The official trailer for Fox’s The Gifted has been released, and it shows a familiar narrative.
Feared. Persecuted. Hunted. The familiar mainstays of Fox’s mutant saga are all intact in the first official trailer for The Gifted. Unlike the Marvel Cinematic Universe where heroes are celebrated and worshiped, the ones with abilities in Bryan Singer’s world act as an allegory for prejudice and genocide.
The Gifted is the newest installment in Singer’s venture onto the small screen. So far, he’s shown a lot of success executive producing the Noah Hawley helmed Legion—an origin story for Professor X’s very powerful son. The first season was met with rave reviews, and with it, guaranteed a new season.
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Unlike Legion, The Gifted seems to fit in much closer to Fox’s established X-Men universe. The trailer references the X-Men and the Brotherhood. And given the context of that mention, it seems that The Gifted may be set in a bleak future where mutants have been hunted to the brink of extinction.
The series is also reminiscent of Heroes—the 2006–2010 series that had a recent reboot, Heroes: Reborn. Stephen Moyer’s Reed Strucker seems very much like Heroes‘ HRG (played by Jack Coleman). Both of them agents tasked with tracking down individuals with special abilities, with the added irony that their own children are also special.
The Gifted—Official Synopsis
"Family adventure series THE GIFTED, from 20th Century Fox Television in association with Marvel Television, tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive."
The Gifted will air on Fox during the 2017–2018 television season. The exact pilot date is currently unknown.
Created by Matt Nix with executive producers Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jeph Loeb, and Jim Chory, the series will star Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker, Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker, Sean Teale as Marcos Diaz / Eclipse, Jamie Chung as Clarice Fong / Blink, Coby Bell as Jace Turner, Emma Dumont as Lorna Dane / Polaris, Blair Redford as John Proudstar / Thurderbird, Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker, and Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker.