Fox’s new series, The Gifted, is set in the X-Men universe, but it’s not immune to the weird continuity issues the franchise always deals with. The show follows everyday Mutants rather than heroes, focusing specifically on a suburban family on the run with their two mutant kids, with only a few big name Mutants like Blink and Polaris making appearances. But, X-Men fans can’t help but wonder: Will the most popular Mutant of all, the Best at What He Does, make an appearance in The Gifted?

Was Wolverine in the Seventh Episode of The Gifted?

No.

Was Wolverine Mentioned in the Seventh Episode of The Gifted?

No.

Were the X-Men Mentioned in the Seventh Episode of The Gifted?

Yes, briefly. During the cold open, which is set three years in the past, Thunderbird and Polaris arrange a meeting with Eclipse in an attempt to get him to quit working with the cartel and instead join the Mutant Underground. “The X-Men are gone,” Thunderbird says. “The government’s cracking down. If mutants are going to survive, it’s up to us.”

While we still don’t know why the X-Men disappeared, the scene firmly establishes that it’s been at least three years since the team went missing.

The episode ends with another connection to existing X-Men lore. Thanks to the hard drives the team stole last week, they discover that a program rounding up mutants with specific powers isn’t being run by the government, but Trask Industries, which you might remember from Days of Future Past. Reed mentions that his father worked there, and the company supposedly only shut down in 2006, which may or may not jive with X-Men movie canon.


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