Disney and Fox held a [email protected] panel for The New Mutants and debuted the opening few minutes of the film near the end of the panel. The opening scene is about three minutes long, and it starts with Blu Hunt’s Danielle Moonstar aka Mirage. Dani’s father wakes her up during an attack on their hometown, with the two running out of their house before it explodes. They head towards a forest, where Dani is instructed to hide, and he heads back to help the townspeople.
The film beginning with Dani is integral to the film’s narrative, and Hunt explains why. In an interview with Screenrant, she said this of her character: “Dani is kind of the trigger of the plotline. I mean, she gets there and immediately suspects kind of something wrong. And her interactions with each of the other kids there causes them to become more self-reflective and, in turn, they become suspicious of what’s going on there. She kind of triggers everyone to take a look at themselves and the place around them. Without Dani showing up there, I don’t think that would have happened. I think they would have been as complacent as they had been, in the ways that they were. So, Dani really wakes everyone up.”
Some have also speculated that because of Dani’s powers, which is the ability to alter reality, that she might be the antagonist in the film. This certainly has credence since the film begins with Dani narrating about everyone having two bears inside of us, locked in combat for our soul – one bear all things good, and the other is all things evil.
The New Mutants has been plagued with issues from the start. It was originally set to debut in 2018, but was then delayed multiple times due to Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox. After finally getting a 2020 release date, it was delayed again due to coronavirus.
The New Mutants currently has a release date of August 28, 2020, but it is debatable if this date will stick or be delayed again.
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