Where will this new series fit within the X-Men franchise?
The Gifted is the latest of Fox’s TV projects that utliezes their X-Men/Mutant license. The cast of the show includes mutants Eclipse, Blink, Polaris, and Thunderbird. The official synopsis:
Family adventure series THE GIFTED, from 20th Century Fox Television in association with Marvel Television, tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.
There has been a lot of back and forth on whether or not the show is set in the same universe as the rest of the franchise. The trailer confirms that the X-Men are a known entity, and that they mean something to the characters. Showrunner Matt Nix on what’s planned:
“There’s a whole sort of historical mythology. There’s not going to be a situation where the television show is driving the movies or the movies are driving the television show, because the mythology that we’re telling specifically avoids that but it doesn’t avoid that by pretending the X-Men don’t exist or there just doing stuff over and no one pays any attention.”
He went so far as to mention that the X-Men’s dissapearance is “one of the central mysteries of the show.” So expect that to be woven in to the Strucker family’s struggle for survival.
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