Will Legion Help The X-Men Universe?
It’s a franchise that has had many up’s and down’s over the years, but at the end of the day it’s clear that Fox is not interested in giving the cinematic rights to X-Men back to Marvel any time soon. Especially with the massive success this year’s Deadpool.
There’s no doubt that when the first X-Men film was released in 2000 we were excited to see our favourite mutants on the big screen. Even though it wasn’t as action packed as later instalments we appreciated the work Bryan Singer did on the project and its first sequel. The problem is from X-Men: The Last Stand onward the films have gone up and down in quality, continually ignored continuity, and ruined live action depictions of beloved characters and storylines from the comics (insert Phoenix Saga here). With all this fans have been left questioning the future of the X-Men cinematic universe.
So is its redemption going to be found on the small screen? It appear it might be. For a while Fox has been announcing plans for many different X-Men related television shows such as Hellfire, which focuses on The Hellfire Club, and now with Legion getting a trailer at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con we finally have a look at what is actually in store for us.
Legion follows the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), an omega level mutant and Professor Charles Xavier’s son in the comics, as he deals with his abilities and the psychological affects they have on him. He is diagnosed as schizophrenic, constantly in and out of hospital, but soon begins to realise the vision he’s been having and the voices in his head may be real. The show is said to be set in a parallel universe, so will not be hindered by any of the timeline craziness of the X-Men films. It will apparently still have tie-ins even if a crossover never happens. However, from the trailer it seems that the show may fair better as a stand-alone series rather than link to the films like Marvel’s Agents of Shield does with the MCU.
Fox has undoubtable provided us with a great deal of amazing TV shows, and we’re hoping this is no exception. A big problem with the films lately is characters over. For example X-Men: Apocalypse introduced so many character/origins you didn’t have time to connect with them before moving to the next. With the show focusing on one primary character we’ll hopefully be given a more in-depth and personal story week by week. Fingers crossed it’s able to deliver.
Legion is set to arrive on 2017.