Black Panther – February 16, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018
Deadpool 2 – May 18, 2018
Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018
Venom – October 5, 2018
X-Men: Dark Phoenix – November 2, 2018
New Mutants is a different kind of superhero movie. As you watch the trailer, (bottom of this page) you immediately get the feeling that this is a horror movie and not a superhero movie. (It can be both.) Fox CEO Stacey Snider described the New Mutants movie in a Variety article as, “A haunted house movie…” “We haven’t seen a superhero movie whose genre is more like ‘The Shining’ than we’re teenagers let’s save the world” Part of why this movie works as a horror film is found in the characters, especially Mirage and Magik. What we currently know are the comic book characters, the movie could be vastly different.
Wolfsbane or Rahne Sinclair – She is played by Maisie Williams who is Arya from Game of Thrones so you know she can act. Wolfsbane is a girl who turns into a werewolf. So Maisie goes from a girl with no face to a girl with a wolf face, the world is not kind. Wolfsbane is known for having a strong Scottish accent in the comics.
Cannonball or Sam Guthrie – He is played by Charlie Heaton who is Jonathan Byers in Stranger Things. No need to break out your nail covered baseball bat from Stranger Things when you are Cannonball. When Cannonball’s powers first manifested he was a boy of 16 working in the coal mines of Appalachia. When Sam ignites into Cannonball he is invulnerable and can fly, when he goes back to normal he can get hurt.
Sunspot or Roberto da Costa – He is played by Henry Zaga from Teen Wolf and 13 Reasons Why. The actor and Sunspot are both from Brazil, so that works. As Sunspot, he is extremely strong and typically shown covered in darkness, like a sunspot or an eclipse. He is the muscle in the New Mutants.
Mirage or Danielle Moonstar – She is played by Blu Hunt, the lovely young lady from the Originals. This is where the dark feel of this movie begins. Mirage can make a living illusion, it sounds, smells, and looks real. When threatened she makes your greatest fear into a living illusion. She alone could make a horror film.
Magik or Illyana Rasputin – She is played by Anya Taylor-Joy who has been in several movies and television shows. If you noticed the last name, Rasputin, you’ve probably already guessed that she is Colossus’ sister. She is a mutant who can teleport herself or a group of people anywhere using disks.
The problem for Magik is that she was caught by a demon named, Belasco, during one of her teleports. That demon kept her in his realm, Limbo, for a few brief seconds in our world but in Limbo Magik aged 7 years. This happens in Uncanny X-men #160. You can read about her 7 years in a mini-series called Magik from 1983 and 1984. While in Limbo she learns all kinds of dark magic and creates a Soulsword. She is a character in turmoil because she was taught dark magic by Belasco but she wants to use good magic.
Important comic book issues related to the New Mutants Movie
New Mutants Graphic Novel #4 – First appearance of the New Mutants, Dani Moonstar, Wolfsbane, Sunspot, Cannonball
Giant-Size X-men #1 – 1st appearance of Magik and a few other important people
Magik Limited Series #1-4 – Explains Magik’s seven years in Limbo
Uncanny X-men #160 – Belasco’s abduction of Magik
New Mutants – Why not enjoy some comics by Clairmont and Simonson? There are issues other than 87, 98 and 100.