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Mutants flee their oppressive government in the new trailer for ‘The Gifted’
This X-Men spinoff series offers a new perspective on the franchise, taking place in a world where mutants risk arrest and imprisonment. Stephen Moyer stars as a district attorney who prosecutes mutants, but his life changes when he discovers his children have powers. He and his wife (Amy Acker) decide to go on the run with help from mutant rebels led by Marcos Diaz (Sean Teale).
According to this trailer, the X-Men and Magneto’s Brotherhood of Mutants are mysteriously missing from the world of The Gifted. However, one of the main characters may have a Legion-style connection to the main franchise. Polaris (Emma Dumont), who appears briefly at the beginning and end of the trailer, is Magneto’s daughter in the comics, and has magnetic powers like her father.
The Gifted was created by Matt Nix, but has all the hallmarks of Bryan Singer‘s X-Men franchise: authoritarian villains, bullied teens, and white protagonists in a story about bigotry and oppression. The show will air on Fox, sometime in the 2017-18 season.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.