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The New Mutants – Trailer Review

New Era of Mutants

Friday the 13th of April cannot come quick enough. As we fans of all things “X-Men” mourn the bittersweet loss of one of my favourite mutants; Logan, and say our goodbyes to the much loved Hugh Jackman as the fearsome Wolverine, I am relieved to see that FOX is not rebooting him with another actor, as we all know that matching or exceeding Hugh Jackman‘s portrayal of this incredible character, would be a tall order.

They are, however, paving the way for some New Mutants to have their first debut on the silver screen. What a way to take the X-Men. Watching as my comic book heroes from childhood have leaped from the page onto the silver screen, they have somewhat departed their roots of just heroism in this film into something more, joining with another famed genre of mine and moving into more adult audiences, horror.

 Josh Boone(The Fault In Our Stars) I have high hopes for The New Mutants movie, as he’s a major X-Men fan. In an interview, he talks about buying many comics as a child and The Demon Bear is one of his favourites. Let’s hope by being such a huge fan he can do the X-Men some justice and provide us with never seen before spectacles.

New mutants were created in 1982 by Chris Claremont as a spin-off from X-Men to ride on their recent success. The Original team was comprised of five members. Four of which were first introduced in Marvel’s Graphic Novel #4 New Mutants.

 

Superhero Horror…?

Watching this trailer gives me the chills, and it’s not just because of the excitement I feel for a new X-Men film. From the trailer, you can see that they seem to be delivering a true horror film. The music, one of the most important aspects of setting the mood, and scene for the trailer came in perfectly, with a rather eerie cover of “Another Brick in the Wall” by Pink Floyd – which perfectly reflects the dire situation these kids are in.

The setting is a little cliche and overused in this genre. But let’s be honest, I couldn’t think of a better place… could you? The long corridors and cold clinical aesthetic give for such a haunting environment, especially using the correct angles and lighting creating a dark, claustrophobic atmosphere.

Who doesn’t love a good jump scare to get the blood pumping, and with the slow camera shots complemented by fast movements we look to be in for a few heart-racing moments.

The supernatural elements coupled with actual antagonists, the miners (which I have a theory about) and the man in the smiley mask. But most importantly; what we can’t forget, is the mutants. So more and more frequently were seeing superheroes step further and further into the adult world of entertainment.

But what we haven’t seen much of, if any at all, is a superhero story with a horror element… Until now. Well, New Mutants appears to be exactly that, and personally, I can’t wait. Oh and a fun fact about the set of this movie: the crew is filming in an old abandoned asylum: Medfield State Hospital, Boston. The same location used in filming Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Shutter Island. What a great way to feel authentic.

 

 

The Cast

Danielle Moonstar played by Blu Hunt is most known for her role in The Originals.

Illyana Rasputin played by Anya Taylor-Joy, most known as Thomasin from Witch.

Roberto da Costa played by Henry Zaga most recently from Thirteen Reasons Why.

Rahne Sinclair played by Maisie Williams most known as Arya Stark from Game of Thrones.

Sam Guthrie played by Charlie Heaton most known as Jonathon Byers from Stranger Things.

Dr. Cecilia Reyes is another mutant played by Alice Braga, from I Am Legend. She has the ability to create a shield surrounding her body. Who knows if they are going to keep her as a mutant however or they are just using her name as a nod to the comics.

Reverend Craig Sinclair has been confirmed to be cast by Happy Anderson, most known as Ted from Cold in July. The good reverend Craig is the father of Rahne and when discovering that she is a mutant, he formed a mob to hunt, and kill her. Perhaps he has a larger part to play in this reimagining as part of The Right.

 

The First New Mutant

Xi’anShanCoy Manh (aka Karma) was introduced in 1980, before New Mutants in Marvel Team-up #100.  She moved to America from Vietnam due to the country falling under the communist government. She is one of the founding members and the leader of the New Mutants. Karma’s mutant ability allows her to mentally possess other beings.

 

Thr Original Team

Danielle Moonstar (aka Mirage, originally Psyche) is a Native American of the Cheyenne Nation. Her mutant ability is to create visible images of people’s fears. Dani’s abilities manifested during puberty without her control creating people’s greatest fears unexpectedly.

The Demon Bear emerged in her dreams after the death of her parents. Dani blamed herself for this as she had created a symbolic vision of their deaths prior to their disappearance. Black Eagle her Grandfather cast spells to keep The Demon Bear from her and called for Xavier’s help. Before Charles’ could arrive though Black Eagle had been killed.

Sam Guthrie (aka Cannonball) is from Kentucky and the oldest of eleven siblings. His father died when he was sixteen forcing him to work in the mines. A cave in caused Sam’s powers to manifest. Sam’s abilities are to propel his body through the air while also creating a sort of force field that protects him.

Rahne Sinclair (aka Wolfsbane) is a young Scotswoman whom can transform into a wolf or werewolf. She is being hunted by a mob led by the reverend and is shot causing her to revert back to human form. Luckily Moira McTaggart witnessed this and helped Rahne to safety and later introducing her to Charles Xavier.

Roberto da Costa (aka Sunspot) is Brazilian and his mutant abilities manifested during a football game scaring away all of the crowd. Donald Pierce heard of the incident and sent men to capture him but failed and captured his girlfriend by mistake. Pierce killed his girlfriend and went after Roberto again only to be thwarted by Charles. Roberto can harness the power of the sun changing his appearance and providing him with flight and strength.

 

Demon Bear Arc

I won’t say too much about this Arc, because the plot of the film is taken from The Demon Bear arc, so I’d be spoiling it for you guys. But basically, The Demon Bear first appears in New Mutants issue #3 as a cameo. He is fully introduced in issue #18 through to issue #20. So feel free to check out these comics if you want more of the backstory, but just know that you’ll likely be spoiling the movie for yourself.

 

The New Members

Illyana Rasputin (aka Magik) is the younger sister of Russian X-Man Colossus and first appears alongside him in Giant-Size X-Men #1. Colossus brought his sister to come live at the X Mansion believing it to be safer. She came to the X Mansion at the age of six and Charles tapped her on the head giving her the power to speak English.

Shortly after, she was kidnapped and taken to another dimension, Limbo. The ruler of Limbo and her captor was Belasco who said he loved her. Part of Illyana’s soul was taken by Belasco which he used to make a bloodstone granting her great potential for power. Illyana became Belasco’s apprentice growing her powers until she was strong enough to escape.

She defeated Belasco with the Soulsword she summoned and returned to Earth, only moments after she had been taken. Moments on Earth, however, amounted to years in Limbo and Illyana was now thirteen. Shortly after she joined the New Mutants.

Amara Aquilla (aka Magma) first appeared in New Mutants #8 and is from Nova Roma. Nova Roma is a city founded from a colony of the Roman Empire after the death of Julius Caesar. The Black Priestess started up a dark cult in which they sacrifice young girls in a pit of lava. To protect Amara her father sent her to live in the jungle.

Years later the New Mutants intercepted her and they were all captured by Nova Roma. A struggle broke out between Mirage and the Black Priestess (aka Selene) knocking Amara into the pits. Miraculously Amara didn’t die but rose out of the pits emerging as a mutant. Her entire body became Magma, which she could propel at her enemies.

 

What Do You Think?

Are you looking forward to The New Mutants movie? Are you a fan of the comics?

Let us know in the comments and be sure to stick with GoneFullGeek for all your geeky news.