It seems that back when Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said "mutants" were coming to the MCU, he may have been choosing his words carefully - as the official fan club of Marvel parent company Disney has now stated that the one-time Fox production New Mutants is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"There’s a seriously electrifying new addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it comes in the form of the latest from Twentieth Century Fox and Marvel Entertainment," reads the latest newsletter from D23, the official Disney fan club.
With a company the size of Disney, it's worth asking if their fan club just made an announcement that would reverberate through Hollywood's most successful film franchise, or if the fan club may have simply confused Disney now owning the property with it being officially in the Marvel Cinenatic Universe. Given the film was primarily shot three years ago before the Disney-Fox acquisition was a glint in Bob Iger's eye, there is reason to be skeptical.
"New Mutants is an original horror thriller set in an isolated hospital, where a group of young mutants is being held for psychiatric monitoring," reads D23's description of the film. "When strange occurrences begin to take place, both their new mutant abilities and their friendships will be tested as they battle to try and make it out alive."
New Mutants recently received a new trailer, following several years of production delays and rescheduled dates and remains on Disney's scheduled for an April 3 release.
It's worth noting the new trailer itself didn't include any MCU specific branding. Marvel Studios also hasn't included New Mutants on its official schedule or Phase 4 plans. If New Mutants is now an official part of the MCU, Marvel isn't touting the film as the birth of MCU mutants - yet.
However, New Mutants did undergo reshoots following Disney's purchase of 20th Century Fox, which could conceivably have been designed to bring the film into MCU continuity.
Inquires to Disney regarding the film's relation to the MCU have not be responded to at the time of publication.
New Mutants is due out in theaters April 3.