FX's Legion Will Be Separate from the X-Men Cinematic Universe

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 - 3:15PM
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Wednesday, 01 June 2016 - 3:15PM
FX's Legion Will Be Separate from the X-Men Cinematic Universe
Like Marvel and DC before it, X-Men is expanding to television, but it was unclear whether it would follow Marvel's lead and make tonally different shows that are still part of the larger MCU, or take a cue from DC and make an entirely separate television universe. For now, it looks like it's the latter, as Legion showrunner Noah Hawley says that the series will be "a standalone kind of thing" in relation to the movie universe.

In a recent interview with Hitfix, Hawley said when asked whether the show is in the movies' continuity:
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"No, it's not. It's a little more of a fable in my mind. If you were to say, 'Where is it, and when is it?,' it's not exactly clear, I think. And a lot of it is because he's not exactly clear. It's the world as perceived subjectively on some level. The recent X-Men movies, starting with First Class, are rooted in a time period and a world and playing with history in interesting ways. This isn't doing that.
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From what we know about the show, this sounds like good news. Legion appears to be first and foremost a character study, and has even been described as the "Breaking Bad of superhero shows," which would be difficult to reconcile with the tone of the movies. Although the MCU has successfully launched dark antiheroes in their television shows, it's mostly because shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones feel separate from the movie universe, and don't include any of the most iconic characters.

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"It's none of the iconic characters from the movie franchise," Hawley said of Legion. "I think that's a strength on some level, because those characters come with rules. It's hard. You don't want to be handcuffed, when you're trying to explore something. The power of making something unpredictable is really an important thing to preserve."
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It mostly seems like Legion will be completely separate, especially since the premise requires that the world not be too familiar with mutants. But that doesn't necessarily mean that David Haller won't still be Professor X's son, which means that we might get to see Charles Xavier recast for television at some point.

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"He could be," Hawley said. "It's a different story, but I'm not ruling that out.
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