Legion Won't Be Part of the X-Men Cinematic Universe

Monday, 18 January 2016 - 12:24PM
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Monday, 18 January 2016 - 12:24PM
Legion Won't Be Part of the X-Men Cinematic Universe
Everyone is trying to be in the cinematic universe business that Marvel pioneered, but it looks like Fox will be taking DC's approach to their television series, as Legion will officially be a "parallel universe" to the X-Men of the film franchise.

Legion follows Professor X's son, David, who has suffered from schizophrenia for his entire life, but in the pilot, begins to wonder if he actually has powers, and those voices and hallucinations are real. It was unclear whether the show would tie into the cinematic universe a la Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but it looks like the two universes will be entirely separate.

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"It's not in the continuity of those films in the sense the current X-Men films take place in a universe in which everybody on planet Earth is aware of the existence of mutants," FX president John Landgraf said at TCA this weekend (via io9). "The series Legion takes place in a parallel universe, if you will, in which the US government is in the early days of being aware that something called mutants exist but the public is not. I wouldn't foresee characters moving back and forth because they really are parallel universes."
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This makes sense, as it would have changed Legion's journey considerably if the world were aware of mutants, as they are in the films. It also would have been difficult to make a series about Professor X's son without including his famous father, which would have presumably been too expensive if he were played by James McAvoy or Patrick Stewart. 

Although it would have been interesting to see a TV tie-in, this seems to be for the best. We've seen how great TV shows can be when they're not creatively hampered by continuity with more successful films (The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl), and we've seen how terrible shows can be when they're painted into a corner by the movies (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 1). They will have much more creative freedom this way, which will be necessary if it's really going to become "the Breaking Bad of superhero shows." 

The series hasn't officially been ordered yet, but the script has been written and Landgraf claims it will premiere before the end of the year.
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