Noah Hawley Says Legion Will "Stay True to the Origins" of the Character

Sunday, 09 October 2016 - 2:01PM
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Sunday, 09 October 2016 - 2:01PM
Noah Hawley Says Legion Will "Stay True to the Origins" of the Character
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Today at New York Comic Con, the Legion producers and cast took the stage, and after going back and forth for many months, showrunner Noah Hawley said that whether Legion takes place within the X-Men cinematic universe is "to be determined," but that we can at least remain assured that Dan Stevens' David Haller is indeed Professor X's son.

Hawley has hemmed and hawed about this subject before, alternately saying that Legion takes place in a separate universe, and then saying it takes place in a parallel universe. When asked whether Legion takes place in the same universe as the films, Hawley said it would be a "spoiler" to reveal that, since we're not supposed to know what's real and what's not while watching the pilot:
Opening quote
"There's a certain degree to which that's to be determined. We're in this subjective view through David's eyes, and the great thing about X-Men is that there are all of these parallel universes and timelines. It would be a spoiler in a true sense to say... I will say that we are true to the origins of this character and leave it at that."
Closing quote

So essentially, we're not supposed to know yet whether this universe is consistent with the films' universe, but we know that David will have a comparable origin to his character in the comics. In the Marvel Comics universe, Legion is the son of Professor X and Israeli Holocaust survivor Gabrielle Haller. When asked whether we would learn more about David's parents, Katie Aselton (who plays David's sister, Amy) simply said, "Yes," but wouldn't go any further.

This all makes sense, since the footage we saw from the show was very surrealistic and constantly makes the viewer question the reality of the events occurring through David's perspective. So as it stands now, we don't know whether the government actually knows about mutants, or technically whether mutants exist in this universe (although Hawley's statements seem to imply that they do). Either way, from what we've seen, this would be a show worth watching with or without the explicit X-Men connection.

Legion premieres on FX in early 2017.
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