in the same timeline as the Deadpool films, and just a few decades after the upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix film, which will be set in the 1990s.

In particular, it would be exciting to see Deadpool cross over with The New Mutants, considering they share main characters that are related. The former features the behemoth X-Man Colossus, who tries to get Wade Wilson to join the team. And The New Mutants will star Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin / Magik, who is actually Colossus' sister. If Magik manages to escape the secret facility she's currently being kept in, it seems plausible that she would seek out her brother while finding a safe place to lay low.

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In his interview with IGN, Josh Boone the possibility of crossovers. And while he's keeping tight lipped, he certainly seems to be teasing The New Mutants' role in the future of the X-Men franchise,

I can't ... there's some things I can't talk about. I can just say it is connected to and a part of the X-Men universe, and will continue to be a part of the X-Men universe and will be a part of that as it opens up in the next movies and all that.

While not a concrete confirmation, Josh Boone certainly seems to understand the fans' hopes for potential crossovers. Cinematic Universes are very en vogue right now, and crossovers have become commonplace-- to the joy of the rabid fandoms. And with The X-Men franchise finally expanding to films other than the main installments, there are a bevy of interesting character pairings that could arise. After all, who doesn't want to see Evan Peters' Quicksilver and Ryan Reynolds' Deadpool banter with each other? No one.

Josh Boone's The New Mutants will arrive April 13th, 2018. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your other trips to the movies in the New Year.