While The Gifted may not be connected to the X-Men movies, the new series may honor the comics when it comes to Polaris' parentage. Like Legion, The Gifted is a show heavily indebted to the idea of mutants. But both series, at least in the beginning, aren't worrying about connecting to the X-Men films. That does, however, leave some big questions as to which X-Men characters can appear on the small screen or even be mentioned.
For Legion, season 1 heavily referenced that David's father is Professor X. Whether he will actually appear in the show's second season, however, is unknown. The Gifted will face a similar issue when it premieres next week. One of the key players in the series' Mutant Underground is Polaris, whose powers allow her to master magnetism. That's because, in the original comics, she's the daughter of Magneto. But will that hold true on the show?
CBR spoke with The Gifted showrunner Matt Nix about the series and how certain X-Men comic book characters will be adapted to the small screen. When it comes to Polaris, she will possess both her powers and instability from the comics. She may even have her famous father, it seems:
"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, “Okay, 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?"
While Nix didn't confirm that Magneto will be Polaris' daughter in The Gifted, he certainly made it seem like a real possibility. In fact, The Gifted may even nod more directly to the Polaris/Magneto connection than Legion does to the David/Xavier link, based on Nix's comment about Polaris being aware of her father's legacy.
We know that while the X-Men and Brotherhood won't appear on the show, they exist in the same universe - having vanished sometime prior to the events of the TV series. The Gifted may thus operate as though Magneto exists and is indeed Polaris' father, without actually name-dropping him and/or featuring him in the flesh.
The Gifted premieres Monday, October 2nd on FOX.