Netflix set a high bar for Marvel heroes on TV, with its widely acclaimed series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and the recently released Luke Cage -- not to mention the ever-improving Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC. All of Marvel TV's shows have won fans over with an impressive combination of action and complex character drama. Now new FX series Legion (in conjunction with Marvel TV), is hoping to wow viewers by bringing one of the most complex comic book characters ever to the small screen.
Legion will tell the story of Charles Xavier’s son David Haller (Dan Stevens), who thinks he's schizophrenic but is actually an incredibly powerful mutant whose abilities manifest with multiple personalities. Although an X-Men character, it's unclear as of yet how Legion will connect to the movies -- if at all. The series will explore what life is like for David both outside and inside his head, which will make for some pretty trippy episodes for viewers to unravel.
FX has been steadily releasing trailers in anticipation of the show's February premiere, and all have vividly illustrated Legion's tenuous grip on reality. The latest teaser clip, which you can view above, is no exception. It quickly paints a surreal view of David's battle between his powers and his sanity.
The second video offers a more extended look at some of the show's action and special effects. David clearly has some serious telekinetic abilities, which it appears may initially be powered more by strong emotions than anything completely in his control. We also get a peek at some more moments in the character's "mindscape," where his different personalities interact as separate people.
There's additionally a hint of the humor that was present in some of the previous trailers, in this case pointing out the dangers of keeping sharp objects around a guy who might make them fly around the room at any moment. With Fargo's Noah Hawley at the helm of Legion, it's not surprising that the show will have a combination of strange and macabre humor to balance out the intensity.
Along with Stevens, the interesting cast of actors includes Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation), Katie Aselton (The League), Hamish Linklater (The Crazy Ones), Bill Irwin (Sleepy Hollow), and Jean Smart (Fargo). The question that remains for the premiere is how well this complicated story will translate to viewers. The hope is that it will fall more into the realm of intriguing, rather than incomprehensible.
Legion is set to premiere in February 2017 on FX.
Source: FX Networks