Here's our first real look at Anya Taylor-Joy's little friend in the X-Men horror spin-off.

By Nick Romano
August 21, 2020 at 12:47 PM EDT
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Say hello to Illyana Rasputin's little friend.

After a great deal of teasing, partly due to all the delays that plagued the film, Disney has finally revealed the purple dragon Lockheed, a beloved comic book character, in a new teaser for The New Mutants.

In the X-Men comics, Lockheed is a member of an extraterrestrial race that just so happens to look like what we humans would describe as a purple dragon. The creature has notably been pals with Kitty Pryde (a.k.a. Shadow Cat) and, more importantly for our context, Illyana (a.k.a. the sorceress Magik), whom actress Anya Taylor-Joy plays in The New Mutants.

Based on all empirical evidence, it seems like Lockheed will have a different context within the movie's story, about five teen mutants held against their will at a secret facility while they are haunted by terrifying visions of their past. But the promo shows the lil' tyke coming out of hiding during Illyana's battle against one vicious Demon Bear, a villainous creature adapted directly from the Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz comics on which the blockbuster is based.

After fans spotted Lockheed in the last big trailer, director Josh Boone told EW, "I wouldn't say too much more, but I was pleased with how we had him in the world and had him as part of Illyana’s story."

The New Mutants also stars Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga.

The film is currently set to hit theaters next week on Aug. 28.

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