The X-Men took their first tentative steps towards the small screen in February with FX’s Legion — which centers around David Haller (Dan Stevens) the secret son of Charles Xavier who has spent his life believing that his powerful psychic abilities were simply delusions brought on by mental illness.
The show’s last two episodes vaguely teased the connection between David and his long-lost father, but despite a few references to mutants, the show felt largely disconnected from the sprawling cinematic universe featuring Professor X, Logan and Magneto.
That won’t be an issue for Fox’s new series The Gifted, which will premiere on the broadcast network on Monday nights this fall.
Like Legion, The Gifted is executive produced by the architects of the X-Men cinematic universe, Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg, along with Marvel TV’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. Oh, and they’re damn sure not afraid of mentioning the X-Men — or Magneto’s Brotherhood — as the first full-length trailer for the show reveals.
The Gifted tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Reed Strucker (Stephen Moyer) and his wife Caitlin (Amy Acker) are typical middle-class parents dealing with the realities of raising a family. However, when their teenage kids, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind,) and Andy (Percy Hynes White), are involved in an incident at their high school which reveals they are mutants, Reed and Caitlin do all in their power to protect their children.
Forced to go on the run, the Struckers must leave behind their old lives to flee from a relentless government agency that tracks down mutants, the Sentinel Services, which includes Agent Jace Turner (Coby Bell). Complicating matters further is the fact that Reed is a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office tasked with going after mutants.
Desperate and running low on options, the family’s only choice is to contact an underground network that helps mutants in trouble. The mutants in the network – Eclipse aka Marcos Diaz (Sean Teale), Blink aka Clarice Fong (Jamie Chung), Polaris aka Lorna Dane (Emma Dumont) and Thunderbird aka John Proudstar (Blair Redford) – are dealing with their own issues. With one of their members in prison and their team possibly compromised, they face an uncertain future in a world that looks increasingly dangerous for mutants.
“The X-Men, the Brotherhood, we don’t even know if they exist anymore,” says Eclipse in the trailer, meaning that the show probably takes place in a timeline after the events shown in X-Men: Days of Future Past, which saw the X-Men alive and well, after the film retconned the controversial ending of X-Men: The Last Stand (which killed Jean Grey, Cyclops and Xavier).
For more intel, we’ll probably have to wait until fall — but since the X-Men movie producers are on board, so are we.