Noah Hawley has made a name for himself at FX, putting his own personal spin on the Coen Brothers’ Fargo and turning it into an award-winning series in the process. The droll crime anthology has also proven capable of attracting top-notch talent from both film and TV, as the third season is now set to bring on the likes of Ewan McGregor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, David Thewlis, Scoot McNairy, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jim Gaffigan and more. It’s the sort of series networks dream of, as even though seasons don’t exactly appear like clockwork, the manner in which the increasingly impressive cast serves as a bullhorn to potential viewers likely makes up for its irregular arrivals.
While Hawley is preparing to set to work on Fargo season 3, he’s also preparing to show off his new series Legion, which is set to premiere in early February. An X-Men spinoff of sorts, the series is a television collaboration between Fox and Marvel, which promises to offer fans an entirely new spin on Marvel’s merry mutants. Most of that has to do with the unique abilities held by protagonist David Haller (Dan Stevens), who was diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, and has since spent his days institutionalized and under heavy medication. David’s well-ordered life is turned upside down when he meets a new patient played by Fargo‘s Rachel Keller, and he begins to suspect that the voices and visions plaguing him his entire life might be something else entirely.
Aside from being connected to the lucrative – even outside of Marvel Studios – world of live-action Marvel Comics adaptations, Legion presents plenty to attract a storyteller like Hawley. Its inherently unreliable protagonist puts it in league with talked-about dramas like Mr. Robot and even The Night Of, while its comic book roots offer the show a chance to do things those series cannot: play around in the rich world of super-powered individuals and take part in the more outlandish aspects such storylines are accustomed to telling. And that seems to be what the recently released poster for the series is getting at. Take a look below:
The image makes for a fairly straightforward visual metaphor for the immense power seemingly locked away in David’s erroneously sedated brain, but it also evokes the often colorful and larger-than-life world that comic books choose to set their stories in. If nothing else, it certainly makes for an attractive image that will help draw attention to the series in the coming weeks ahead of its premiere.
So far, the marketing for Legion has played up the show’s 70s aesthetic, paying particular attention to the characters’ style of dress and the design of the sets – particularly the institution David currently calls home. These teasers, trailers, and images have certainly done a good job generating interest in the series, distinguishing it as a distinct character piece first and an X-Men spinoff second (if at all). This new poster adds another layer to the psychedelic aspects already hinted at in the early promotions and synopses for the show, seemingly confirming that Hawley is setting Legion up to be a wild, mind-blowing trip through one character’s unconventional brain.
It all adds up to another reason to look forward to what is shaping up to be one of 2017’s most anticipated new television series.
Legion premieres on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 @10pm on FX.