The X-Men Won’t Exist in Fox’s “The Gifted”—And That’s Key to the Series



Fox’s new drama will not actually include the —but that’s part of the plot of the series, the network’s first collaboration with Marvel.

“In our world, one of the things we’ll be unpacking is the specific relationship of this group of characters to the ,” creator Matt Nix told reporters on a 2017 Television Critics Association summer press tour panel for the new show. “The are gone, and that’s not a dodge…it’s a thing in the show and we’re going to be exploring it and it’s a huge deal to these guys. It’s a huge deal in the world—it’s one of the central mysteries of the show; one of the things we’re going to be exploring.”

But while the as a group, as an organization, won’t exist, there will be plenty of mutants in this world, including some very important ones in lore, like Emma Dumont’s Polaris or Jamie Chung’s Blink.

“There’s a whole sort of historical mythology,” he said. “There’s not going to be a situation where the television show is driving the movies or the movies are driving the television show, because the mythology that we’re telling specifically avoids that, but it doesn’t avoid that by pretending the don’t exist or they’re just doing stuff over there and no one pays any attention.”

Explained Marvel boss Jeph Loeb, “the better way of looking at it is if you’re an fan and you go to the comic book store every Wednesday you know there are other that live in this world.”

Those characters—including Blink and Polaris—will exist in The Gifted. The series also introduces Thunderbird and Eclipse, and Nix announced on the panel that Elena Satine will play Dreamer beginning in the second episode.

“Her power is the ability to remove or implant memories in people and it’s a really sexy power and it’s a really fun character who has a romantic connection to Thunderbird,” he explained.

The Gifted premieres Oct. 2 on Fox.


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