At any given moment in Legion, it's impossible to predict what's going to happen next. The only thing that fans are certain of, though, is that Marvel's groundbreaking series needed to be renewed for a second season. Whether we stormed FX headquarters with a psychic assault or simply sent a number of mildly demanding letters to creator Noah Hawley, fans had to ensure that David Haller and his many, many personalities would all return after the current season ends.
Fortunately, FX have now confirmed that #Legion has been renewed for a sophomore outing, despite the show's less than stellar ratings. While little else has been confirmed so far, we can assume that series regulars such as Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza and Jean Smart will all return when the show airs around early 2018, starring in a minimum of eight episodes.
FX President Eric Schrier commended the way that Legion has subverted expectations, winning the hearts and minds of fans and critics alike in the process:
“The first season of Legion was a stunning achievement. More than a new series, Legion is a wholly original take on the super hero genre. Our thanks to Noah Hawley for taking the creative risks and shattering expectations. It’s a privilege to work again with Noah, his producing partners, the outstanding cast and our partners at Marvel Television on another season of Legion.”
The pressure's on for Legion to deliver more mind-blowing concepts and higher viewing figures in its second season. This has led many to wonder whether Hawley's show may dive deeper into the X-Men universe, adding David's father, Professor Charles Xavier to the cast.
Will Patrick Stewart Appear On 'Legion' As Professor Charles Xavier?
Talk of this admittedly exciting possibility took hold of our imaginations following Patrick Stewart's recent appearance on The Late Late Show With James Corden, where he was interviewed alongside Dan Stevens, who plays his comic book son David Haller in Legion.
"What about Professor X in 'Legion'? Technically, Patrick plays my father - I mean, Professor X is David Haller's father in the Marvel Universe. So essentially, I've got a job offer."
In theory, this sounds incredible. Stewart's role as Professor Charles Xavier remains one of the most popular superhero roles of all time, and his inclusion in Legion could add a fascinating new voice to the cast.
There's also precedent for this in the comics. After all, it was Xavier who eventually freed his son from the Shadow King's influence in Legion's most iconic story arc. A united battle against this monster's influence could be the perfect way to introduce Stewart to the show.
... But Patrick Stewart Should Never Appear On 'Legion'
As much as we would love to see Professor Xavier try and help his son, joining the Summerland team on a permanent basis, this would be a disastrous move for everyone involved.
First off, Stewart's tour de force performance in Logan held particular resonance once audiences discovered the fate of his character. To bring Xavier back after each loose end was tied up so neatly would cheapen the character's unforgettable role in that film. Even Stewart himself agreed that Logan was the perfect swan song for Xavier during his aforementioned interview with Corden, explaining that:
"While I was watching the credits, the idea simply floated into my head: There will never be a more perfect time, a more appropriate time, than to say 'thank you and goodbye' to this franchise."
Why ruin that by casting Xavier in Season 2 of Legion? While speaking to TV Insider, showrunner Noah Hawley discussed how Legion deliberately veers away from its connections to the wider X-Men universe;
"[Legion]'s conceived more as a standalone. I don't want to say too much more about it on that level, but certainly it's not constructed as a back-door anything. It's more just that there's a story that I want to explore that has to fit into that larger universe, which is exciting."
To suddenly include a key member of the X-Men would undermine the very essence of the show, which deliberately strives to stand apart as its own unique and decidedly bizarre entity. The mind-f**kery that's become a signature element of Legion just wouldn't work as well if the writers suddenly felt obliged to figure out how Xavier's appearance would fit into the overall X-Men timeline... and Lord knows we don't need to see another 'young' Charles augmented by CGI.
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During a recent interview with The Independent, actress Jean Smart revealed that Season 1 ends on a cliffhanger in its final moments, so we couldn't be more grateful to learn that Legion will definitely return for a second season some time in 2018.
Let's just hope that this twist ending doesn't mark the debut of Professor Xavier on the show. While it may be tempting to make such a move in order to boost ratings, Legion is all the better for continuing to steer as far away from Marvel's source material as physically — and mentally — possible.