While Fox has been making a splash at the box office over the past few years with Deadpool and Logan, they’ve slowly been duplicating their success on TV. Soon, we’ll see a new generation of mutants come to life on The Gifted. In the meantime, all eyes are on FX’s Legion, a bold and audacious show that’s won over critics and audiences alike. Thanks to its surreal visuals, nonlinear narrative, and stellar cast, the show stands high above other superhero offerings on TV. Part of that is also due to the singular vision of Noah Hawley, who proved capable of upping himself following the critical success of Fargo.
While the final episode of the season has yet to air, FX recently announced that a season two was on its way. With so much of the first season focusing on David’s battle with supposed insanity and the meddling of the Shadow King, there’s no telling where the next season will go. The comics are full of crazy story arcs featuring Legion, but there’s no guarantee we’ll see any of them on TV. And though Hawley drew plenty of inspiration from the page, he’s made it clear in the past that this show is its own entity.
Speaking with reporters (via CBR) about the new season, Hawley opened up about how much the comics would affect things moving forward.
“I think as we do with Fargo, I think fans who are really familiar with the at world, they really appreciate certain connections and a sense of being rewarded for knowing the stories so well. But at the same time, my goal was always to sort of use this character as a way to have a conversation and tell a story that was my story, that was interesting to me, and to try to get at the heart of what this character is and [what] this journey is for him, not literally sort of reenacting issues of the comic book, or storylines from the comic book.”
Despite his reluctance to draw from familiar story arcs, Hawley still made sure to point out that the characters and plots from the comics wouldn’t be entirely disregarded when it comes to crafting the show.
“So, I don’t think you’ll see the show suddenly look to the comics for storylines, but you may see ideas or characters or images that are familiar to you.”
Of course, the biggest plot from the show that fans are hoping to see is David’s parentage. In the lore, David is the son of Professor Charles Xavier, and the show has certainly danced around that fact. While there’s no word how connected the series is to the movies, it does seem like getting Patrick Stewart to appear on an FX show would be a tall order. Then again, he did recently conclude his series Blunt Talk. Even better, he’s flat out said he’d be down for a cameo. Still, Hawley admitted that the logistics were astounding and far beyond his station.
“I think that’s something we’re definitely going to approach. It’s a creative conversation, but it’s also a sort of corporate conversation, you know, on some level, in terms of the movie studio and their relationship to the X-Men and the characters they want in the movies and want to protect potentially. And were we to want to have Professor X on the show, or even Patrick Stewart on the show, James McAvoy or one of those actors, is a conversation both with the actor and with the studio. So, I don’t know, I haven’t really dived into that quandary yet, but certainly I need to start thinking about it.”
While this may sound a bit discouraging for fans, it’s nothing that couldn’t have been surmised. And the possibility is certainly not completely out of the question. Even if Stewart can’t appear, perhaps McAvoy could show up in some sort of flashback. After all, it’s not as if Legion doesn’t bend reality on a regular basis. With the finale right around the corner, hopefully we’ll know more about season 2 soon.
Legion season 1 concludes this Wednesday with ‘Chapter 8’ @ 10pm on FX.