Since its premiere in October, The Gifted has plumbed Marvel Comics’ X-Men mythology for some relatively obscure supporting players, like the Morlocks Shatter, Beautiful Dreamer and Trader, as well as better-known characters like Polaris and the Stepford Cuckoos. However, executive producer Matt Nix, an avowed X-Men fan, is only getting started.
With the Fox drama renewed for a second season, the Burn Notice creator is already poring over his favorite comics for how to expand The Gifted’s world beyond the Mutant Underground, Trask Industries and the newly introduced Hellfire Club.
“One thing I would love to do is there has been some great Morlock stuff,” Nix shared in a new interview with CBR. “Obviously, we have used some characters, but, the whole mythology around the Morlocks really fits into our world. I’m really interested in that. To be honest, part of what we have to do, even with the merger, what we do is very affected by what the movies are doing. We have to stay out of their way and they have to stay out of our way.”
For those not as well-versed in X-Men comics as Nix, the Morlocks are an underground society of outcast mutants who made a home for themselves in the sewers and abandoned tunnels beneath New York City because the manifestations of their powers make it impossible to pass as human (for instance, Shatter from The Gifted). Introduced in 1983 by Chris Claremont and Paul Smith in Marvel’s Uncanny X-Men, the Morlocks have been at times both enemies and allies of the mutant heroes.
Nix also revealed that he’d like to integrate elements of X-Factor into The Gifted, although he concedes that’s not nearly as likely.
“There are other things I’m interested in and I’m looking at. So, like X-Factor. Can I do that? Probably not as such,” he continued. “It’s too big of a chunk of X-Men mythology, given what the features are doing. In the same way we are doing the Hellfire Club, there is no established Hellfire Club in great shape as there was in X-Men: First Class. They are rebuilding the Hellfire Club. The Hellfire Club is in no better shape than the Mutant Underground, except they have more money and cooler offices.”
X-Factor has appeared in a few different forms since its introduction in 1986 as a team composed of the five founding members of the X-Men (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Angel, Iceman and the Beast). It later morphed into a government-sponsored group of heroes, and then, beginning in 2005, X-Factor Investigations, led by Jamie Madrox, aka the Multiple Man.
“When I think about the Morlocks, it’s more straightforward,” Nix concluded. “Even though the movies have touched on them, ultimately, it’s such a flexible part of the X-Men mythology. It shows up in so many different phases and iterations, that we can explore that world without stepping on certain things.”
The Gifted concludes its first season with a two-hour finale, airing tonight at 8 ET/PT on Fox. The series 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, and Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker.
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