It’s been a looong wait, but we’ve finally got some new promo for Legion, Marvel’s new TV show, and boy does it look trippy as hell.
To recap, here’s the synopsis:
“Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he is confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real. In the comics, David is the son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier (aka Professor X) and Israeli Holocaust survivor Gabrielle Haller. The character first appeared in New Mutants No. 25 in March 1985.”
I’m actually really digging the overall look of the show as it seems to be mostly set in and around a highly stylised, state-of-the-art facility where David Haller (Dan Stevens) is receiving treatment. There’s also glimpses of Parks and Recs alum Aubrey Plaza as Lenny, who befriends David while they’re in the facility, as well as some cool CGI that you don’t see on TV very often.
What is truly astonishing though, is the fact that Marvel and Fox are talking again. Legion is being produced by Jeph Loeb and Jim Chor from Marvel Television, as well as the trio behind Fox’s X-Men franchise, Simon Kinberg, Lauren Shuler Donner and Bryan Singer. Of course, Marvel Television is still a separate entity from Marvel Studios, so don’t expect any mutants to crossover into the MCU anytime soon.
However, Singer has told The Hollywood Reporter that Legion and another planned X-Men series “will relate to future X-Men movies”. Given that he doesn’t seem to be involved in the upcoming X-Men movie, I’m not sure how this will turn out.
Marvel has also released a new promo image for the show. Can you spot the hidden message?
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) December 8, 2016
Legion is an existing character in the Marvel comic canon, but his backstory is a complicated one. David Haller is actually the son of one Charles Xavier, and is cursed with the power to absorb a person’s psyche into his own. This leads him to develop a form of dissociative mental disorder that leaves him highly unpredictable and volatile.
But that seems to be where the similarities end. Showrunner Noah Hawley has said that this is set in a world where most people still don’t know about the existence of mutants, which means David himself doesn’t have a clue about what is happening to him.
Hawley has also said that Legion is part exploration into mental illness and part love story. David’s burgeoning relationship with Syd (Rachel Keller) is integral to his journey of understanding his own mind, which…sounds a little sketchy to me, to be honest. But I’m still intrigued to see how this show pans out.
Legion will premiere in the US on FX on Feb 8, 2017.