First Look at the Troubled Mutant at the Heart of the X-Men TV Spinoff Legion

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Good news, X-fans: Fox is going forward with the first of its X-Men universe TV shows, Legion, and has given it a series order. Check out the first picture of Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens as David Haller (who may or may not be Professor X’s estranged son) above!

Legion—which is decidedly not considered part of the current movieverse and its higgledy piggledy continuity—follows Stevens’ Haller, a schizophrenic who starts to begin thinking his wild visions of mutants and superpowers may actually be real. (In the comics, Haller’s powers come from his father, Charles Xavier, although the show has yer to confirm this family connection.) Stevens will be joined by Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, and more in the series.

It’s not a full season run—just eight episodes—but it shows that Fox and Marvel, who is co-producing Legion through its TV branch, must have some faith in this alternative take on the X-universe.

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angriergeek
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It’s not a full season run—just eight episodes

Okay, this is a smart move that others should emulate. I kinda want it to succeed for this reason alone. Take a character, tell a story to completion. Don’t think about second seasons or setting up connections to other properties. Just tell. your. story.