One surprise this year was FX and Marvel’s partnership with Legion. The television show based on a relatively unknown X-Men-related character, Legion focused on mental illness under the guise of a superhero TV show. David Heller (Dan Stevens), an incredibly powerful mutant spent much of the first season coming to grips with his power, and the fact that he had the parasitic Shadow King (another equally powerful mutant played brilliantly by Aubrey Plaza) buried deep within his already fragile mind. The show gave us some great mind-tripping visuals, as well as an intriguing story.
So it’s no surprise that FX would greenlight a second season of the show. As this is Comic-Con season, there was a Legion panel at Hall H for the show where the cast and the crew talked about what’s happened, and what’s going to happen on Legion. While most of the plot details for the second season were kept under wraps, they did reveal that the show was increasing their episode count for the second season from 8 to 10 episodes, and one new member of the cast will be actor Saïd Taghmaoui, who, in addition to Plaza will be playing, Amahl Farouk, The Shadow King. Taghmaoui was recently seen in the summer’s superhero smash hit Wonder Woman as Sameer.
Fans know that David Heller was also Professor Xavier’s son in the comics, and there were a few scenes on the show that alluded to his famous mutant parentage. Fans have been asking if that means Patrick Stewart or James Mcavoy might be making a guest appearance on the show. Stevens did say that when he told Stewart at a talk show that in the narrative of the comics, he was in fact, his father and Stewart was pleasantly surprised and intrigued. During the panel, Stevens said that he saw Stewart at a supermarket where he invited him to be on the show, but so far there’s no word on if (or when) Professor X will show up on the show, but everyone’s fingers are crossed.
It was not announced as to when Legion will return to FX, but San Diego Comic Con rolls on through Sunday.