Twentieth Century Fox is keeping it simple with their next X-Men spinoff by setting The New Mutants in the present day. Since the very beginning of their X-Men universe, Fox has not been afraid to mess with and jump around the timeline. Their first trilogy was set in the not too distant future, which was followed by a trilogy spanning the 1960s-1980s, and eventually jumping to the future again with Logan. Throughout it all, the constant time jumps have routinely made the franchise’s entire timeline a bit messy.

More recently however, the studio has started to make it clear when each film takes place and how it connects to the rest of the universe. New Mutants will ...

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