As Twentieth Century Fox rejigs the creative team behind Deadpool 2 after the fallout between star Ryan Reynolds and ex-director Tim Miller, and as they begin promoting the end of Hugh Jackman’s tenure as Wolverine with Logan, so to are other big plans in the works.
This summer’s X-Men: Apocalypse marked a significant drop off in box office revenues and critical reception after the success of 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past so the franchise is looking towards new directions in continuing the lucrative series. Up next is the team-based spinoff New Mutants and then there will be another core X-Men movie shortly thereafter, although this time without long-time helmer Bryan Singer. There’s a Gambit origin movie somewhere in there as well, stuck in development hell, but the studio has just set a pair of release dates for 2018 and 2019.
Coming Soon has just shared an internal video for the next upcoming X-Men project, depicting scenes from New Mutants in animatics form. We see Illyana Rasputin a.k.a. Magik (sister of Colossus) confront a bear with Lockheed the dragon at her side and magic sword in-hand. Lockheed of course, a fan-fave pet of Kitty Pryde in the comics actually does share a connection to Illyana in that the little purple creature resembles purple dragon from a fairy tale that Pryde had read to her.
The massive creature is the “Demon Bear” from the beginning the New Mutant comics (issue #3) and the other character include Wolfsbane (Maisie Williams) pushing the trolley as Cannonball launches into the Bear to knock him back.