The long-running X-Men franchise is finally moving with the times and is set to include a new LGBTQ+ romance in Josh Boone’s The New Mutants. While the X-Men offshoot has been waiting in the wings for what seems like an eternity, new details are finally emerging about what we can expect in the upcoming superhero ensemble.
The history of Marvel Comics has included plenty of LGBTQ+ relationships, with famous X-Men members like Northstar, Daken, and Karma all being involved with members of the same sex. Elsewhere, prominent X-Men movie characters like Mystique and Iceman are notoriously LGBTQ+ but have failed to transfer this onto screens.
So far, the closest we’ve got to an LGBTQ+ romance is in David Leitch’s Deadpool 2 — which is set aside from the mainstream world of X-Men movies. According to Twitter account @NewMutantsUp, Boone’s movie will feature a same-sex romance between Maisie Williams’ Wolfsbane and Blu Hunt’s Mirage. The source remains anonymous but has apparently seen The New Mutants in a test screening.
EXCLUSIVE: Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams) and Danielle Moonstar (Blu Hunt) have a lesbian relationship in New Mutants!
This comes from a source that have seen the movie in a test screening! Are u guys excited to see this kind of repesentation on the X-Men? 🏳️🌈👭 pic.twitter.com/eUlWF2yqed
— New Mutants Updates (@NewMutantsUp) March 14, 2019
It’s important that we take the news with a pinch of salt for now, but it isn’t too hard to believe. The New Mutants is set to break the mould when it comes to comic book movies as it treads new territory as a superhero-horror hybrid.
Considering the likes of the DC Extended Universe and Marvel Cinematic Universe are already pushing forward with female-first movies like Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel, it makes sense that The New Mutants tries to set itself apart from its competitors.
The comic book stories of the X-Men have always represented a wide cross-section of society, so why not bring this into the movies? Starting with Bryan Singer’s X-Men in 2000, fans have enjoyed the likes of X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) and the critically acclaimed Logan (2017). However, for every high, there’s been lows like X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).
The New Mutants has been plagued by delays and pushed several times from its original release date of April 2018. As well as reports that Boone reshot the majority of the film and even introduced a new character, response to the whole idea has been pretty mixed. At least the idea of an LGBTQ+ storyline is renewing interest in the sometimes forgotten spin-off.
The jury is still out on how either The New Mutants or Dark Phoenix will fare, but with the Fox-Disney merger just a matter of days away, the future of all X-Men movies is currently up in the air.
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