One of the major plot points this year’s “Logan” is that mutants had been dying out for years, and the X-Men themselves were effectively disbanded after the ‘Westchester Incident’ saw many of them killed.

Speaking about FOX’s upcoming “X-Men” TV series “The Gifted” at the TCA’s this week, showrunner Matt Nix says the new show won’t shy away from dealing with the X-Men universe and, in fact, the disappearance of the X-Men is a key element:

“In our world, one of the things we’ll be unpacking is the specific relationship of this group of characters to the X-Men. It’s in the trailer that the X-Men are gone. And that’s not a dodge like ‘The X-Men are gone and we’re never going to mention them again!’ We’re going to be exploring it. It’s a huge deal to these guys. It’s a huge deal in the world. It’s one of the central mysteries of the show.”

Does that mean this series will intersect with the X-Men cinematic universe? According to Nix…sort of:

“There’s a whole sort of historical mythology. There’s not going to be a situation where the television show is driving the movies or the movies are driving the television show, because the mythology that we’re telling specifically avoids that but it doesn’t avoid that by pretending the X-Men don’t exist or they’re just doing stuff over and no one pays any attention.”

Inspired in part by the comic storyline “District X,” the series follows a suburban couple 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.

Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Natalie Alyn Lind, Percy Hynes White, Sean Teale, Jamie Chung star and check out a new trailer for the series which premieres October 2nd.

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