5:27pm PT by Jean Bentley
'The Gifted': Fox's Marvel Drama Debuts First 15 Minutes at Comic-Con
Fox introduced the mutants of its new X-Men series, The Gifted, at the show's San Diego Comic-Con panel on Friday afternoon, debuting the first 15 minutes of the series before bringing the entire cast — Stephen Moyer (Reed Strucker), Amy Acker (Kate Strucker), Sean Teale (Eclipse), Jamie Chung (Blink), Coby Bell (Jace Turner), Emma Dumont (Polaris), Blair Redford (Thunderbird), Natalie Alyn Lind (Lauren Strucker) and Percy Hynes White (Andy Strucker) — onstage with executive producers Matt Nix, Lauren Shuler Donner and Derek Hoffman.
The X-Men-meets-family-drama is Fox's first Marvel series and follows a suburban family forced to go on the run from a hostile government when they discover their children possess mutant powers.
The crowd in Ballroom 20 saw the opening minutes of the series, which included a tense chase sequence of mutants on the run from the cops and the catastrophic event that reveals the Strucker siblings' powers, as well as a new trailer. Here's what else the panel revealed about the series.
The Timeline: Shuler Donner confirmed that there will be no crossovers with TV's other X-Men series, Legion, and Nix credited the film X-Men: Days of Future Past with allowing The Gifted to live in its own timeline. "This is definitely its own universe," he said. "We're not in the same exact timeline as any particular movie or comic. That said, we do share characters with the movies and comics."
The Mutants: While the series will introduce some existing X-Men — Thunderbird, Polaris, Blink and Eclipse, for starters — some of the more famous ones will be omitted. Joked Nix, "It's not just that they're too expensive for television, but that may be related."
The Powers: Dumont is a ballet dancer in real life, so she used her dance training to create graceful hand movements to use her powers. Redford's character has superhuman strength, which means he uses plenty of props made out of Styrofoam — and feels quite strong because of it. "It goes to your head," he joked. Chung's character, meanwhile, can teleport. "How do you practice tearing space? You just go with it," she said. "It's quite fun to use your imagination. You look silly as hell doing it, but you know."
The Struckers: The series revolves around teens Lauren and Andy discovering their powers — and being forced underground, thanks to the fact that their father (Moyer) prosecutes X-Men for a living. "Their powers are sort of drawn from the lore of the comic books that we're going to explore as we move on," Nix said. "The idea is that it's still developing."
The Family Element: Both Moyer and Acker liked the idea that the series is a family drama at its core. Acker said that in her past sci-fi series (Angel and Dollhouse, among others), "so much of it's about finding a family because you've been cast out of your own family, and I really liked how this took [an existing] family, and they decided to [survive it] together."
The Gifted premieres Monday, Oct. 2.