2018 is almost here, and movie fans are getting excited. Perhaps one of the year’s most exciting scheduled releases is Josh Boone’s The New Mutants, based on the Marvel comic of the same name. Fans are thrilled that the X-Men team is headed to the big screen, and even more thrilled that it’ll be sticking to its psychological-horror roots. This week, the movie’s Twitter page provided even more reason to be excited, with this spooky new motion-poster:
— New Mutants (@NewMutantsFilm) December 14, 2017
Now on its face, this is already proof of an enjoyably scary flick. But look closer and you’ll see that there might be some hints to the movie’s plot within the tweet. The guy in the middle is Stranger Things star Charlie Heaton, who will be playing Sam Guthrie, also known as the mutant Cannonball. Cannonball’s mutant power is the ability to become invincible and propel himself great distances. Yes, the name’s a little on the nose.
In the comics, Cannonball’s power first manifests during a mine collapse. It’s enough to save his own life, but his father dies, rendering Cannonball psychologically damaged. The teaser seems to indicate that Cannonball will be reliving this traumatic incident. Could this mean the antagonist has some sort of telepathic ability? Will each member of Fox’s newest mutant team be forced to relive their worst moments?
Of course, the teaser doesn’t reveal too much of the plot. The marketing for New Mutants has been as mysterious as it has been creepy, and that’s especially true for their Twitter. Take the text above as an example. Who’s the “They” it’s referring to? And what does the page mean by such mysterious tweets as “The call is coming from inside ourselves..” or “The youth are sick and there is no cure…”?
Whatever it’s hinting at, The New Mutants is sure to redefine the comic book movie genre. X-Men films are already breaking ground with the comedy-focused Deadpool and the gritty noir Logan; let’s hope that the mutants’ foray into horror is just as successful.
PS — Want to watch the trailer again? We know you do, it’s awesome: