The New Mutants first appeared in Marvel Comics in September of 1982, and despite fading in and out of the spotlight, remain a vital part of the Marvel Universe to this day. Created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, the team of young superpowered heroes served as, at the time, the next wave of Professor Charles Xavier’s students, ready to champion his dream. The initial roster consisted of Karma, Cannonball, Mirage, Sunspot and Wolfsbane, though it would soon expand to include Cypher, Magik, Magma and an extraterrestrial named Warlock.
Though the first series was cancelled in 1991, the team has remained part of X-Men lore by way of numerous reboots, returns and revivals. But even between those returns, the characters didn’t remained part of the fabric of the Marvel U. Members of the New Mutants have popped up everywhere, across several other super teams and even the far reaches of space.
Though they’re the stars of an upcoming movie, aptly titled The New Mutants, the general public may not be as familiar with the characters as they are with more mainstream X-Men. After all, the most notable appearance of anyone from the team appearing in cinema, was Sunspot’s brief appearances in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Though they may not be mutantkind’s premiere super team, they’ve contributed a lot to the Marvel Universe, so we take a look at where the New Mutants are now and how they got there.
Things are rarely simple when it comes to the New Mutants, so their exposure to otherworldly powers has resulted in some strange developments. Magik, the team’s spell specialist and Colossus’ little sister, is currently the leader of her own team of New Mutants, but her leadership extends far beyond that. Illyana Rasputin is also the ruler of a dimension known as Limbo, a place is teeming with demons, most of whom are willing to serve her. Using the magics drawn from this dimension and her chosen weapon, the Soulsword, she is able to teleport other people, and even large landmasses, wherever she desires. During the X-Men’s war with the Inhumans, Magik moved the entire Jean Grey school to Limbo to hide it, and she later even imprisoned the Inhumans’ leader, Black Bolt, there.
Illyana isn’t the only one who lends power from beyond Earth; former New Mutants co-leader Mirage, aka Dani Moonstar, gained a big power upgrade from Asgard. While kidnapped by Amora the Enchantress, Moonstar formed a bond with a mythical horse named Brightwind, one of the legendary beasts used by the Valkyrie of Valhalla, thus granting her their power for a time. One of the mutants who lost their mutant abilities in the wake of M-Day, Dani was left powerless and a little lost. Eventually, she was able to call upon her Valkyrie powers, and battled the Dark Avengers. Dani is currently enjoying some quiet time, though the impending “War of the Realms” event will soon pull her back into the hero game.
Moving away from Asgard and Hel below, we head to to another Hell, the one where Mephisto resides. But it isn’t Mephisto we’re concerned with, rather the object of his affection for a time, Magma. Yes, Marvel’s resident devil once attempted to court the New Mutants alumni. It didn’t last, however; Amara left the demonic king and would continue to reject him for a while until he eventually got the hint. Currently, Magma resides at the X-Mansion, after being briefly indoctrinated into the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants by the mind-bending villain, Mesmero in the pages of X-Men Gold.