It seems like every new TV show or movie is based on a comic book. They all want to capitalize on the popularity of the more recognizable and mainstream characters from the comics. The Gifted on Fox TV goes with a different approach.
**Warning, spoilers may follow**
The show starts out with the Strucker family. They seem like a typical American family. This is a world where the X-men and Brotherhood of Mutants are nowhere to be found. The government has a branch called Sentinel Services. The mission of this branch is to bring in mutants for registration. After they are registered they are detained, experimented on, or used for the good of the government.
Then you discover the father, Reed Strucker, is a district attorney working with the Sentinel Services. He knows how the mutants are treated but believes it is for the greater good. That is, until it is revealed his son and daughter are mutants. Reed knows what will happen to his kids if caught so he enlists the help of the very same Mutant Underground he has been hunting. He convinces them to take his children to safety. The first few episodes have covered their escape from the clutches of Sentinel Services.
None of the marquee Marvel characters are in this show. They may sprinkle some cameos in later, but for the most part it is all lesser known mutants. So far we have seen Shatter, Polaris, Blink, Sage, Pulse, Thunderbird, and Dreamer. Another character, Eclipse, was developed solely for the TV show.
I have really enjoyed The Gifted so far. I like to see the lower tier mutants get a little bit of the limelight. If the writers do a good job developing the characters and sharing their backstories, people will really connect with them and the show will be a hit. I”m hoping for many great seasons.