When it comes to Legion, it seems like every X-Men fan is asking one simple question: Crossover, please? Thanks to 20th Century Fox, the cinematic universe of X-Men is an extensive one, and the franchise is now extending its reach to television. In February, FX will debut Legion and introduce audiences to a mutant named David Haller who shoulders a rather powerful mutation. Given the character's expansive history in the comics, many wondered whether Legion would take place in the same world as the X-Men movies and allow crossovers.
Now, fans have gotten a straightforward answer on the topic, and it may disappoint some fans. In an interview with IGN, producer Lauren Shuler Donner was asked if Legion would be within the larger X-Men film universe - and she said no.
"No, we're making it separate," she explained. "We're our own world."
When asked to clarify her words, Donner stressed that Legion and the X-Men film universe are entirely separate. IGN even inquired about Legion's possible iteration of Professor Xavier and whether it could be that of Patrick Stewart or James McAvoy. Donner confirmed that it would not be either of those versions because Legion is "in a different world."
Of course, there are loopholes around the separate universes schtick. If FX and 20th Century Fox wanted, a crossover between the franchises could happen one way or another. Earlier this month, Legion's executive producer touched upon the topic of crossovers and seemed cautiously optimistic.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Noah Hawley said, "I'm firm believer the show has to stand on its own two feet. For a crossover to be possible we have to earn that right through the quality of our storytelling and hopefully our popularity. David's origin story hasn't changed, so we haven't changed that connection to the X-Men universe."
Legion is the story of a troubled young man who may be more than human. It introduces the story of David Haller, who since he was a teenager, 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.
Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey), Rachel Keller (Fargo), Jean Smart (Fargo), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Jeremie Harris (A Walk Among the Tombstones), Amber Midthunder (Hell or High Water), Katie Aselton (The League) and Bill Irwin (Interstellar) star in Legion.
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Noah Hawley (Fargo) will serve as an Executive Producer along with Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool), Bryan Singer (X-Men: Apocalypse, Superman Returns), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Martian), Jeph Loeb (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's Jessica Jones), Jim Chory (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's Jessica Jones) and John Cameron (Fargo, The Big Lebowski). Legion is the latest project from Hawley and Cameron, two of the Executive Producers of the Emmy and Golden Globe -winning FX limited series Fargo.0comments
Legion premieres on Feb. 8, 2017, at 10 p.m. ET on FX.