Ever since it was announced that FX would be developing an X-Men TV series, the first question out of everybody’s mouths was of course: “Will it connect to the feature films? And if so, how?”
Marvel is known for its ability to interweave stories and character arcs within its wider universe, and this has led to a franchise that spans multiple movies and TV shows. We probably won’t see Spiderman drop in on Luke Cage, or see anyone mention the folks of the short-lived Agent Carter again – but it’s nice to know that they could if they wanted to. The X-Men movies tend to be a bit more flexible with timelines and continuity than most audiences are comfortable with, but there’s enough of a history with the better-known characters for there to be grounds for some spinoffs.
Legion follows the self-affirming journey of David Haller, a mutant whose telekinetic powers have been written off as schizophrenia. He is known in the comics for being the son of Professor X, played by James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart in the series of feature films from 20th Century Fox.
So will there be a crossover with Legion and the films that have been built around the powerhouse trio of James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence? Noah Hawley, creator and executive producer of the upcoming FX series isn’t saying anything definitive about the possibility just yet. He spoke to Variety about allowing his new show the chance to stand on its own two feet:
“I think it’s important for us to establish this as a fully realized world with fully realized characters. It does connect and it can connect, but I’m not relying on that. I have to prove myself. I have to prove that the show is good enough to incorporate those elements from the movie world, if that were ever possible.”
He also mentioned how unlikely it would be to snag a movie star for his show so early on:
“It’s sort of a non-starter to say James McAvoy’s going to be in my show. I’m not saying never, but certainly not in the first year of it. You’d have to pay those guys so much money to begin with. You’d have to pay them movie money in a different medium.”
Hawley is best-known for creating and writing the critically acclaimed FX show Fargo. He apparently chose to approach the similarly derivative X-Men show in the same vein:
“With Fargo, I’m going to tell you a story, and it’s going to feel like you’re watching a Coen Brothers movie. And here I’m going to tell you a story and it’s going to feel like that world that you love and those comics that you love, yet because it’s not based on material that you know, you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
It sounds like David Haller won’t receive any surprise visits from Dad anytime soon.
Legion is scheduled to premiere February 8th on FX, with a first season of 8 episodes.