Although X-Men: Apocalypse hasn’t even been released yet, Fox is keen to press ahead with its future plans, of which the New Mutants seem to be a big part of. Director Josh Boone seems to be on message in this regard, having recently put out there a number of Instagram posts that drop a few pretty heavy hints as to who will actually be in it. Using his pictures, we break down his apparent choices below:
1) Magik/Illyana Rasputin
The younger sister of Colossus, Illyana’s comic origins are typically… well, comic-book. Having been kidnapped by the demon Belasco and taken to the hellish Limbo at the six, she is trained in martial arts and the use of the powerful Soulsword, before becoming ruler of the dimension, returning to Earth as if nothing has happened, and joining the New Mutants. A proficient teleporter as well as a hand-t0-hand combatant, we’re unsure how much of her origins will get used. but there’s plenty to choose from.
2) Wolfsbane/Rahne Sinclair
Strongly rumoured to be played by Game Of Thrones‘ Maisie Williams, Wolfsbane is a founding member and the team’s resident lycanthrope – think a younger Wolverine. The recipient of a particularly horrible upbringing, there are a lot of layers to her character beyond just being angry and wolf-like, and we look forward to seeing them explored.
3) Mirage/Dani Moonstar
Another member of the original line-up, Moonstar is a Cheyenne Native American with the power to psionically project illusions of her opponents’ greatest fears. Think of the visual possibilities this creates – a lot of fun could be had. Then again, much of her early struggles were more concerned with her facing her own fears, so maybe this’ll be something that is focused on more.
4) Canonball/Sam Guthrie
The team’s heavy-hitter, the Kentucky-born former miner has the power to project a forcefield around himself that makes him pretty much invulnerable – plus he has the ability to fly, so there’s always that. In recent years he has joined up with the main X-Men team, but he’s also a founding member of the New Mutants, so it will be good to see his origins explored here.
5) Sunspot/Roberto DaCosta
Having already been played by Adan Canto in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, most of you will likely already be familiar with his powers: shooting fire and flying, making him a formidable opponent. Then again, there’s every chance they could recast him, so maybe we’ll see an entirely new incarnation of the character.
Lastly, the team’s resident techno-organic alien, Warlock. Initially a source of comic relief, he later gets involved in some pretty tragic storylines, having died and been resurrected a number of times. Likely to be a mo-cap character, it’ll be interesting to see how it comes together.
Interestingly, there are a few omissions. Cypher, Karma and Magma aren’t present – nor is Storm, who a previous report pegged as being present, played again by Alexandra Shipp. Then again, even if they aren’t included this time round, its success could lead to their inclusion in future movies, so we’ll see.
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