With ‘Legion‘ showing the son of Professor X one would hope that eventually we’d have an appearance by the ‘X-Men’ and while everything is pointing towards it not happening, the idea isn’t out of the realm of possibility. We’ve just learned that there is a chance that more known mutants and the X-Men themselves may be able to pop up at some point in the future if it can earn the ratings to deserve them. With the Matt Nix series addressing the X-Men right off the bat we’ve all wondered what might be holding ‘Legion’ back from doing so and executive producer Noah Hawley is weighing further in on it.
Basically, he doesn’t want to rely on the X-Men as almost a crutch:
“I think it’s important for us to establish this as a fully realized world with fully realized characters. It does connect and it can connect, but I’m not relying on that. I have to prove myself. I have to prove that the show is good enough to incorporate those elements from the movie world, if that were ever possible.”
If we do see mutants, especially Professor X, showing up in the series it really needs the ratings to prove itself for that to happen. Oh, and it wouldn’t be in the first season:
“It’s sort of a non-starter to say James McAvoy’s going to be in my show. I’m not saying never, but certainly not in the first year of it. You’d have to pay those guys so much money to begin with. You’d have to pay them movie money in a different medium.”
As someone who was never a fan of Legion in the comics until Si Spurrier’s take on the character there was one silver lining for me in this interview. Fans of Legion though could be very disappointed in the news that the comic story arcs which involved the character aren’t going to be adapted at all:
‘With ‘Fargo,’ I’m going to tell you a story, and it’s going to feel like you’re watching a Coen brothers movie and here I’m going to tell you a story and it’s going to feel like that world that you love and those comics that you love, yet because it’s not based on material that you know, you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
I’m glad that a tie-in to the cinematic universe isn’t completely being thrown out at this point though hope that the ratings and quality end up having the show deserve it. I feel that one area Marvel has severely fallen short on is tying ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ into the greater cinematic universe outside of the occasional namedrop and it sounds like that won’t be a problem with Nix’s show and hopefully won’t be here either.
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