Today, Fox released the first official trailer of Marvel’s The Gifted. Much like Legion earlier this year, The Gifted will also be based on the X-Men comics. While the trailer is pretty solid, many are still confused. So don’t worry, we got your back!

Here are 5 things you need to know about Marvel’s new TV series, The Gifted. 

1. It’s directed by Bryan Singer

In the comic book film world, Bryan Singer is a legend. In an age where comic book movies were deemed too “campy” and “not suitable for modern cinema,” Bryan Singer kickstarted the X-Men franchise. X-Men (2000) was unlike any comic book movie we’ve seen before. While it did feature mutants with outlandish abilities, the story was told in a way that it felt believable. Maybe even realistic. Then he went on to make X2: X-Men United, which is still to this day one of the best comic book movies of all time. He left the franchise for a while and the likes of Brett Ratner – X-Men: The Last Stand – and Gavid Hood – X-Men Origins: Wolverine – almost drove it to the ground. Matthew Vaughn put his own spin on the franchise with a prequel titled X-Men: First Class, but the franchise only truly became great again when Bryan Singer came back to helm X-Men: Days of Future Past. Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse is average at best, but three great movies out of four is still a pretty impressive track record.

It’s very clear that Bryan Singer has an immense passion for the X-Men universe.  So, it’s definitely GREAT news that Mr. Singer will be directing at least a few episodes (but definitely the pilot) in this new X-Men TV Series, The Gifted. Judging by Singer’s talents, this is not going to be any ol’ comic book TV series, but rather something that is cinematic in nature.

2. It will be loosely connected to the X-Men films

While Fox’s previous X-Men TV series, Legion, was set in a separate universe altogether, The Gifted will most likely be in the same universe as the X-Men movies. Donner had a chat with IGN in January and mentioned that there would be some similarities seen between the films and The Gifted. 

Is much more a part of just the world in terms of there are mutants, mutants are hated. You feel like you’re here in the X-Men world. 

However, fans shouldn’t get their hopes up and expect a direct tie-in between this series and the movies. This isn’t going to be like Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. In an interview with Collider, Matt Nix had this to say:

Without getting into specifics, it’s sort of designed to side-step questions like ‘Where is Wolverine?’ So you sort of have to answer those questions, and I didn’t want to do anything like ‘Wolverine is just offscreen!’ You know what I mean. So it exists in a world where those questions are answered without needing to name a lot of names or spend time dwelling on that issue. So within that, there are a certain amount of those characters I can use, and I’m using some of those, but others I’m inventing. But everything is invented with a nod towards the existing mythology.

3. Interesting tie-ins to the X-Men movie

One interesting character announced to make an appearance in this series is Clarice Fong, better known as Blink. Unless you’re a hardcore fan of the comic books, Blink was a relatively unknown character, that is until Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. In that movie, Blink played by Fan Bing Bing can be seen in the “future” scenes. In fact, although she doesn’t actually say much, if anything at all, she is one of the coolest characters in the action sequences set in the “future.”

In The Gifted, this kickass teleporting mutant will be portrayed by Jamie Chung. Could this be the younger version of  Blink as we’ve seen her in X-Men: Days of Future Past? Only time will tell.

Some of the other characters announced to be in the series are:

  • Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker: A father trying to balance his family responsibilities with his job.
  • Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker: A mother struggling with her split from Reed and “increasingly challenging” teenage children.
  • Sean Teale as Marcos Diaz / Eclipse: A rebellious mutant who can absorb and manipulate photons.
  • Jamie Chung as Clarice Fong / Blink: A “sarcastic, lively” mutant with teleportation powers.
  • Coby Bell as Jace Turner: A man struggling with the cold-blooded requirements of his job.
  • Emma Dumont as Lorna Dane / Polaris: A brave and loyal mutant who can control magnetism (possibly connected to Magneto).
  • Blair Redford as John Proudstar / Thunderbird: A strong-willed mutant, leader of the underground community.
  • Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker: One of the series’ central children, a “perfect” kid.
  • Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker: One of the series’ central children, a sensitive loner who keeps to himself.

4. The story

Recently, Fox released the official synopsis of The Gifted: 

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.

This seems very similar to the X-Men films in the sense that it is about discrimination and struggling to fit in. But, that is essentially what X-Men is all about, even in the comic books. But, what’s unique about The Gifted is the fact that the parents of the mutant children will directly be involved in the main premise.

5. The parents are rumoured to be the leads

Continuing from point number four, the parents, played by Amy Acker and Stephen Moyer will not just be a part of the main premise, it is rumoured that they might actually be the leads. No official information has been released regarding this yet but judging by the amount of screentime they have in the trailer, it is a logical assumption at this point in time. As humans, Reed and Caitlin Strucker have to deal with the internal struggles of being parents to mutants, while juggling their regular jobs as well.