‘New Mutants’ Will Feature Same-Sex Superhero Love Story

One thing that can’t be overlooked with Marvel’s New Mutants film is the close bond those characters share. It’s greater than what we see from the X-Men, X-Force, or other mutant teams. These are teenagers, highly emotional and super-powered ones at that, and those emotions always run high. For his upcoming film, Josh Boone says two of the New Mutants members will share an especially tight relationship, and give us the first gay superhero love story we’ve seen in a major movie.

Speaking with EW, Boone revealed that Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams) and Danielle Moonstar (Blu Hunt) will share a “beautiful love story”, making this the rare example of a superhero film with an LGBTQ narrative at the forefront.

Williams said, “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, “It’s not really a story about these two characters understanding their sexuality,. It’s not centered around that and they don’t really necessarily label it. No one else does either and no one really questions it.”

This is interesting because we’ve spent so much time focusing on the negative behind-the-scenes aspects of The New Mutants that we know very little about the actual story. This is one of those details that could entice a greater audience to give the movie a chance, and it’s unfortunate it has been buried for so long. Hopefully, this helps turn things around because the early estimates aren’t great.

The New Mutants opens April 3rd.


Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.