SDCC 2017: Legion Adds Another Villain And Teases A Patrick Stewart Appearance

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In their first appearance, FX’s Legion made a huge splash Thursday at San Diego Comic Con. They filled Ballroom 20 without breaking a sweat and rewarded those die-hard fans with some juicy tidbits about season 2.

It’s because of such amazing fan response that Legion will be extending it’s second season to 10 episodes instead of eight. Production is scheduled to start in early 2018.

The villainous Shadow King will return again and with yet another face. Said Taghamaoi will play Amahl Farouk and fall victim to the Shadow King’s possession. Along with Aubrey Plaza’s Lenny and Jemaine Clement’s Oliver, he will form a trio of baddies to torment David in season 2.

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Talking about the unique villain, show creator Noah Hawley said, “I remember when Professor X had that battle with the Shadow King [in the comic books],” Hawley said during the panel. “They’re just sitting in the restaurant, and no one would know they’re battling on this other astral plane. When the Shadow King loses, his head just falls down on the table… It always felt like this really interesting thing we could build into.”

Everyone on the panel and many of the fans who came to the microphone with questions praised Hawley for his vision and driving force. “Noah is Legion,” said executive producer Jeph Loeb. “He is creating a reality that is springing out of his head.”

But what he isn’t creating is any relief for fans worried about David’s fate after he ended season 1 trapped in little flying orb. Hawley didn’t say a peep about his protagonist but it’s probably a safe bet that Dan Stevens isn’t going anywhere on this show. He and Rachel Keller’s Sydney will see their romance develop further in the next season, even though they can’t physically be together.

And then there’s the question of David’s father. Stevens recently told Patrick Stewart about the show and Stewart said he would be interested in showing up as Professor X, David’s father in the comics.

“I like to call him pops,” Stevens said. “I was on a talk show with him and he said he was up for it… He seemed very into the idea, Jeph.”

But Loeb and Hawley didn’t give much away except to say, “We are working on it.”

To end the panel, Hawley announced his new movie in development with Fox Studios: Doctor Doom.

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