If you’ve heard about Fox’s upcoming X-Men-inspired TV series The Gifted but are not quite sure what it’s all about or how it fits into the larger world of Marvel’s mutants, the network aims to solve that with a behind-the-scenes video, seen first on CBR.
[NOTE: Fox has temporarily taken down the video. CBR will replace as soon as it’s again live. In the meantime, here’s the trailer for The Gifted.]
In the video, series executive producer Bryan Singer makes the ground-level tone of the show clear, distinguishing it from the many X-Men feature films he’s directed: “We want to put the audience on the ground with the mutants. There are no superhero suits, there’s no X-jet, no one’s coming to the rescue.” Showrunner Matt Nix adds that the show is about the “reality of everyday life where mutants exist.”
Like Legion, The Gifted is set in a separate continuity from the X-Men films, albeit with more overt similarities than FX’s surreal hit. While the X-Men and the Brotherhood are at least an unseen part of the story of The Gifted, they’re both off the board for reasons yet to be revealed (and, based on dialogue from the video, it sounds like their status isn’t quite clear to the characters in the show, either).
Though The Gifted may not have the superhero scale of a typical X-Men adventure, there are multiple characters from the Marvel Comics mythos featured, three of whom are profiled briefly in the video: Polaris, played by Emma Dumont (“Polaris controls basically all metal,” Dumont says); Blink, played by Jamie Chung (“Blink’s ability is opening portals. She’s still struggling to perfect it”); and Thunderbird, played by Blair Redford (“Thunderbird has super-strength, extra-dense muscle, the ability to see the near future”).
As the video emphasizes, the emotional core of The Gifted looks to be the Strucker family — parents Reed (Stephen Moyer) and Caitlin (Amy Acker), whose children Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White) both have mutant powers. This puts Reed in an especially awkward spot, as he prosecutes mutant crimes for a living. “My character suddenly finds himself having to go against everything that he thought he believed in,” Moyer says in the video.
As Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb (and The Gifted executive producer) puts it, “This is a story about a family, and about a family who finds out that their kids are different. ”
At the close of the video, Nix, Singer and Moyer all offer their thoughts on the underlying theme of The Gifted. “This show is all about how a country relates to people who are different and how people who are different relate to their own country and their own world,” Nix says. “The focus of it is mutants who live on the outskirts, and family on the run,” Singer adds. “It’s not superheroes saving the world. It’s people who are disenfranchised.”
Moyer wraps it with, “Ultimately, at its core, it is about what family means to you, and how far you will go to protect that.”
The series premiere of The Gifted airs Oct. 2 on Fox.
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