Marvel and Fox Team Up for X-Men Series 'Legion' and 'Hellfire'

Thursday, 15 October 2015 - 11:18AM
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Thursday, 15 October 2015 - 11:18AM
Marvel and Fox Team Up for X-Men Series 'Legion' and 'Hellfire'
Fox and Marvel are finally putting aside their differences, as they are bringing the characters Legion and the Hellfire Club to television. FX has just ordered Legion to pilot, while Fox network has done the same for the series called Hellfire.

Legion will follow David Haller, who is Professor X's son in the comics. There's no mention of an official X-Men connection, but considering that Fox is desperate to capitalize on their X-Men success, I would be very surprised if this weren't also true in the show, even if his father is never depicted onscreen. The official synopsis for the series reads:

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"Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he's confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real."
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Hellfire will tell the story of Marvel Comics's Hellfire Club, an international social club for wealthy elites that has a secret agenda to take over the world. Members have included classic X-Men villains such as Emma Frost, Magneto, and Sebastian Shaw, and the club was featured heavily in X-Men: First Class. The official synopsis for the series reads:

Opening quote
"Set in the late 1960s, the series — which will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling the physical production — follows a young Special Agent who learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires – known as 'The Hellfire Club' – to take over the world."
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Both series have a huge amount of talent on their side, as they will be co-produced by X-Men veterans Lauren Schuler Donner, Bryan Singer, and Simon Kinberg, as well as Marvel Television's Jeph Loeb, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Jim Chory.

This is exciting news on its own, but it also seems to indicate that Fox and Marvel are working together much more than usual, which could lead to bigger and better things. It's still just a rumor, but this news does lend a little bit of credibility to the report that Fantastic Four might return to Marvel. If the two companies are working together, perhaps they could come up with some kind of compromise a la Sony/Marvel's Spider-Man.
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