The New Mutants director Josh Boone has revealed that, at one point, his upcoming film contained a cameo from Colossus who is perhaps best known for his part in the Deadpool films.
One of the main characters in The New Mutants is Anya Taylor-Joy’s Illyana Rasputin who is also known as Magik. In the comics, Magic is also the sister of X-Men character, Colossus who made his first live-action appearance in X2: X-Men United and returned for X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past. The character easily had the most screentime and development in Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool films.
In both Deadpool films, Colossus attempted to turn the titular character into a more traditional hero. In both instances, Colossus would eventually be convinced to help Deadpool in his battles against his enemies despite their differences of opinion. As it turns out, at one point, the character was also going to be featured in The New Mutants.
While speaking to Comicbook.com, The New Mutants director Josh Boone revealed that, at one point, Colossus, was going to make an appearance in the film but was ultimately cut for budget reasons:
“I had early drafts. I had early drafts that had, we always loved, Knate and I loved the scene and Superman. There’s Superman three, the one where he loses his powers and goes back to Smallville. Is that one where he saves the kid from the thing going through the grass? We definitely wrote one where Ilyana was in like a field in Russia that was being tilled. And suddenly her brother comes in and you see all the armor come on him and stop the thing from running her over or whatever. We had stuff like that in earlier drafts that just got further and further away from a budget standpoint and everything else. Which is suddenly Ilyana rescued, and is Colossus’ sister.”
What do you all make of Josh Boone’s words? Would you like to have seen Colossus make a cameo in The New Mutants? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Here is the official synopsis for The New Mutants:
In this terrifying, action-fueled film based on the MARVEL comic series, five young people who demonstrate special powers are brought to a secret institution to undergo treatments they are told will cure them of the dangers of their powers. Included are Danielle Moonstar aka Mirage (Blu Hunt), who creates illusions from other people’s fears; Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams), who transforms into the werewolf Wolfsbane; Sam Guthrie (Charlie Heaton), who, as Cannonball, can fly at jet speeds protected by a force field; Roberto da Costa aka Sunspot (Henry Zaga), who absorbs and channels solar power; and Illyana Rasputin aka Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy). The younger sister of Colossus, Magik becomes encased in armor at will and wields a soulsword that amplifies her multiple superhuman and psychic abilities.
Invited by Dr. Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga) to share their stories about when their powers first manifested, the five “patients” come to understand that they are in a class of people called mutants, who have historically been marginalized and feared. As they relive their origin stories, their memories seem to turn into terrifying realities. Soon, they question what is real and what isn’t, and it becomes clear that the institution isn’t what it seems. Now the question is — why are they being held captive? And who is trying to destroy them? The tension and horror mount in this white-knuckle thrill ride directed by Josh Boone and co-written by Boone and Knate Lee.
Directed by Josh Boone from a script he co-wrote with Knate Lee, The New Mutants stars Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt, and Henry Zaga.
The New Mutants is currently scheduled to be released in theaters on August 28th. Stay tuned for all the latest news on The New Mutants and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.