The signal-to-noise ratio on The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone's adaptation of Marvel Comics's New Mutants is pretty high, so whenever something reasonably concrete comes out about the project, fans get excited.
Tonight, one of the bigger pieces of the puzzle -- the film's villain -- fell into place when an animatic from the in-development X-Men spinoff in the form of an animatic that features Magik, Wolfsbane, and Cannonball facing off against Demon Bear, a threat that feeds off negative human emotion in the same way Vigo the Carpathian did in Ghotbusters II.
Demon Bear also has supernatural strength and senses, teleportation, transformation -- oh, and he can corrupt your soul. So happy Thanksgiving.
While a number of sources are acting like Demon Bear will be the film's principal antagonist -- which would be kind of visually insane and really daring writing in a way -- there isn't really much in the animatic to back that. It's entirely possible this is just a training mission, or an early fight, or that Demon Bear is working with the big bad. With basically no real knowledge of the film beyond its marketing peg that it's "Stephen King by way of John Hughes," the possibilities are almost endless.
New Mutants was the very first series to spin out of the X-Men comics. It introduced a new team of teenage mutants to Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, including franchise mainstays like Cannonball, Sunspot, Magik, Mirage, Warlock, and Wolfsbane. It was also the series where both Cable and Deadpool were introduced, and eventually morphed into X-Force.
New Mutants is still without a release date. It's expected to start production in early 2017.