The New Mutants will have a panel at San Diego Comic Con at Home on Thursday, July 23rd at 2:00 PM Pacific time.
Directed by Josh Boone, The New Mutants release schedule has been fraught with drama. According to the description for the YouTube video embedded above, the horror thriller from Marvel Entertainment and 20th Century Studios is still scheduled for release in theaters on August 28th, 2020.
However, with the COVID-19 pandemic still in full swing, it seems prudent to be somewhat skeptical of the stated release date. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney has made movies like Onward, Frozen 2, and Star Wars Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, which had been previously been released in theaters, available for streaming ahead of schedule.
Bypassing the theater altogether would not be an unprecidented decision, as was the case for Artemis Fowl. While the movie was originally intended to be released in theaters on May 29th, it was instead made available for streaming on Disney+ on June 12th.
Some speculation suggests that The New Mutants, which has been billed as a horror thriller, might be a better fit for streaming on Hulu rather than Disney+. However, there are already other mutant movies from 20th Century Fox streaming on Disney+, including the recently added Days of Future Past (which, like The New Mutants, has a PG-13 rating).
Will The New Mutants SDCC2020 at Home panel culminate in the streaming release of the movie, or will we just have to wait until AIM-style HazMat suits are standard issue for theaters? If The New Mutants is made available for streaming, what does that mean for future releases, like the MCU’s own Black Widow? We’ve got one week until the panel, so baseless speculation starts now!
The New Mutants was based on the comics by Bob McLeod and Chris Claremont, and the adaption stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, and Henry Zaga.