The New Mutants are a group of teenaged mutant superheroes-in-training appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. They have been the main characters of three successive comic book series, which were spin-offs of the X-Men franchise.
The first team of New Mutants characters was created by Chris Claremont and artist Bob McLeod. They first appeared in 1982's Marvel Graphic Novel #4 and are subsequently featured in their own title from 1983 until 1991. Like its parent title, The New Mutants highlighted interpersonal and group conflict as well as action and adventure, and featured a large ensemble cast, including the introduction of cult figure Deadpool. With the end of the first series, the characters were relaunched as X-Force in a new, eponymous series.
The second New Mutants series, launched in 2003, featured a new group of teenage mutants. Unlike the original New Mutants, they were part of a huge cast of students at the Xavier Institute. In 2004, it was relaunched as New X-Men: Academy X, after which the central group was formally dubbed the "New Mutants." In the aftermath of the "M-Day" crossover storyline in late 2005, the remaining students were merged into one junior team, the New X-Men.
The third New Mutants series, reuniting most of the original team, was launched in May 2009. A New Mutants film was announced in May 2015.
The New Mutants (2018)
New Mutants is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is intended to be the 11th installment in the X-Men film series. The film is being directed by Josh Boone from a screenplay by himself and Knate Lee, and stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga. In New Mutants, a group of young mutants held in a secret facility fight to save themselves.
Boone and Lee first began work on the film after Boone completed work on The Fault in Our Stars, the pair having been fans of the New Mutants growing up together. They pitched a potential film trilogy to X-Men producer Simon Kinberg, and in May 2015 were officially signed on to the film. Taylor-Joy and Williams were rumored to be cast in March 2016, and were confirmed over a year later when the rest of the cast began to fill out and the project was revealed to be a horror film inspired by the works of Stephen King and John Hughes. Filming began in Boston in July 2017. New Mutants is scheduled to be released on April 13, 2018.
- Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin / Magik: a sorceress who "uses teleportation discs to travel." She is the sister of Colossus, an X-Man seen in previous X-Men films.
- Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair / Wolfsbane: "a girl struggling to reconcile her religious beliefs with her power to turn into a wolf."
- Charlie Heaton as Sam Guthrie / Cannonball: a Kentuckian mutant "who can propel himself into the air and is invulnerable while doing so."
- Henry Zaga as Roberto da Costa / Sunspot: "a Brazilian mutant with the ability to manipulate solar energy."
- Blu Hunt as Danielle Moonstar / Mirage: a Native American mutant "who has the power to create illusions drawn from the fears and desires of a person's mind."
- Alice Braga as Cecilia Reyes: a mentor to the group, and "a medical doctor who has the ability to generate a protective bio-field around herself."