Earlier this year, Fox revealed that it wanted a X-Men TV series on the network—the only thing holding it back being that Marvel needed to sign off on it, because the studio only had feature film rights. Given the rumors of a feud between Fox and Marvel over the Fantastic Four, a deal didn’t seem very likely. But today, Fox and Marvel have jointly announced two new television projects—Legion and Hellfire—that will land on FX and Fox, respectively. Both will be set in the X-Men film universe.
Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley is writing and creating Legion for FX, which will focus on David Haller (pictured above), a young man who may be the most powerful mutant alive. In the comics, David Haller is the son of Professor Charles Xavier, and that family connection could potentially leave the door open for Patrick Stewart to reprise his role in some capacity.
FX’s official description of Legion doesn’t mention Haller’s ties to Xavier, but it does touch on his schizophrenia—which left each alternate personality in Haller’s mind with a mutant power of their own.
“Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness,” the press announcement reads. “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.”
Over on Fox, the previously rumored X-Men series will actually be called Hellfire, focusing on the—you guessed it—Hellfire Club, whose members were prominent in X-Men: First Class (pictured above). Hellfire will take place in ’60s and focus on “a young Special Agent who learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires – known as ‘The Hellfire Club’ – to take over the world.”
Considering that most of the established Hellfire Club characters were either killed off in First Class or dead by the time that X-Men: Days of Future Past took place, Hellfire is an unusual choice to build a series around. It’s also been several years since the Hellfire Club was a serious presence in the X-Men comic books.
It’s unclear what Marvel gets out of this deal beyond the production credits. But if the two sides are talking again, it may potentially lead to bigger and better deals on the cinematic side. Of course, Marvel fans would love to see the Fantastic Four characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Perhaps this is the first step towards that goal.
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