Which Characters Will Be Featured in Fox's 'New Mutants' X-Men Movie?
With the recent announcement that Fox is producing an X-Men spin-off movie based on the New Mutants, and has already found the film a director in Josh Boone, many are wondering just who the New Mutants are. First introduced in the 1980's, the New Mutants focuses on a group of younger mutant trainees at Charles Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. If you're thinking this sounds a lot like X-Men: First Class, you're not wrong, but the presumption is the New Mutants film will feature new characters compared to what we've seen on screen so far, not a mix of new characters with younger versions of old characters like First Class. So which characters might we see? Read on to find out!
One of the better-known characters in the New Mutants stable, but still relatively unknown to the casual, movie-loving X-fan, Sam Guthrie is a mutant with the ability to fly through the air at high speeds via jet propulsion, and he's essentially indestructible while he's in flight. He served as co-leader of the team, along with Dani Moonstar (see below), before joining the Avengers in Marvel Comics' current continuity.
Verdict: He's a bigger name than his teammates, he'll be there.
Also known by her codenames "Psyche" and "Mirage," Dani is a Native American with the power to give people frighteningly real hallucinations of their greatest fears. Avengers: Age of Ultron kind of stole Dani's thunder with their depiction of the Scarlet Witch's powers, but considering that we've seen Quicksilver appear in both Age of Ultron and X-Men: Days of Future Past, we could easily see a character with similar powers show up in New Mutants.
Verdict: The fandom will freak out if she's not there. We expect to see her.
Roberto de Costa is a Brazilian mutant who absorbs energy from the sun and converts it in a number of ways (strength, flight, energy blasts). Unlike the rest of the characters on this list, Sunspot has already been portrayed on screen. In the most recent X-Men film, Days of Future Past, he is a member of the present day X-Men fighting the Sentinels. Assuming that the New Mutants movie is canon with the rest of the X-Universe, does that mean Sunspot will be absent from the New Mutants film? Not necessarily, considering that the characters of Gambit and Deadpool both appear in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, yet both characters are getting their own unrelated spinoff movies next year. Heck, Deadpool is even being played by the same guy (Ryan Reynolds). So not only does Fox not care about what Marvel is doing in their movies, they don't even care about what they're doing in their own movies.
Verdict: We think he missed the boat by appearing in Days. No appearance.
Rahne Sinclair is a Scottish girl with an (often horribly depicted) accent and the ability to transform into a wolf. Essentially, she's a werewolf. Will Fox want to put a werewolf in an X-Men movie? Maybe, maybe not, but if they do, let's hope they finally find someone who doesn't butcher the accent.
Verdict: Despite the possible Twilight comparisons, we think Wolfsbane makes it in.
Rounding out the five original members of the group, French-speaking, Vietnamese Xi'an Coy Manh is probably the least prominent character among them. Although she served as the group's original leader, she disappears and is thought dead after six issues. Then she's possessed by a villain for a while when she finally returns and-let's just say Karma's not hugely important and leave it at that. Anyway, she has the ability to possess and control people's minds, an ability we've seen put to use by Professor X in the movies, thus seemingly making her even more expendable.
Verdict: Her spotty history makes her easy to leave out. No appearance.
Illyana Rasputin is the sister of Colossus, whom we've seen in several of the X-Men films already. Whether or not this will play a factor in the movie is anyone's guess. Colossus is barely in the movies, so no one's going to cry if they omit the connection. Plus, there's already a precedent for siblings in the comics not existing in the movie universe: Havok appears in X-Men: First Class, but there's no mention of the fact that he is Cyclops's brother.
Magik's abilities are pretty weird, even for a mutant. She can teleport between dimensions, and as a result knows a bunch of magic and has a magic sword. These mystical aspects of her character are fairly at odds with the grounded world the X-Men movies are attempting to portray, so she may be de-powered to a plain ol' teleporter if she's included.
Verdict: This one could go either way, but her loose connection to the other X-Men movies should be enough to warrant her inclusion. She's in.
Despite the name, Warlock is not magically-powered... he's an alien! Another character who would need a significant rewrite in order to jive with the X-Men cinematic universe, Warlock is a member of a techno-organic alien race with the ability to change his shape and infect others with a techno-organic virus. He is one of the more recognizable New Mutants though, so he may end up in the film, but likely with a more Earth-bound origin.
Verdict: Warlock is really weird, but since this team is running low on males we think he makes it in, albeit with a massive backstory overhaul.
Amara Juliana Olivians Aquilla is another South American member of the team, hailing from an Ancient Roman colony in the Amazon Rainforest called Nova Roma. Magma, as her name suggests, has the ability to create and control lava, which admittedly would be a pretty unique power compared to the other mutant characters we've seen on screen. Get ready for lots of CGI if she's in the mix.
Verdict: Magma's power set would look too cool on camera for the studio to pass, we say she's in.
Douglas Ramsay is a mutant with the ability to, get this, learn any language! Despite the applications for intercontinental communications this character allows, we don't think he's quite as exciting as the rest of his teammates from a cinematic perspective. It's unlikely anyone will cry blasphemy if he's left out of the movie.
Verdict: Not a chance.
Probably the best-known mutant on this list, the hulking, telepathic, trigger-happy Cable made his first appearance in the New Mutants, while not technically counting himself as one of their members. He does however take over leadership of the team, eventually turning them into X-Force. Given that we were hearing rumors of an X-Force movie before the recent New Mutants announcement, his inclusion in the film seems likely. What doesn't seem likely is an onscreen showing of his complicated backstory: he's the son of Cyclops and a clone of Jean Grey who was born in the present, sent to the distant future to be raised, and then travels back in time to the present as a grizzled old warrior. Got all that?
Verdict: He's the most bankable character of the bunch, you bet your hide he'll be there.