Maisie Williams ‘Proud’ of Starring in ‘Worst Marvel Movie Ever Made’

Posted 2022/04/26 11 0


In May 2017, for an early July 2017 production start, Maisie Williams was cast in the Josh Boone-directed movie The New Mutants, alongside an ensemble of other up-and-coming Hollywood talent like Anya Taylor-Joy. Because of four date changes that delayed the film until 2020 (holding the record for most release delays until Morbius), the film being thrown into theaters at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Disney’s acquisition of Fox, The New Mutants had a disappointing box office performance. However, Williams told British GQ that she wears the movie’s failure as a badge of honor: “I still feel kinda proud of that!”

The first X-Men comic spin-off New Mutants was created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, launched in the early 1980s as the X-franchise began two decades of dominating the comic book markets. So when Fox announced the film, many fans were excited about the announcement, especially once it became clear that the film’s leading character Wolfsbane, played by Williams, was going to be in a same-sex relationship with Blu Hunt’s Danielle Moonstar. During The New Mutants [email protected] 2020 panel, Williams talked about the importance of Wolfsbane and Moonstar’s relationship, “It was really wonderful to be able to see a relationship like this in a typically quite, like, masculine world of superheroes. It was just lovely to see these two fragile women who protect one another and bring light out in each other. I think it’s really important to see relationships like this.”

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To this day, Williams told British GQ in a April 2022 interview, she has nothing but “extremely fulfilling” memories of The New Mutants, although the film got terrible reviews. “I can’t remember what publication it was, but someone said it was the worst Marvel movie ever made. I still feel kinda proud of that!”

Maisie Williams Felt ‘Born Again’ After Game of Thrones

Maisie Williams rose to fame when she was only 12-years-old in her role as Arya Stark, the headstrong daughter of the House Stark on Game of Thrones on HBO. The character resonated with many fans as a young woman who broke social norms with her unfazed and direct manner and desire to wield a sword instead of vying for the affections of a man. In the same interview with British GQ, the Pistol actor also talked about her time in the popular series (and her time at dance school while filming) and what it felt like when it finally ended after eight seasons.

During her time on the GoT set, Williams left school because of how others would treat her and started to train at Bath Dance College instead. However, when she switched to a dance school, it was different. From British GQ:

“She was just like everyone else, really,” says George Hill, who taught Williams at Bath Dance College. Hill recalls a performance Williams’ class was preparing for, one she was desperate to be involved in but couldn’t rehearse for because of her filming schedule. That restraint didn’t seem to phase her; Williams made her own plan. “She came back in [after the shoot] and somehow knew everything,” Hill says.

Check out some clips of Williams dancing below:

Williams has fond memories of her time playing Arya Stark, although she says that she started to resent playing the character as her body started to mature into a women’s body. “When I started becoming a woman, I resented Arya because I couldn’t express who I was becoming,” she said. “Then I also resented my body because it wasn’t aligned with the piece of me that the world celebrated.”

The actor, who recently reprised Arya (in voice only) for MultiVersus, a Warner Bros-produced video game, doesn’t want to rule out a spin-off yet. “I’m not saying it would never happen,” said Williams. “It has to be right in the context of all the other spin-offs and the universe of Game of Thrones.” And most importantly, she added, “It has to be the right time for me,” which makes sense as the young actress compares the aftermath of GoT‘s lengthy TV tenure to “being born again.”

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