Fox really hasn’t been too clear about the connections between the mutants in their X-Men films and the mutants in their TV shows like Legion and The Gifted. Hell, they’re too great about establishing connections between their films.
With that in mind, we have to wonder if the character Polaris in the new Fox series The Gifted, who was confirmed to be the daughter of Magneto back in 2003 in the comics, would actually be Magneto’s daughter in the show. Speaking with CBR, The Gifted showrunner Mat Nix confirmed this connection, though she won’t know it at this point.
“Our version of Lorna rolls back the clock to when she didn’t know everything. She’s unstable. The thing that is going to play out very gradually over the course of the series is an exploration of her past. As you know from the comics, it’s a little murky. It’s not like she’s living at home with Magneto and eating cereal.
When we think of it, the baggage of mental illness – and there is some awareness she is Magneto’s daughter – I mean, her powers certainly are like Magneto’s. That’s something we will be exploring as time goes on, but more towards the end of the season, when some of these ideas and suspicions come to the fore. She has to confront, ‘OK, if that’s the case, what does it mean?’ The idea is there are challenges and opportunities with that. In some ways, it might divide her from her friends. In other ways, does she accept the mantle of her birthright? Is it her job to be Magneto in his absence?”
So it certainly sounds like the connection between Polaris and Magneto is there, but now we have to wonder how they plan on playing it out when she eventually learns the truth. It’s not like Michael Fassbender frequents network TV, but you never know.
The Gifted is Fox’s new mutant-focused series. It follows two normal parents whose lives are thrown into chaos when they discover their children are mutants. In this world, mutants are treated as outsiders, and the family is forced to go on the run from the Sentinel Services, who are tasked with bringing in these “gifted” people. Oh yeah, not to mention that one of the parents, Reed, is one of the guys who was tasked with going after mutants.
The Gifted premieres on Fox on October 2 at 9/8c.
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