Fox has scheduled a new series for the fall from Matt Nix, said to be an X-Men television spinoff that has direct ties to the cinematic universe. The Burn Notice creator, writer and executive producer takes charge of a series that is yet to create a title. And, with FX bringing out Legion later this year, fans of the franchise can binge on more content from the comics, as they make the transition from the big screen blockbusters to the small screen.
It was initially thought that FX's program would be something of a continuation given the fact the central character is the son of Charles Xavier in the comics, but the network decided to cut those ties for good. Once a cast, premise and trailer is released then the general public will have a far greater gauge as to the Fox creation.
Fox Shifting From FX As Links Develop
Essentially working from a blank canvas, Nix outlined that Legion will be left to their own devices as he creates something from scratch in the X-Men world.
“Without getting into specifics that I’ll get murdered for, I would say that a fan of the movies — particularly the movies but also the comic books — would not be disoriented as to where this fits in the mythology," states Nix. "If you look at the movies that take place, they don’t all line up perfectly. So it’s not like I’m slavishly fitting myself into a particular slot (but) if you like that world and the world of the movies, there are definite nods to it, it definitely exists in the same general universe.”
Would it follow in a similar mold as that of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.?
“Close," replied the creator. "Not exactly. In a sort of general way, it acknowledges that events like those that happened in the movie have happened. It’s still evolving, so we’ll see how much that comes in. But it’s certainly not like ‘since this happened X-Men: Apocalypse, now all of these things are happening,’ which I think is cool but (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) already did that.”
Nix Knows He Can't Avoid The Wolverine In The Room
On the topic of X-Men favorites like Wolverine and Storm, Nix says that there cannot be a direct link from the MCU to the television series without confronting it head on.
“Without getting into specifics, it’s sort of designed to side-step questions like ‘Where is Wolverine?’" he explains. "So you sort of have to answer those questions, and I didn’t want to do anything like ‘Wolverine is just offscreen!’ You know what I mean? So it exists in a world where those questions are answered without needing to name a lot of names or spend time dwelling on that issue.”
But Nix outlines that he still has some creative scope that won't be a carve and copy of the movies or the comics.
“So within that, there are a certain amount of those characters I can use, and I’m using some of those, but others I’m inventing," Nix admitted. "But everything is invented with a nod towards the existing mythology. When I was pitching the show, I pitched some characters that appear nowhere in the mythology, but the guys from Marvel, when I started describing them, all gave each other knowing nods. It was like ‘Oh I see what he’s doing, yes.’ So I tried to do a lot of that. I didn’t want to get into the realm of too much ‘Yep! New X-Men here we go!’ because with this there’s a little bit of fan service.”