SDCC: FX’s Legion Panel Recap

Fox brought it’s successful FX X-Men series Legion to Comic Con this year with a panel featuring the show creator/executive producer/writer/director Noah Hawley, executive producer John Cameron, X-Men producer Lauren Schuler Donner, the head of Marvel TV Jeff Loeb and cast members Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Jeremie Harris, Rachel Keller, Bill Irwin, Jean Smart and Amber Midthunder. The panel began with a clip from the 7th episode of the first season and announcement that the new season would consist of 10 episodes as opposed to the first season’s 8.

There was a lot of discussion in the panel about the fact that the Shadow King has nowSaïd Taghmaoui
departed from David’s mind. Stevens commented on the fact the playing David will now be even more interesting with the question of what fills the void left behind. Aubrey Plaza also commented on her characters arc from just being Lenny Busker to the reveal of her character truly being Shadow King. Plaza explained that she knew the broad strokes of where her character word would end up, but wasn’t sure exactly how the journey would play out over the season. Hawley also dropped some major casting is announcing that Saïd Taghmaoui (Wonder Woman) will be playing the Shadow King, Amahl Farouk.

Talking about where the show move forward from here Hawley explained that we probably won’t see many flashbacks to David’s past as he feels that part of the story has been established. However, we may see flashbacks to other people’s past and what Legion aubrey plazabrought them to where they are now. There were a few questions as to whether or not Professor X would show up on show at all. They didn’t confirm anything and it almost seems like it wouldn’t happen in this upcoming season, but they did point out the fact that when Stevens was on The Late Late show this Spring with Patrick Stewart, Stewart seemed rather intrigued by the possibility of showing up on the television show. There’s also a question as to which version of the character would appear on the show if he did with Hawley answering that it would be slightly interesting if the younger version played by James McAvoy actually showed up. Another fan brought up the fact that the show has done well in it’s depiction of mental illness.  Hawley explained that it was very important to him that it not be a gimmick and that they show the true reality of mental illness.

At the very end of the panel Hawley left with a huge announcement, saying that since he was at Comic-Con he wanted to let everyone know that he was developing something for Fox. The first word is Doctor. And the second is Doom.” You can check out our auto article all about that reveal and what the doctor doom film means for fox as well as the character right here.

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