At the coronary heart of New Mutants is the budding love story between Dani Moonstar (Blu Hunt) and Rahne Sinclair (Maisie Williams). As the two younger mutants start to appreciate their mutual attraction, they sneak out of the hospital one night time to share their ideas, fears, and a kiss elsewhere on the grounds the place they’re ostensible prisoners. The trailers for New Mutants all confirmed a mysterious graveyard on the hospital grounds, one which provides to the ominous really feel of the hospital and the movie’s horror film vibes. It’s in that graveyard the place the film’s largest X-Men reference occurs.
The graves are easy, unadorned, and eerily marked solely with numbers slightly than names, indicating simply how disposable the world sees mutant kids. Rahne and Dani lay down in entrance of one of these graves to look at the rain, and as they do, we are able to clearly see that this one is marked “137,” a quantity which holds particular significance for followers of the authentic Marvel Comics X-Men.
Released in 1980, The Uncanny X-Men #137 was the finish of the famed “Dark Phoenix Saga” and featured the demise of Jean Grey. It’s definitely the most well-known demise in X-Men historical past, and one of the most celebrated single points of all time. While New Mutants clearly isn’t implying that Dani and Rahne are literally mendacity atop Jean Grey’s grave (the film Jean went out in fiery cosmic trend at the finish of Dark Phoenix), it’s unlikely the filmmakers selected this quantity by chance.
Instead, perhaps that is meant as a refined commentary on the state of the X-Men franchise. Like different riskier efforts corresponding to Logan or Deadpool, New Mutants was at all times meant to simply be considerably tangentially associated to the relaxation of Fox’s movies, and it’s probably that the writing was on the wall for the state of the collection by the time these scenes had been being filmed. Two of this movie’s leads sharing a quiet second atop the grave of a much more bombastic, franchise-minded entry feels acceptable, particularly given how these motion pictures (largely) tried to forge their very own path over 20 years.