The Gifted is the latest series based off of Marvel’s X-Men comics following Legion. The series is said to take place within the same universe as the mutant franchise’s big screen outings.
Given that the timeline of the X-Men films is already convoluted as is, some fans continue to speculate how the new television shows factor into the franchise. Some fans may argue that the confusing nature of the series’ continuity is a problem, but an argument can be made that the lack of a strict, distinct timeline allows the creative teams behind both the films and shows to craft stories without the hindering nature of an overarching narrative.
Executive Producer Matt Nix explains how The Gifted factors into the X-Men universe:
It’s definitely its own thing. Let me put it this way: the movies kind of did us a favor, by establishing that they don’t have a strict timeline anymore. They quite specifically shattered their timeline into a whole different set of things, which is great for us. The X-Men cinematic universe is now essentially an X-Men cinematic multiverse, because X-Men: Days of Future Past blew everything up. Now, the movies, for a time, have been telling stories for a time that, if you look at them, are completely incompatible with each other, on a timeline level. Their explanation for it is they blew up the timeline. It’s not relevant anymore. It gave us a lot of freedom to say we exist in our own universe that’s related to everything that’s gone on. It’s not like we’re not conscious of it and we’re not trying to undo or counteract anything from the people who haven’t seen the movies, but we do get to do our own thing while still nodding to stuff that people care about, and that we care about in the movies and the comics.
The series pilot has been directed franchise veteran director Singer who established the current X-Men franchise at the studio in 2000. Matt Nix, Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Len Wiseman, Jim Chory, and Marvel TV President Jeph Loeb serve as executive producers.
The series stars Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Coby Bell, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford, Natalie Alyn Lind, and Percy Hynes White. Here’s the official synopsis:
“THE GIFTED tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. REED (Stephen Moyer, SHOTS FIRED, “True Blood”) and CAITLIN (Amy Acker, “Person of Interest”) STRUCKER are typical middle-class parents dealing with the realities of raising a family. However, when their teenage kids, LAUREN (Natalie Alyn Lind, GOTHAM) and ANDY (Percy Hynes White, “Night at the Museum 3”), are involved in an incident at their high school which reveals they are mutants, Reed and Caitlin do all in their power to protect their children. Forced to go on the run, the Struckers must leave behind their old lives to flee from a relentless government agency that tracks down mutants, the Sentinel Services, which includes Agent JACE TURNER (Coby Bell, “Burn Notice”). Complicating matters further is the fact that Reed is a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office tasked with going after mutants. Desperate and running low on options, the family’s only choice is to contact an underground network that helps mutants in trouble. The mutants in the network – ECLIPSE / MARCOS DIAZ (Sean Teale, “Reign”), BLINK / CLARICE FONG (Jamie Chung, GOTHAM), POLARIS / LORNA DANE (Emma Dumont, “Aquarius”) and THUNDERBIRD / JOHN PROUDSTAR (Blair Redford, “Satisfaction”) – are dealing with their own issues. With one of their members in prison and their team possibly compromised, they face an uncertain future in a world that looks increasingly dangerous for mutants. Written by Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”), directed by Bryan Singer (the “X-Men” franchise) and 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 a story of survival, a story of mutants coming to terms with who they are, a story of parents accepting the fact that their kids aren’t who they thought they were and loving them just the same – even if all of their lives are at risk because of it.”
The Gifted premieres on Monday, October 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.