'The New Mutants' Features Disney's First LGBTQ+ Superheroes

The New Mutants coverage has been mostly negative, with writers focusing on its long and painful process of getting a cinematic release and its negative reviews. There is, however, at least one aspect of the film that is positive, and that offers something never before seen in a movie featuring Marvel characters: A kiss between two people of the same sex.

WARNING: The following contains minor spoilers for The New Mutants

In the film, Danielle Moonstar (played by Blu Hunt) finds herself trapped in what seems to be a cross between a hospital and a training ground for young mutants who need to learn to control their powers.

There, she meets Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams), a young Scottish girl who has been ostracised by her community, who (literally) brand her as a witch for her power, which sees her able to turn into an animal.

The two bond after Rahne stops Danielle from jumping off the clocktower. Eventually, this closeness turns romantic, leading to the pair kissing on the grounds of the institution. At the end of the movie, meanwhile, it is hinted that they have become a couple, with the pair holding hands in the closing scene.

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Maisie Williams and Blu Hunt in 'The New Mutants' 20th Century Studios

This makes Rahne and Danielle, known as Wolfsbane and Psyche/Mirage in the comics, the first characters to break a number of barriers that LGBTQ+ fans have been waiting for in Marvel films. They are the second confirmed LGBTQ+ Marvel superheroes in the movies, following Deadpool 2's Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Yukio (Shiolo Kutsuna), and the first ones to share a kiss. And, as New Mutants production company 20th Century Studios has been purchased by Disney since the release of Deadpool 2, the movie is the first Disney film to feature LGBTQ+ superheroes.

However, as the X-Men universe, the characters are part of is not currently a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), the MCU is still without LGBTQ+ superheroes.

The first gay character made a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance in a group counseling session attended by Captain America (Chris Evans) in Avengers: Endgame. The first LGBTQ+ superheroes, meanwhile, are reportedly going to be a gay male character in the upcoming Eternals and a trans character in a yet-to-be-revealed Marvel movie. Tessa Thompson, meanwhile, revealed at Comic-Con in July 2019 that her character Valkyrie's bisexuality will be explored in the fourth Thor film, Love and Thunder.

In interviews promoting The New Mutants, director Josh Boone hit out at the poor representation offered to LGBTQ+ people in other films made by Disney, who owned The New Mutants' distributor 20th Century Studios.

Speaking of the very brief gay kiss in Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, the director said to TooFab: "It was just somebody in the background and [the filmmakers] were like, 'We'll put out articles as if this is something you should pay attention to.'"

The New Mutants is in cinemas now.