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Could ‘The Gifted’ Be Marvel’s Greatest TV Show Yet?

This fall TV season, Marvel has spread its television properties over a number of different networks. Fox got in on the deal with The Gifted, a brand new show that premiered on Oct. 2, 2017.

With a lot of competition from DC’s Arrowverse, Marvel has been focused on its own interconnected properties on Netflix, including this summer’s The Defenders. But it might be this new individual project that takes Marvel TV to the next level. Here’s why.

Bryan Singer directed the pilot

Bryan Singer, wearing a blue suit and glasses, looking to the right of the frame

Bryan Singer, wearing a blue suit and glasses, looking to the right of the frame Bryan Singer | Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

The Gifted is part of the X-Men universe, which 20th Century Fox owns. The director of several of the films in that franchise, Bryan Singer, got on board with The Gifted right away, creating a tie between the two while keeping the characters and storylines separate.

Singer directed the pilot episode, “EXposed,” which showed what it’s like to be a part of a world where mutants are recognized but often belittled. This connection allows for The Gifted to feel like a more grounded version of the X-Men films — a direction the franchise has long been steering toward.

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