Earlier today, it was announced that Marvel and 20th Century Fox have a new “family drama” in the works that will be set in the X-Men universe. The show’s title remains under wraps, but we do know that it will focus on the ordinary human parents of a couple of mutant children, who take their kids on the run from a hostile government. That wasn’t really a whole lot to go on, but thanks to showrunner/writer Matt Nix, we now have quite a bit more.
Speaking with reporters at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, Nix first pointed out that this new show won’t have anything to do with FX’s Legion, which, while also X-Men-related, exists in a “very different world.” However, he did confirm that Fox’s series will be a part of the wider X-Men movie universe… generally speaking.
If you look at the movies, which take place from — they started in 2003 to now — they don’t all line up perfectly. I’m not slavishly fitting them into a particular slot. But at the same time, if you like the world of the movies, there are definite nods to the movies. It exists in the same general universe.
Perhaps most interestingly, Nix also revealed that the show will feature established characters, as well as some brand new ones:
There are a certain amount of [familiar] characters that I can use and am using and then other characters I’m inventing — but everything is invented with a nod toward the existing mythology.
Whether he means familiar faces from the X-Men movies or other well-known Marvel Comics characters that have yet to be adapted for the screen is unclear, but chances are we’ll see at least a couple of minor mutants from the source material who will be recognizable to fans.
Though Fox’s X-Men drama is said to be “inching closer” to a pilot order, it still hasn’t been given the green light just yet. Keep an eye on WGTC for updates over the coming weeks though and be sure to let us know what you make of these new details in the comments section below.