New images from tonight’s premiere of The Gifted spotlight the show’s mutants, while connections to the comics are teased for certain characters. Last week, fans were treated to the first 6 minutes of FOX’s The Gifted. Opening with plenty of action and mutant powers, the clip proved that series would balance superheroics with all of its family trappings. When it comes to the pilot, the results are fairly encouraging.
One of the big questions when it comes to The Gifted, however, is what connections it will have to the film and comics. We learned last week that a catastrophic event resulted in the deaths or disbanding of the X-Men and Brotherhood in the universe. As the show progresses, the mystery will be teased out. But it won’t be the only one.
EW has a new set of images from the premiere of The Gifted. They also spoke with showrunner Matt Nix and the stars of the series on the main characters of the show. In doing so, a number of hints about the possible comic roots of some new characters were revealed. Check out the images in the gallery below:
While speaking about the two Strucker children who are revealed to have mutant powers in the show, Nix teased that their abilities and name most likely has a comic connection.
“All I can say is if you’re naming a show like this, you don’t name a family ‘Strucker’ by accident. I didn’t accidentally pluck that out of the air.”
While many fans assumed the meek looking Strucker family was an original creation by the show, it looks as if their name does in fact hold meaning. In all likelihood, Nix is hinting the children are connected to Andrea and Andreas von Strucker. The twin children of Baron von Strucker, their X-genes were manipulated in utero resulting in them having individual and combined powers.
Given their Hydra heritage, it seems unlikely the two will share much in common with their comic counterparts. It is interesting to learn they may be the von Strucker twins, as their father previously appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron and their half-brother on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Like Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, it appears the characters are co-owned by Fox and Marvel.
The Struckers aren’t the only ones with comic connections either. While speaking about his character Eclipse, Sean Teale revealed he may have roots on the page as well.
“Somewhere down the line there may be a familial connection to a character from the comics.”
When Eclipse was announced, his powers seemed fairly similar to Sunspot from Marvel Comics. While he was revealed to be an original character with slightly different abilities, it looks as if the two may be revealed to have a connection. We also recently learned that, like in the comics, Polaris will be Magneto’s daughter on the show. The Gifted may not have a connection to the movies, but it looks as if it will draw plenty from the comics.
The Gifted premieres Monday, October 2nd on FOX.
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