Following the critically acclaimed Legion, Marvel TV is getting together with Fox again. Executive producers Jeph Loeb (head of Marvel TV), Lauren Schuler Donner, Simon Kinberg and Bryan Singer are now collaborating on another mutant-centric drama.
Called The Gifted, the series will see how a normal suburban couple — played by Amy Acker and Stephen Moyer — cope with the discovery that their children have manifested mutant powers. After an incident at their children’s high school, the family then have to go on the run to avoid being captured by the government, and end up connecting with an underground network of mutants.
Fans of the comics will be pleased to know that some beloved characters from the comic books will be represented here, namely Blink (Jamie Chung), Thunderbird (Blair Redford) and, most intriguingly, Polaris (Emma Dumont). Matt Nix of Burn Notice is the showrunner, and the pilot episode is directed by none other than Bryan Singer himself.
So far, so good, but with a sprawling movie universe that ranks amongst the most successful movie franchises of all time, how is the show going to line up with the Fox Marvel movies? Nix had this to say:
“If you look at the movies, which take place from — they started in 2003 to now — they don’t all line up perfectly. I’m not slavishly fitting them into a particular slot. But at the same time, if you like the world of the movies, there are definite nods to the movies. It exists in the same general universe.”
And sure enough, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants get a name check in the trailer. However, Nix also added that Legion isn’t necessarily connected to the same universe, which is a damn shame because there’s lots of potential there to explore exactly how Professor X manages to get away with doing some truly awful things.
No concrete confirmation yet as to whether or not The Gifted will tie-in with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but Nix remains hopeful. While it’s nice to see Fox and Marvel work on something X-Men related again, I can’t help but think that it’s going to get very messy if this series is meant to be a bridge of sorts between the two Marvel movie universes.
On the other hand, if this is the first step to seeing the mutants join up with the MCU, then sign me up!