First trailer for FX’s ‘Legion’ Reveals a New Kind of Mutant

A lot of information dropped over the weekend thanks to San Diego Comic Con. Amidst the reveal of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel and the Justice League footage, fans were treated to a first look at the highly anticipated X-Men series Legion.

FX dropped the first official trailer to the Dan Stevens-led adaptation Saturday at Comic Con, and it did not disappoint. Check out the trailer below:

‘Legion’ will be a darker X-Men story

Right off the bat, this trailer promises a very different kind of X-Men adaptation. Opening in what appears to be a psychiatric hospital, we are introduced to David Haller (Dan Stevens) who can’t seem to figure out if his visions are real or if he’s just crazy. Spoiler alert, he’s a mutant.

From the looks of the trailer, Legion will be playing with some interesting themes that the X-Men films have yet to dive into: like what would actually happen if you started to develop telepathic abilities. Even in a world filled with mutants, hearing voices isn’t a good sign.

Dan Stevens as David Haller.
Dan Stevens as David Haller.

Executive Producer Noah Hawley, creator of the stellar FX series Fargo, has found a unique way to explore the world of the X-Men. This trailer looks like nothing that’s been done before and is worlds away from the X-Men movie universe. If the series can live up to the trailer, it’ll be one to watch.

‘Legion’ in canon

In the comics, David is the son of Professor Charles Xavier. Xavier is played by both Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy in the movie universe, but David has yet to be introduced. It’s unclear if his parentage is still the same in the show.

Hawley confirmed last month that Legion is not part of the X-Men movie universe. This allows the series to stand on its own without being beholden to its big screen counterpart. Having an interconnected universe is great, but it can sometimes hinder television shows (See Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

Legion debuts in early 2017 and also stars Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Katie Asleton, Jeremie Harris, Amber Midthunder, Bill Irwin and Aubrey Plaza.

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is a freelance writer and journalist with a passion for television and film. His father raised him with the inability to decide between Star Trek and Star Wars, or The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter. He thinks everyone should read Lee Stringer's Grand Central Winter if they haven't already.

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