SDCC 2017: FX’s Legion ‘Can’t Ever Cross Over with the Movies’
This little chalkboard rendering of Professor X battling The Shadow King (above) from the penultimate episode of Legion may be the closest to an X-Men crossover as we’re going to get. At least for the time being. That doesn’t mean Professor X will never appear on the show. Just don’t expect the FX series to start blending in with the movies, and vice versa.
When 20th Century Fox first announced that they were going to bring a number of X-Men characters to television, fans immediately began to wonder if those worlds would eventually bleed into the cinematic universes. So far, both Legion and FOX’s upcoming new series, The Gifted, will stand on their own for the time being. The same probably goes for Freeform’s New Warriors and Cloak and Dagger, as well.
“It has to exist on its own plane. It can’t ever cross-over with the movies — or why watch it?” said X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner during Thursday’s Legion Screening and Q&A panel at San Diego Comic-Con.
This is the most concrete answer we have received concerning any potential crossover in the near future. That said, the above mentioned television shows, specifically Legion, aren’t prohibited to at least make references to the movie universe or anything pertaining to the X-Men in general. Legion has already managed a slight nod to David’s parentage.
When asked how Legion might address Xavier as David’s bio-dad, showrunner Noah Hawley had this to say:
“On some level it would depend on who would do it. When we reach that part of the story — is it funnier if it’s the older one or the younger one? I don’t know. It’d be great if you were older than your dad.”
As for The Gifted, an already established X-Men from the movie universe will be making an appearance on the show as a series regular. Blink (played by Fan Bingbing) made her film debut on Days of Future Past. Now played by Jamie Chung, Blink stands to play a significant role in the new series.
So even if Patrick Stewart isn’t going to reprise his role as Professor X, even though that would be amazing, that doesn’t leave the character himself out of the realm of possibility. Supergirl took a whole season to give in a cast Tyler Hoechlan as the Man of Steel and then make him into a recurring character. “Never say never” is what I’m trying to say here.
For now, however, let us enjoy the shows for what they’re trying to do on their own.
Source: Screen Rant