The Gifted Season 1: Why Magneto Hasn’t Been Referenced By Name

Posted by February 12, 2018 Comment

The Gifted is a pretty excellent little show set in the X-Men world. The ratings were pretty good, and while it wasn’t a critical smash hit, it garnered a pretty decent fanbase despite only having 13 episodes to its first season. It’s been renewed, so now fans are wondering if one of the central not-mysteries is going to get mentioned by name. Lorna Dane, aka Polaris, is the daughter of Magneto, and she seemed to embrace that in the finale of the first season. Magneto, however, has not been mentioned by name, and TV Line asked showrunner Matt Nix why they weren’t saying the name.

“Not to be coy, but we don’t want to stumble into movie territory. That said,” Nix allowed, “canonically, Polaris’ father is Polaris’ father.”


That isn’t surprising. The X-Men timeline is a giant mess right now, so they wanted to avoid crossing over with anything by just saying “the X-Men and the Brotherhood are gone,” so they could focus on their own world building. However, Nix admits that Magneto is a key part of Lorna’s story.

“One thing that we do use from the comics, that is legitimately part of the lore of Polaris, is that she doesn’t always know that Magneto is her father,” Nix said. “And she has very mixed feelings about Magneto being her father, so we’ve taken what is kind of a necessity, in terms of us needing to stay out of the way of the movies, and turned it into a virtue in our eyes.” Meaning, “It’s now a feature of the characters that they don’t really want to talk about — [that Lorna’s father is] the leader of the mutant group that made mutants look horrible and kind of put them in the position that they’re in now.”

So they’re going to sort of tip-toe around saying the actual name for now. That sounds similar to a certain multi-million dollar book and movie series.

Said Nix, “There’s a little Voldemort to it, if that makes sense!”

The Mutant That Must Not Be Named. The Gifted has been renewed for a second season and is expected to return in late 2018.

(Last Updated February 12, 2018 10:53 am )

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