Fox's newest project, Bryan Singer and Matt Nix's untitled X-Men series, is currently in development. Just a few days ago, we learned that Stephen Moyer and Jamie Chung had been cast. We know the show seems to be set in the same universe as the X-Men films. But there's been a lot of confusion on how much it would tie into the larger mutant universe.
Well, this latest casting announcement gives us a clue as to how much crossing over between the two mediums we should expect. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Emma Dummont (Bunheads) has been cast as none other than Magneto's daughter, Lorna Dane/Polaris.
It's a really interesting character choice, for a few reasons.
Who Is Polaris?
Lorna Dane, a.k.a. Polaris, is the sister of fellow famous mutants (now Inhumans), Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver (who have been prominently featured in the #MCU). Just like her father, Lorna possesses the power of magnetism with a few twists. At one point, for example, she could also absorb negative emotions around her and use them to get much stronger.
She's usually affiliated with the X-Men but has been part of other teams, such as X-Force and, despite not being what one would normally call a "bad guy," on Magneto's side. During her time in the X-Men, she developed a strong relationship with Havok and the two eventually got engaged.
Unfortunately, the relationship took a dark turn when Havok left her at the altar for the nurse with whom he had cheated on Polaris. The traumatic event caused her to almost kill her former fiancé. Lorna's also been an important part of different events in comic books, such as House of M, War of Kings and X-Men Legacy, so it's interesting that the show will feature such an important player in the mutant universe. But what does this mean regarding other well-known mutants appearing?
Could Magneto Even Appear In The Show?
Short answer: Not likely. You see, there are several ways in which Lorna, her mythology and her family history can be incorporated into the series without the need for Magneto to be a part of it
In the #comics, a long time has passed since she got confirmation that the Master of Magnetism was her biological father. The show could easily adapt that and therefore avoid the misunderstood villain entirely (similar to what was done with Quicksilver in Days Of Future Past).
Still, a physical lack of Magneto doesn't necessarily mean we won't feel his presence. Take a look at the synopsis:
"The action-adventure project focuses on two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive."
The hunting of the two young protagonists by the government is sure to attract much attention from various parts of the mutant community. That makes me wonder, given Magneto's need to protect mutants, could he have sent Lorna on a mission to retrieve the young mutants and get them on his side? It's a possibility, but we have very little information about the show to make a more structured theory without getting too much into unfounded speculative territory.
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With that said, even if Magneto doesn't appear, that doesn't mean the same for other X-Men characters. One of the things the series has to do is stand on its own as a good piece of entertainment. The people working on it have proved they're making an effort to achieve that by using a largely unknown character like Blink in it, previously only seen in her brief turn in Days of Future Past.
However, it's still set in the X-Men universe; we do need a connective tissue to that world. And by putting a character like Lorna - who is so tied to different corners of the mutant universe - the showrunners show us they understand that. Essentially, Polaris just opened the door for more famous mutants in the show. Whether that opportunity will be seized is anyone's guess right now, but I'm glad the project has that chance.
Are you excited to see Polaris in the X-Men show? Do you think she will open the door for other famous mutants' appearances?