Polaris soundtrack – other characters selection

I’ve posted and re-posted a Polaris soundtrack I put together previously. This time, I feel like pulling out the portions of it that involve other characters.

Decision, Xavier or Magneto: I Radio Heaven by Over The Rhine (lyrics)

Attraction (Iceman): Magnetized by Garbage (lyrics)

  • This one’s heavily inspired by Iceman’s sexual orientation and light shed on it in recent years, and how Lorna relates to it.

Freezing Feelings (Iceman): Blue Caravan by Vienna Teng (lyrics)

  • The lyrics at the end are the key reason behind this pick.

Self-Exile (Havok): Now I Can Die by Nina Gordon (lyrics)

  • Setting: Polaris living the “civilian” life with Havok after leaving the X-Men. My POV for this pick is… not a nice one.

Left at the Altar (Havok): The Reckoning by Halestorm (lyrics)

  • Lorna
    was in an emotionally vulnerable state. The wedding was a bright spot
    after so much bad… then Havok took it away from her at the worst
    possible moment. This being Lorna’s response to being screwed with after
    all she’s been through.

Altar Aftermath (Havok): So We Can Stay Alive by Garbage (lyrics)

Warrior (Quicksilver): Warrior by Charlotte Martin (lyrics)

  • Pietro’s view of Lorna, inspired entirely by All-New X-Factor #13.

Lost Brother (Quicksilver): Unbroken by Missy Higgins (lyrics)

  • Technically more of a Quicksilver song, from Lorna’s POV.

Magnus Sisters (Scarlet Witch): Daughters of Darkness by Halestorm (lyrics

Polaris vs X-Men, Magneto and Xavier: Joan of Arc by In This Moment (lyrics)

  • Took
    this from another fan here on Tumblr (name I forget) who suggested this
    for Gifted version Lorna. In this case, I think it would be an
    excellent song for Lorna in a theoretical event where she’s like Jean
    during Phoenix Saga or Scarlet Witch during House of M. Magneto, Xavier,
    the X-Men in general have a history of taking her for granted and not
    caring about what happens to her for various reasons (especially in the
    Claremont era). Here’s Lorna questioning their “morality” and how easy
    they seem to find disregarding her feelings and experiences while
    exploiting her for their own interests.

I just got done responding to a guy on a message board presenting as a Polaris fan (I’m starting to question whether or not he is) who posted in a Polaris-based thread badmouthing three characters. I feel like I need to make a post detailing my opposition to any such claims from him or anyone else.

He badmouthed Quicksilver as supposedly being “whiny and a crybaby character.” He claimed Emma Dumont was saying she wanted to dress as female Pietro for Halloween “in jest” despite her repeatedly speaking well of her interest in him.

He badmouthed the idea of Scarlet Witch exploring magic storylines in her solo comic book, framing it as if it was a mistake entirely because it didn’t focus exclusively on the Magnus family. I will say here that I think Wanda’s severed connections did hurt the book a great deal and led to its low sales, but this guy was acting like magic storylines for Wanda themselves are bad, in essence saying she has no worth beyond any ties she might have.

The worst was his attitude about Iceman. He put down the idea of Lorna interacting with him while badmouthing his recent reveal as gay. The guy called Iceman’s reveal of being gay “forced,” “dumb,” and said things like “he don’t know if he’s gay or not.” He tried to spin Iceman’s homosexuality as some kind of barrier to other stories being told, instead of the additional character aspect to be explored alongside other stories that it actually is.

So let me be clear: every single one of these “complaints” was bullshit.

Pietro, Wanda, any character out there is full of amazing potential both for their relationships and all by themselves. That’s what makes characters interacting with each other so amazing. They bring their own things to the table. Anything entirely one-sided is an injustice to all characters involved and the full potential of whatever story is told.

Iceman being gay is not a limitation. It’s an awesome opportunity full of potential. There is so much that can be done on his own and specifically with Lorna and her long history with him. Representation matters, and I want to see their interactions with that representation fully intact.

If someone that’s a Polaris fan or someone claiming to be a Polaris fan is badmouthing your favorite character, or attacking much-needed representation, then I apologize for what they’re doing. They don’t speak for me, and I doubt they speak for most Lorna fans.

Relationship Options for Polaris

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When I talk about Polaris and her relationships, I normally talk about her family. The order tends to be Scarlet Witch, then Magneto, then Quicksilver, with the occasional other character.

I’ve decided to list some characters Lorna’s interacted with in the past that could lead to story opportunities. And, because Marvel can’t seem to give a damn about Polaris and use her at all, I’m going to talk about what could be done in her relationships with these characters. It’s not like there’s any risk that anyone at Marvel won’t write any of it due to me pointing it out.

It’s not an exhaustive list. Feel free to add other characters when reblogging if you wish.

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Great list and insights! Aside from the many X-Factor characters (many of whom have been retired it seems for the time being) I would love to see Lorna pair up with Emma. First of all their shared misery over Genosha. Second, Emma stood up for Lorna against Alex after he left her. Third, both have tendencies for “darkness” (plz excuse the simplicity I am typing on my phone); Emma was the Hellfire Club’s queen and Lorna has said she thinks there is good and bad in everyone (and she was more than willing to work for a super shady corporation- I always thought her line about Serval being do gooders was naive at worst, wilful ignorance maybe, or a straight up lie bc honestly).

Also I would love to see her interactions with Mystique. They were on a team when Mackie wrote X-Factor (while Victor Creed was interested in both of them – a stalker storyline that we have seen alluded to but never really played out between them).

Also I wanna meet Lorna’s mother’s family, and her step father’s family. We see so little of them in comics I almost believe she was estranged from the people who raised her.

Thank you! And that last one is a VERY good and interesting point! I think you hit on something with Lorna’s mother’s family and foster parents that’s been very overlooked by every Lorna fan out there until now, including myself.

The reasoning behind the original forced retcon for Lorna, which claimed she isn’t Magneto’s daughter, was some supposed investigation Iceman did into Lorna’s family history.

This becomes very interesting for a few reasons. Why and how is it that Iceman met with Lorna’s parents, entirely off panel, but Lorna didn’t? How did Iceman manage to “conclusively” learn that Magneto supposedly wasn’t Lorna’s father with such a short turn-around time of investigation, in a pre-Internet age where everything was on books and print newspapers and microfiche?

There are a lot of possibilities, but personally, I think the easiest explanations are 1) Lorna’s foster parents had some kind of bias or vested interest in convincing Iceman that Lorna wasn’t Magneto’s daughter (possibly because Magneto was perceived as purely a terrorist at the time), and 2) Lorna is estranged from her foster parents, just as you said. You’d think one of the very first things Lorna would’ve done on hearing Magneto was her father was contact her foster parents to learn more.

About Lorna being part of Serval’s X-Factor, and her claiming they’re do-gooders. In all honesty, I think Peter David’s intent was for her to be stupidly naive and eventually have a “shocking revelation” down the line. But, I think it would be more true to her character if she knew Serval was bad but wanted to turn their resources toward good, hoping to change the company from within. The scene where Pietro speaks highly of Lorna as an inspiration in one of ANXF’s issues would’ve been great lead-in for that, and it could’ve also been build-up for why Lorna has supported Havok so often.

It would also fit well with the thoughts on both Lorna and Emma having darkness in them. Lorna seems to deny her dark side most of the time rather than explore and indulge in it, and trying to help others avoid it might be her way of denying it within herself.

I wanted to say something about Mystique, but I couldn’t think of much to say to make a case there.

My head’s spinning now with thoughts about Lorna’s mother’s side of the family now. 🙂