Just last week, FOX announced that it had picked up Matt Nix’s X-Men TV series The Gifted and even offered fans a brief look at what was to come in the form of a Gifted teaser trailer. The network’s decision was based on the pilot episode directed by frequent X-Men movie director Bryan Singer, and of course the continued strength and popularity of comic book-based television programs and movies. And now, ahead of the network upfronts this week, FOX has released a full trailer for the mutant series, showing off much more of what fans can expect.
The teaser trailer briefly introduced viewers to Amy Acker’s Kate Stewart, her husband Reed (Stephen Moyer) and their two kids, Andy (Percy Hynes White) and Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind). Not much else was revealed beyond some rudimentary use of telekinetic powers, a fleeting shot of who Singer later revealed was none other than the magnetic mutant Polaris, and what appeared to be a tense standoff between the police and individuals with mutant powers. In all, it wasn’t much to go on, but it was enough to get fans’ interest up and likely have them wanting more.
And more they shall have with the brand new full trailer that helps detail much more of the series’ plot as well as who these characters are. For instance, it’s clear that Reed and Kate are the parents of two teenagers whose mutant abilities are just forming. As seen in the promo, Andy appears to acquire his abilities in the pilot episode, while he’s being attacked by a group of bullies. That’s in stark contrast to his sister, who already has considerable control over her powers, using them at first to pilfer some snacks from a vending machine (as seen in the teaser) and again forming a protective shield around herself when debris falls from the ceiling.
Perhaps even more interesting than seeing mutant powers is the twist in the show’s central conflict. That being that Moyer’s Reed is tasked with apprehending and locking up mutants before he finds out that his kids fall into the same category of those he persecutes. That makes for an interesting wrinkle in the family dynamic that puts Reed in a tough spot, but also affords him insider knowledge that he can use to his family’s advantage, as demonstrated by his trading information on Lorna Dane (Emma Dumont) to Sean Teale‘s mutant character Marcos Diaz in exchange for his help.
How Diaz can help is a good question, as even he seems unsure mutant kind’s place in the world. Diaz even deepens the mystery of when The Gifted actually takes place by saying “The X-Men, the Brotherhood… we don’t even know if they exist anymore.” The comment suggests that at least some people are aware the X-Men and (presumably) the Brotherhood of Mutants (or of Evil Mutants), but they’ve either been wiped out or have been hiding out long enough that the world at large has lost track of them.
That sets up plenty of intrigue for the series, and in all, The Gifted appears to be an interesting offering from FOX, one that will play on X-Men lore while establishing plenty of its own.
The Gifted is expected to premiere on FOX this fall.