Today Fox released the first six minutes of their new Marvel X-Men drama series The Gifted.
The creators of the show have stated it will be loosely connected to Fox’s X-Men films, existing in the same general universe without being connected, but we can still expect plenty of nods towards the movies and their characters. Timeline wise The Gifted is set between Legion, Fox’s other Marvel X-Men show, and Logan, Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine, both of which premiered earlier this year. However the show takes place in a different time stream where the X-Men and Magneto’s Brotherhood have disappeared, this being a result of X-Men: Days of Future Past establishing multiple different time streams of the Fox X-Men universe. Sounds like a convoluted version of DC’s multiverse to me.
Here is the synopsis for the show:
The Gifted 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.
At a first glance I found obviously similarities with the 2006 TV series Heroes, you know the one “Save the Cheerleader, Save the Wold”. You’ve got people running around with powers they don’t fully understand, an ambiguous agency hunting and imprisoning powered people, and at the center of the story a Father working to imprison people who his children end up becoming.
Check out the footage Fox released here:
The clip features members of the underground mutant resistance, Eclipse, Polaris, Thunderbird, and Blink. Polaris aka Lorna Dane is a character who in the comics struggled with mental-health issues (we got a glimpse of her temper in the footage), and like her father Magneto, has the ability to control magnetism. Eclipse aka Marcos Diaz seems to be a an original character for the show with the ability to manipulate photons. Thunderbird aka John Proudstar is brother of the mutant Warpath (who briefly appeared during the future timeline of X-Men: Days of Future Past), and is leader of the underground mutant community, he posses’ the same abilities as his sibling which are increased speed, stamina, strength, and superhuman senses (the latter we see used in the clip). The final member of the group shown is Blink aka Clarice Fong, who can open and close portals between two locations at will (appeared alongside Warpath in X-Men: Days of Future Past).
While that seems like a nicely diverse group of protagonists to build off, the clip isn’t quite long enough to give us an introduction to the villainous organisation of Sentinel Services, responsible for the creation of the Sentinel robots that will be hunting the mutants on the show. I’m certainly interested to see how or even if the Sentinels will evolve from the small Matrixesque droids we’ve seen in the trailers.
Interestingly executive producer Bryan Singer has directed the pilot episode, Singer directed several comic book movies, X-Men, X2, Superman Returns, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, and is an executive producer on Legion. This seems like a reasonable explanation as to why characters that either appeared or have ties to Days of Future Past were chosen for this project. Also Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, and Total Recall director Len Wiseman was tapped to direct the second episode, he previously helped Fox by directing the pilot episode of their Vertigo comics (DC) adaptation Lucifer.
Based on some of the names attached to the show, the good level of special effects mutant abilities (which are not cheap), the characters chosen, and the fact the series had a put pilot, it seems like Fox are really giving the show a good crack. If The Gifted ends up being half as good as Legion, (which is super creative and great once you got past its initial craziness as supported by its 90% critic and audience score on rottentomatoes) we’ll be in for a treat.
The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer (True Blood) , Amy Acker (Angel, Alias), Sean Teale as Eclipse, Jamie Chung as Blink, Coby Bell, Emma Dumont as Polaris, Blair Redford as Thunderbird, Natalie Alyn Lind, and Percy Hynes White, and be sure to look out for a Stan Lee cameo!
It will debut October 2nd and run for 10 episodes.