Legion hit Comic-Con today, with stars Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Rachel Keller, Jeremie Harris, Jean Smart, Bill Irwin, Amber Midthunder, and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb looking back on Season 2 of the show about all-powerful mutant David Haller.
But there wasn’t much news about the forthcoming Season 3, which will hit in 2019. Stevens briefly spoke about potentially playing villainous Davids in the next series, then joked, “This is how I get information about Legion, by the way. Just coming to Comic-Con and listening to the panel.”
At the very start of the Q&A however, Loeb was asked whether we’ll see David’s father, Professor X, in the series. Sadly, the answer is the same one we’ve been hearing since the start of the series; that the rights issues are complicated and various hurdles would have to be overcome to make it happen. “There’s a whole political ladder that we climb up and down,” he claimed, adding, “It’s more like a jungle gym.”
It’s the same for MCU Easter Eggs — the rights are tied up elsewhere, and they have to serve the story. “We never want to do Easter Eggs as if we are running an Easter Egg farm,” explained Loeb. “We want to do things that [showrunner] Noah [Hawley] feels are right for the story.”
Executive producer John Cameron also appeared on the panel and said of Legion‘s complicated plots, “When you get the script, and you’ve read it, you have to start to ask everyone on the cast and crew, ‘Do you know what this is about?’ It takes a village…directors are told to bring their A-game.”
Speaking of her character Lenny Busker — who went on quite the journey in Season 2 — Aubrey Plaza said, “Lenny just wants to get out there and live her best life. But she just got caught up in the middle of all this nonsense. For me, it’s a totally different character because Lenny died. I’m a new version of Lenny.”
Navid Negahban — who plays the antagonist Amahl Farouk — says he has never played a villain before and doesn’t see Farouk as a bad guy, claiming that the character sees himself as a hero.
And speaking of heroes, Rachel Keller said she’d like to see Syd Barrett fulfill that role, but she’s also interested in seeing what happens if she fails.
Finally, the cast was asked what superhero they’d like to be, with their answers as follows…
Which superhero would they choose to be?
Dan Stevens: “Batgirl.”
Rachel Keller: “Wolverine.”
Aubrey Plaza: “Joker”
Jean Smart: “Catwoman.”
Bill Irwin: “Noah Hawley.”
Amber Midthudner: “Violet from The Incredibles.”
Jeremie Harris: “Batman”
Navid Negahban: “Shazam.”
— Legion (@LegionFX) July 22, 2018
Legion returns for Season 3 in 2019.