Well, the trailer for The Gifted is finally here, and with it comes the opportunity to gaze in wonder at all the joyous mutant mayhem that Fox and Marvel Television have cooked up together.
There’ s a lot going on in a short space of time in this trailer, so in addition to all the pretty lights, raw emotions, and slow music, here’s what you need to know about The Gifted:
The first few episodes of the show are being directed by none other than series alum Bryan Singer, which will likely mean that we’ll get a very cinematic experience, for better or worse.
This is definitely on display in the trailer – there’s a lot of Singer’s sensibilities in the way this footage has been shot, and the costume designs and color palette in particular makes this feel like a perfect accompaniment to the X-Men movie universe.
That said, Singer also directed the somewhat less popular X-Men: Apocalypse, so whether the cinematic approach to this series remains to be seen. Singer isn’t the showrunner here – that honor goes to Matt Nix – so how much Singer’s vision will gel with the rest of the show remains to be seen.
The Special Effects
This is a show with some budget behind it – that much is clear. The trailer is filled with both computer and practical effects that show just how much faith Fox has in what they’re building here.
That said, with shows like these, it’s not unheard of for the first few episodes to come loaded with pretty effects, only for the budget to drop considerably once audiences are invested. Here’s hoping The Gifted will manage to maintain a high visual effects quality throughout its first season.
The Gifted is purportedly set within the continuity of the X-Men movies, for what that’s worth.
Considering that Days of Future Past split the timeline, creating both a good and bad future for the X-Men, there’s a lot of room for Matt Nix and his team to play while still technically being in-continuity. What’s more, with Logan existing in a separate timeline, and Deadpool also featuring a different take on X-Men characters, there’s no guarantee that The Gifted will stick too solidly to any particular branch of the X-Men universe.
There’s a reference at one point in the trailer to the fact that Magneto’s Brotherhood and Xavier’s X-Men are well known, but currently absent from the world during the events of this story.
Perhaps it’s too much to hope that Fox would set their show in the Logan timeline, but it’s entirely possible – and it could provide a handy explanation as to why famous X-Men characters aren’t popping up throughout the show’s adventures.
The Gifted is about a family that’s forced to go on the run after it’s revealed that the two teenagers, Andy and Lauren, are mutants with potentially dangerous powers.
After the dangerous event that occurs in the trailer, it’s understandable that the government might have concerns about letting these kids run free, but the implication is that a shadowy organization is rounding up mutants for nefarious purposes.
The family’s father, Reed Strucker (played by Stephen Moyer), is described in press releases as a “district attorney”, but it seems that there’s more going on than this, as it’s implied that he’s played a significant part in capturing mutants as well as prosecuting them.
It seems that we might have something akin to a classic Stan Lee splash of dramatic irony at the center of this story, as a family that’s known for its mutant-hating ways find themselves seeking help from the very mutants that they’ve been fighting against.
There are plenty of fun mutants on display here, from energy-wielder Polaris (seen being arrested) to Blink, who previously appeared in Days of Future Past. Fox isn’t even trying to hide their recast superheroes at this point, but that’s find, because Legion has shown that a good story in one of these shows will make up for a lack of strict adherence to existing X-Men universe rules.
We’ll probably be getting to see a lot more mutants in the show than just the ones who appear in this trailer, and it’s probably worth holding out hope for an appearance from low-level X-Men (who are played by cheaper actors) such as Iceman, Colossus, or even Rogue – after all, Anna Paquin is married to Stephen Moyer in real life.
There’s a lot on the horizon for this show, and any true fan of the X-Men movie franchise will probably want to keep a close eye on this project.