Prepare to be confused FX previews Legion series at NYCC

first_img The cold and rain didn’t stop Marvel fans from flocking to the Hammerstein Ballroom to catch a glimpse of the upcoming FX series Legion at New York Comic Con on Sunday. An offshoot of the X-Men franchise, the show follows the story of David Haller, aka Legion, Charles Xavier’s mentally unstable son who has the potential to be one of the most powerful mutants.Moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Stack, the panel consisted of showrunner Noah Hawley (Fargo, Bones), executive producer Lauren Shuler Donner, executive producer and Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, as well as cast members Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Rachel Keller, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Katie Aselton, and Bill Irwin. As per Marvel tradition, nobody was really allowed to say much other than how excited they were to work on the series, lest a squadron of men in suits hauled them off to a gruesome fate.But as a reward for sticking it out, fans were treated to an extended preview of the pilot episode. And it was…okay, if a bit confusing.The entire series looks like it’s taken a bath in the Mayfair filter on Instagram—bright candy colors muted in a haze of grainy blue. In the first half of the episode, we’re given a quick crash course into David Haller’s turbulent life before entering a mental institution, including an alcohol-fueled, superpowered teenage run-in with the police and a failed attempt to hang himself. The episode then switches gears and focuses on Haller’s manic-pixie-meet-cute romance with Syd Barrett, Rachel Keller’s unhinged ingenue who refuses to be physically touched. It wasn’t until the last few minutes of the preview that Haller’s superpowers take center stage, and while I won’t spoil, it doesn’t necessarily bode well for him. Oh, and Aubrey Plaza is also in there with her signature deadpan, a pair of hipster headphones, and a penchant for quirkily drumming on tables.If that description gives you whiplash, then rest assured that it’s meant to. Supposedly, according to the creators, the disjointed nature of the episode mirrors the confusion in Haller’s mind about whether or not he actually has powers or is just completely off his rocker. It’s also reflective of Legion’s convoluted road to existence. More than a few questions at the panel centered around where exactly the show fits into the overall Marvel/Fox/X-Men universe, thanks to the very same legal quagmire that prevents the Avengers from mentioning that Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are Magento’s kids.The short of it? Yes, this is the same world as the X-Men films. Kinda. There’s a distinct possibility that Legion takes place in a parallel universe—a theory that showrunner Hawley didn’t outright deny when asked. No, this does not take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, they’re not shying away from the fact that Charles Xavier is Legion’s dad. (Dan Stevens pointed out the wheelchair in the first scene of the pilot). No, there’s probably not going to be a crossover with the X-Men films or the MCU—but also hey, you never know what kind of superpowers Marvel’s lawyers have.FX didn’t announce a specific date for the Legion premiere, but you can expect it to air sometime in early 2017. Hopefully, by then we’ll all be a whole lot less confused. Stay on target American Horror Story season 6 takes a turn down familiar paths last_img read more

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