New Mutants: Did You Catch Lockheed In the Teaser?

This week the Internet was taken by storm with the debut of the teaser trailer for Josh Boone's X-Men spinoff film, The New Mutants. While it didn't do too much to explore plot, it served up a heaping dose of the film's spooky tone, and set to a chilling rendition of Pink Floyd's “Another Brick In The Wall," the fresh footage gave us our first glimpse at the movie's titular roster.

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While most of us were able to spot the likes of Anya Taylor-Joy as Illyana Rasputin/Magik, Maisie Williams as Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, Charlie Heaton as Sam Guthrie/Cannonball, Henry Zaga as Roberto da Costa/Sunspot, Blu Hunt as Danielle Moonstar/Mirage and Alice Braga as Cecilia Reyes, there was one classic X-Men character you probably didn't catch: Lockheed. Well, a plush version of Lockheed, at least.

As you can see in the still below, there was a blink-and-you-miss-it glimpse of the fan-favorite dragon, and frequent companion to Kitty Pryde, right around the 1:39-mark of the teaser. In a quick few frames, we see (presumably, a flashback of) a young Illyana Rasputin/Magik, clutching a stuffed version of the classic X-Men companion.

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In the original Marvel comics, Lockheed was created for 1983's Uncanny X-Men #166 by Chris Claremont and Paul Smith. The X-Men first encountered the alien dragon when they landed on the creature's planet, which was colonized by the Brood. After having saved Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat from her encounter with the villainous extraterrestrial species, Lockheed decided to return to Earth with his newfound friend, taking up residence at the X-Mansion. The character would also go on to form a bond with Magik, and join her on various adventures alongside The New Mutants.

While Lockheed likely won't make a full-blown appearance in The New Mutants, it's nice to see that Boone has added a nice little nod to fans of the source material that fondly remember Magik's relationship with Lockheed, or at least his time as a member of the X-Men and the UK-based Excalibur.

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Directed by The Fault In Our Stars' Josh Boone, 20th Century Fox's The New Mutants is scheduled for release on April 13, 2018

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