Does Fox's The Gifted Tie Into A Pair Of Obscure Marvel Villains? And First Look At Polaris

fenris-marvel-comics-x-men-andrea-andreas-strucker-twins-bYesterday we got the official teaser for The Gifted, the new Fox X-Men series from Matt Nix and Bryan Singer. Part of that announcement was the cast that included: Stephen Moyer plays Reed Strucker; Amy Acker plays his wife, Caitlin Strucker; Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White play their children, Lauren Strucker and Andy Strucker; Sean Teale plays Eclipse a.k.a. Marcos Diaz; Jamie Chung plays Blink a.k.a. Clarice Fong; Emma Dumont plays Polaris a.k.a. Lorna Dane; Blair Redford plays Thunderbird a.k.a. John Proudstar; and Coby Bell as Jace Turner.

This was the first time we got to see the family name, and while we knew about Blink, Polaris, etc… now we know we can add the Fenris Twins to the mix. In the comics, the Fenris Twins are the children of Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker, a Nazi supremacist and leader of Hydra. Von Strucker had the pair experimented on by Arnim Zola to use the X-gene to grant them superpowers. Both could fly and shot plasma beams as long as they were in physical contact with each other. They first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #194 by Chris Claremont and John Romita Jr. They, like their father, end up working for Hyrda, are white supremacists and want to further the Nazi agenda.

Obviously there are some drastic changes from what we see in the comics to what they're doing in the Fox series. The twins names change from Andreas and Andrea to Andy and Lauren and they lose the Von in their last name. Plus, Baron Von Strucker and Hydra are part of the MCU and not available to Fox. And I'm going to assume they're dropping the white supremacist part of the characters. What's left is a pair of mutant powered twins with similar abilities. It remains to be seen if the physical contact or at least close proximity limitation to their powers will remain.

I that very little of the original characters will remain once we get to see the series, but it is interesting to see where the concept started from.

And as I was putting this article together, Bryan Singer posted a first look image at Emma Dumont as Polaris.

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Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.