While FOX's X-Men spinoff show The Gifted has yet to be renewed for a second season, it's certainly laid some interesting groundwork for future tie-ins to the X-Men movies. And what better way to explore those connections in the future, than by bringing back Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask, the creator of the Sentinels?
Things are starting to come to a head as the complex connections between the Strucker family and the history of mutants are revealed. In recent weeks, Reed Strucker (Stephen Moyer) has learned that not only does he come from a family of mutants, but that his grandparents were notorious mutant terrorists. The Strucker twins had the same powers as Reed's children and, combined, they were able to wreak total destruction. Now, it has come to light that Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White) Strucker have this same ability.
As well as these revelations about the Strucker family history, Reed has also revealed that his father used to work for a company with a very familiar name to X-Men fans: Trask Industries. Recent episodes have brought the Trask Industries name to center stage for The Gifted, intriguing comic fans with some changes, and leaving X-Men movie fans to wonder if we could be seeing a familiar face in the near future.
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The Gifted's Version of Trask Industries
Trask Industries was first name-dropped in The Gifted's seventh episode, 'eXtreme measures', when it was revealed that Reed Strucker's father used to work for the company. However, it was publicly disbanded in 2006, making the revelation that the company is alive and kicking in this universe today all the more disturbing. The show also revealed that Trask Industries and Sentinel Services are closely linked (unsurprisingly, given that the comic book version of Trask Industries created the Sentinels!)
It turns out that Dr. Roderick Campbell (Garret Dillahunt), The Gifted's resident evil-government-scientist type, works for Sentinel Services as a contractor, and is actually employed by Trask Industries. A mutant researcher, Dr Campbell is the man who created the Hounds program, turning captured mutants into brainwashed drones. He uses these Hounds for his own purposes, including against the mutant underground, as we saw when Pulse ( Zach Roerig) re-appeared as a weaponized version of himself. There are hints that Trask Industries has some big anti-mutant plans on the horizon, too, as Reed's father Otto (Raymond J. Barry) admitted that the company wanted him to find a way to 'cure' all mutants.
Bolivar Trask In X-Men: Days Of Future Past
This isn't the first we've heard of Trask Industries in the X-Men cinematic universe, of course. The President and CEO of Trask Industries was a major player in X-Men: Days of Future Past. In that film, Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) was looking for government funding for his sentinel project, fueled by a fear of mutants. In the original timeline, his funding was denied... but the project was re-launched when he was shot by Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), which sparked fears that Trask was right, and led to the Sentinel program that created the dystopian future. In the revised timeline, however, Mystique was prevented from killing Trask, and saved the President instead. The Sentinel program was shut down, and Trask was arrested for selling state secrets.
So all's well that ends well, and the current timeline of the X-Men universe appears to be Sentinel-free, with Trask presumably still living out his life in prison. However, now that the Trask name has resurfaced in the world of The Gifted, could Dinklage's Trask make an appearance at some point?