According to a new rumor, 20th Century Fox's upcoming X-Men spinoff The New Mutants could be set to feature a same-sex relationship between Maisie Williams' Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane and Blu Hunt's Dani Moonstar/Mirage.
The Twitter account New Mutants Updates broke the rumor about the supposed romantic connection between the two characters on the popular social media platform, citing an anonymous source who had purportedly attended a test screening of the upcoming superhero horror film.
EXCLUSIVE: Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams) and Danielle Moonstar (Blu Hunt) have a lesbian relationship in New Mutants!— New Mutants Updates (@NewMutantsUp) March 14, 2019
This comes from a source that have seen the movie in a test screening! Are u guys excited to see this kind of repesentation on the X-Men? 🏳️🌈👭 pic.twitter.com/eUlWF2yqed
Given the vague nature of the alleged information's source, this rumor should definitely be taken with a major grain of salt. It's also worth noting that there are reportedly multiple cuts of the film in existence, and it's not clear whether this relationship is present in all of them.
The horror-centric X-Men spinoff is reportedly based on "Demon Bear Saga," a Chris Claremont-penned storyline in New Mutants that was illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz, who retweeted this rumor. As the story's title suggests, it follows a group of Xavier's students who are menaced by a giant demonic bear.
However, Fox has been taking steps towards a more LGBTQ-inclusive X-Men universe as of late. In fact, should the rumor prove true, Wolfsbane and Mirage will actually be the franchise's second prominent same-sex couple to appear on the big screen, with the first being Negasonic Teenage Warhead and Yukio in 2018's Deadpool 2.
It is also worth mentioning that Rahne Sinclair and Dani Moonstar already share an incredibly close friendship in the comics. Moreover, Rahne's backstory arguably contains a degree of LGBTQ subtext, as she was raised by abusive religious extremists who attempted to burn her at the stake upon learning that she was actually a shape-shifting mutant. She was then rescued and adopted by Moira MacTaggert before eventually being recruited by Professor X to join the New Mutants as Wolfsbane.
The New Mutants stars Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) as Wolfsbane, Anya Taylor-Joy (Atlantis) as Magik, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) as Cannonball, Blu Hunt (The Originals) as Dani Moonstar and Henry Zaga (13 Reasons Why) as Sunspot. The film is scheduled to be released on Aug. 2, 2019.