The Gifted clip teases connection to X-Men villains the Von Strucker twins

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Mar 26, 2021, 6:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Following last night’s episode of X-Men spinoff series The Gifted, Fox has released a new promo revealing our first look at Marvel Comics superbaddies the Von Strucker twins, previously confirmed to appear on the show.

In the new promo for Episode 8, titled “threat of eXtinction” and airing next week, family patriarch Reed Strucker (Stephen Moyer) visits his estranged father (Justified alum Raymond J. Barry) with Thunderbird (Blair Redford) in tow for help about his mutant kids, Andy (Percy Hynes White) and Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind).

Reed’s dad proceeds to recount their dark family history, where he reveals his own father was Andreas Von Strucker, warning Reed: "My father and his sister had the same abilities as your children. They were more powerful than you can imagine. Protect them, son. Protect the world from them."

Nope, that doesn’t sound ominous at all.


Created by Chris Claremont and John Romita Jr. for Uncanny X-Men #194 in 1985, Andrea and Andreas Von Strucker were a pair of X-Men supervillains who were the Nazi-sympathizing twin kids of Hydra leader Baron Von Strucker (the MCU version of the character was introduced in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and appeared in Avengers: Age of Ultron in the form of Thomas Kretschmann).

In the pages of Marvel Comics, the twins were genetically engineered in utero so that they could use bio-energy powers when they were in physical contact with each other. The twins became the supervillains known as Fenris and became a huge, sinister thorn in the side of the X-Men and the Brotherhood. To activate their powers, the twins usually held hands; and you know who else has a tendency to do that in The Gifted? Yep, that’d be Lauren and Andy, although they don’t actually need to touch in order to activate their own mutant powers.

But with Andy already exhibiting the potential to go down a deep dark path, will the show’s new generation of Strucker siblings risk becoming the new Fenris?

(via Screen Rant)