Ian McKellen as Magneto
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Fox's X-Men spin-off TV show The Gifted just got a deeper tie to the movie series (and to the comic book X-Men) as it's been revealed the show's Lorna Dane/Polaris will indeed be the daughter of Magneto.

“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,” The Gifted showrunner Matt Nix told CBR. “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, ‘OK, 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?”

“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" Nix continued. "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.”

Even though one classic comic book element will make it into the show, there's another key relationship for Polaris that won't be seen just yet - her romance with Alex Summers, Havok. 

“I will say, from a comic perspective, her relationship with Havok is something we haven’t nailed down when that would be or how that would happen,” Nix explained. “He’s in the movies. He’s not part of the show. It either needs to be far in the future or far in the past, because there’s certain things we can’t do. 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?”

Havok previously appeared in X-Men: First Class as a teenager in the 60s, played by Lucas Till. He subsequently appeared in both X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse.

The Gifted premieres October 2 on Fox.

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