9:07pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The Gifted': Watch the Trailer for Fox's New Marvel Drama
Fox is getting out ahead of upfront week.
The network on Sunday dropped the first full trailer for its newly ordered Marvel drama The Gifted.
The Gifted, aka the untitled don't-call-it X-Men drama, was picked up to series days ago after going through development and pilot season as a slam-dunk to get the pickup.
From Burn Notice showrunner Matt Nix, the series revolves around a suburban couple (Amy Acker, Stephen Moyer) 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. Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes White, Blair Redford, Jamie Chung, Sean Teale, Cody Bell and Emma Dumont round out the cast.
Nix serves as showrunner and will executive produce alongside Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Marvel Television's Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. X-Men staple Bryan Singer directed the pilot and will also exec produce the 20th Century Fox Television drama.
"A fan of the [X-Men] movies but also the comics would not be disoriented at all as to where this fits in the mythology," Nix said of what would become The Gifted. "If you look at the movies, which take place from — they started in 2003 to now — they don't all line up perfectly. I'm not slavishly fitting them into a particular slot. But at the same time, if you like the world of the movies, there are definite nods to the movies. It exists in the same general universe."
Pressed as to whether there will be a direct tie-in with the features in a way on par as to how ABC's Marvel drama Agents of SHIELD does, Nix said it will be "close, but not exactly.... In a general way, it acknowledges that events like the events that have happened in movies have happened. But it's not up to date. It's still evolving, so we'll see how much that comes in. It's certainly, 'Since this happened in X-Men: Apocalypse, all of these things are happening,' which I think is cool, but they've already done that."
Expect The Gifted to likely be a heavily serialized drama with Nix noting he was hoping for a short order of 10 to 13 episodes that feature both new and familiar characters.
"It's designed to sidestep questions like, 'Where is Wolverine?'" he said. "It exists in a world where those questions are answered without needing to name a lot of names or spend a lot of time dwelling on that issue. Within that, there are a certain amount of [familiar] characters that I can use and am using and then other characters I'm inventing — but everything is invented with a nod toward the existing mythology.… When I was pitching the show, I pitched some characters that appear nowhere in the mythology but the guys from Marvel, when I started describing them, all gave each other knowing nods where [they understood what I was doing]."
Watch the trailer, below.