Marvel’s upcoming TV series Legion continues to reveal new layers to its complex title character, also known as Charles Xavier’s mutant son David Haller (Dan Stevens). Despite being diagnosed as schizophrenic from a young age, Haller quickly begins to realize that many of the crazy things he sees and does may not only be a result of mental illness.
Several trailers and promos have already been released to show the complexities of Haller as a character, like his body-switching powers and inability to tell real life from hallucinations. The newest promo clip for the show hints that Haller’s multiple personalities, like in the original Marvel comics, will play a major role in the series and be explored in-depth.
Titled “Control”, the promo clip shows Haller meeting with an unnamed interrogator (Hamish Linklater) and Dr. Cary Loudermilk (Bill Irwin) to talk about how he’s feeling in his own mind. The interrogator appears incredulous at Haller’s belief that he has telekenetic powers, while Dr. Loudermilk simply asks him, “How do you feel now?” Amid a flurry of surreal, explosive visions, a satisfied-looking Haller replies, “Better.”
The clip implies that Haller becomes heavily medicated at some point in the series. Although it may make him feel “better,” that doesn’t necessarily mean he would stop wielding his many mutant powers controlled by separate personalities within his mind. In fact, the medication may help him. A previous clip addresses whether Haller is a danger to himself or others, which is a common question for patients with potentially volatile mental disorders. Despite all of Legion’s promo clips featuring glimpses at spectacular action scenes and special effects, it appears that Haller’s struggles with his psychological issues will be a focal point of the series.
Legion is taking advantage of the television medium by fleshing out its main character as a complex antihero. It will spend a great deal of time exploring the very complicated mind of Haller, much like the way other Marvel-based series like Luke Cage and Jessica Jones approach their main characters with a great deal of depth. Considering the very delicate and intricate mental issues Haller deals with in his own mind, Legion has potential to produce one of the most fascinatingly complex characters seen in a comic book TV show in recent memory.
Legion is set to premiere in February 2017 on FX.
Source: FX Networks