The New Mutants is scheduled to be released on August 28, 2020.

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The last vestige of the Fox X-Men universe films has finally gotten another release date. The New Mutants will be released on August 28, 2020. Now under the Disney/Marvel umbrella, fans are eager to see what Marvel will do with this film.

Is it part of the MCU? Will it be released in cinemas or a streaming service? Is it even good? But more importantly, who the hell are the New Mutants anyways?

The New Mutants are a group of teenaged mutant superheroes created by Chris Claremont and artist Bob McLeod. They first appeared back Marvel comics in 1982. Just like the original X-Men, The New Mutants were scouted by Professor Charles Xavier.

With The New Mutants coming out, I’m going to be focusing on the specific new mutants who appear in the film.

Rahne Sinclair / Wolfsbane

Rahne is a Scottish mutant who was raised as an orphan by an abusive pastor named Reverend Craig. When her mutant powers manifested, Reverend Craig led an angry mob intent on burning Rahne at the stake.

Luckily, Rahne was rescued and later adopted by Moira McTaggert. Afterwards, she met Professor X who recruited her to become a student and join the original New Mutants as Wolfsbane.

Now, what abilities does Rahne have?

As her codename suggests, Rahne has the mutant ability to transform herself into a wolf at will. She retains her human intelligence as she transforms into either a humanoid lupine form resembling a werewolf, or an actual wolf.

In any of her wolf forms, Rahne gains enhanced senses of hearing, sight, smell, animal-like strength, agility, reflexes, razor-sharp talons and fangs, and bestial instincts. She is able to see into the infrared and ultraviolet portions of the electromagnetic spectrum which enables her to perceive heat patterns and see in the dark.

Rahne possesses regenerative abilities which allow her to recover from injuries much quicker than a normal human.

Sam Guthrie / Cannonball

As a young boy, Sam worked in the coal mines of Kentucky. One day, Sam finds himself trapped in a collapsing mine shaft and while attempting to rescue his fellow workers his mutant ability manifested saving their lives.

Sam was then hired by Donald Pierce of the Hellfire Club and is ordered to defeat and kill the New Mutants. Sam rebels against Pierce saving the New Mutants and joins them under the codename Cannonball.

Now, what abilities does Sam have?

Sam possesses the ability to bodily generate thermo-chemical energy and release it from his skin. The energy is used as thrust to cause his body to be propelled through the air like a cannonball.

He’s able to propel himself at great heights and speeds with considerable maneuverability and control the speed and directions through sheer will. At first, he was only able to release the energy from his legs and feet but eventually learned to fire it from almost any part of his body to a wide array of effects.

The energy he releases creates a “blast-field” which is impenetrable and virtually indestructible and protects his body from harm. Sam can use his blast-shield to function as a personal shield and extend it to encompass others.