At this point, it’s no surprise that all things Superhero related are dominating the entertainment industry in theaters. However, these big studios have decided to start conquering the small screen. We have shows The Flash and Arrow, both helmed by CW and DC, and on the other side, we have Daredevil on Netflix, Agent Carter, and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on Fox (Marvel has a hand in all of these shows). But now, Marvel seems to be teaming up with Fox to develop two new shows.
Back in August, the Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden said they and Marvel were close to concluding a deal for a live-action X-men TV series, and it seems as if that’s come to pass. One of the shows, Titled Hellfire ( working title), will be on Fox’s main channel (Same as DC’s Gotham). Marvel has written a synopsis of the show on their site. We have it written here:
Set in the late 1960s, the series – which will be produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television, with 20th Century Fox handling the physical production – follows a young Special Agent who learns that a power-hungry woman with extraordinary abilities is working with a clandestine society of millionaires – known as “The Hellfire Club” – to take over the world.
If you have a little knowledge of The Hellfire Club, you’d know there was a version of them in the 2011 film X-Men: First Class (Led by Kevin Bacon’s Sebastian Shaw). It was a great idea for fox to take on this project, because each character has a unique and idiosyncratic trait that will make their group dynamic something special. Hellfire will be written by Patrick McKay & JD Payne, and Co-Produced Marvel Television & 20th Century Fox Television.
The Other show that Fox and Marvel are working on is to be titled Legion, and will be shown on FX, a network owned by Fox for their more “mature” Television shows and features. Marvel posted a synopsis for this show as well:
The Legion pilot will introduce the origin story of David Haller, who has been diagnosed schizophrenic, but after meeting a fellow patient he learns that he may not suffer from mental illness after all. He’s a mutant. In Marvel Comics, Haller (who later takes on the codename Legion) is the long lost son of X-Men founder Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart in the movies). As a teenager, David’s powers become too strong and uncontrollable, as his multiple personalities emerge, each seemingly controlling different mutant super powers.
The relationship between David Haller and Prof. X could eventually lead up to a rich story line, seeing as how he has plenty of history with the X-Men in the comic books. He could appear in a movie such as New Mutants (a storyline he plays a substantial part in) , which is already in development at Fox. That’s if Fox ever decides to carry over these Characters to the big screen, and also if they even want to work with Marvel any further on that too. Legion will be written and produced by Noah Hawley (Fargo, Bones).
There has already been speculation and rumors as to whether this will eventually lead to Marvel gaining the rights to the Fantastic Four back from Fox, so that maybe they could redeem Marvel’s first family with a film worth watching for once. However, that should be taken with a strong grain of salt, since Fox has denied any such deal at the moment, and remain to keep a strong hold on the FF. Still, one can dream. But let us know how you feel about the development of these shows (both TBD), and also the development of the new Fox/Marvel relationship in the comments below.