Legion, the upcoming X-Men television series on FX, just had its big New York Comic-Con panel where they previewed the first half of the pilot which will air in 2017. During the panel, Jeph Loeb (Marvel TV president and executive producer) was asked whether this show has any potential to connect with other Marvel projects, aside from already existing in the X-Men Cinematic Universe.
Loeb wouldn’t make any promises, but he gave quite an intriguing answer to the question as he said the following, which was specifically about this show with other Marvel properties.
“The fact that I’m sitting here is an indication of bridges that are being made, and people like Lauren who are facilitating that and making that happen.”
And when he says “Lauren”, he refers to executive producer Lauren Shuler Donner, who has been involved with the X-Men films. She spoke about the show being in its own corner in the cinematic universe.
“For me, this is exactly what I wanted. It is far away from the X-Men movies, yet it still lives within that universe. The only way for the X-Men to keep continuing forward is to always be original and surprise each time out. This is really a surprise. This is very, very different.”
While no new trailer was released from the panel, you can check out the one from San Diego Comic-Con, in case you haven’t seen it.
“Legion” introduces the story of David Haller: 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.”
FX’s Legion, starring Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Aubrey Plaza, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton and Bill Irwin, premieres in early 2017.
The series is being executive produced by Fargo’s Noah Hawley and James Cameron, along with X-Men film producers Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, X-Men director Bryan Singer, Marvel TV President Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.