Josh Boone‘s ‘New Mutants’ is a pretty radical departure from the ‘X-Men’ movies that have come before. For this teen-centric film, Boone is exploring the horror genre and that creepy atmosphere is influencing the marketing for the movie.
A series of short clips have been released, which nod toward the lead characters’ origins. Of course, if you are unfamiliar with the comic books, they might not make much sense. But even without context, their dark, moody tones fit with what we have seen of ‘The New Mutants’ so far.
— New Mutants (@NewMutantsFilm) October 26, 2017
This clip refers to the past of Sam Guthrie/Cannonball, played by Charlie Heaton in the film. Sam is from Appalachia and is the oldest son of a large family. After his father’s death, Sam took his job in a coal mine in an attempt to support the family. The dead canary shown is a reference to his working in the coal mine, where canaries are used to detect carbon monoxide and other deadly gases. In the comics, Sam’s mutant powers first manifested when he and other miners were trapped in a mine cave in, which could be referenced by the line “Some things can’t be caged,” used as a caption here.
— New Mutants (@NewMutantsFilm) October 13, 2017
The next teaser refers to Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, played by Maisie Williams. Apparently orphaned, Rahne was taken under the care of the cruel Reverend Craig (played by Happy Anderson), who used to beat her. It seems her Catholic background will play a part in the movie.
Henry Zaga plays Roberto DaCosta a.k.a. Sunspot. It would seem that this next teaser is a reference to his solar powers.
— New Mutants (@NewMutantsFilm) November 21, 2017
Anya Taylor-Joy portrays Illyana Rasputin, the teenage sister of the X-Men’s Colossus. The dingy bedroom shown here looks to be a reference to her past in Russia, which is referenced briefly in the film’s trailer.
— New Mutants (@NewMutantsFilm) November 8, 2017
The final trailer would logically be for Danielle Moonstar/Mirage, played by Blu Hunt, but it could also be a reference to the movie’s villain, Demon Bear. Check it out below:
— New Mutants (@NewMutantsFilm) December 4, 2017
As glimpsed in the trailer, Dani seems to wear a small bear charm on her necklace which can be seen in the clip above, laying in the snow.
While these clips don’t reveal anything specific, they do give an idea of the film’s tone and a few elements from the characters’ pasts that may pop up.
‘New Mutants’ opens on April 13, 2018.