The Gifted was without a doubt one of the biggest risks superhero-wise in 2017. A show that was about the world the X-Men lived in, yet, didn’t have the X-Men or Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in it. Instead, it would focus on a group of “lesser characters” from the universe and show their struggles to survive in it. It allowed for some very powerful television, as well as a good superhero series. Yet, it wasn’t without some connections to the X-Men universe, as one of the main characters was Polaris, the daughter of Magneto.
Not that they outright said that, however. The Gifted was both coy and obvious with who her parent was (and Polaris is Magneto’s daughter in the comics), and apparently, that was very intentional. Show creator Matt Nix talked with TVLine about why the name “Magneto” wasn’t spoken in the first season:
“Not to be coy, but we don’t want to stumble into movie territory,” Nix explained. That said, canonically, Polaris’ father is Polaris’ father.”
This makes sense, for as we noted before, he X-Men and Brotherhood aren’t in The Gifted…yet. In fact, that’s one of the biggest mysteries of the show, “Where are they?” They did exist, and the X-Men even helped set up the Mutant Underground, but a battle happened and now both sides are missing.
Now, lest you think that this is just a move to respect the movies, you’re kind of wrong, for the comics back this up too:
“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,” noted Nix. “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 it turned into a virtue in our eyes.”
The Gifted is coming back for a second season, and may air sometime this year.