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Legion gets renewed for a second season

Was there ever any doubt?

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In perhaps the least surprising news of the day, Legion has been renewed for a second season at FX.

Legion has become one of the most successful shows for FX, both in ratings and with critics. It’s also developed a strong fanbase, echoing what HBO was able to accomplish with Westworld late last year. Both shows rely heavily on fan theories and complex narratives that require full attention. Unlike Westworld, however, Legion has a rich history that fans can mine through using the original Marvel comics. The show, which follows mutant David Haller as he learns to cope with his abilities that were previously diagnosed as a mental illness, is the first shared TV property between Fox and Marvel.

Jeph Loeb, head of Marvel Television, said in a press release he was proud of what FX and Marvel were able to accomplish with Legion. Marvel and Fox have another live-action series based on the X-Men universe slated to be released later this year. It will follow the parents of two young mutants who have to go on the run after a repressive government threatens to harm extraordinary beings.

One of the main concerns fans have with Legion, however, is the unsubstantial storyline in the show. Showrunner Noah Hawley has been accused of sacrificing substance for style, but he recently confirmed that the show’s plot would be better understood by the end of the season.

Legion airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET on FX.

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