The Morlocks are coming to The Gifted Season 2. Ahead of their debut on the series, stars Sean Teale (Eclipse) and Blair Redford (Thunderbird) weighed in on the reclusive group of mutants. As it turns out, the Morlocks may hurt the Mutant Underground just as much as they help it.
“It’s not only going to broaden the environment that we’re building, the world that we’re building, but also provide a different viewpoint on how mutants — certain subsets or demographics of mutants — I shouldn’t say ‘sub,’ because although they are subterranean, they are not sub-human… You don’t want that meddling!” Teale told CBR.
“I think that’s a cool get for us. I grew up a huge fan of the comics and that’s a pretty big aspect of the X-Men universe,” Redford added. “It’s never been explored before in the films.”
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“And they will aid and interfere with us at the same time, so they benefit us — they benefit the Underground in the sense that we are mutants that love mutants, but at the same time they will interfere with personal things, whether it’s ideology differences or actually them using us for our skill sets,” Teale explained. “They provide a challenge and an ally at the same time, interestingly.”
“And it’s just cool to see!” Redford pitched in. “Our set deck and art department have done an incredible job building the Morlock sewers and all that stuff. Live rats walking around and everything. It was really cool once you got down there.”
“Oh, they’ve built a tent city and it’s beautiful and the costumes are incredible,” Teale added.
“It’s a really fantastical part of our story,” Redford agreed. “We’re present day. Even though we have mutant powers and there’s a bit of a superhero vibe, it’s a pretty level and grounded story as far as our show goes, and then — all of a sudden, when you see the Morlocks — it’s this first little hint you get of a really fantastical comic book series, because they look… Our costume designer does a great job with the costumes and you’re in the sewers and it feels very epic and fantastical. It’s cool.”
“The Morlocks represent the opposite end of the spectrum,” executive producer Derek Hoffman explained. “A, I love the Morlocks. Shatter and Trader and Dreamer from Season 1, they’re some of my favorite runs. When Matt [Nix] was coming up with the thing and I was giving him character ideas and everything, I always pushed for Morlocks, because I believe that Morlocks from the comics, they’re often very thinly laid out characters. They are more about their looks and it’s always fun to then find a character and give them dimension and give them breath, so that’s what we’re trying to do in the show.”
“The Morlocks gave us that opportunity to explore a different side of being a mutant, that we’ve addressed from time-to-time in the movies. In X3, you know, Beast says, ‘You don’t shed when you sit on the couch’ to Halle Berry [who played Storm], but like we don’t really get into that as much,” he continued. “So, as interesting as it is to have them on the flipside of the Purifiers and see that pride in who you are does not have to lead to anger against others and that there has to be a balance. So they offered us an opportunity to explore several different themes that we wanted to. And we got to build tunnels! That was just awesome.”
The Gifted Season 2 will premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The series’ showrunner is Matt Nix, and the cast includes 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 and Skyler Samuels as the Frost Sisters.
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