A bunch of tweets teasing Fox's new X-Men series The Gifted have appeared online, and we're getting a good look at the mutants we'll be seeing in the show. Check out the characters showcasing some of their Marvel mutant powers below, and read more about how these characters may impact the show with their abilities.
Lauren Strucker (Natalie Alyn Lind) is a mutant exclusive to The Gifted, and as we learned in the trailer, is able to manipulate air and water. It appears as though she accomplishes this through the use of bubble like force fields, which somewhat fall into Jean Grey territory, but Lauren doesn't appear to be a telepath or anything like that. Really, it seems more similar to the type of stuff seen in Avatar: The Last Airbender, although mutants who have power over certain elements aren't entirely uncommon. Some, like Ice Man, are ranked among the most powerful mutants in existence. Perhaps Lauren will be another Omega class mutant?
Andy Struckman (Percy Hynes White) appears to be that archetypical mutant who has all the power in the world, but no ability to control it. We've seen his type before and, it seems like Andy is going to be that mutant who lives in a constant state of getting everyone into trouble yet inexplicably saving them in impossible moments. Andy's powers look similar to that of his sister, although the ground rising above him in this preview as well as the trailer showing him ripping apart spider-robots makes it seem as though he might have the power of magnetism in addition to Polaris. Let's hope he learns to reign in those abilities!
Thunderbird or John Proudstar (Blair Redford) is a character who possesses immense strength and stamina and is the least developed canon mutant in The Gifted. The Thunderbird of Marvel comics is traditionally dead, and while he has a few cameos throughout the X-Men universe, he's not all that well known. This is perhaps due to writers who created him realizing his character was too close in personality to Wolverine, and killing him off to avoid conflict. The Thunderbird of the show doesn't appear to have any Hugh Jackman vibes, so perhaps the change in attitude will keep him in the series longer than his past incarnations.
Eclipse or Marcos Diaz (Sean Teale) is another new mutant to the X-Men universe, with this tweet and other footage showing him with the ability to control light. Given his nickname, that would be appropriate and way more exciting than a guy whose power is standing in front of things for a brief period of time and making things darker. Eclipse's words in the teaser and trailer make it appear that he's one of those borderline radical mutants who thinks they should be taking the offensive against the humans, but we'll see exactly where he stands when the show begins.
Polaris or Lorna Dane (Emma Dumont) is traditionally a mutant who can control metal. Those wondering if Polaris is some kind of Magneto ripoff aren't too off base, but the term offspring is more accurate. While there's been no confirmation from The Gifted team on whether the character will be the illegitimate child of the villain like her comics counterpart, the fact that both Polaris characters seem to have a connection to the color green and the same legal name is suspect. That "troubled," line also seems a little suspect as well, so expect some nods to be made throughout the series pointing to this connection between the two characters.
Blink (Jamie Chung) is the character we arguably know the most about considering the mutant has appeared in both the comics as well as X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Using her powers of teleportation, Blink can create portals that can transport herself as well as multiple people or objects. She also has the ability to open and sever a portal while someone is still going through it, which might be a little gorier than what Fox is aiming for with The Gifted, but it could be useful in destroying cars and weapons. A mutant on the run, expect Blink to aide the Strucker's greatly in their efforts to evade capture.
The Gifted is set to premiere on Fox Monday, October 2nd at 9 p.m. ET. It will be part of the network's Fall lineup, which can be viewed in full right here. Those still wishing to live in the present would do well to visit our summer premiere guide, which is a great resource for all shows currently premiering new and returning.
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