Legion is kind of a big deal. A spin-off of the X-Men franchise (though not necessarily taking place in that movie universe), the television series is the first true collaboration between Marvel and Fox. With showrunner Noah Hawley (Fargo) at the helm, the television series also stars the likes of Dan Stevens (The Guest) as protagonist David Haller and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation) as his friend Lenny.
The story revolves around a mutant – David – with nearly unlimited powers, hampered by their cost on his mental health. Split between multiple personalities, each of David’s powers are only accessible by a part of his fractured mind.
With a new TV promo from FX [see above], we now have an idea what one of these powers entails. The spot highlights a Freaky Friday styled body swap, triggered by a kiss. David seems just as surprised as anybody by the development, which suggests the show will see him testing his own limits. But it’s also possible that something even stranger is at play.
In the comics, David is the product of an affair between X-Men founder and powerful telepath Professor Charles Xavier and Gabrielle Haller. In Fox’s X-Men: The Last Stand, Professor X pulls a move from fellow telepath Psylocke’s comic history, by swapping minds with a comatose body to save himself from death. So while this type of development is certainly zany, it’s not unfounded (or even uncommon) for the property. That said, it’s uncertain whether David is even the one who triggered the body swap. He suggests in the series’ Comic-Con trailer that he believes the girl was a mutant and that her powers are the ones responsible. (Or maybe he is the girl, and she is just one of his many forms and personalities manifesting.)
What’s uncertain about the show is how it will handle its premise. With dozens of canon comic powers, personalities, and forms to choose from, will Legion be structured as a “power-of-the-week” dramedy or will there be an overarching superheroic adventure at play? With a gaggle of superhero shows already on the market, it certainly seems to have a unique set-up, but how it plans to use that hook to differentiate itself has yet to be seen. Considering the character’s loose grip on his own identity, it seems like Legion could potentially have a lot to say about the human struggle to find ourselves.
Legion is expected to debut early 2017 on FX.
Source: FX Networks