The New X-Men Spinoff "Legion" Just Released a New Mind-Bending Teaser

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 - 3:00PM
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Tuesday, 18 October 2016 - 3:00PM
The New X-Men Spinoff "Legion" Just Released a New Mind-Bending Teaser
We got to see a sneak-peak of the new FX series Legion at New York Comic-Con this year, and what we saw was pretty impressive: the main character, David, is Professor X's son (despite the showrunner and president of the network initially claiming that Legion doesn't take place in the same universe as other X-Men media), but his abilities have landed him in a mental hospital rather than a superhero team. Reality seems to warp in strange ways around David, and his telekinesis can wreak serious havoc when it spins out of control, leaving David unsure what's real, or even what he is. Coincidentally, that's the caption on the new teaser FX just released:



This teaser contains some of the same footage of the first trailer (see below), but includes two important new clips: a scene with David's friend Lenny telling him "They're comin', and they're gonna kill you!" with a smile, and a scene at the very end, where David asks his love interest, Syd, "I have to know...is this real?" Already, the show is shaping up to be a seeming cross between Stranger Things and Mr. Robot, with all the surreal, supernatural visuals and paranoid, unreliable narrators that entails.



It hasn't been shown in the trailers or teasers so far, but one of the main features of Legion in the comics is his multiple personality disorder (or dissociative personality disorder), which allows him, in conjunction with his mutant powers, to copy the identity and powers of those around him. Each personality has control over a different set of powers, and Legion canonically has been able to absorb the powers and personalities of many powerful mutants, including Professor X. The name "Legion" comes ostensibly from Mark 5:9 in the Bible, when Jesus asks the demon of Gadarenes "What is your name?", to which the demon replies "My name is Legion, for we are many."



There's a good chance we'll be seeing David's canonical multiple personalities due to the nature of the character and the name of the show, but another indicator that the show is following the comics is the assessment David's "handlers" make in both of the teasers so far—the line that David may be the most powerful mutant they've seen so far. In the comics, Legion is considered an Omega-Class mutant, which is the most powerful kind—other Omega-class mutants, like Phoenix, can mess around with space, time, cosmic energy, and even time-travel. So those may be the stakes we're working with!

All in all, it may be best that Legion is a standalone show—you don't really need the X-Men to show up with eye-lasers and adamantium claws when the real conflict is a journey into one man's mind.


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