The 'X-Men' Series Is Getting Turned Into Two New Television Shows

by Eitan Levine
20th Century Fox

The oddest "X-Men" story arcs to make their way across the pages of Marvel comics are finding a new home on TV.

Variety reports FOX and Marvel are teaming up to create "Legion" and "Hellfire," two shows based on story arcs from "X-Men" comics and set to air on FX and FOX, respectively.

Both projects are being executive produced by Marvel godfather Bryan Singer.

“Hellfire,” which will have "24" alumni Evan Katz and Manny Coto as showrunners, will take place in the 60s and feature a young agent who discovers a woman with special abilities -- *cough* EVIL MUTANT *cough* -- and teams up with the Hellfire Club, an evil anti-X-Men version of the Illuminati, to take over the world.

On the other hand, “Legion” follows David Haller, a troubled mutant diagnosed with schizophrenia who slowly discovers the voices and visions he sees in his head are actually real.

In the comics, Haller's father is Professor X, aka Dr. Charles Xavier, but that may not really play into the series itself. (Also, if I'm not mistaken, Haller's mom becomes the Israeli ambassador to Great Britain, which sounds made up, but I'm convinced is accurate.)

Noah Hawley, who created “Fargo,” signed on to write and executive produce "Legion."

FOX and Marvel teaming up to create these series is actually a bigger deal than the fact we're all going to have another two Marvel shows to binge watch on weeknights soon.

For the past few years, Marvel had a small issue in regard to character properties. Before Marvel became a film studio, the former editorial company licensed out several of its bigger stories to other studios to be made into movies, forgoing its rights to later turn its own characters into movies.

This wasn't a huge problem early on when the series' origin stories were still being told, but recently, it led to certain issues surrounding keeping the movies and TV shows in canon with the comics.

For instance, the "X-Men" and "The Avengers" have a long intertwined history with each other in the comics that just can't find its way onto the film screen because, in real life, Marvel only owns the studio rights to "The Avengers."

This turned into fans having to deal with two completely different Quicksilvers, Spider-Man essentially just being this awkward, displaced hero in a world of super villains and a buttload of terrible “Fantastic Four” movies.

Although this merger could be the start of a new dawn for the studios and maybe, possibly, hopefully lead to an "X-Men/The Avengers" movie (OR SERIES OF MOVIES?!) in the future.

Seriously, though, "Miles Teller" and "superhero movie" shouldn't be in the same sentence or even language.

Citations: Two of the Weirdest X Men Stories Are Becoming TV Shows (GQ), Marvel Co-Producing 'Hellfire' Series for Fox and 'Legion' for FX (Variety)