Our first look at The Gifted season 2 is here. Fox brought their TV series set within the X-Men universe (but not directly connected to the movie universe) to San Diego Comic-Con this year and, fresh from the convention, we have the very first trailer for the show's new season. It promises that a hard time is coming for mutants. This season will also mark the "dawn of a new mutant age."

Executive producer Matt Nix and Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb were on hand for the panel at SDCC. Bryan Singer, the architect of the X-Men movie universe, who directed the pilot for the series and is still involved, or is at least being credited on the series, was not on hand. He was subject to some harassment and misconduct claims recently and, that being the case, it's not too surprising that he didn't appear at the panel. Stars Stephen Moyer, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford, Natalie Alyn Lind and Skyler Samuels were also on hand. Nix discussed a bit about what to expect from season 2 and explained that it's going to be more character-driven. Here's what he had to say.

"The thing that we realized in season one was when we were really connecting to the characters and the relationships between the characters, exploring the backstories and the emotional depth of the characters... those were our favorite episodes and those the episodes our fans responded to the most. This season we really step out to focus on that and emphasize that. When we really focused on the characters.. it made all the power stuff more exciting."

The Gifted season 2 picks up after the explosion of the Atlanta Station that took place in season 1. The Mutant Underground search for their friends and family who left with The Inner Circle. Having tracked them outside of Washington, D.C., they must contend with new groups with extreme ideologies, both human and mutant alike, to stave off a brewing conflict. One of the best parts about this show is that fan-favorite mutant Blink gets some serious screen time. During the panel, actress Jamie Chung discussed a bit about Blink's evolution for season 2.

"I think Blink in Season 1 was just finding herself. She would always run. Now that's she's decided to put down roots and realizes Lauren needs guidance and in her awkward way she tries to provide it for her."

This is a relatively long trailer and one that doesn't skimp on the action. It looks like, even though there is a lot of character drama promised, the network didn't skimp on the flashy goods. Fox announced during the SDCC panel that the series is set to return on Tuesday, September 25. So schedule your Tuesday nights this fall accordingly, X-Men fans. Be sure to check out the first trailer for season 2, courtesy of The Gifted YouTube channel, for yourself below.

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