Not to be outdone by Netflix, FX is getting into the Marvel game. Premiering in early 2017, Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley is taking on Legion. The series will follow the Mutant David Haller (Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens) who has been a part of the Marvel universe since he was first introduced back in 1985. So far, eight episodes of the series have been ordered. So who is this mutant and how does he fit in with the X-Men and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Here’s everything you need to know about Legion before it debuts on FX.
Haller’s Origin Story
David Haller was introduced in the Marvel comics as a villain. But his lineage is most interesting. Haller is the son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier and his former lover, Holocaust survivor Gabrielle Haller. In the comics, Haller is powerful AF. He has his father’s telepathic abilities as well as telekinesis, the ability to time travel, he can absorb other mutants powers and he even has the power to alter reality. It doesn’t help that Haller is also mentally unstable in the comics making him diabolical AF. If that isn’t enough, Haller also suffers from a dissociative identity disorder and tends to lash out in violent rages. It looks like FX has a ton of material to work with.
How Will The TV Series Differ From The Comics?
It looks like the Legion version of David Haller will be an entirely original rendition of the character. First and foremost this Haller won’t be the son of Charles Xavier. From the trailers and teasers, it doesn’t look like Haller is diabolical. He simply looks a bit…eccentric. As far as his powers go, it appears that Haller has both telekinetic abilities and the ability to shift reality. From Legion‘s official description of the character, it looks like the Haller does still suffer from mental illness. It reads, “Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.”
The Show Itself
In the series, Haller is a mental patient who falls in love with a woman named Syd (Rachel Keller) who is touch-phobic. As he comes to know her, Haller suspects that Syd has powers of her own, ones that may enable her to swap consciousnesses with others. At some point, Syd disappears and David suspects some group called, “they” have accosted her. It appears that Legion is going to be unlike anything we’ve seen from Marvel on TV before. The tone is much less straight forward and instead quirky AF, perhaps drawing some parallels from Haller’s state of mind. Things are going to get very peculiar and we couldn’t be more excited. Fargo alum Jean Smart and Parks and Recreation alum Aubrey Plaza will also star.
How Will Legion Connect With The X-Men Films?
So far it’s been pretty unclear if the show will exist in the same universe as the X-Men films. Earlier this year, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf told Slashfilm that the show is “not in the continuity of those films,” but rather in a “parallel universe” where the public is not yet aware of mutants’ existence. However, X-Men director Bryan Singer recently told The Hollywood Reporter that Legion is “part of the X-Men universe” and that it “will relate to future X-Men movies.” Basically, we’re not sure what to think at this point.
Will you be watching Legion when it premieres on FX?