‘Legion’ Will Take Place in the ‘X-Men’ Universe

By August 25, 2016

Right now, it’s hard to think of a stranger and more unique Marvel project that’s in the works than FX’s Legion series, starring Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Hamish Linklater, and coming from Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley. Following a character from the comics who has a reputation of being legitimately insane as well, it probably didn’t come as that much of a surprise to fans when the show looked just as nuts and zany in its SDCC trailer too.

However, the show’s place in the Marvel universes has been one of mystery for the past several months, with the trailer openly using the word “mutant” at one point, though no official confirmation of it being in the X-Men film universe ever coming and a Marvel.com post mentioning David Haller (Stevens) as one of the top Marvel characters to look out for, making many wonder if it would instead take place in the MCU.

Or, as many fans had wondered, would it be the first sign of a possible crossover between the X-Men and Marvel Cinematic Universes? Especially with Doctor Strange set to begin the Marvel Multiverse later this year?

Well, while speaking at the Edinburgh Television Festival, X-Men director and one of the show’s producers, Bryan Singer, confirmed that Legion will be taking place in the X-Men film universe (H/T THR):

“[Legion is] part of the X-Men universe, but when you watch it, you wouldn’t have to label it, it could exist entirely on its own.”

So there you have it, we guess. This also interestingly enough, comes following the news yesterday when The Russo Brothers confirmed that there were in fact no talks happening between Marvel and Fox right now for an X-Men and Avengers crossover, though they said the possibility remains open sometime later down the line.

There’s still a lot we don’t know about Legion though and it’s place in the X-Men continuity, though Singer did confirm that a second X-Men TV series is still in the works right now, even after their Hellfire series fell through. Speaking on the mystery project, Singer said that it:

“will relate to future X-Men movies and has a really ambitious and fun and very unique storyline.”

He did not reveal what exactly the new series is or who it will follow from the comics, though the possibilities are certainly endless at this point. After all, did anyone ever really think they’d see a Legion TV series?

Legion will premiere on FX on 2017.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable