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Fox's THE GIFTED Won't Ignore The X-MEN, Their Absence Is Actually A Big Part Of The Show

The trailer for The Gifted revealed that "the X-Men don't exist anymore" but that wasn't an indication that the show's shying away from the faculty at Charles Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters.





If you thought Fox's The Gifted was establishing right off the bat that the X-Men wouldn't be playing a prominent role in the series with the line in the Comic-Con trailer that the mighty mutants were gone, you interpreted it incorrectly- at least according to showrunner Matt Nix.

In our world, one of the things we’ll be unpacking is the specific relationship of this group of characters to the X-Men. It’s in the trailer that the X-Men are gone. And that’s not a dodge, like ‘The X-Men are gone and we’re never going to mention them again!We’re going to be exploring it. It’s a huge deal to these guys. It’s a huge deal in the world. It’s one of the central mysteries of the show.

But how should fans interpret the statement above? Are the X-Men dead or just missing? While the focus of the show appears to be this family that's on the run from Sentinels, will there be a subplot that deals with finding the missing X-Men? We'll have to wait until the series premiere this fall on Fox for definitive answers.
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Fall TV First Impression: The Gifted





The broadcast networks have nearly 20 shows debuting this fall, including ABC’s Ten Days with Kyra Sedgwick, NBC’s look at Brave heroes and CBS’ chronicles of a Young Sheldon. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
Next up on our list….











THE CAST | Stephen Moyer (True Blood), Amy Acker (Person of Interest), Natalie Alyn Lind (The Goldbergs), Percy Hynes White (Between), Sean Teale (Reign), Jamie Chung (Once Upon a Time), Emma Dumont (Bunheads), Blair Redford (Satisfaction) and Coby Bell (Burn Notice)
THE SET-UP |When young Andy Strucker and his sister Lauren (played by White and Lind) are outed as mutants, they and their parents must go on the run from Agent Jace Turner (Bell) and his Sentinel Services team. To that end, they must entrust an underground mutant network whose members include Thunderbird, Polaris, Eclipse and Blink.


THE FIRST IMPRESSION |The fall’s most-anticipated new drama (per a TVLine poll), The Gifted grabs you from go, marrying an instantly engaging premise with some rather slick visual effects. (The “invisible” barriers that Lauren thrusts into people’s paths,


as well as Blink’s handmade teleportation “portals,” are rendered in especially cool ways.) The dynamics and powers within the mutant underground are quickly and clearly established, as are the relationships among the Struckers. Yes, Marvel’s X-Men are referenced… as having gone off the grid, thus leaving these non-marquee mutants to fend for themselves against formidable, perhaps-reprehensible government foes.
The pilot alone packs at least two significant plot twists, including one that closes the hour before the screen abruptly (and frustratingly!) cuts to black.
The cast is across-the-board solid, no easy feat with an ensemble this size and with uniformly telegenic resistance members that could have easily come off as interchangeable, yet emerge as distinct and relatable.

THE TVLINE BOTTOM LINE | It’d be great to see Fox have an unqualified freshman hit here, but those Dancing “stars” and Voice singers famously suck up a lot of the night’s oxygen. Even so, leading out of an increasingly buzzy Lucifer, Fox should see an improvement over Monday’s previous Gotham/Lucifer combo.
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Underworld Director Len Wiseman Joins Fox's The Gifted




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Fox's upcoming X-Men spinoff series The Gifted has a new executive producer.
Best known for directing the first two installments in the Underworld franchise, Len Wiseman is set to join the upcoming series alongside creator and showrunner Matt Nix, Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg and Marvel Television's Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. Deadline reports that Wiseman will also direct the second episode of the series, "A New World," as part of his overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV.
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THE GIFTED Character Posters Provide Stylish New Looks At The Show's More Established Mutants

FOX TV has debuted four new character posters for their upcoming X-Men spin-off show, The Gifted. Check out some cool new shots of mutant heroes Polaris, Blink, Thunderbird and Eclipse after the jump...





Quite a lot of the promotion in the buildup to the premiere of The Gifted has focused on the Strucker family, who will be the principal protagonist of the show. However, FOX has now debuted some new posters that spotlight the more established mutant characters that will almost certainly be the biggest selling point for comic book fans.

Below you'll find stylish new looks at Polaris, Thunderbird, Blink, and a character some believe will actually turn out to be Sunspot, Eclipse.







THE GIFTED, from Marvel, tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.
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THE GIFTED Shines The Light On Sean Teale's Eclipse With A Flashy New Character Promo

Sean Teale (Reign, Skins) will be portraying Marcos Diaz aka Eclipse on Fox's The Gifted, an original mutant created for the network's superhero drama who can absorb and manipulate photons.



Sean Teale, who's best known for playing Prince Condé on The CW's Reign and Nick Levan on Skins narrates this new promo for Fox's The Gifted, which focuses on his character, Marcos Diaz aka Eclipse. If he has a code name, does that mean he was once a member of the X-Men?

It was Eclipse who mentined in a previous trailer that the X-Men and Magneto's Brotherhood were gone. Perhaps Eclipse spent some time at Xavier's School For Gifted Youngsters? Or perhaps he was a member of The Brotherhood?

The latter might actually be more plausible as the promo reveals that his Eclipse and Emma Dumont's Polaris (Magneto's daughter) are in a relationship.

The Gifted is set for a 10-episode run on Fox, which kicks off on October 2.
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Fox's THE GIFTED Casts Garret Dillahunt As Roderick Campbell Aka Ahab

Deadline is reporting that the new Fox X-Men TV drama from Matt Nix and Bryan Singer has cast Garret Dillahunt in the role of Ahab, a cyborg mutant hunter known as one of Apocalypse's Horsemen...





It seems Fox's The Gifted is going to be tweaking the comic book origins of Roderick Campbell, aka Ahab, for its television drama as Justified's Garret Dillahunt has just been cast in the role.

Deadline reports that the character will play a "key recurring role" in the new series and that Campbell is a "mutant researcher contracted by the Sentinel Services. Professorial, intense and intimidating, Dr. Campbell has a morally dubious mission yet to be revealed."

In the comics, Campbell starts out as a good man but when he gets a glimpse of his future as a sadistic mutant hunter in a world ruled by Apocalypse he sets out on a frantic mission to change his fate. Ironically, it's these very actions that result in the undesired future coming true. Comic book readers will also be familiar with the instrumental role Ahab plays in the creation of Rachel Summers.

Could the aforementioned "dubious mission yet to be revealed" somehow tie back to Apocalypse? We'll likely have to wait until The Gifted premieres on Oct 2, 2017 for its 10-episode run. Will you be tuning in?
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'The Gifted' Casts Jermaine Rivers as Shatter

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The cast of Fox's The Gifted is growing. Jermaine Rivers is joining the upcoming X-Men drama as the mutant Shatter.
Reported by Heroic Hollywood, the cast update comes on the heels of the announcement that Garret Dillahunt would be joining the series in the recurring role of the villain Ahab.



In comics Shatter is a teenager who attempted suicide after manifesting his mutant powers. However, he didn't realize that the mutation made his body virtually invulnerable and his attempt didn't hurt him beyond leaving a large, cracked depression in his head. From there Shatter ran away from home and joined up with the Postman's Morlock, a group of mutant misfits.
There are no specifics on how Shatter will fit into the comics, though it's likely that the show's version of Shatter will be considerably older than the comics' original as Rivers is 43. However, it's not a stretch to imagine the character encountering District Attorney Reed Strucker (Stephen Moyer) and his family as they go on the run following the discovery of his own children's mutant abilities.


Rivers may be a new face to The Gifted's audience. The actor is best known for his role as Officer Carter in Lifetime's series Devious Maids.

Fox's The Gifted follows the Struckers, who is forced to go underground after discovering that their two teenaged children, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White), are mutants. They join up with the mutant underground that has sprung up following the disappearance of the X-Men.
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THE GIFTED: The Strucker Family Go Underground In New Promotional Stills From The Series Premiere: "eXposed"

FOX's upcoming X-Men universe series The Gifted has been getting rave reviews all summer and in just two weeks, the world will get to finally meet the Struckers and join them on their quest for survival!





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In the wake of Marvel's The Inhumans essentially crashing-and-burning with fans and critics alike, it looks like another Marvel series is actually gearing up to win the fall as FOX's X-Men spinoff series The Gifted has been earning high marks all around from early reviewers, which should certainly bode well for the show's prospects when it premieres on October 2.

The eagerly-awaited series follows the Strucker family, who after discovering that their two children have both developed mutant abilities, are forced to go on the run and join together with a band of underground mutants in order to ensure their family's safety.

Check out thirty-six new hi-resolution stills from the series premiere, titled "eXposed," below:

A FAMILY IS FORCED TO GO ON THE RUN ON THE ALL-NEW SERIES PREMIERE OF "THE GIFTED" MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, ON FOX

Set in the "X-Men" universe, family adventure series THE GIFTED tells the emotional story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their teenage children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive in the all-new "eXposed" series premiere episode of THE GIFTED airing Monday, Oct. 2 (9:00-10:01 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Action-adventure family drama THE GIFTED, from Marvel, tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.
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THE GIFTED: Come Watch The First Six Thrilling Minutes From Fox's Upcoming X-Men Series

FOX has released the first six minutes from the upcoming series premiere of The Gifted and it looks pretty damn good as we get to see both Blink and Polaris unleash their abilities. Come take a look!





Following the immense critical and commercial success of Legion, FOX is back with their second X-Men universe series of the year in The Gifted and if the early reception is anything to go by, then it looks like the network has another major hit on their hands.

To add to the hype, the network has released the first six minutes from the upcoming series premiere, tossing us right into the thick of the action as we catch Blink on the run and are then introduced to Eclipse, Polaris, and Thunderbird, who do their best to find her before the authorities. It all ends in a pretty cool showdown as the daughter of Magneto shows us a little of what she's capable of.

Check out the first six minutes below:

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Will Polaris Be Magneto's Daughter In X-MEN: THE GIFTED?

Fox TV's Upcoming X-Men TV series The Gifted will feature a number of familiar faces, but perhaps the biggest name is Polaris. However, will the powerful mutant be the daughter of Magneto? Find out here...





The Gifted premieres on Monday with a premiere directed by Bryan Singer. Early reactions for the series have been mostly positive and while fans were disappointed to see what FOX has decided to do with the Sentinels, there are more than enough fan-favourite mutants included to cool them down.

Among them is Polaris, a character well known to readers of the comic books as the Mistress of Magnetism. She also happens to be the daughter of Magneto but is that going to be touched on here?

Well, The Gifted showrunner Matt Nix has confirmed that their relationship will be the same as the comics and teased big plans to explore both that and her father's absence as the show progresses.
"When we think of it, the baggage of mental illness – and there is some awareness she is Magneto’s daughter – I mean, her powers certainly are like Magneto’s. That’s something we will be exploring as time goes on, but more towards the end of the season, when some of these ideas and suspicions come to the fore. She has to confront, “Okay, if that’s the case, what does it mean?” The idea is there are challenges and opportunities with that. In some ways, it might divide her from her friends. In other ways, does she accept the mantle of her birthright? Is it her job to be Magneto in his absence?"
Where are Magneto and Professor X and what's happened to the X-Men? That's something The Gifted will hopefully address at some point but it is exciting to think that this version of Polaris will be related to the Master of Magnetism and that it's going to play a role in her story arc! What do you guys think of this news? As always, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments section down below.
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X-Men: 'The Gifted' Review Round-Up






Marvel TV had its turn to debut a new superhero series last week, and 20th Century Fox hopes to show-up the Inhumans with its next premiere. The Gifted is set to debut on Monday, October 2, and reviews for the X-Men series are more than favorable.
Sorry, Lockjaw.
With The Gifted premiering this week, critics have been able to share their early reviews of the show’s pilot. Sites like Variety and the New York Times are giving the show cautiously optimistic praise - but they aren’t the only ones. ComicBook is also feeling the cable newcomer.



“Marvel’s mutants are making the jump to television, and the attempt may be Fox’s best yet at tapping into what makes the X-Men so special,” ComicBook’s Jamie Lovett wrote about The Gifted in his recent review.
“By striking at the heart of the very concept of the X-Men and leaning into the idea that mutants are "feared and hated" to touch on themes like discrimination and immigration, The Gifted is the most exciting and relevant new superhero show this season.”
If you’re still deciding whether you should tune into The Gifted, then there are plenty of reviews out there to convince you to watch the premiere. You can read up on some of the show’s most recent reviews below:
The Gifted premieres Monday, October 2nd at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.

USA Today

"The Gifted is the kind of show you’d want to take with you on the run.



The new Fox series (Monday, 9 ET/PT, *** ½ out of four) is set in the X-Men universe and follows a family with two mutant teens, fleeing from the government forces that want to lock them away. It’s a gripping and savvy series that carves out its own space in the cluttered comic-book TV landscape." - USA Today

Variety




"20th Century Fox makes use of its long-held rights to X-Men — and the very term “mutant” — with the tepid new drama “The Gifted,” a show about a family with two mutant children trying to escape the clutches of evil government forces. It’s nice to see the X-Men back on screen in some capacity — and Bryan Singer, the director behind the sturdy, successful films “X-Men” and “X2,” directs the pilot for “The Gifted” — but the new drama generally fails to impress." - Variety

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"The pilot does what a good pilot should, plant seeds that can grow. The Gifted can easily become another Lucifer or Gotham for Fox. It can become a show with a rabid fanbase that will eat up whatever crazy twist creator-showrunner Matt Nix wants to throw their way.



Based on the premiere, there’s every reason to believe The Gifted can become something big. A show that can spawn a dozen shows. Fox’s Arrow, in many respects. If this works, we could be looking at many more mutant-themed programs to come from the house Homer Simpson built.

Forbes

"The pilot does what a good pilot should, plant seeds that can grow. The Gifted can easily become another Lucifer or Gotham for Fox. It can become a show with a rabid fanbase that will eat up whatever crazy twist creator-showrunner Matt Nix wants to throw their way.



Based on the premiere, there’s every reason to believe The Gifted can become something big. A show that can spawn a dozen shows. Fox’s Arrow, in many respects. If this works, we could be looking at many more mutant-themed programs to come from the house Homer Simpson built." - Forbes

New York Times

"“The Gifted” has a promising pedigree — it was created by Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”), who wrote the pilot. The Marvel veteran Bryan Singer was brought in to direct the pilot, presumably because of his extensive experience with the “X-Men” movies.



The show features an original story and new characters not taken from comic books, but it’s loosely situated in the “X-Men” continuum, with references to those more famous mutants having gone missing. Free of existing origin stories, the premise is simple: a young brother and sister manifest their powers, and their non-mutant parents take them on the run with the help of photogenic members of a mutant underground." - New York Times

Entertainment Weekly




"Although The Gifted lacks the tongue-in-cheek humor of Netflix’s Jessica Jones or The Defenders, it stays afloat with quality special effects and surprisingly excellent performances across the large ensemble cast. It’s straightforward comic book fare with familiar beats, but with an earnestness and well-paced storyline that elevates it above the other gritty, supernatural fall TV choices. If you’re told to decide between Marvel’s Inhumans and The Gifted, choose The Gifted every time and then laugh whomever presented you with that choice out of your life forever." - Entertainment Weekly

IGN




"The Gifted exists in the world of the X-Men, but don’t expect to see Wolverine or Jean Grey pop up. The X-Men have disappeared, along with the villainous Brotherhood, leaving the show to focus on an Underground Railroad-esque mutant resistance, the mutant-hunting agents of Sentinel Services, and a family caught in between. The pilot doesn’t try to do anything markedly new with the mutant metaphor, but it hits every beat of that formula so well that it’s a great time regardless." - IGN
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‘The Gifted’ Creator Matt Nix on Sentinels, Trask and X-Men Easter Eggs [Interview]




The X-Men are back on television in a new show from Burn Notice creator Matt Nix. The Gifted is set in a world where the X-Men have left and government agencies arrest mutants exercising their mutant gene. When the son and daughter of agent Reed Strucker (Stephen Moyer) reveal their powers, the family goes on the run.
Luckily, the Mutant Underground is there to help Andy (Percy Hynes White) and Lauren Strucker (Natalie Alyn Lind). Blink (Jamie Chung) and Polaris (Emma Dumont) are also on The Gifted, as is a new mutant named Eclipse (Sean Teale). Nix spoke with /Film about The Gifted, which premieres Monday, October 2 on Fox.

Did The Gifted come out of any of the Hellfire series Fox was developing before?
I was certainly aware of it. The short answer is no. Basically, they were working on something and eventually I think they just decided they wanted to go in a different direction. So they came to me and were like, “How about a different direction?” So I was sort of specifically told, “Do a different thing.
Did you choose the name Bellview to sound like the Bellvue mental institution?
Oh, that’s a really good question. Actually no. It had to do with the real name of the real high school. So we had to use some of the graphics. Bryan Adams High School is the real name of the high school. For some reason, it needed to be a certain length so that we could replace the sign. So we came up with Bellview because it cleared.
Because Bryan Adams would be too much?
There are some things in television where you’re just like the real thing is too weird. Everybody would be like, “Bryan Adams High School,” what is that? But that’s where we were.
Was it a different Bryan Adams than Bryan Adams the singer
It was a different Bryan Adams. It was spelled exactly the same.
Are Sentinel Services a precursor to the sentinels of the comics and Days of Future Past?
If you look at the comics, the sentinels have a long, storied history. There’s been a lot of different versions. Certainly, Sentinel Services is related to the comics. I’d say Days of Future Past was a comic and had Sentinels, but I’d say Sentinel Services is related to the long, storied history of Sentinels in the comics.
When Stephen Moyer refers to mutants fighting each other, is that the six X-Men movies?
It’s not specifically the six X-Men movies. At no point are we going to say, “When all that stuff went down at the Statue of Liberty.” If you think about it, the six X-Men movies actually aren’t even technically compatible with each other. Not all of those things can have happened in the same real universe.
Oh, we noticed.
So I think when we talk about mutants fighting each other, certainly that’s part of the history of every version, whether it’s comics or movies or whatever, it’s part of the history of every version of X-Men. With the Brotherhood and the X-Men not being around, the ideas is they were around and if the Brotherhood and the X-Men were around, presumably they were fighting each other. The specifics of those battles are something that we explore in the series.
When they say “we only arrest the bad mutants,” that sure is relevant, isn’t it? It reminded me of the recent discussion, “Well, as long as you have nothing to hide, why don’t you want to register in a Muslim database?”
That kind of question is circling what we’re exploring. One of the things that I think about a lot is I don’t want to make any of these questions simple. I think there’s a legitimate argument to be made that I would not want my sophomore in high school son to go to school with Andy Strucker. That would be tough for me because he nearly killed everybody at that dance. That’s dangerous. At the same time, Andy Strucker is a real 15-year-old kid who lost control. There are really two sides to that argument and two sides to that question. Absolutely, one of the questions we’re dealing with is: to what extent, how much individual freedom are we willing to give up for the sake of security? How much are we willing to trample on the rights of individuals for the sake of making the majority of people feel more comfortable?
Maybe try home schooling before you go with mutant database.
Exactly, exactly.
Revenge on his bullies is wish fulfillment, so is Andy damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t? He either lets himself get beaten up or uses these powers he can’t control to fight back.
Yeah, in the moment that’s less of a moral question in the pilot because obviously he doesn’t expect the powers. He doesn’t know what’s going on. It’s certainly a moral question we explore going forward because Andy has these powers. Andy really doesn’t like bullies, but there is a question of proportional response that we deal with in this show which is basically yeah, maybe it’s morally justified to do this thing or maybe it’s emotionally satisfying to do this thing. Is it a good idea? Should you consider the ramifications of that for all the other mutants or for yourself or for your family? That’s a question we ask going forward.
Is Lauren named after producer Lauren Shuler Donner
Funnily enough, no. Getting into the naming, it links into some mythology questions that we’ll get into later in the show.
There have been powers of force fields in X-Men and other superhero movies. Is her something different?
It’s not precisely a force field. The idea is that she can sort of bring molecules together of air. She talks about being able to do it with water or with air or the variety of substances. One of the things that we explore in the series is the idea that if you have a power, when it manifests, no one shows up and says, “You have the power of shields.” You have the power to do something physically. You have the power to, in her case, pull molecules together into shapes. For a 16-year-old girl who’s realized she’s a mutant and is hiding who she is, the natural expression of that power is as a shield. For someone in a different emotional and personal space, that might not have manifested that way. What we’re going to explore over the course of the show is yeah, that’s what it is for now. As she develops and as she understands her powers better, we’ll get to explore exactly the nature of what’s happening. I like the idea that Andy, for example, he doesn’t know precisely what his power is yet. Again, there’s no one defining it for him. Right now, in the pilot, he’s had his powers for a couple days. He doesn’t know what they are exactly. He just knows he did some stuff and a building nearly tore apart.



Do you have to do bottle episodes where they use their powers minimally?
Certainly we’re a TV show. There are times when we have to be conscious of budget. I come from a world where I don’t like taking episodes off. I’m always going to be like, “Okay, so budgetarily, we could do this, right? We kind of already paid for that, right?” I just feel like when I see a bottle episode, I’m like, “Oh, look, it’s a bottle episode. Oh, you saved some money? Thanks for saving some money on my hour of television watching.”
Some of them are clever about it.
My hope is that when we do that kind of thing, and we will do something along those lines, that we want to do it cleverly and we want to do it in a way that feels organic.
In your mind, was there an Xavier school at some point in the past?
Oh yeah, absolutely.
And the characters know?
They know about it.
Is Bryan Singer directing any more episodes?
He’s a busy guy. He’s off directing the Queen movie in England but we get texts from him. The nice thing about Bryan is he’s a fan of the series. He wants the best so he stays in touch. He’s just good that way.
Do you have any big TV directors lined up?
Len Wiseman is doing the second episode. It’s a big deal. Then I’d say also Scott Peters who created The 4400. He’s actually done a lot of power stuff and that kind of thing. He’s directing the third episode, so we tried to line it up with people who were comfortable with this and have done this stuff before.
Did Simon Kinberg have a lot of input as the sort of keeper of the X-Men movie franchise?
Simon gave us a lot of freedom. Creatively, Simon was great about weighing in on, “Watch for this land mine, watch for that land mine. You’ll probably do best if you focus on this kind of thing.” He kind of let us do our own thing story-wise. So for example, he was always a cheerleader for “remember the emotional connection between the characters and they’re powers,” which is not something that we weren’t thinking about at all. It was good to have somebody who’s been there and done a lot of it reminding you that that’s the important thing.
What is a land mine in the X-Men world?
I think making stories that are too internal to the rules of superheroes. That’s not directly from Simon but when I look at a superhero movie of any kind, be it X-Men or anything, ideally you shouldn’t have to explain a rule in order to understand the climax. There shouldn’t be some big sort of “if we’ve got to put the peanut butter in the jelly and then the square block has to go in the round hole before the streams converge,” when you’re really in that territory, you know you’re kind of dead. Certainly as we’ve been working on the show, there have been times when you just wander down the rabbit hole. I’ll wake up the next day and go, “No, no, no, we can’t do any of that. That’s all just the rules of magic. It’s not interesting emotionally. We’ve fallen in love with our own mythology. Let’s back off of that.”
Is Trask industries in there somewhere?
Watch and see. It’s basically like Trask Industries is a big part of the X-Men world. It’s always been around so we’d love to explore our version of it.
Is it not necessarily the Bolliver Trask that Peter Dinklage played?
Certainly not. I guess, again, Trask is an ongoing concern. I think when you look at the history of Trask Industries, again I’m saying this like it’s not an element in the show right now particularly, but as a stand-in for other questions, there are certain things, stuff that’s been in the comic books for a long time that we want to explore in our own way, like the Sentinels. We want to explore that in our own way. For example, in our universe, Sentinels are a tool of law enforcement. Most people would never have heard of them or interacted with them or thought about them, any more than they would have thought about door breaching tools that are used by SWAT teams because it’s just not a thing in their lives. Whereas in the movies, they’re necessarily going to be a pretty big deal because they pointed guns at the President.
The movies have touched on how parents react to mutations. There was a coming out scene in X2. Having parents be main characters, does that allow you to explore how parents deal with special needs children?
Absolutely. One of the touchstones for the show in general is it’s not just about family for the Struckers. It’s about family for everybody. So Eclipse finding out that he’s going to be a father, that’s a thing. What is it to be the parent of a child who is special when you yourself is special? One question that I was very interested in is: if you’re still around, if you’re trying to engage with your kids, what does Reed actually have to say to his children about their powers? What advice can he give? Is there anything in his experience that is analogous to that? Maybe, but maybe they also need mutant parents? Maybe they also need guidance from other people. How do you relate to that emotionally as a father? I imagine it would be a little bit like having a child who’s a music prodigy if you’re not a music prodigy yourself. They’re necessarily going to have a very special relationship to their music teacher you can never have. Someone’s going to relate to the core of your child in a way that you can never relate. To me, that’s a really interesting and juicy character dilemma. I think keeping them around is important that way but ultimately, it’s not about marginalizing them either. Reed ultimately does have something to contribute to the Mutant Underground. He knows the other side. Katelyn has some things to contribute as well. We’ll explore those things as the show goes on.
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The Gifted' EP Teases Episode 2
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FOX’s foray into the X-Men universe on television didn’t waste time to put the Strucker family through the ringer, as the first episode of The Gifted ended on a cliffhanger that few saw coming.
Reed Strucker spent his days incarcerating mutants for Sentinel Services, but when he found out his children were mutants it didn’t take long for him to take his family on the run. And though his wife and kids might be safe for now, Reed was shot and left behind, captured by the same group he used to work for.




The Gifted creator and showrunner Matt Nix and star Stephen Moyer spoke with TV Line about what’s going to happen in the next episode with the family split.
Coming out of last night’s angsty cliffhanger, Episode 2 is “super-continuous, and super-intense,” Nix tells us. “If you liked the pace an scale of the pilot, we do not let up in the second episode.” While the heroes who did escape the Sentinels deal with detours (“We’ve seen Blink’s portals working great, but what if they don’t? Really interesting things happen,” Nix teases), Reed endeavors to reunite with his family — though, Moyer says, “there are going to be many things along the way that stop him from being able to do that in the way that he had hoped.”


It sounds like the family won’t have a happy reunion for quite some time, and both sides will have their own troubles in trying to stay a step ahead of Sentinel Services. The first episode revealed that Polaris is pregnant with Eclipse’s child. Now that Reed and Polaris are behind bars together, the two will work together to escape imprisonment and reunite with their loved ones.
But how will they escape? And how will the Strucker family deal with Reed’s absence?
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Why Fox Passed On 'Hellfire'




While The Gifted is bringing the X-Men to network television on Fox, that destiny was once meant for another show, titled Hellfire. Fox passed on the series and there's a pretty practical reason why.
Hellfire was to be based on the Hellfire Club, the powerful organization of the influential who have been villains in X-Men comics since the 1970s and who appeared in the movie X-Men: First Class.




Hellfire was ultimately scrapped in favor of pushing forward with The Gifted, and producer Lauren Shuler Donner gave a simple reason for why.
“It was too many characters and not enough depth of character,” Donner tells Entertainment Weekly.


That seems like a trap that Hellfire could easily have fallen into. After all, the Club’s inner circle alone is an ensemble of similarly ambitious personalities, all self-serving and self-interested. It's easy to see how the show could end up with a large cast of characters who were villainous in the same flat and boring ways.
Previously, Fox executives have said that Hellfire was canceled because the concept felt more like a movie than a television series and would take too much work and time out of the creators’ schedules to get right. That all sounds like it goes hand in hand with the problem Donner is explaining here.




Instead, Fox has The Gifted, a show about a family of mutants and the mutant underground. Based on the pilot episode “Exposed,” The Gifted has no shortage of characters or character depth.
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Another X-Men Villain Group Confirmed In 'The Gifted'




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The Gifted is only in its second episode, and already the show is digging deep and confirming the existence of another major mutant villain group within its universe.
Mild SPOILERS for The Gifted’s second episode, “rX,” follow.
The moment occurs when Sentinel Services Agent Jace Turner (Coby Bell) is interrogating Reed Strucker (Stephen Moyer), who was captured at the end of the pilot episode. Turner wants information on the Mutant Underground. Reed is resisting, claiming that the Mutant Underground hasn’t done anything illegal.
Turner tries to intimidate Reed by telling him that they’re considering labeling the Mutant Underground as a terrorist organization, just like the Brotherhood of Mutants and the Mutant Liberation Front. Reed insists that the Underground is nothing like those other groups.
The pilot episode of The Gifted, “eXposed,” already confirmed that the Brotherhood of Mutants, as well as the X-Men, existed in the show’s universe. However, this is the first time that the Mutant Liberation Front has been mentioned.
The Mutant Liberation Front, or MLF, is a villainous mutant terrorist organization created by Louise Simonson and Rob Liefeld that first appeared in The New Mutants #86 in 1990. The group went on to primarily be enemies of X-Force, with the rivalry between them being similar to what existed between the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants.
The Mutant Liberation Front was originally led by Stryfe, the mysterious time traveler who was later revealed to be a clone of Cable that was raised by Apocalypse. When Stryfe died, the group reformed under a new leader, Reignfire.
For now, this reference to the Mutant Liberation Front is just a nice Easter egg for fans, but that doesn’t mean it won't become something more significant later on. The Gifted star Coby Bell told ComicBook.com that the show’s writers are planting a lot of seeds that won’t bear fruit until much later on in the series.
"They're doing a lot of cool stuff that I think the audience won't even realize until season two or season three if we can get that far that they're planting right now," Bell said. "They’re deep into that. They really want to give the fans what they want, and they respect where the fans are coming from and how loyal the fans are, so they don’t want to let them down. We’re working really hard not to let them down."
The Gifted airs Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.
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The Gifted' Just Gave Polaris A Major Make-Over



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The Gifted returned for its second episode tonight and gave the mutant mistress of magnetism, Polaris, her most iconic visual feature.
Mild SPOILERS for The Gifted’s second episode, “rX,” follow.
In the pilot episode for The Gifted, Lorna Dane (Emma Dumont), the mutant also known as Polaris, was introduced as a member of the mutant underground attempting to help mutants on the run. Her hair was a dark rather than the green color that it is in the Marvel Comics universe, but photos for the show’s second episode, “rX,” showed revealed her hair would become green.
So, how did that transition happen? It turns out Polaris’ hair was always green; She just hid it using dark hair dye so that she could more easily pass as a baseline human in public.
The reveal comes after Polaris has been sent to prison. Polaris is immediately harassed for being a mutant which is plain because of the collar on her neck, but she sees several other mutants in the prison who have mutant physical features that make it impossible for them to hide in a crowd.
In the following scene, Polaris showers with her fellow inmates. The inmates stare as the dye washes out of hair, revealing its true green tone.
This is actually a scene adapted out of the early silver age era of the X-Men comics. While the scene did not take place in a prison, Iceman first saw Lorna’s true green hair color after seeing her walk out of the shower. Lorna had been hiding her hair, which changed colors when she first manifested her powers, using brown hair dye.
Now that she's imprisoned and unable to hide her powers, the hair dye is the least of Lorna's problems. She is likely much more concerned with the child she is carrying, which comes under attack in the episode. However, Emma Dumont told ComicBook.com previously that Polaris' pregnancy only makes her want to fight harder.
“I think she’s someone who runs off endurance and what she thinks is right and wrong and is very much an ‘eye for an eye’ type of girl on whatever she has to do,” Dumont said. “So I think having a small, mutant baby inside of her, I think for a normal person it would make her be more cautious, but I think it's the total reverse where she’s like, ‘I have something in the world to care about and now I’m going to fight even harder,’ and that is probably pretty dangerous.”
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The Gifted Turns the X-Men’s Disappearance Into a Tragedy















The Gifted keeps things moving at a swift pace with a second episode that balances multiple storylines and offers plenty of mutant action.

With its second episode, ‘rX’, FOX’s The Gifted demonstrates a real knack for juggling multiple storylines, while reminding everyone just how versatile an allegory mutantdom really is. Last week’s pilot episode nicely split the difference between setting up the circumstances of the series’ post-X-Men world and introducing the audience to the Strucker family, who’ve found themselves on the lam now that both children have exhibited some pretty powerful mutant abilities. But after an action-packed first outing directed by Bryan Singer, the question was whether or not the series could maintain that level of energy and if it would drop the ball on the various storylines it saw jump off the starting block in ‘eXposed’.
As it turns out, the series has no intention of slowing things down, and it’s even brought in Underworld director Len Wiseman as proof (provided that gets your juices juicing). ‘rX’ delivers a solid example of how to follow up an impressive premiere episode, as the series doesn’t let its foot up off the gas. The result is a fast-paced hour of television the quickly picks up from last week’s cliffhanger before expanding the world of hurt the Struckers and their new friends find themselves in. More impressive, perhaps, is the way the episode operates within a series of relatively confined spaces but doesn’t make it feel as though the storytelling has been restricted in any significant way. In fact, ‘rX’ makes good use of its lack of space to create tension within its three main story threads: Reed Strucker’s interrogation by Jace Turner, Polaris’s no good, terrible, horrible, very bad first day in lock-up, and Blink’s powers going on the fritz, putting everyone in the Mutant Underground’s secret headquarters in danger.


The strength of the second episode is largely the result of how the hour is structured. The three pronged attack (four, if you count when Kate and Marcos discover the misery of the mutant healthcare system, leaving Lauren and Andy with Thunderbird and an ailing Blink) positions the portal madness at MUHQ as the driving episodic narrative, while the other two, though still given more or less equal screen time, are meant to drive a pair of serialized stories that will carry on into the weeks to come. It’s purposeful storytelling that keeps the stakes high, and gives the choices the characters make necessary weight in the series’ early going.








While juggling various plot threads, ‘rX’ also manages to pick where ‘eXposed’ left off in terms of the series’ world building. The most significant advancement there comes when the disappearance of the X-Men and the Brotherhood is mentioned by Jace Turner who describes the July incident that took his daughter’s life in a way that suggests just how big an event it really was. Not only did it rob Turner of his child, but also it apparently was a big enough tragedy to have opened the door for the government’s crackdown on those with mutant abilities.
Referencing the X-Men is a good way to get most viewers’ ears to perk up, but it also gives The Gifted a unique mystery to solve that’s destined to provide it with more than a few names to drop as the season moves on. And not to let such an opportunity pass it by, the series quickly adds the Mutant Liberation Front to its collection of x-gene-carrying groups it has managed to casually reference in its two hours of existence. But Turner’s mention of the July event and the Mutant Liberation Front does more than prove The Gifted‘s Marvel mutant bona fides, it further explains why the world is as fearful of mutants as it is, while intimating yet another not-so subtle real-world equivalent to the mighty mutant metaphor.









After so many X-Men movies, the device is incredibly familiar by now, but given how well The Gifted has used it so far, up to and including Kate and Marcos’ trip to one of the few hospitals that admit mutants, the effectiveness of the representation is undeniable, and though it’s not exactly used sparingly, it’s not worn out its welcome either. Besides, the writers have managed to keep their characters busy enough – what with Polaris being attacked and her unborn child’s life put in jeopardy, and Reed turning the tables on Turner – that even the most transparent symbolism can get a pass. That might not be true as the season progresses, but by that point, hopefully The Gifted will have found different ways to make its point. And with the introduction of Garret Dillahunt’s Dr. Roderick Campbell, and the Rio De Janero Easter egg the accompanies his arrival, it seems the series will have no shortage of ways to distract itself.
In all, ‘rX’ is a strong second outing for a series that hit the ground running in its premiere. With its demonstrated ability to handle multiple ongoing story lines and still deliver a solid episodic installment, The Gifted is off to a great start. And although strong performances from Amy Acker, Sean Teale, Emma Dumont, and Stephen Moyer suggest it may not need to drop X-Men hints every episode, the world building the series has done to this point has made an already absorbing series even more so.
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The Gifted' Actor Reveals If Polaris Will Learn About Her True Heritage
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The latest superhero show on FOX puts an interesting twist on the world of the X-Men, though there are some familiar elements that fans will recognize in The Gifted.
The series sees popular mutant Lorna Dane AKA Polaris in her live-action debut, and because of her extensive history in Marvel Comics lore fans are wondering if those relationships will play out on the small screen.



ComicBook caught up with Polaris actor Emma Dumont at New York Comic Con to discuss her characters actions after learning she is pregnant where she dropped a major reference toward Lorna’s legacy.
“She does not want to bring a mutant child into a world where she has to be worried that that child will be killed,” said Dumont. “So she’s going full Magneto, she wants to fight for the mutants. She wants to stick it to the man and no one’s going to stop her.”


When asked to elaborate on those hints, the actor didn’t shy away.
“There’s no hint; she’s Magneto’s daughter, we all know it,” Dumont said. “She’s heard rumors about who her true father is. I think she knows that her biological dad is not actually her biological dad. But of course she’s heard rumors from different people. He was a villain, he was a bad guy, he has the wrong beliefs, he hurt people. So she’s kind of struggling with this, thinking ‘I’m that way. I think those things… What does that mean for me? Am I bad or am I good? No, I’m good. I want the right things.’ So she has the same aggression and stubbornness.”



Dumont ended by saying “She’s a daddy’s girl,” with a smile, “She’s her father’s daughter.”
During the panel, Dumont confirmed that the character will learn more about her parentage when she said “she will find out about it soon enough.”
So even if she escapes from prison, Polaris will still have a lot to deal with between learning her familial history and dealing with becoming a parent in her own right. So don’t expect things on The Gifted to get any easier for Dumont’s character.
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'The Gifted' Exclusive: First Look at Pulse




Tonight’s episode of The Gifted on Fox will introduce another mutant from the Marvel Universe, and this one may be capable of shutting the Mutant Underground down all by himself.
The episode “eXit strategy" will feature the first appearance of the mutant called Pulse, played by Zach Roerig (The Vampire Diaries). Unlike the other mutants introduced on The Gifted so far, Pulse is working with Sentinel Services, helping to round up mutant fugitives.




Here’s your first look at Pulse using his mutant power, which allows him to negate the powers of other mutants.
Pulse was previously a friend of John “Thunderbird” Proudstar, played by Blair Redford, one of the leaders of the Mutant Underground in Atlanta. ComicBook.com spoke to Redford about that relationship, though he felt most of the details would be best kept secret until tonight’s episode aired.


“I think most of that has to be reserved until it pops up on the TV,” Redford said. “Pulse himself, the character is a really formidable opponent for the group to go up against. He has the power to suppress other mutants' abilities that are in his vicinity. It's clearly something that can change the game if a guy like that gets involved in the fight. As far as Thunderbird's history to him, it's a pretty big story point, so I think it's best watched live.”
Pulse, also known as Augustus, is a character created by Peter Milligan and Salvador Larocca for Marvel Comics who first appeared in X-Men #173 in 2005. Pulse was an ally of Mystique, and Mystique believed that his ability to negate other mutant’s powers made him a perfect match for her adopted daughter, Rogue, especially if that meant getting Gambit out of Rogue’s life.
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THE GIFTED Will Introduce Andreas And Andrea Von Strucker In Episode 8: "Threat Of eXtinction"

Based on the main family's surname, there's been a lot of speculation that The Gifted might introduce Baron Von Strucker or his children at some point, and it looks like the latter has been confirmed...





As soon as we found out that the main family from The Gifted bore the surname "Strucker", fans began to suspect that this might be a reference to Marvel Comics villain Baron Von Strucker, and sure enough, his twin children are set to be introduced in episode 8 of Fox's X-Men spin-off.

Here is an official synopsis for ""Threat Of eXtinction", which confirms that Andreas and Andrea Von Strucker, a.k.a.Fenris, will make their debut in the Nov. 20 episode.

The twins will be played by Paul Cooper and Caitlin Mehner.
REED DISCOVERS HIS FAMILY’S HIDDEN PAST ON AN ALL-NEW “THE GIFTED” MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20, ON FOX

More refugees pour into the Mutant Underground, but the group faces a threat when they discover one of them is a spy working for Sentinel Services. Meanwhile, Reed visits his estranged father and learns that secrets from his family’s past could prove useful in the all-new “threat of eXtinction” episode of THE GIFTED airing Monday, Nov. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GIF-10 (TV-PG L, V)

Cast: Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker; Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker; Sean Teale as Eclipse/Marcos Diaz; Jamie Chung as Blink/Clarice Fong aka Clarice Ferguson; Coby Bell as Jace Turner; Emma Dumont as Polaris/Lorna Dane; Blair Redford as Thunderbird/John Proudstar; Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker; Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker

Guest Cast: Elena Satine as Dreamer; Hayley Lovitt as Sage; Jermaine Rivers as Shatter; Garret Dillahunt as Dr. Roderick Campbell; Zach Roerig as Pulse; Paul Cooper as Andreas Von Strucker; Caitlin Mehner as Andrea Von Strucker; Ilan Srulovicz as Interpol Officer; James Dougherty as Pastor; Liza Fagin as Norah; Skyler Samuels as Esme; Renes Rivera as Hulking Mutant; Michelle Kim as Chloe Tan (“Vicious”); Marco Schittone as Young Boy; Raymond J. Barry as Otto Strucker; Stephen Alderfer as SS Agent”
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'The Gifted': Natalie Alyn Lind on the Life of a Teenage Mutant




Practically every teenager thinks they have it rough, but in the Marvel Universe, it's hard to have it tougher than a teenage mutant.
That’s the experience Natalia Alyn Lind is learning about as one of the stars of The Gifted, the X-Men television series that premiered earlier this fall and that will air its sixth episode, titled “got your siX,” tonight.
In “got your siX,” Lind’s character, Lauren Strucker, tries to do something entirely natural for a teenager when she starts a friendship with another teen mutant in the Mutant Underground.
“In the next episode, Lauren meets this new character, Wes, who is somebody who's more of her age in the Mutant Underground,” Lind tells ComicBook.com in an interview. “I think that it's kind of the first time where she starts feeling comfortable and kind of starts making a new friend that's not part of her family.
“He's played by Daniel Ramirez and he's an awesome guy. I don't know if I can really tell you what his power is but it's something that's extremely interesting and adds such a cool element to the show. I think that it's definitely the first time where she starts feeling comfortable and kind of starts developing more friends Underground. It's definitely going to be really cool for fans to see what he can do.”
Of course, friendship isn’t the only thing teenagers are after. They’re also looking for love, and Lind didn’t rule out the possibility of Lauren and Wes’ interest in each other being something other than platonic.
“I don't know if you guys have noticed, but anything can happen in the Mutant Underground,” she says. “There are a lot of love triangles going on.
“I think that it's somebody her age and definitely looks human. But, I kind of still feel bad for Jack,” Lind continues, referencing Lauren’s human high school boyfriend from the pilot episode of The Gifted. “I kind of left him in episode one. I think that she's definitely in a neat stage of her life right now, so that's definitely always a possibility.”


Joining the Underground

Lauren is moving on with her life in more ways than one. In the previous episode, her father, Reed, was finally rescued and reunited with her family. Reed has decided to stay and make himself useful to the Mutant Underground, and Lind says that Lauren is going to start moving in the same direction.
“I think that she’s definitely in a middle place right now,” Lind says. “I think that episode six is definitely going to help her develop. She starts training with Polaris, which I think really helps her find her place in the Mutant Underground. She starts developing her powers and really understanding exactly what she can do, especially when Wes' character comes. Polaris kind of helps her develop her powers and Wes kind of helps her develop her mindset.
“She starts really appreciating all the mutants who are underground and what they've been through. I think she starts really seeing herself as a mutant instead of a human. In the long run, her parents are still human, so I'll think that she'll always find a secure place with her family. At the same time, she's not normal and she can't keep on pretending like she is.”
Lind goes on to say that, even if going back to the life she had before the incident with her brother outed them both as mutants was an option, Lauren would pass.
“At this point in the series, I think that she was so unhappy with who she was for so long until she got into this interesting place,” Lind explains. “She felt alone for a really long time. Now that she has this new family and people understand who she is, I think she likes who she is now. I don't think she'd trade if for anything.”


Figuring Out Her Mutant Name

As a member of the Mutant Underground, Lauren is spending more and more time with people who call themselves things like Eclipse, Polaris, and Sage. Lind doesn’t know if Lauren is going to get a new mutant name, or what that name would be, but she has some fun ideas about how her name should be chosen.
“People keep on asking me this, and I hope that Matt Nix sees these interviews because I want a code name so badly,” she says. “That would be so cool. People ask me what my code name would be; what my option for a code name would be. I can't think of anything for the life of me. I kind of leave it up to the fans. I feel like the writers have the best option. Our characters are new so we don't have anything that we have to stick by. For the writers, I feel like it would be really cool if a fan came up with a name. That would be my choice. If any fans have any ideas of a cool nickname, I'd love to hear it.”
Lind is even open to the idea of leaving her code name up to a vote among fans on the Internet.
“It would be so awesome,” she says. “I would love that. If it were my choice, then 100 percent. Honestly, we should make a petition and start that. A fan-based mutant name. That would be really cool; though I want to be the one who picks it.”


Family Drama

With Lauren’s father back in the fold, the Strucker family had a rare moment of peace, eating dinner as a family, at the end of last week’s episode. While it was a nice moment, Lind knows it won’t be long until family drama creeps back in.
“If you know anything about The Gifted, it’s that we might be happy for five seconds but the next day, with Sentinel Services constantly after us, everything changes constantly,” Lind says. “Anything that you see happening now, it could be completely different next episode.
“There's a lot coming and I think that it's going to be an interesting part of seeing Lauren develop her relationship with her father. I think for a long time she was hiding who she was because her father was a prosecutor. So, she kind of resented him. I think it's definitely interesting to see them together again. It's kind of the first time that he's really seen her as a mutant. After the pilot, he went to jail for a long time. I think it's also an uncomfortable feeling for her because one of the first things she discovers when he comes back from jail is that one of things that he did to get out was ratting out the Underground and this is her new family.”


Fan Reception and the Future

Lind herself has been struck by fans’ reaction to the character of Lauren’s brother, Andy, who is still coming to grips with the fact that he’s a mutant. That struggle manifests as anger at times, which illuminates Lauren’s own point of view.
“There are certain little comments that Andy makes about him just having certain aggressiveness towards the human race,” Lind says. “I think that it is interesting because fans gravitate toward the fact that I'm very neutral. I'm not really a fan of mutants. I'm not 100-percent mutant; I'm not 100-percent human. My character is definitely for what's right.
“I really appreciate that the fans are starting to see that in my character, that she's very protective of everybody. I think that she's trying to fight for a world where both humans and mutants can come together and be one. Some mutants end up fighting for mutant, mutant, mutant because so many mutants have been taken advantage of, and so many mutants have been put in jail, and so many families of mutants have been separated, so they're fighting for payback.
"My character is more fighting for equality. I think that fans are starting to see that in my character. That's what I wanted from the beginning is to create a character where anybody can relate to her. I like that fans are starting to notice that. It makes me feel good.”
"It gives you the motivation to see the fan response and see the numbers at the end of the night. Every Monday we get together and we live feed together. To see everybody having so much passion towards the show makes it so cool to go to work every morning. To be able to do that for another season and kind of create these character, because I feel so close to Lauren Strucker.
"Even if we don't go for season two, the memories that I've created on this show will last me a lifetime and be able to be close to this character, I'll always hold on to her and season two would just be the icing on the cake.”
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'The Gifted' Includes An Easter Egg Referencing A Legendary X-Men Creator




Tonight’s episode of The Gifted paid tribute to the creator who is arguably most responsible for making the X-Men the perennial fan-favorite characters they are today.
SPOILERS for The Gifted episode six, “got your siX,” follow.
While Stan Lee and Jack Kirby are responsible for creating the concept of the X-Men, and Len Wein and Dave Cockrum are responsible for creating many of the team’s most popular characters, writer Chris Claremont is considered to be the creator who molded that concept and those characters into the X-Men as fans know them today during his legendary 17 years writing Uncanny X-Men for Marvel Comics.
The Gifted gave Claremont a shoutout in “got your siX.” The episode sees Eclipse, Reed Strucker, and Andy Strucker set out to break into the federal building in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In order to make the trip from Atlanta to Baton Rouge undetected, the group piles into a tractor-trailer.
As a cover, the trailer is made up to look like it belongs to a moving company. The company’s name is “Claremont Interstate Movers.”
The isn’t the first time that Fox’s X-Men franchise has paid tribute to Chris Claremont. He has had two cameos in two separate X-Men movies. In 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, Claremont appears, credited as “Lawnmower man,” during the opening flashback scene revealing the first time that Professor X and Magneto met Jean Grey. In 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, Claremont sat beside Len Wein as members of the Congressional committee investigating mutant affairs.
Claremont was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 2015. His long run on X-Men wasn’t only contained to Uncanny X-Men, which featured the classic stories “The Dark Phoenix Saga” and “Days of Future Past.” In 1991, he wrote X-Men #1, the first issue of the spinoff series that remains the best-selling comic book of all time. Claremont also co-created spinoff series The New Mutants and Excalibur and wrote Wolverine’s first solo series.
Claremont co-created some of the X-Men’s best-known characters, including Rogue, Psylocke, Kitty Pryde, Mystique, Emma Frost, Jubilee, Sabretooth, Legion, Mister Sinister, and Gambit.
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The Gifted' Episode 6: "got your siX" Recap With Spoilers



In a flashback, Thunderbird is canvassing to raise money for those affected by the 7/15 incident. A man yells at him for daring to raise money for mutants after that incident. Thunderbird points out that he was a Marine who fought to defend the United States. A truck drives by and throws a pipe bomb. Thunderbird picks it up and throws it to where it can explode without hurting anybody.
In the present day, Eclipse tells Thunderbird that there are reports of Sentinel Services using mutants to hunt other mutants. Eclipse has a lead and wants to break into the federal building at Baton Rouge. Thunderbird agrees.
Andy and Lauren comment on how many more refugees have arrived a the hideout since they showed up. A boy named Wes strikes up a conversation with her. When she says she has work to do, he creates an illusion that her work is already done.
Caitlin is performing a medical checkup on a young mutant. The boy’s blood pressure is high. He says he uses his powers multiple times a day, whenever he needs to find food.
Polaris is observing another mutant who has the ability to move and shape water. Polaris tells her she’s going to get training. Caitlin is taken aback, but Polaris says they’re being hunted and need to be ready for combat.
Thunderbird asks Blink for help with getting into the federal building. Blink is angry that Thunderbird allowed Dreamer to continue her deception so that he could continue using her powers. They argue until Blink decides to leave the underground. She opens a portal and vanishes.
Thunderbird organizes a team of mutants and explains that they’re now taking the fight to the those who have been hunting them. Reed tells them what he knows, which isn’t much. Without Blink, they need another way inside. Andy volunteers.


Act II

The group packs to leave. Caitlin is wondering if it's a good idea to let Andy leave. Reed says it may be a chance for him to reconnect with Andy. Caitlin still isn’t happy about it.
Lauren watches from the window. She explains how she’s feeling to Wes.
Agent Turner shows up at work. He’s still heated and exhausted after re-learning about his daughter’s death. He’s supposed to be on mandatory leave but refuses to go home. Turner calls Roderick Campbell.
Reed tries to talk to Andy about what’s happened. Andy tells him that the whole reason the bullies came after him that night was that Reed and Caitlin went to speak to the principal. They’re interrupted when the truck where they’re hiding is pulled over by police. Eclipse tries to hide them by absorbing all of the light in the truck. The officer looks inside but doesn’t see anything.


Act III

Dreamer talks to Thunderbird about Blink. Thunderbird is also still blaming himself for what happened to Pulse, and wonders if the X-Men made a mistake when they chose him to be a part of the Underground. Dreamer tells him that he was chosen for a reason and reminds him that “the X-Men said a war is coming.” Thunderbird points out that the X-Men didn't say they'd win.
The truck group decides to stay off the road for the night since there's a lot of police on the roads. Reed asks Andy if his powers hurt. Andy explains it doesn't, its closer to yelling. When Andy says his powers feel good when he uses them, Reed starts arguing with him about using good judgment.
Back at the base, Caitlin explains to Shatter that she wants to start a school for the kids in the Mutant Underground. They have lots of schoolbooks since Sentinel Services used to like to grab entire families when they were picking the kids up from school.
Polaris begins training some of the young mutants, including Lauren and Wes. Caitlin interrupts, taking exception to Polaris training her daughter. She pulls Lauren out of the group.
In the truck, back on the road, Eclipse talks to Reed about how things went with Andy. They also talk about fatherhood, and whether they each ever wanted to be fathers. Reed always did, but Eclipse is unsure. Reed offers encouragement.
Dr. Campbell arrives in Turner's office. He's had Turner reinstated. A Hound is with Campbell. Since they're now working together, Campbell wants access to the Strucker file. Turner agrees.


Act IV

Eclipse contacts Polaris when they arrive at the federal building. It's better guarded than they expected.
Caitlin talks to Polaris about the training. Caitlin wants to look towards the future, after the fighting, and wants to give them a sense of normalcy. Polaris says they're more powerful than the mutants they normally see, and that this is their new normal.
Lauren and Wes continue to talk, discussing Caitlin's reaction to their training. Lauren reveals to him that she was hiding her powers for a long time. Wes creates the illusion that they're in Florence, or at least he thinks he does. Lauren points out that it's actually Rome he's created.
Eclipse, Reed, and Andy enter a garage that shares a wall with the federal building. Andy uses his powers to create an opening in the wall, but it sets off several car alarms. Andy tries to enter, but Reed insists he sticks to the plan and return to the truck.
Reed and Eclipse head inside. They find the judge's office that they're looking for. Eclipse burns his way in. Reed gathers the files on mutants that are inside. Eclipse tries to burn out the hard drives to take with them. Eclipse burns the evidence in the room over Reed's protests.


Act V

Thunderbird brings news that more refugees are on the way to the already overcrowded Underground hideout. Dreamer and Thunderbird discuss what happened with Blink. She tells him that everything that happened with Pulse and Blink is okay and he needs to move forward. They kiss. He says he can't, but they continue until Eclipse calls, interrupting them. Eclipse tells him there's been a cop tailing them. Reed tells Thunderbird to search for alerts. He finds one, suggesting they know that the mutants are coming.
The group at the hideout discuss how they can get the others out of the police trap. Lauren suggests using Wes' illusion powers. She insists on going with them, and Caitlin reluctantly agrees.
Polaris, Lauren, and Wes find a high vantage point and see the cops laying out their trap. Polaris tells Eclipse to make sure the driver does not stop and says she'll do the rest. Polaris wants Lauren to use her shields to give the truck something to drive over to get past the barricade. Meanwhile, Wes will create the biggest illusion he's ever attempted.
Andy gets angry and begins shaking the truck. Reed calms him down, saying they need to act like a team and let Polaris and her group do their part.
Sentinel Services issues as a warning, but the truck keeps driving. Polaris uses her powers to lift the truck. Lauren creates a shield ramp allowing the truck to lift over the barricade. Wes creates an illusion that shows the truck going in two different directions, each one not the way the real truck went.


Act VI

Jace Turner debriefs a group of agents on what happened with the federal building. He makes it clear that he no longer cares about court orders, he just wants the job done.
Back at the base, Reed and Caitlin reminisce about law school. She gives him a ring she found to replace his wedding ring. They kiss.
Reed sits down to talk to Andy. He tells him that he's always been proud of him and that he wants to hear anything Andy has to say.
Eclipse gets a call from Carmen that night, wanting to call in her first favor since helping him get Paris back.
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The Gifted Teases Connection to Original Von Strucker Twins

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In the wake of an explosive seventh episode, The Gifted teases the introduction of the original Von Strucker twins in a new trailer for the next episode, ‘threat of eXtinction’. The freshman Marvel show is off to a strong start with competitive ratings and incredibly engaging storylines. Recently, however, the show has begun to add a bit of mystery, from Roderick Campbell’s plans to the true nature of Andy and Lauren Strucker’s abilities and just what might be in store for the teens in their tumultuous life with the mutant underground.
That path seems to be leading them straight to the Von Struckers. Originally characters from the opposite side of the MCU tying into Baron Von Strucker and Hydra, Andreas and Andrea Von Strucker were villains who wholeheartedly supported Von Strucker and Hydra’s cause. Ruthless and terrifying, the pair became international terrorists and tormented everyone from the X-Men to the brotherhood. The mutant pair have been confirmed to appear on The Gifted and thanks to Doctor Campbell‘s interest in them, it seems as though the Von Struckers might appear in a far more direct way, influencing the lives of Reed and Caitlin’s children.



In this new promo for episode 8, ‘threat of eXtinction’, Reed tells Blair Redford’s Thunderbird that it’s crucial they visit his father. His father relates the family’s history as well as warning his son about his children. Reed shares what they can do and the audience is reminded of just how much damage Andy and Lauren have directly and indirectly caused and created. Upon hearing this, Reed’s father warns him to protect them and protect the world from them.
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The overwhelming evidence seems to point to Reed’s grandparents being the Von Strucker siblings who have somehow gone into hiding and raised a non-mutant son making them a part of the show’s growing mythos and deepening mystery. The promo ends with the children holding hands, just like Fenris did in the comics before unleashing their most terrifying abilities.
The choice to include the original Von Struckers is a bold one, potentially destroying any positive development for the characters. Andy, in particular, stands to do the most damage if he learns that he’s the grandson of what amounts to a supervillain team, not to mention the other problems that come with the Von Strucker family history. It’s a terrifying addition to the characters in the mutant underground that fans have grown to love.
That precisely is just what The Gifted is about, however, and it’s past time for the show to add even more extraordinary into the down to earth, street-level mutants that we’ve seen. Whatever is coming for Lauren and Andy Strucker, the next generation of Fenris, with incredible writing and a great cast they’ll clearly be able to pull it off.
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