A few months ago, Marvel Television and Fox struck a deal to bring several X-Men characters to television in the near future. One of those projects was Legion, which is hitting small screens sometime in early 2017. The show will follow the story of psych patient David Haller (Dan Stevens) as he attempts to uncover the nature of his mutant powers, with the help of a fellow female patient, Lenny (Aubrey Plaza).
Despite what has been established about David Haller in the comics, for one that he's Charles Xavier's son, the TV series is confirmed to be set in an alternate universe from the X-Men films. Also, it won't include any of the movies' heroes. These reveals have caused some excited fans to question the project completely. However, although the show will not be a continuation of Fox's X-Men, it seems it will be part of — wait for it — the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In an article posted to Marvel.com, the writer states this:
"Whether they brought Hall H to its collective feet or blazed a trail to Marvel TV this fall, we've got the details you need to familiarize yourself with the latest names to hit the MCU."
The main focus in that paragraph is the "latest names to hit the MCU" remark. The article goes on to list characters Luke Cage, Ghost Rider, Doctor Strange and... Legion as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Many sites have pointed out that this could simply be a mistake on the writer's part, though it seems very unlikely considering the source and the nature of the article.
Considering that the show is a collaboration between Marvel Television — which handles all the MCU-set series — and Fox, it's not far-fetched to think that this new project fits right into the MCU. Another exciting point to consider is that the word "mutants" is spoken of during the trailer, so if the show is indeed part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "mutants" may officially become cannon. A word heretofore unavailable for Marvel's use based on Fox's held rights.
The only questions remaining is whether or not Marvel and Fox's other upcoming X-Men TV show will also be part of the successful superhero franchise and if we can expect appearances from characters like Charles Xavier, Cyclops or even Wolverine in the MCU films.
What do you think? Is Legion part of the MCU? Which mutants would you like to see pop up in MCU films?