If you didn't already know, Fox has a brand new, live-action X-Men TV series heading to the small screen later this year. And now we have the trailer to prove it. The network has released the first, full-length trailer for the show, which has officially been titled The Gifted, and it very much looks like an authentic addition to the X-Men universe.
Fox dropped the trailer right on schedule, as they had previously released a very brief teaser for The Gifted, promising that the full trailer was on the way. This show has largely been a mystery up till now and this trailer gives us a very good sense of what this show is going to look like, feel like and be about. What is perhaps most interesting is the reveal that Reed Strucker (Stephen Moyer) is actually a government agent who hunts down mutants, but finds out that his own kids actually have mutant powers. This is similar to what we have seen with William Stryker in X2, though this seems to be a more sympathetic take.
The Gifted centers on a suburban couple, Reed and Caitlin Strucker, whose lives are shaken up by the sudden discovery that their children, Lauren and Andy Strucker, possess mutant powers. They are then forced to go on the run from a hostile government, which is a big focus of this first trailer. The family joins up with an underground network of mutants, several of which we can see in the video, and they must fight to survive. The X-Men franchise has typically focused a lot on the mutant's perspective and, while this show will clearly include that, it looks like The Gifted will be giving us a whole lot of human perspective as well.
We still can't be totally certain how this show fits in with the overall X-Men timeline, but this trailer did give us some clues. At one point, one of the mutants says, "The X-Men. The brotherhood. We don't even know if they exist anymore." That implies that it takes place at a time when, at least publicly, the X-Men have disbanded, which is an interesting angle. It is also worth saying that, even though this is TV and not a high-budget movie, The Gifted looks like it will be pretty effects-heavy and won't skimp on the action.
The pilot episode of The Gifted is directed by long time X-Men movie director Bryan Singer. Fox has yet to announce an exact premiere date for the series, but it will debut during the upcoming fall TV season. The show comes from the mind of Matt Nix (Burn Notice), with Lauren Shuler Donner, Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, Jim Chory and Marvel TV President Jeph Loeb all serving as executive producers on the project. The series stars Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker, Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker, Sean Teale as Marcos Diaz/Eclipse, Jamie Chung as Clarice Fong/Blink, Coby Bell as Jace Turner, Emma Dumont as Lorna Dane/Polaris, Blair Redford as John Proudstar/Thunderbird, Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker and Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker. Stan Lee's cameo has already been shot as well. Be sure to check out the first trailer for The Gifted for yourself below.