The first footage from Fox’s X-Men TV series The Gifted has arrived. Fox released a brief promo for the upcoming series, which shows the Strucker family struggling to deal with their children’s emerging mutant powers. According to the teaser, a full trailer will be released on May 15.
According to Variety, Stephen Moyer plays Reed Strucker; Amy Acker plays Caitlin Strucker; Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes appear as their children Lauren Strucker and Andy Strucker; Sean Teale plays Marcos Diaz, aka Eclipse; Jamie Chung plays Blink; Emma Dumont plays Lorna Dane, aka Polaris; Blair Redford plays John Proudstar, aka Thunderbird; and Coby Bell appears as Jace Turner.
If you’re a comic book fan, the name Strucker may sound familiar to you. In the comics, Baron von Strucker is an infamous head of Hydra; the character also recently appeared in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” though he swiftly met his end at Ultron’s hand. However, unlike his on-screen counterpart, the comic book version of Strucker had twins, a boy and a girl: Andrea von Strucker and Andreas von Strucker. Introduced in Uncanny X-Men #194, the twins had the mutant abilities to fly and generate energy blasts, but only when holding hands; additionally, Andreas can conjure up concussive force blasts, where Andrea can generate disintegration beams. With their powers combined, they were known as Fenris.
The teaser didn’t offer too much insight into Lauren and Andy’s powers, though we do see Lauren use what appears to be telekinesis — and all without holding her brothers hand. It’s unclear if the show will explicitly link the character to Baron von Strucker, though that seems unlikely due to the fact that he debuted in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #5, which means the rights to the character are probably locked at Marvel Studios.
Created by Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”), “Gifted” follows two ordinary parents who discover their children possess extraordinary powers. Forced to go on the run from the government, they join an underground network of mutants and must fight for their survival. Produced by Fox and Marvel Television, the series also stars Amy Acker, Stephen Moyer, Sean Teale and Coby Bell. The show does not yet have a release date.