The New Mutants' First Trailer Trades Xavier's School for a Horrifying Insane Asylum

Image: 20th Century Fox
Image: 20th Century Fox
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We’ve known for a while that Fox’s upcoming New Mutants film was going to be more of a horror film than a “traditional” comic book movie like the one that launched the cinematic X-Men franchise. But actually seeing the movie’s first trailer makes it clear: this has the potential to be something very different.

While Marvel’s original New Mutants comics were about a younger generation of gifted students coming together at Charles Xavier’s school for the first time, the Josh Boone-directed film appears to be set largely in an eerie asylum where young mutants are kept in cells and observed for study. The trailer is fleeting and light on details, but it opens with a voice over from Dr. Cecilia Reyes (Alice Braga,) interviewing a new subject about how much they know about mutants. Reyes asks the child if they’ve ever hurt someone, and the footage jumps from a dimly-lit hallway to a graveyard full of headstones only marked with crosses and numbers. Reyes asks her subject if they’ve ever experienced anything “abnormal,” and the shot cuts to Reyes sitting in front of an array of monitors, calmly watching other children located throughout the facility.

Baby rattlesnakes, Reyes explains to a restrained Danielle Moonstar (Blu Hunt,) are actually more dangerous than adult ones because they don’t yet know how to control the amount of venom they use while biting. That, Reyes explains as we see the other kids seemingly trapped in the house of horrors, is why they’re all there—because they’re dangerous.

The New Mutants hits theaters April 13, 2018.

io9 Culture Critic and Staff Writer. Cyclops was right.

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My thing is if they want to do horror with New mutants it would be easier to use the source material. You can have it about the N’garai waking up from a long nap to wreck Havok (Haw Haw Haw). A Dani focused film with the Demon Bear. Belacaso if you want to have Magik in it. Or even go for something really different and have The Phalanx show up to infect folks with the trans-mode virus and that could tie into Cable’s appearance down the line since he is infected with it. But this looks like a PG-13 shite fest. Also I’ve been on this site for years yet still grey. whats up with that?