Magneto’s a busy man. First a son showing up in X-Men: Days of Future Past (Quicksilver) and now a daughter appearing in Fox’s The Gifted, showrunner Matt Nix confirmed in an interview with Comic Book Resources.
Things only get more complicated from there, thanks to all the timeline changes made in the X-Men movies, but Nix also stated at San Diego Comic-Con that the show takes place in its own separate timeline from the films, thanks to the machinations of DOFP.
Getting back to the matter at hand, you may be asking yourself, “Who is Magneto’s daughter, and why should I care?” The simple answer is she’s Lorna Dane (aka Polaris), she’s got her daddy’s powers, and you should care for two reasons.
The first is that she may end up being possessed by an evil telepathic force that turns her into the supervillain known as Malice. The second is that the character has struggled with mental illness, a topical issue that will will be explored heavily in the show, just as it was featured heavily in the other X-Men show from earlier in the year, Legion.
“She’s unstable,” Nix told CBR. “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.”
It will probably be a while before we see Polaris unlock her true potential, according to Nix. “Our version of Lorna rolls back the clock to when she didn’t know everything,” he said.
The subject of Polaris' love life came up as well, given the fact that her complicated relationship with Havoc is notorious in the comics. Nonetheless, things get tricky considering Havoc (Cyclops’s older brother in the movies and his younger brother in the comics) already had a role in the movies (played by Lucas Till), which take place decades before the show. While the show hasn’t settled on a way to resolve this, Nix assured CBR that they have not forgotten about Alex Summers.
“[Havoc’s inclusion] needs to be far in the future or far in the past, because there’s certain things we can’t do,” he said. “But, to all the comic fans, it’s absolutely something we think about. How do we navigate this? We care about this history, and how do we figure out our version of this history?”
Emma Dumont of NBC’s Aquarius plays Lorna, and only time will tell if she can live up to the 49-year-old character created by Arnold Drake and Jim Steranko. With Evan Peters’ Quicksilver we at least got two fun scenes of him running so fast that time slowed down in addition to the emotional payoff with Magneto in Apocalypse.
Can The Gifted deliver more of the same crowdpleasing moments when it comes to the Lehnsherr-sired children, or does it lack that special gene?