FOX and Marvel TV Presents The Gifted, A Mutant-Focused Family Adventure.

Image copyright Fox/Marvel TV 2017

20th Century Fox has had…mixed success with their X-Men movie franchise.

On the one hand, recent movies like Deadpool and Logan have been met with huge critical appraise and positive fan feedback.

On the other, 2016’s X-Men Apocalypse was an…interesting approach to the source material, and the less we talk about X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the better (that was not Deadpool!)

But through all of their great movies and their abysmal failings, they aren’t really great with consistency within their own film universe.

Take 2017’s Legion, their first collaboration with Marvel TV;- a great series with a tremendous line-up, but it never really felt connected with the central movies.

Case in point, Dan Stevens’ character (David “Legion” Haller) being none other than Professor Charles Xavier’s son was never really mentioned or looked at in any finite detail.

Marvel TV and FOX’s most recent TV collaboration, the upcoming The Gifted, however, might remedy this, as one of the central characters, Lorna Dane aka Polaris (played by Emma Dumont) is none other than Magneto’s daughter.

During an interview with CBR, The Gifted’s showrunner Matt Nix revealed that, as in the Marvel comic books, Polaris will be revealed as the daughter of Magneto;

“Our version of Lorna”, Nix says, “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.”

Nix went on to address Polaris’ mental issues, as well as one of the character’s relationships;

“When we think of it, the baggage of mental illness…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…

I will say, from a comic perspective, her relationship with Havok [aka Alex Summers, X-Men member Cyclops’ younger brother] is something we haven’t nailed down when that would be or how that would happen.

He’s in the movies [As seen in X-Men: First Class, Days of Future Past, and Apocalypse and played by Lucas Till].

He’s not part of the show.

It either needs to be far in the future or far in the past, because there are certain things we can’t-do.

FOX’s The Gifted starts 8th October at 9:00 pm on FOX in the UK and stars Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker, Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker, Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker, Percy Hynes White as Andy Stucker, Sean Teale as Marcos Diaz/Eclipse, Coby Bell as Jace Turner, Emma Dumont as Lorna Dane/Polaris, Jamie Chung as Clarice Fong/Blink, and Blair Redford as John Proudstar/Thunderbird.

If The Gifted is anything like Legion, then it’s bound to be a great series, and, hopefully, we’ll be that one step closer to Marvel Studios finally welcoming the X-Men (and the Fantastic Four) in the MCU.

But I wouldn’t hold my breath on that, just yet.

-James, 02/10/2017

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