Let’s get one thing straight. 20th Century Fox does not give a crap about their X-Men timelines.
The X-Men movies have always had continuity issues. In the original trilogy, it’s explicitly stated that Professor X and Magneto built Cerebro together. But in X-Men: First Class, Beast builds it. During a flashback in X-Men: The Last Stand, we see a younger, but still, an elderly version of Professor X (Patrick Stewart) WALKING. However, in X-Men: First Class Professor X is paralyzed from the hips down in his late 20s/early 30s. Or how Mystique captures/rescues Wolverine at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past but he’s somehow held at a government facility by William Stryker. And I’m merely scratching the surface here.
So, of course, it’s no surprise that you’ll hear various stories from various higher ups on whether or not the TV series Legion and The Gifted will take place in the same universe as the movies. But in a recent report by ComicBook.com it seems like we’ve finally gotten a definite answer. Or at least one can hope it’s a definitive answer.
In an interview with ComicBook.com, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner had this to say:
[Legion is] a part of the X-Men universe, but obviously we’re our own Astral Plane, we’re our own world.
Donner also further clarified that both Legion and The will not take place in the same universe.
I’m sorry to break your heart. No. But thank you for wanting it.
While this is slightly disappointing news, it’s not something new. After all, DC has two — potentially three with Black Lightning — universes too, as their TV Universe is completely separate from their movie universe.
The Gifted will hit TV on 2 October.