As you know, according to earlier Anglo posts there are two X-Men TV series in the works. The first to come out is Legion, starring Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, The Guest) in the lead role. The second series, Hellfire, is set to follow.
Stevens will take on the role of David Haller, the son of Professor X. Haller is believed to be mentally ill, diagnosed with schizophrenia, but he realizes the voices he’s hearing are in fact real.
The question has been up in the air: how do the TV series relate to the movies?
Originally, Legion director Noah Hawley, creator of the Fargo TV series, described the series to TV Insider, saying, “It’s conceived more as a standalone. I don’t want to say too much more about it on that level, but certainly it’s not constructed as a back-door anything.”
Not to make things confusing but to add another element to all the moving parts, X-Men franchise director Bryan Singer has chimed in on the connection between the series and films.
Singer was recently at the Edinburgh Television Festival, saying Legion is part of the X-Men universe, but at the same time, “it could exist completely on its own,” reports The Hollywood Reporter.
He’s basically reiterating what Hawley said above, but then things took a slight turn in the interview.
Singer could have stopped with the above, but he went on to say that both of the forthcoming TV series, “will relate to future X-Men movies.” He elaborated on that thought, saying the tie-in will be “really ambitious and fun and very unique.”
Hmm, that has piqued our interest. Does that mean we may see Stevens in the X-Men films down the road? Okay, okay, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. But it does make us ask even more questions.
So, to sum things up: viewers can watch Legion and Hellfire without having known any of the storylines from the X-Men series. But, X-Men fans, who do know the characters and their backgrounds, can look forward to watching the new series and seeing Legion and Hellfire, in some form, in the future X-Men films.
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