With the success of FX’s Legion, the X-Men universe continues to X-pand to Fox with THE GIFTED. More family drama than action series, the show follows a suburban couple (Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker) whose lives are changed when their children come out of the mutant closet. In a world where mutants are marginalized, they join an underground network of mutants as they try to survive while running from a hostile government.
The new trailer gives us hearty dose of what to expect from the series which comes from the ambassador of the X-Men cinematic universe Bryan Singer and writer Matt Nix (Burn Notice). Unlike Legion, The Gifted clearly reference films. At one point in the trailer, one of the mutants Eclipse (Sean Teale) says “The X-Men, the Brotherhood, we don’t even know if they exist anymore,” hinting that this may or may not be linked to the timeline of the movies.
Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White play Lauren and Andy, the aforementioned mutant children of Moyer and Acker. As far as I know, they are not specific mutants from the Marvel world. They provide some mutant action but it’s Emma Dumont showing off the most as Polaris/Lorna Dane who X-Men diehards might know as Magneto’s daughter in the comic books. Similar to her dad, Polaris can generate magnetic fields. Also making an appearance is Blink, the pink-haired teleporting mutant that you might recognize from Days of Future Past, but Gotham‘s Jamie Chung will be taking over the role originated by Fan Bingbing.
The aforementioned Eclipse/Marcos Diaz, who has the ability to manipulate photons, is a new mutant created for the show while Blair Redford steps into the role of Thunderbird/John Proudstar, who is related to Warpath — another mutant seen in Days of Future Past played by Booboo Stewart.
The trailer is selling it to X-fans everywhere. Whether or not it will directly connect with the movies like Agents of SHIELD> did with The Avengers is unknown. If it does, I’m sure fans won’t mind.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer