At 12:01 am, 20th Century Fox dropped the first trailer for their new X-Men film from director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars), titled ‘The New Mutants‘. After watching it for the first time, one thing is clear; this isn’t your typical Marvel or X-Men movie. It also ignited my hype for Marvel Heroes Omega. Just think of all the new characters and costumes that could come to that game (my heart, be still). I’m really excited for this one. 20th Century Fox is on a bit of a streak right now. First was Deadpool, which started this whole R rated Marvel universe. Then there was Logan, which was a deeply emotional and violent journey. Now we’re getting blessed (or cursed) with The New Mutants. Check the trailer out for yourself below…
I have the feeling a lot of people aren’t going to recognize the mutants in this trailer. Honestly, if they hadn’t blasted the Marvel logo at the beginning, this could’ve just been recognized as a typical teenage horror movie. It’s gonna throw people off. What’s promising though, and hear me out, for those who aren’t familiar with the X-Men comics, is the choice of mutants they’ve selected. There’s some interesting characters here that could bring something new that we haven’t see before in the Marvel films. With these heroes, they could also bring an insane amount of violence and terror (never a bad thing).
Up first, you’ve got Masie Williams (Arya from Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane. She’s a Scottish mutant with the ability to transform into a wolf, or a werewolf depending on her mood (hey, sometimes you just wanna be a werewolf). I can just see her now, ripping apart the bad guys who’ve tormented her. It’s gonna be wild.
Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) will be Cannonball. He’s probably the most pure of these mutants. He comes from a family of coal miners and has tried to maintain values of civility, hard work, and a strong commitment to his beliefs throughout his time in the X-Men universe. Cannonball can fly at jet speeds while remaining impenetrable. This one doesn’t really fit the horror vibes, so it’ll be interesting to see how he meshes with the others.
Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) plays Sunspot. The character already made his film debut in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but hopefully this film means he won’t be a simple cameo in future films. Roberto da Costa has the ability to harness various solar powers. I can only assume he’s going to be setting a lot of people on fire….. in gruesome fashion.
Blu Hunt (The Originals) plays Moonstar. She has the ability to telepathically create illusions of her opponents fears or wishes (which could translate well to a horror film). She later develops a wide range of psionic and energy manipulating powers. She even had a stint in Asgard (yes, that Asgard) and gained some other, more powerful, magical abilities. Her choice of weapon is a bow or a psychically manifested spear (I’d just use the spear all the time).
And now, I’ve saved my favorite for last. Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) will play Russian born Magik. Sister to X-Men member Colossus, Magik has the ability to teleport and summon demons to do her bidding. If they can nail her abilities in the film, who knows what kind of horrors she will unleash on her enemies. Her past is pretty tragic. Her parents murdered, she would spend a lot of her time in the ‘Limbo’ dimension (it’s essentially Hell) for her comics duration. Her adventures always dabbling in the supernatural and occult. Hopefully they’ll make a film just about her in the future. She’s got a ton of story that needs to be on the big screen.
Now there are some characters that aren’t mentioned, like Warlock, an alien with the ability to assume any shape. There was a casting call according to Cinema Blend that was looking for “Caucasian actors anywhere from 20 to 60 years old who must be over 6 feet 9 inches tall and good with movement for a ‘featured role with no dialogue’.” Taking one look at Warlock, you might assume that would be a dead giveaway.
When you look at these characters and their abilities, I can immediately start to picture how well they could translate to a horror film (if done properly). It doesn’t have to be total horror, but there were even elements in Logan that could fit a horror film. Even the X-Men animated series dabbled in mutants struggling with their powers. It was some heavy stuff. When you think about the idea as a whole, it’s pretty terrifying. After watching the trailer, I’m on board for this. It’s a bit of a departure from your average superhero film, but there’s nothing wrong with that. 20th Century Fox is pushing the boundaries of what a superhero film can be, and I for one, can’t wait to see where this film takes the X-Men franchise, and how it will tie into the whole universe Fox is building. – NVJ
The New Mutants releases in theaters April 13th, 2018.