ByRandy Micah Smith, writer at
I have a deep love for the superpowered, the superhuman and the supernatural. This translates not only to a deep and abiding love for ancien
Randy Micah Smith

So, you guys remember a while back when there was speculation about a new X-Men series in development for FOX, right? A few months back, fans were all a-twitter about what that series would be; some figured it might be focused on the New Mutants or a similar second-tier X-team, or even on a particular single X-Man, like Jamie Madrox, the Multiple Man.

To a degree, both of the former guesses are correct. As announced by Marvel itself, FOX is underway with work on a series based on the mutant Legion, as well as a period-piece series based on the Hellfire Club. From my guess, this is not what anybody was expected, but it still remains to be seen as to whether these unexpected choices are a good thing or a bad thing.

Here's the general idea behind each proposed series from Marvel:


The pilot introduces the story of David Haller: Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.

Time to get crazy...
Time to get crazy...


Set in the late 1960s, the series -- which will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling the physical production -- follows a young Special Agent who learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires – known as “The Hellfire Club” – to take over the world.

They're gonna raise some hell...
They're gonna raise some hell...

The good news? Each of these stories has a synopsis that seems pretty unique, among the other types of superhuman/superhero/supernatural shows. Each focuses on people with superhuman abilities, but neither protagonist sounds truly heroic. They will each have a unique scope (one focused through the lens of mental illness, the other, a superpowered period piece) with fun potential.

The bad news? Some X-Men fans dislike the portrayal of X-Men characters by FOX, within the movies. Likewise, many fans like both Marvel and DC Comics, but don't care for how FOX has handled the Batman universe through the course of its TV series Gotham. Fans of either franchise might be pessimistic about the potential portrayal of their favorite characters within these new TV series, and thus they may tune out, and convince others to do the same. And if it fails to perform as well as FOX may not last past a season.

Marvel comics via Variety
Marvel comics via Variety

Full disclosure, I am among those who has not cared for FOX's X-Men movies, due to how they portray many of the characters (Rogue, Storm, Colossus, Cyclops, etc.). I certainly have my doubts, but who knows? Perhaps their TV department will blow it out of the water with this selection of TV series. Perhaps we'll get a whole slew of TV series connected to the X-Men movies, like with the Marvel Studios cinematic universe. It may even be good! Who is to say?

At this point, the proof really is in the pudding (even if that pudding has thus far failed to prove, in the eyes of some). So, what do you think? Are you looking forward to seeing a mentally-ill superhuman, and a clandestine society of burgeoning supervillains? Or is FOX just a wolf in sheep's clothing?

Let us know in the poll and comments below!


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