With the latest trailer of Marvel and Fox’s spin on the X-Men character, LEGION, noobs throughout the internet have frequently been asking one question: Who is Legion?
Well, the answer is – Who isn’t Legion?
Legion is an upcoming FX Original television series, created by showrunner Noah Hawley, based on the Marvel Comics X Men Universe character of the same name.
Origin stories in comics can be pretty complicated. Because, well…duh…COMICS!
According to The New Mutants #25 (1985), created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, the character David Haller or Legion was entitled as the Prince of Power in its cover arts, because besides being an omega level mutant, he possessed such an immersive pool of superpowers, that he was debated to be even stronger than the Phoenix Force. David was the son of Professor Charles Xavier and Gabriel Haller. The mother being a victim of mental illness, was rescued by Professor X from being catatonic, after which they fell in love and gave birth to the strongest mutant that ever existed. David was adopted right after birth and his family moved to Paris when he was 10 years old. But tragedy soon struck when David’s godfather was killed by a bunch of terrorists. Such a traumatizing act instigated David to unlock his mutant powers that resulted in melting the terrorists’ brains, at that instant.
Unfortunately David also absorbed the consciousness of the terrorists, along with their leader, Jemail Kerami, who later goes on controlling David’s telepathic abilities. This event splintered David’s consciousness into various different personalities, created by David himself that tried to coexist altogether inside his mind. Besides Jemail, the prominent amongst all of them were – Jack Wayne – telekinetic, Cyndi – pyrokinetic, Time Sink – can manipulate flow of time, Chain – a self-replicating virus, Susan in Sunshine – manipulate ambient emotion, Hypnobloke – wielded the power of hypnotic suggestion, the Origamist – bend fabric of space, Nazi Doctor – negate mutant powers, Johnny Gomorrah – turn matter into salt, Endgame – an adaptable armour-bot and Stix – a soul devouring demon. While David’s consciousness was bedazzled by an array of non-cohesive personalities, David’s true personality was trapped inside, one that of an emotionally stunted and trapped at ten years of age. It was only Jemail that sought to restore David’s core identity but Wayne, Cyndi and a few others revolted. Soon, a catatonic psychic war broke out inside David’s head.
David awoke from his coma years later, being diagnosed with autism, was soon administered under Moira McTaggart’s care. But as a result of David’s ongoing psychic war, his personalities started taking physical manifestations in the reality. The X Men – Charles Xavier along a few New Mutants, were called for help. Professor X after being sucked inside his son’s head, realized the situation and with the others help and after episodes of disagreements and psionic battles, they finally found common ground and restored David’s core personality back to normal. However, Wayne and Cyndi remained prominent on the forefront and often manifested into reality to speak up their minds.
Pretty crazy, right? It’ll be even crazier in the TV spinoff.
So far, what we’ve come to know from the showrunner and speculations from the trailers, that the TV adaptation would a follow a similar but slightly different and less complicated origin story. According to the show’s Wikipedia source and other reliable sources, David Haller (played by Dan Stevens) is a schizophrenic patient at a mental institution, who has been questioning his reality since childhood, spending time at several psychiatric hospitals. He then meets Syd Barrett (played by Rachel Keller), a fellow mutant and patient in the hospital with mind-swapping abilities, and falls in love with her. Later David comes to know that Syd had been kidnapped by The Division – Government aided radical group aimed to study, control and eliminate mutants if posed as a threat. The mini-series with 8 episodes will be basically focused on David learning about his own abilities and methods to control his pool of numerous personalities and their superpowers, with the help of an unconventional psychiatric therapist – Melanie Bird (played by Jean Smart) and David’s recovering alcoholic and drug addict friend – Lenny Busker (played by Aubrey Plaza), on a quest to rescue his love-interest.
Unravel the story of David Haller as we go through a trippy, insane and reality-questioning journey with big budget action set-pieces and identity defying questions that shuffles through a “Legion” of different mutants in this live action TV series, releasing on February 8th, 2017 on FX (USA) and on Fox (International).
Can Marvel and Fox really pull off such a delicate, complicated character? Or will it be just a display of overpowered mutants and unnecessary musical numbers? Or will it be X Men Breaking Bad in the 70s style? Whom can we expect to play the role of Charles Xavier in this mini-series? Tell us in the comments below.