Marvel announced Friday it is bringing back the New Mutants — a few of them, anyway — in a limited series starting in March, a month before a "New Mutants" feature film opens in theaters.
"New Mutants: Dead Souls" will run six issues and feature past New Mutants Magik, Wolfsbane, Boom Boom and Rictor, and former X-Factor member Strong Guy.
The series will be written by Matt Rosenberg, who will hitch his star to the X-wagon later this month with "Phoenix: Resurrection," and artist Adam Gorham, who's worked on the Guardians of the Galaxy solo title "Rocket."
"To me, The New Mutants exemplify everything I love about a superhero team,” Rosenberg said in comments provided by Marvel. “They are true underdogs, doubted and dismissed, but always ready to prove themselves. They're the weirdos, the outcasts, the leftovers and the misfits, but they are there for the people who need them.”
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According to a statement from Marvel, "New Mutants: Dead Souls" finds the five heroes attempting to solve paranormal mysteries like a mutant Scooby gang, assembled to do so by former teammate Karma, who may be hiding ulterior motives.
“We pack it full of nods to the history of the team and hints about their future, and enough creepy moments, epic battles, offbeat humor and dysfunctional family dynamics to make a book worthy of the title 'The New Mutants,'” Rosenberg said.
Fox's "The New Mutants" film debuts April 13 and features Charlie Heaton as Cannonball, Anya Taylor-Joy as Magik, Maisie Williams as Wolfsbane, Henry Zaga as Sunspot and Blu Hunt as Mirage. A trailer released in October portrays a horror film based on Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz's "Demon Bear Saga" story.
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No. 10 ALEXANDER PIERCE: Shame the main villain of what is objectively the best MCU film, 2014's 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' is this far down the list, but you know what would have earned him some more points? See our No. 7 entry.
No. 9 JUSTIN HAMMER: You don't have to like 'Iron Man 2' to appreciate Sam Rockwell as a wannabe Tony Stark. You just need to accept that Rockwell was the best part of that movie and move on.
No. 8 OBADIAH STANE: You never forget your first. Jeff Bridges set the Marvel Cinematic Universe off on the right foot as the first big-name actor to play a villain in the superhero franchise. He's also the MCU's first evil industrialist, a character type the films would revisit over three 'Iron Man' films and 'Ant-Man.'
No. 7 RED SKULL: When it came time for Marvel to tackle Captain America on screen, they went right for his #1 villain, comics' most famous Nazi, the Red Skull. Hugo Weaving performed admirably in his one MCU appearance, but doesn't a part of you wish Alexander Pierce in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' was actually the Red Skull wearing a Robert Redford mask?
No. 6 ULTRON: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' may be one of the weakest MCU films — more continuity way station than standalone narrative — but James Spader's characterization of Ultron as part child, part serial killer was at least a fresh take.
No. 5 EGO: Never before has a planet that walked like a man been so menacing explaining the lyrics to a 1970s soft-rock classic. Kurt Russell makes it 3-for-3 in the villains of '17, tempting Chris Pratt's Star-Lord in 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' with father-son bonding in a bid to compel him to help him remake the universe in his image.
No. 4 HELA: See our earlier comment about the baddies of the 2017 Marvel films. Cate Blanchett chewed up every inch of the screen in 'Thor: Ragnarok' as the blade-generating, giant-hatted goddess of death, showing Asgard the truth about its past before being left to drown in its destruction. Hela's performance makes up for every second of 'Thor: The Dark World.'
No. 3 VULTURE: This year has provided a bumper crop of quality on-screen Marvel villains, an area in which the studio has stumbled over the years. Head of this year's class, though, is Michael Keaton's portrayal of the literally old-school Spider-Man villain. The writers of 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' did a great job exploring Adrian Toombs' motivation, as a father, a businessman and a member of the shrinking middle class. Plus, it's Michael freaking Keaton.
No. 2 THANOS: That evil smile at the end of the first 'Avengers' sent a million nerds running for their carefully bagged and boarded copies of 'The Infinity Gauntlet.' Perhaps after 'Infinity War,' the Mad Titan will deserve the top spot, but for now he's yet to do much in the movies beyond boss Ronan around a little in the first 'Guardians of the Galaxy' and act as shorthand for things to come in the post-credit scenes of a couple others.
No. 1 LOKI: Not many MCU villains have lived to see another movie, let alone five. But Tom Hiddleston's Loki is so beloved that he's stuck around through three 'Thor' films and, as of next year, two 'Avengers' films. And while he may be the god of lies, trickery and evil, ol' horn-helmet has softened around the edges, fighting alongside his brother in November's 'Thor: Ragnarok' and staying by his side to guide the people of Asgard to a new land. Surely that can't last too long.