'Heroes Reborn' Comic-Con trailer shows a world post-Mutant Registration Act

The "Heroes Reborn" trailer first shown to Hall H audiences at Comic-Con International in San Diego has been released, and it offers an extended look at the upcoming event series.

"We’ve had a long rest," creator Tim Kring said at the opening of the presentation on Sunday. "We’re ready to save the world again." 

What followed was a glimpse into a world years after the "Heroes" finale, when Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere) exposed to the world the existence of these superpowered humans who live among the populace. 

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This is a world where these superpowered heroes have gone into hiding. 

This is a world where superpowered heroes are hunted. 

It’s a world that sounds a little bit familiar.

"I know that you have no control over who you are," says Zachary Levi’s character, Luke, in the trailer. "But these powers, they aren’t natural. They’re not safe and they can’t be trusted." 

Then he opens fire in what seems to be a support group for these heroes, or EVOs, in hiding. 

But as we see with Hiro Nakamura’s (Masi Oka) entrance at the close of the trailer, these Heroes are ready to fight back. 

Oka channeled Hiro’s power to bend time and space to make a surprise appearance at the panel, bringing with him a clip that showed a scene with Hiro in action wielding two katanas to battle a foe. Yatta!

Other familiar faces that joined Oka and Kring on the "Heroes Reborn" panel were Greg Grunberg, Jack Coleman and Jimmy Jean-Louis. Panelists new to the "Heroes" world were Levi, Ryan Guzman, Judith Shekoni, Danika Yarosh, Robbie Kay, Gatlin Green, Henry Zebrowski and Rya Kihlstedt.

Kring also introduced the Hall H crowd to the digital prequel to "Heroes Reborn" titled "Dark Matters" that follows a pair of characters that he said would play a role in "Heroes Reborn." 

And it is in "Dark Matters" that we see the unfolding of what seems to be a version of "X-Men’s" Mutant Registration Act. 

After the cheerleader opened the door for other EVOs to come out of hiding and reveal their various powers, the world adapts by having these people with evolved powers register their status. The registration, at least for some, looks to be voluntary.

The registration seems to lead to discrimination and treatment that force individuals to keep their abilities a secret to prevent any persecution. 

So yes, "Heroes Reborn" does seem to be a modern take on a world that has enacted a version of the Mutant Registration Act. But that’s not a bad thing. 

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