May 5, 2016
New Mutants Rumors: X-Men Movie Hints At Characters

A new comic book movie is coming from Fox. X-Men: The New Mutants is the story of a young group of mutants undergoing training to be the X-Men of tomorrow. The film is being directed by Josh Boone, who turned a lot of heads with his young adult drama The Fault in Our Stars, and Boone seems to have revealed the characters who will appear in his movie. Boone revealed character sketches for the New Mutants movie on his Instagram account, and it appears as if he is going with the original lineup.

That lineup looks to include Magik, Cannonball, Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Mirage, and Warlock. Out of those characters, four of them were original team members in the New Mutants comics, while Magik and Warlock joined the team in the first and second year following the death of team leader Karma. Since Karma was not included in the sketches, it looks like this will be the main team from issue seven of the original New Mutants series and on.

To catch people up on these characters, Cannonball is Sam Guthrie, the eventual leader of the New Mutants. His power involves flying through the air like a rocket, where he is pretty much invulnerable. While he was a bit stuffy, similar to an awkward Cyclops, in the early days, he developed into a strong leader over time.

Sunspot is Roberto da Costa, a Brazilian whose powers are fueled by the sun, giving him superhuman strength. When he grows up in the comics, he becomes very rich and finances his own team. Wolfsbane is Rahne Sinclair, a Scottish girl who can turn into a wolf. Mirage is Danielle Moonstar, a Native American who can create three-dimensional mirages with her mind.

Majik is Illyana Rasputin, the sister of the big Russian X-Men member Colossus, who appeared in the original X-Men trilogy and received a much larger role in this year's Deadpool. While not an original member of the New Mutants, she has remained with them throughout the years and is one of the most powerful mutants in the world. Majik is a mystic who can travel throughout the world through interdimensional portals.

Finally, Warlock is an alien and not a mutant. He can take any form that he wishes and was mostly a comedy centerpiece for the books. As is evident from the character descriptions, this will be one of the most ethnically-diverse comic book movies ever made.

While DC Comics struggles with their comic book movies tone and Marvel Comics rolls along with critical love, Fox has remained very successful with their X-Men movies, and they have X-Men: Apocalypse coming out this month. X-Men: The New Mutants is another of the Fox spin-off movies coming from the world of the X-Men following the very successful Deadpool.

Unlike DC Comics, who keeps some of their plans secret, Fox has always been forthcoming with their X-Men movies, even if it does mean that sometimes fans take the spoilers out of context. That happened with both the X-Men: Apocalypse final trailer and the Entertainment Weekly article about the movie, both of which caused fans to rebel against the look and voice of Apocalypse. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Bryan Singer had to address those complaints.

However, there is little to complain about when it comes to the rumors for X-Men: The New Mutants. Much like Deadpool, it looks like Josh Boone is trying to remain faithful when it comes to his movie, especially with the team as it was originally formed. This movie also opens up the possibility to finally introduce Cable to Fox's X-Men world.

Cable showed up first in the pages of The New Mutants, where he ended up taking over leadership and morphing the team into X-Force, a more powerful unit that fought for mutants. There is an X-Force movie planned in the future, and Cinema Blend reported that Ryan Reynolds said Cable is supposed to be in talks to appear in Deadpool 2.

It looks like the original lineup of the New Mutants is coming, and Cable might not be far behind. X-Men: The New Mutants is scheduled for a 2018 release.

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