It Looks Like Legion Will Be Part of the X-Men Movie Universe After All

Thursday, 25 August 2016 - 11:47AM
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Thursday, 25 August 2016 - 11:47AM
It Looks Like Legion Will Be Part of the X-Men Movie Universe After All
Legion has been billed as a standalone series ever since it started to get off the ground, with the showrunner and network president both claiming that it will take place in a different universe/timeline than the films. But now, veteran X-Men producer Bryan Singer has confirmed that Legion is *technically* part of the X-Men cinematic universe, which seems to be the story that will stick.

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"[Legion is] part of the X-Men universe, but when you watch it, you wouldn't have to label it, it could exist entirely on its own," Singer said at the Edinburgh Television Festival (via Comicbook.com).
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This seems to run contrary to previous statements made by people involved in the series. Showrunner Noah Hawley said none of the characters from the movie franchise will show up (even though the protagonist is Professor X's son), and FX president John Landgraf said earlier this year that the show would take place in a "parallel universe."

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"It's not in the continuity of those films in the sense that the current X-Men films take place in a universe where everybody on planet earth is aware of the existence of mutants. Legion takes place in a parallel universe if you will where the government is aware mutants exist but the public is not. I wouldn't see characters moving back and forth because they really are parallel universes."
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It's possible that "parallel universes" is consistent with Bryan Singer's assertion that it's still part of the X-Men "universe," just not part of the same timeline. We haven't heard where Legion will take place in the X-Men timeline, so whether it's actually part of the movie universe or not would probably depend on whether it took place before or after the world found out about mutants. 

Meanwhile, Hawley claims that the timeline is sort of fudged, so it looks like it will be able to stand alone, but nothing will necessarily be precluding it from taking place in the same universe as the movies:

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"It's a little more of a fable in my mind," Hawley said in June when asked if the show was part of the movies' continuity. "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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Legion stars Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, and Fargo's Rachel Keller. FX has ordered eight episodes, which will air sometime in 2017.
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