How Gay Is the “New Mutants” Trailer?

Wolfsbane and Mirage, sitting in a tree?

Though the X-Men are finally and thankfully out of Fox’s bumbling paws, joining the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe over at Disney (yay, synergy?), The New Mutants, based on the comic book series about a group of teenage superheroes, is something of an anomaly.

Delayed for two years because of reshoots that never happened and Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox, The New Mutants will bamf its way into theaters on April 3. Mind you, the original trailer premiered on Friday the 13th in October… of 2017. In this climate, that might as well be an eternity, but the new trailer holds some promise. Some queer promise.

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Wolfsbane better come through with these claws.

Gay geeks are abuzz over a potential lesbian relationship between Rahne Sinclair, a.k.a. Wolfsbane (Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams) and Danielle Moonstar, a.k.a. Mirage (Blu Hunt).

In the comics, both Wolfsbane and Mirage are straight (though Wolfsbane did date and, weirdly enough, tried to Maury Povich gay mutant Rictor) and are just good friends who share a psychic rapport. But the movie version might take things further, according to multiple rumors.

Of course, we’ve been here before, so don’t hold your breath, but considering The New Mutants’ haphazard history and nonexistent future, it’s not like Fox or Disney has anything to lose by lezzing it up mutie style. And the material calls for it. After all, the X-Men are the gayest of all superheroes, not only because of all the queer characters (a lot), but because mutants have been an allegory for the Civil Rights Movement and the struggle for LGBTQ+ acceptance since forever.

The big disappointment? Jon Hamm was supposed to play the gayest of all X-Men villains, Mister Sinister, in a post-credits sequence setting up the character’s appearance for future sequels.

However, Oscar nominee Antonio Banderas will replace Hamm, appearing as an unknown villain. But perhaps it’s all for the best. The X-Men deserve the kind of sprawling, epic crossover treatment the Avengers got, and Fox simply didn’t have the range. The problem now, though, is that after some 20-plus movies into the MCU, who has the energy to watch a dozen, or dozens, more superhero films about characters that have been, at this point, done to death?

Of course, give us a proper Storm movie and that tune will change real quick.

In the meantime, check out the trailer for The New Mutants below.

Lester Fabian Brathwaite is an LA-based writer, editor, bon vivant, and all-around sassbag. He's formerly Senior Editor of Out Magazine and is currently hungry. Insta: @lefabrat