Marvel’s collaboration with Fox which follows a group of mutants linked to the X-Men universe has just teased what’s to come for its second season and unveiled a brand-new trailer during its panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
Present at the panel were The Gifted‘s creator Matt Nix and executive producer Jeph Loeb, along with series cast members Stephen Moyer, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford, Natalie Alyn Lind and Skyler Samuels.
Season 2 will return September 25th on Fox, and pick up a full 6 months after the season 1 finale left off. The new season will see the introduction of the Morlocks, underground sewer-dwelling mutants who originated in the X-Men comic books. Jamie Chung, who portrays Blink on the series, contrasted the Morlocks with the Mutant Underground from the first season. “It’s the proper mutant underground, like, they’re literally mutants that live underground,” she told Entertainment Weekly in a Facebook Live interview. “That’s a really interesting story line, but you get to see a different side, or a different society, of how mutants could live freely — but underground.”
Polaris, played by Emma Dumont, will be in labor at the beginning of this season, struggling with her emotions, her powers, and her connection to Magneto.
Sean Teale, The Gifted‘s Eclipse, cited real world parallels to some of the series’ upcoming antagonists. “The Purifiers are a mutant hate group. I don’t know what parallels we could compare that to in modern-day times,” Teale commented in the interview. “If only we had an idea. They’re tiki torch-carrying mutant haters.”
Nix promises this will be a highly character-driven season, saying during the panel, “The thing that we realized in season one was when we were really connecting to the characters and the relationships between the characters, exploring the backstories and the emotional depth of the characters… those were our favorite episodes and those the episodes our fans responded to the most. This season we really step out to focus on that and emphasize that.” He added, “When we really focused on the characters.. it made all the power stuff more exciting,”
Media: The Gifted (Fox)