The Gifted is shaping up to be the show everyone knows is coming but sometimes forgets about. It’s being overshadowed by the possible slow-motion train wreck of Marvel’s Inhumans, the various DC shows coming back promising to get back to “basics” (while never actually doing that), and Legion being a straight-up masterpiece. But The Gifted looks like a solid show, and we get more and more information it every day. The Television Critics Association press tour was held recently and TV Guide was there to get the details.
The show’s executive producer, Matt Nix, explained:
“The X-Men are gone. That’s not a dodge. That’s not like ‘The X-Men are gone and we’re never going to deal with it. It’s a big part of this show and we’re going to be exploring it. It’s a huge deal to these guys. Its a huge deal to the world. It’s one of the central mysteries of the show.”
Nix went out of his way to say that much like Legion, we shouldn’t expect any crossovers between any of these shows:
“There’s not going to be a situation where the television show is driving the movies or the movies are driving the television show. The mythology that we are telling specifically avoids that.”
Nix wanted to create a show that focuses less on a bunch of costumed weirdos saving the world and more about how a mutant would live and interact with humans. He continued:
“What we started with was, what would be an exciting way to set a show in the X-Men universe that’s appropriate for what television does well — where we can focus on this longer form storytelling? One thing that I think is really exciting about doing an X-Men show on television is we really get to explore the relationship of the mutants to the larger world and not have to deal with a team of superheroes that are wearing uniforms. [The show] really explores society and that kind of thing.”
X-Men has always been an allegory for the persecution of marginalized people. It represented the Civil Rights movement in the beginning and transitioned into representing LGTBQ+. It looks like The Gifted is looking to take that allegory and make it the central theme of the show.
Here are several more TV spots and featurettes introducing various mutants and talking about the family in the show.
— IGN (@IGN) August 2, 2017
The Gifted premieres Monday, October 2nd at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. C on Fox.
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