The New Mutants movie promises an ‘honest, open lesbian relationship’
The New Mutants film by Marvel Comics promises an ‘honest, open lesbian relationship’ despite being a combination of superhero-and-horror flick.
This was the promise made by the two actresses, Blu Hunt and Maisie Williams, as well as the film’s writer-director, Josh Boone.
The film, which was supposed to be released in 2018, opened in US theaters only last August 28 despite the present pandemic.
Not the first time for Marvel films
The film– which is based on the comic book series about teenage mutants of the Marvel Universe– is being touted as the first Marvel movie that has an open LGBTQ relationship.
The relationship is between two characters, Dani Moonstar (Hunt) and Rahne Sinclair (Williams), who are incarcerated in a hospital to examine their powers.
However, this is not the first time the Marvel Cinematic Universe features mutants in an LGBTQ relationship.
In the 2018 action-comedy Deadpool 2, there was a similar relationship between Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand) and Yukio (Shiori Kutsuna).
In an online interview on the io9 website, Hunt said, “No one’s coming out to each other, it’s not a big part of the story, they just happen to be two girls that are in love.”
“Me and Maisie’s characters, Dani and Rahne, there’s definitely a romance, I think pretty much right off the bat, and that’s what I really like about it,” Hunt added.
In another interview with CinemaBlend, Hunt said the two find out they like each other “like every other love story.” She said, “They look at each other and they like each other, you know?”
The New Mutants and LGBTQ characters
Describing the relationship of Moonstar and Sinclair, Boone said, “People ask me what are you excited to see, and yes, [there’s] all the cool visual effects and the big fights at the end and all that.”
“But just seeing these two girls under the dome looking up is really cool to see in a movie. So I’m just excited to see it as much as the action,” he added.
This relationship isn’t in the comic books as the two characters are only friends. However, Williams said in a Comic Con panel that viewers should be able to see female same-sex relationships onscreen.
“In the typically quite masculine world of superheroes, it was just lovely to see these two fragile women who just protect one another and bring light out in each other,” Williams said.
In another interview, Williams explained, “Rahne and Dani have a telepathic connection in the comics, and so we just wanted to extend that in the film and put that within reality.”
“If they really could understand each other on that level, then you’d probably end up falling in love with that person,” she added.
What is The New Mutants all about?
The film stars– aside from Hunt and Williams– Anya Taylor-Joy (Illyana Rasputin), Charlie Heaton (Sam Guthrie), and Henry Zaga (Bobby Da Costa) as the mutants.
Alice Braga stars as Cecilia Reyes, a medical doctor and mentor who examines the group.
While all five teenagers can manifest mutant powers, all of them also have traumatic backgrounds, which lands them in the hospital.
Supposedly, the group is being trained to join the X-Men. However, mysterious events happen that raise their suspicions about what is happening in the hospital.
For more info, check out the trailer of the movie below: