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.
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.
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.
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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