A mere two years after the first trailer, a second – and far more timely – trailer for The New Mutants movie was released online to coincide with its (hopefully final) release date of April 8 in the UK. The trailer is dark – both literally and tonally – and in the shadows, you may have missed an unexpected cameo.
While everyone was distracted by Demon Bear, they may have failed to spot another classic X-Men character: Lockheed. We know, how do you miss a giant purple dragon spewing fire?
It’s an easy miss to make given the lighting (or lack thereof) in the trailer.
Lockheed can be glimpsed towards the end of the trailer when Illyana Rasputina (played by Anya Taylor-Joy) comes through a teleportation hole (her mutant power) only to find the demon bear on the other side.
Armed with her Soulsword, Illyana runs straight towards the demon bear. You can see an amber flame in the distance, and when the scene zooms in you can see it emanates from a shadowy, dragon-like figure on the bear’s right.
We agree it’s hard to make out. But the reason we feel relatively confident that this could be Lockheed comes from the long-ago first trailer. The New Mutants first trailer, which was equally dark, featured a young Illyana curled up with a small stuffed purple dragon, a clear nod to Lockheed.
In the comics, Lockheed is mostly associated with Kitty Pryde, but he does have a canon connection to Illyana Rasputina. In New Mutants Vol One number 63, he accompanies Illyana on an adventure where they cross Brood-controlled clones of the X-Men.
Though Kitty won’t feature in The New Mutants (and her solo movie looks destined to reside in development hell forever) it makes sense that if Lockheed is in The New Mutants, he’s with Illyana.
Many think The New Mutants will be the final incarnation of the X-Men as we know them (now that the rights to the characters are owned by Disney and Marvel Studios), so the nod to the wider web of Mutant characters will likely not be picked up again. But never say never when it comes to Marvel.
The New Mutants follows five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves. The trailer certainly leans towards being a horror film first, superhero movie second.
Whether this means The New Mutants will succeed where Dark Phoenix failed remains to be seen.
The New Mutants is released in the US on April 3 and in the UK on April 8.
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