With the second season of The Gifted now underway, it’s becoming abundantly clear that Fox’s team of TV mutants will be going through a lot in the coming weeks, be it through the manifestation of Reed Strucker’s mutant powers, a mysterious, unhinged newcomer, a Genosha-esque scheme, or the trials and tribulations faced by the Mutant Underground.
However, it has also now been revealed that The Gifted Season 2 is gearing up to dive head-first into the backstory of Lorna Dane/Polaris (played by Emma Dumont). Moreover, this look into Polaris’ past will take inspiration directly from the character’s origins in the Marvel comic books.
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“Later on in the season, there’s an entire episode dedicated to Lorna’s background, how she gets the way she is, how she grew up, and there are even references to how her parents passed in the plane crash, which we know, comic book readers know, that that was because of Lorna,” Dumont told ComicBook.com. “It was her fault. So that’s very tragic.”
Marvel fans are likely aware that Polaris is known as the “Daughter of Magneto.” Although, this title was initially symbolic; a reference to her magnetic powers being similar to those of the infamous villain. However, it was later came to light that Lorna Dane was the biological daughter of Magneto and the people she thought to be her parents were actually her aunt and uncle.
X-Factor #243 revealed Lorna’s real mother had an affair with the Master of Magnetism, resulting in her birth. After her father found out, he confronted Lorna’s mother about it while the family was flying in his private plane. Lorna, who was only 3-years-old at the time, was caused so much distress by this that it triggered a premature manifestation of her powers, destroying the plane and killing her parents.
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Magneto rescued Lorna but had Mastermind wipe her memory and sever Polaris’ connection to her mutant abilities as a means of protecting her from the truth. It wasn’t until Polaris crossed paths with the X-Men that everything began to come out.
It’s not clear exactly how much The Gifted‘s version of Polaris’ origin will carry over from the comics, but according to Dumont, fans can likely expect the key notes to be hit.
Airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT, Fox’s The Gifted stars Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker, Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker, Sean Teale as Eclipse/Marcos Diaz, Jamie Chung as Blink/Clarice Fong, Coby Bell as Jace Turner, Emma Dumont as Polaris/Lorna Dane, Blair Redford as Thunderbird/John Proudstar, Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker, Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker, Skyler Samuels as the Frost sisters and Grace Byers as Reeva Payge.