Last year when FX announced they were developing a TV series based on the Marvel comics title and “X-Men” spin-off “Legion,” naturally immediate questions came up in terms of if and/or how the show would link to the wider X-Men film universe.
Shared universes are big business now, and “Legion” boasts several of the same executive producers as the “X-Men” films. As of now the trailers have mentioned the show takes place in a world of mutants, but hasn’t indicated any other connections thus far.
Showrunner Noah Hawley (“Fargo”) was asked by Entertainment Weekly about the possibility of a crossover sometime in the future. He responded:
“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.”
In the “Legion” comics, the lead character of David Haller is the son of Professor X. Hawley’s comments would suggest it will be a while before any “X-Men” crossover might happen and even then it’s no guarantee one will.
Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, and Aubrey Plaza star in “Legion” which premieres February 8th on FX.