Who Are The New Mutants? Latest Marvel Feature Has '80s Comic Book Roots

The New Mutants finally has a new trailer and an official April release date. The latest Marvel movie to feature the super-powered teenagers seemed to be in development limbo since at least 2015, when Josh Boone, director of The Fault in Our Stars, joined the production. Fans worried that the Fox/Disney merger and the lackluster success of the X-Men: Dark Phoenix film would cause this supernatural-thriller take on the hero genre to be shelved indefinitely, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Who Are the New Mutants?

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The New Mutants' first issue cover. From left, Mirage, Karma, Wolfsbane, Cannonball and Sunspot. Marvel

The trailer features five mutants who have been brought to a facility in a veiled attempt to help them get better. The movie seems to take a very sharp turn from the comic book series, which was started in 1983 by writer Chris Claremont.

Claremont had been put in charge of the X-Men franchise at Marvel after helping the relaunch the team with artist Dave Cockrum. Together, they created classic characters like Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus and Thunderbird and wrote crucial tales like "The Dark Phoenix Saga." For the New Mutants book, Claremont and artist Bob McLeod were tasked with creating a new teenage superhero franchise at the behest of Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter.

The original team of Sunspot, Mirage, Wolfsbane and Cannonball are all back together, with the Vietnamese Karma being replaced by the popular Russian character Magik. They are fighting the chaotic combination of Demon Bear and Dr. Cecilia Reyes.

Wolfsbane (Maisie Williams): The star of Game of Thrones and Netflix's iBoy is letting her feral side loose playing Rahne Sinclair. Like Werewolf by Night and Wolverine (when he forgets to shave), Wolfsbane is one of Marvel's feral shapeshifters and can transform into a lupine-human hybrid. Like Nightcrawler, Wolfsbane has struggled with her Christian upbringing and her mutant abilities, which you can see in the trailer.

Cannonball (Charlie Heaton): Sam Guthrie is the high-flying bombastic mutant with the ability to project himself through the air like a human projectile. One of the more popular original members of the New Mutants, Cannonball has been a member of the X-Factor team (which included other New Mutants members like Wolfsbane) and the X-Men. Starting out as a Kentucky boy who survives a collapsing coal mine, Cannonball learns to use his powers at the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters.

Sunspot (Henry Zaga): With the ability to turn solar energy into strength and a neon-black armor, Roberto da Costa is also an important member of Marvel's Mutants. The son of a wealthy Brazilian businessman, Sunspot turned into a black void for the first time at a soccer game, which caused him to flee. Over the years, he's gained the ability to fly and shoot plasma, but it's unclear if those abilities will appear in the film. Cannonball is Sunspot's best friend, and the two have fought Skrulls and the mind of Legion and even retired together,

Mirage (Blu Hunt): Alongside Magik, Danielle Moonstar is one of more powerful New Mutants. A Native American born in Boulder, Colorado, she has visions that allow her to sense danger and problems in the future. The Demon Bear, which shows up in the comics as a hulking void beast, told Mirage in her dreams that it was going to kill her parents. In a final showdown with the monster, Mirage plunges her Soulsword into its chest, causing it to fall apart and reveal that it was made of her parents. At the end of the initial New Mutants run, she decides to stay in Asgard after a battle with Hela, eventually picking up the mantle of Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), who is already in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Magik from the 2012 series "Avengers Vs. X-Men." Marvel

Magik (Anya Taylor-Joy): Illyana Rasputin is the sister of the metallic Peter Rasputin, better known as Colossus, who appeared in the X-Men trilogy as well as Deadpool 2. Magik is a sorceress with the ability to teleport, making her one of the mutants who can spin spells. She's had a long history in the comics, starting off as a side character to give Colossus a reason to fight before being sent to the alternate dimension of Limbo, There, her powers grew, and she gained the ability to summon the Soulsword weapon.

The New Mutants hits theaters April 3.