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The X-Men franchise is moving into ‘expanded universe’ territory.
A second X-Men TV series is currently in pre-production at Fox, focusing on a human couple who discover that their children have mutant powers. This throws them into the political conflict at the heart of the X-Men narrative, and the family ends up joining an underground network of mutant activists. According to showrunner Matt Nix (Burn Notice), the story will tie into the movie franchise—unlike Legion, which is a standalone story.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Nix explained that the show won’t have a specific place in the convoluted X-Men movie timeline. Instead, “it exists in the same general universe,” with nods to the films.
While Nix shied away from comparing the show to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., he said the cast will include a mixture of “familiar” characters from the comics, as well as original characters. Unlike Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the series is planned around a 10-13 episode season that will be “heavily serialized” with no “filler episodes.”
Hollywood Reporter reports that Nix’s X-Men show is getting close to filming a pilot episode, so we won’t see a full series until 2018 at the earliest.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor