Fox has released the full-length trailer for their new Marvel X-Men spin-off series The Gifted, which, after only 48 hours, has hit a whopping 31 million views. From fan theories to comparisons, people have a lot to say about the upcoming show, so we have compiled some of the five most talked about topics ahead of the release of The Gifted.
1. The Strucker family:
Fox‘s The Gifted follows suburban parents Reed and Catlin Strucker (Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker) and their two children Lauren and Andy Strucker (Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes White). The family’s lives are turned upside-down when Lauren and Andy develop mutant powers.
The name Strucker is well-known in Marvel mythology, and although no concrete proof has been provided, it seems likely that the iconic name wouldn’t be used without reason. The Fenris Twins Andrea and Andreas were created by Chris Claremont and John Romita, Jr., first appearing in Uncanny X-Men #194 in 1985. The pair, who are the children of Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, were genetically modified in their mother’s uterus which gave them bio-energy powers when they made contact with each other, usually when holding hands. In adulthood, the twins became supervillains and led the Fenris terrorist organisation.
While neither the new trailer nor description from Fox makes any reference to the age of the Strucker siblings or whether the pair are in fact twins, it seems likely that there is some correlation. While The Gifted’s Strucker siblings share their name with the Fenris Twins, it seems that they do not need to make physical contact when using their powers.
Many Twitter and Reddit users have questioned whether the name Stucker is correlated to Marvel comic history.
So if the Struckers are appearing in #TheGifted, how does Fox have the rights to that name? Strucker is primarily an Avengers villain
— Kevin Finnigan (@KevinFinnigan) May 17, 2017
So the twins in The Gifted are Fenris, right? Surprised Marvel/Disney allowed use of the Strucker name.
— Arvin Bautista (@arvinbautista) May 15, 2017
2. Heroes comparisons:
Fans can’t help but notice the comparisons between Fox’s The Gifted and the NBC show Heroes which ran for four seasons in 2006 – 2010. In Heroes the blonde cheerleader Claire Bennet develops superhuman abilities, but, because of her father Noah Bennet’s connection to ‘The Company’ a clandestine organisation that held an interest in locating and tracking evolved humans, the pair’s relationship, and subsequently his career, faced strain.
In The Gifted, we see some very similar circumstances. A young blonde named Lauren develops mutant powers, but her dad works for an organisation that traps those with mutant abilities.
“Why didn’t you tell me you had superpowers?”
“Dad puts people like us in jail!”
Anyone else getting a Heroes vibe from the new Xmen show The Gifted?
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) May 15, 2017
3. X-Men, The Brotherhood & Timeline
The trailer for Gifted featured a nod to the X-Men universe, name-dropping both X-Men and The Brotherhood, which has lead fans to question exactly what timeline the show will sit in.
“The X-Men, the Brotherhood, we don’t even know if they exist anymore.”
In an interview with IGN earlier this year Matt Nix confirmed that the modern day show would have a connection with the X-Men cinematic universe, but didn’t get into specifics.
“How should I put this? Without getting into specifics that I’ll get murdered for getting into, I would say that a fan of the movies — particularly the movies, but also the comic books — would not be disoriented at all as to where this fits in the mythology. I guess I’d say that if you look at the movies, which take place from whatever, they started in 2000 to now… they don’t all line up perfectly. You know what I mean? So it’s not like, I’m not slavishly fitting myself into a particular slot. But at the same time, if you like that world, if you like the world of the movies, there are definite nods to it. It definitely exists in the same general kind of universe, if that makes sense.”
While many fans are confused about the timeline, others have some theories about when the show will be set.
4. Is the show going to be a teen drama?
The Gifted trailer seems to be heavily veered toward a teen audience. While Fox has described the series as an ‘Action-adventure family drama’, the teens won’t be the ones who take centre stage in the spin-off. Instead, the series revolves around their suburban parents. So, if you are looking for a more adult centred story, don’t dismiss The Gifted just yet.
5. How long until it will be cancelled?
Fox has garnered quite a reputation over the years for cutting shows short. As a result, many fans can’t help but wonder how long The Gifted will last on the network.
Directed by X-Men filmmaker Bryan Singer from a screenplay by Matt Nix (Burn Notice), The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer (Shots Fired, True Blood), and Amy Acker (Person of Interest) as Reed and Caitlin Strucker, and, Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White as their mutant power wielding children Lauren and Andy. The show is executive produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past), Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones) and Jim Chory (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones).
The gifted is set for release in Fall (September – December) Check out The Gifted trailer below: