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Fox Cancels Hellfire But Adds Another Marvel Mutant Show to Its Roster

Mutant Registration Act Marketing from November 1987, Art by Jon Bogdanove.
Mutant Registration Act Marketing from November 1987, Art by Jon Bogdanove.

We’re about to get another Marvel TV show—but this one is coming to Fox, as part of plans to expand the mutant universe beyond the X-Men films. But with its arrival, one previously announced X-show between has already been canceled.


Revealed by Variety, the untitled series does not appear to have roots in a specific character or comic series like Hellfire and Legion, but still deals with the long-running themes of prejudice and persecution mutants face in Marvel’s comic universe. The show will follow a family on the run from the government after two parents discover their child has mutant powers, leading them to join an underground resistance group of mutants fighting back for their survival.

Nix will write the series—a co-production between Fox and Marvel Television, with Fox handling physical production of the show—and Executive producer alongside Bryan Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, and Simon Kinberg from Fox, as well as Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory from Marvel.


The announcement of the series isn’t all happy news however: Nix’s show is now going to be the first Marvel series to make its way to Fox, because the previously announced Hellfire series, which we’ve heard very little of since its announcement alongside Legion (which will air on FX), is now no more. We’ll bring you more on the new show as we know it.

James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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My dream series would be a Terminator-style Days of Future show dealing with mutant and human resistances fighting against the Sentinels. Could have great drama, bad ass deaths (oh no, old Wolverine just got vaporized in the pilot!), and have all sorts of bad ass future weapons.

So... mutant Battlestar reboot, I guess?