Josh Boone’s New Mutants is coming to theaters in April 2018, and fans are excited to see a horror film enter the X-Men universe. The first trailer was a big surprise, and two new short teasers shed some light on Anya-Taylor Joy’s Magik and Blu Hunt’s Mirage. In addition to just being visually aesthetic, the teasers subtly hint at each character’s traits and potential powers. For instance, the caption that accompanies Magik’s clip reads “They said art would save your soul. They lied.”
According to a write-up in ScreenRant, here’s an explanation of the caption’s significance:
— New Mutants (@NewMutantsFilm) December 22, 2017
The Magik teaser is a particularly fascinating one. Note the text, “They said art would save your soul. They lied.” It’s a homage to Magik’s main story arc in the comics. There, the young Illyana Rasputin was abducted by a Hell Lord known as Belasco. The X-Men rescued her, but she had aged dramatically in Belasco’s realm. Her soul had been torn apart, with a fragment used to fashion the Soulsword. This is still Magik’s trademark weapon, and Fox has already confirmed that she will wield it in the film.
It seems Josh Boone’s version of Magik fancies herself as an artist. It makes sense; in the comics, her older brother Colossus is known for his love of art. He’s most skilled when it comes to traditional art though, reveling in portraits and landscapes. In contrast, Magik’s scrawled images offer an ominous hint at the state of her soul. Also note that her hairstyle has subtly changed, a visual cue to the blunt horns she sometimes manifests in the comics.
As for the Mirage teaser, the quote, “The youth are sick and there is no cure,” is featured in the clip using the film’s stylish font. ScreenRant has a great explanation for this quote, as well, writing:
— New Mutants (@NewMutantsFilm) December 24, 2017
The New Mutants comics have often faced the idea of “fear of youth.” The next generation has always been the subject of hatred and fear, and that seemed to peak in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Marvel tapped into this cultural trend in advertisements for 1998’s “Fall of the Mutants” arc. Promotional art included fake newspaper ads that used the New Mutants, and asked readers: “Do you know what your children are?”
Josh Boone is clearly taking that idea to the next level. Inspired by classic films like One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest, he’s envisioned an institution for young mutants who are deemed a risk to society. The haunting words scrawled around Dani are no doubt society’s judgment of these young mutants. Dani’s power allows her to tap into the fears of those around her, and she’ll feel the hatred and fear more than anyone else.
New Mutants is one of our most anticipated movies of 2018. The blend of horror elements with X-Men characters is a fresh take on the superhero genre. We don’t have an especially detailed plot description yet, but more information about the film is expected to surface within the next couple weeks. With just four months until the film’s release in April, and new clips surfacing every week, hopefully we’ll get another full trailer and some more plot details.
The New Mutants hits theaters on April 13th, 2018.
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