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Why Magik's Powers From The New Mutants Are More Terrifying Than You Think

The New Mutants was the last installment of Fox's X-Men series, ending the series in perhaps an even bleaker place than 2017's Logan. The story centers on five teen mutants who are being held in a mysterious facility until they can learn to control their powers. Though they first believe themselves to be new X-Men in training, the five realize they are actually being held for a darker purpose.

The New Mutants are Dani Moonstone, aka Mirage (Blu Hunt), who can make your fears take physical form; Rahne Sinclair, or Wolfsbane (Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams), basically a werewolf; Sam Guthrie, aka Cannonball (Charlie Heaton), who can fly at jet speed and is invulnerable to harm while doing so; Bobby da Costa, or Sunspot (Henry Zaga), who can manipulate solar energy into physical strength or energy blasts; and Illyana Rasputin, or Magik. Played by The Queen's Gambit's Anna Taylor-Joy, Magik can teleport things in and out of her personal dimension, called Limbo. While in Limbo, she has a sword and a dragon named Lockheed. But there's more to Magik's powers than that.

In Marvel comics, Magik is Sorceress Supreme of Limbo

In The New Mutants, we see an Illyana who is just learning how to control her powers. In Marvel comics, Illyana has had decades of character development, during which she has become an incredibly powerful magic user and mutant. Like the Scarlet Witch, Magik has mutant powers and magic powers, which interact to make each other more powerful. Besides being able to teleport someone's head away from her body, Magik can teleport through space and time, thus making her a TARDIS, in girl form.

Magik teleports via her personal Limbo dimension, and she is the most powerful magic-user in that dimension. While in Limbo, she is the Sorceress Supreme of that realm. As we've seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Doctor Strange and WandaVision, that is a lot of power. That sword she had in Limbo? She forged it out of her own life force, without even knowing she was doing it. What else could she make in there?

The fate of Anna Taylor-Joy's Magik is unclear. The Fox X-Men films concluded with The New Mutants, which should have been the end of her story. But since Disney acquired 20th Century Fox, she could technically be integrated into the MCU. We saw hints of something like this happening in WandaVision, but what first seemed like Evan Peters' Quicksilver turned out to be more complicated than a simple brand merger in episode 9 of WandaVision. Illyana also has a connection to the popular Deadpool series, as she is Colossus' sister. Perhaps Magik can teleport her way into another franchise, and we can see the true extent of her powers.