Posted October 23, 2017 by Omar Guerrero in Movies/TV

The Gifted: 5 X-Men Characters I Want to See

If there’s a superhero show that you’re looking to watch on TV, The Gifted should be at the top of your list. The Gifted premiered on Fox on October 2 with a bang and it hasn’t looked back ever since. With most of the characters having never been seen before in live action, there’s a couple of other X-Men characters I want to see on the show.

Don’t get me wrong. I love the Struckers—Reed Strucker, played by Stephen Moyer, Caitlin Strucker (Amy Acker), Lauren Strucker (Natalie Alyn Lind), and Andy Strucker (Percy Hynes White)—Marcos Diaz / Eclipse (Sean Teale), Lorna Dane / Polaris (Emma Dumont), Clarice Fong / Blink (Jamie Chung), John Proudstar / Thunderbird (Blair Redford), and Dreamer (Elena Satine). But anyone who’s an X-Men fan can’t help but salivate over the possible characters that have the chance to see daylight on primetime TV.


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So without further ado, here are the 5 X-Men characters in no particular order that need to make it on the show:

1. Havok

Having Lorna Dane as a central character doesn’t make sense without Alex Summers, the kid brother of Scott Summers aka Cyclops. Alex and Lorna have been together as a couple for the longest time in the comics and I grew up reading them always being together. This would create a huge tension between Lorna and Marcos’ relationship and would make for an interesting dynamic on the show.


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Havok is a leader, albeit a reluctant one, and having a Cyclops-type leader on the team will be a welcome addition in future episodes.

1. Rachel Summers aka Phoenix/Marvel Girl/Prestige

I’ve already got one Summers, why not another?


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Rachel Summers came from an alternate future wherein all the X-Men were killed in the classic Days of Future Past story from Uncanny X-Men #141-142. She went to the past but instead was brought to an alternate version of the reality that she came from.

Imagine having someone with that background from the future come into the midst of the underground mutant society who are trying to figure out how to survive. That would create a beautiful chaos from which the writers can play around with a new storyline. Rachel could be a major character for this series beginning with Season 2, one that will take us to the future and perhaps see some of the key X-Men characters even in cameo roles.

3. Warpath

James Proudstar is the brother of our resident tracker mutant, John. In the comics, James attacked the X-Men because he blamed them for the death of his brother, shortly after being recruited to join the team.


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In The Gifted series, Warpath could be introduced in a story wherein he believes that his brother died and has come to take revenge on the mutants. He will then realize that his brother wasn’t dead after all and decides to join the team. Seeing John mentor his own brother is a story that we were deprived of in the comics. Think of this as an alternate timeline wherein we finally see these two characters develop side-by-side. For those Native American fans who were saddened by the portrayal of Thunderbird as an arrogant representation of the Apache, The Gifted could redeem the character as a loving and thoughtful brother.

4. Nimrod

Let’s go for some villains this time, shall we?


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One of the most dangerous Sentinels ever created, Nimrod can look like a human and pose as a huge threat to the mutant underground. Never mind that he looks like a Transformer robot in pink (yes, he looks terrible…he was created in the 80’s!). Nimrod is a formidable villain who could be the first major Sentinel that the mutants face.

5. Freedom Force

Yup, I just suggested a bunch of X-Men characters for my last pick. It’s my list so my rules.


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Don’t let the name fool you. The Freedom Force is basically Mystique’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants that was enlisted by the US government to capture and take down their own kind. That idea doesn’t seem too far-fetched for the type of government being run in The Gifted. Recruiting mutants to hunt down other mutants would make for an interesting battle royale at the end of the season, perhaps in Season 1 or in a future season of the show.

Mystique appears to be the only untouchable member of this ensemble because Jennifer Lawrence plays her on the big screen. But we don’t have to be deprived of seeing Avalanche, Blob, Crimson Commando, Pyro, Stonewall, Super Sabre, Spiral, and Destiny on the small screen.

The mutant underground versus the Freedom Force is one match-up I’d love to see very soon. But first, our heroes need to recruit Havok, Rachel, and Warpath to make this an even battle.

What do you say, Marvel and Fox? Let’s take the show to another level and bring to life these X-Men characters on The Gifted!

Omar Guerrero