The season wraps up Tuesday, June 12 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX!

The brewing conflict between David Haller (Dan Stevens) and the Shadow King (Navid Negahban) comes to a head Tuesday night on FX, in the “Legion” Season 2 finale! You can check out a new preview for the episode above, as David fights the future.

Written by Noah Hawley and directed by Keith Gordon, “Legion” – “Chapter 19” airs Tuesday, June 12 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

For more on “Legion,” which was recently renewed for Season 3, watch Earth’s Mightiest Show‘s interview with Dan Stevens and also be sure to read our look at the comic book history of the Shadow King!

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See a preview for Season 2's penultimate episode, airing Tuesday, June 5 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX!

The June 12 season finale of “Legion” Season 2 is almost here as we head into tonight’s penultimate episode – though fear not fans, “Legion” was just renewed for Season 3!

In this week’s brand new episode, “Chapter 18,” the story leads to reunion, ruination and rage. You can check out a new preview at the top of the page and photos from the episode in the gallery below!

Written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern and directed by Dana Gonzales, “Legion” – “Chapter 18” airs Tuesday, June 5 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

For more on “Legion,” watch Earth’s Mightiest Show‘s recent interview with Dan Stevens and also be sure to read our look at the comic book history of the Shadow King!

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Two episodes remain to air in Season 2 before the acclaimed series returns to to FX in 2019.

The mind-bending story of “Legion” will continue, as FX has ordered a third season of the acclaimed drama series from creator and executive producer Noah Hawley. There are two episodes still to air for “Legion” Season 2, including an additional 11th episode that was recently announced. “Legion” will then return for Season 3 in 2019.

The renewal announcement came via Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions. Said Schrier, “’Legion’ has redefined the superhero drama and exceeded all expectations as the intensity and revelation build through the second season. We are incredibly proud of Noah Hawley’s achievement and are honored to continue the series as it pushes the boundaries of conventional television storytelling. We are also grateful for the contributions of our executive producers, John Cameron, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg, Nathaniel Halperin, and Jeph Loeb with Marvel Television, as well as our outstanding cast and crew of this groundbreaking show.”

The next episode of “Legion,” “Chapter 18” — written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern and directed by Dana Gonzales — airs Tuesday, June 5 at 10pm ET/PT on FX.

For more on “Legion,” watch Earth’s Mightiest Show‘s recent interview with Dan Stevens below and also be sure to read our look at the comic book history of the Shadow King!

Based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, “Legion” is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a man who believed himself to be schizophrenic only to discover that he may actually be the most powerful mutant the world has ever seen.

From childhood, David shuffled from one psychiatric institution to the next until, in his early 30s, he met and fell in love with a beautiful and troubled fellow patient named Syd (Rachel Keller). After Syd and David shared a startling encounter, he was forced to confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real. Syd led David to Melanie Bird (Jean Smart), a demanding but nurturing therapist who heads a team of specialists – Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), Kerry (Amber Midthunder) and Cary (Bill Irwin) – each of whom possesses a unique and extraordinary gift. Together, they helped David to recognize and harness his hidden powers. With their support, David finally unlocked a deeply suppressed truth – he had been haunted his entire life by a malicious parasite of unimaginable power. Known as the “Shadow King,” this malevolent creature appeared in the form of David’s friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), but is actually an ancient being named Amahl Farouk.

In an epic showdown, David and his friends battled his demon, ultimately forcing it from David’s body. Unfortunately, Farouk found a new host – Melanie’s husband Oliver Bird (Jemaine Clement) – and escaped. Just when they thought they’d earned a moment of respite, a mysterious orb appeared and took David away to an unknown place. With David and Oliver missing and Farouk on the loose, the team forms an unlikely alliance with their former enemy Clark (Hamish Linklater) and his well-funded government organization, Division III. Meanwhile, Amahl Farouk (Navid Negahban) is on a new path to attaining infinite and world-ending power.

Noah Hawley serves as Executive Producer, along with John Cameron, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg and Jeph Loeb. Writer Nathaniel Halpern is Co-Executive Producer. “Legion” is the latest project from Hawley and Cameron, two of the executive producers of the Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning FX anthology series Fargo. “Legion” is produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television, with FXP handling the physical production.

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See a preview for 'Chapter 17,' airing tonight -- Tuesday, May 29 -- at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX!

Last week on ‘Legion,’ David (Dan Stevens) used his powers to influence his friends to help him in his quest to find the Shadow King’s body, while Syd (Rachel Keller) and Clark (Hamish Linklater) had a conversation about the complicated dynamics between her and David.

In Tuesday night’s new episode, “Chapter 17,” the story continues, as inner demons take control. You can check out a preview at the top of the page and photos from the episode in the gallery below!

Written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern and directed by Noah Hawley, “Legion” – “Chapter 17” airs Tuesday, May 22 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

For more on “Legion,” watch Earth’s Mightiest Show‘s recent interview with Dan Stevens below and also be sure to read our look at the comic book history of the Shadow King!

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Looking back at some of the greatest nightmares the telepathic threat has caused through the years.

You can’t have a great hero without a great villain and for the main character in FX’s “Legion,” David Haller, that is none other than the powerful, complex and often terrifying menace known as the Shadow King. With Season 2 of the series airing right now, David and the Shadow King’s conflict has only escalated, with the villain unleashed on the world in a bigger way.

Of course the Shadow King, like David himself, originated in Marvel’s X-MEN family of comics, with the Shadow King actually debuting first, in the pages of UNCANNY X-MEN, before David’s eventual debut in NEW MUTANTS #25.

Let’s look back at some of the most important and memorable moments in the history of Shadow King, otherwise known as Amahl Farouk, from his many comic book appearances…

CHARLES VS. AMAHL

The mutant who would become known as the Shadow King, Amahl Farouk, was first seen in UNCANNY X-MEN #117. At that point, Professor X thought that his team of X-Men had perished and felt both depressed and reflective. He recalled a time in his youth after Moira MacTaggert broke off their engagement when he traveled the world to blow off some psionic steam. While in Egypt, a young Ororo Munroe picked his pocket and when Charles went to use his mental powers to stop the tiny thief, he felt a strong psychic attack that lead him to a nearby pub.

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #117

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #117

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That’s where he first met Amahl Farouk and the two began communicating through their minds. Xavier compared being in psychic contact with Farouk to “swimming in a sea of maggots.” Farouk said Charles should join forces with him, but Xavier saw him as a criminal who should be punished, which lead to a battle between the two on the psychic plane. As the more experienced telepath, Farouk used some of Charles’ worst memories against him and easily recognized Xavier as a novice during their battle. However, the less experienced party decided to focus on pure power over mental parlor tricks and blasted Amahl in the astral plane so fully that it killed the man in the real world, ending his threat.

Or so Xavier thought…

CORRUPTING KARMA

In fact, the villain survived as a psychic entity — and indeed, we’d eventually learn Farouk was only the latest among other forms he’d used going back much further — and he went on to sense the powerful mutant Karma in NEW MUTANTS #6, taking over her body when she was caught in an explosion. He then stealthily used her body and their combined powers to fortify himself on the physical plane once more. The New Mutants at first only saw their manipulator as Karma, and thought she had betrayed them. Eventually, her body came to look more like Farouk’s corpulent appearance.

New Mutants (1983) #34

New Mutants (1983) #34

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In NEW MUTANTS #34, the Farouk-possessed Karma was now running a club that offered its patrons a taste of darkness. They assumed they could go back into the light, but the Shadow King claimed that his powers included corrupting their souls more fully. He showed part of that power by keeping most of the New Mutants, along with Storm, in his thrall. Thanks to a clever plan concocted by Magik and Warlock, the mutants were freed and the truth discovered about Karma’s possessor. Once Farouk jumped out of Karma and into her fellow New Mutant, Doug Ramsey, she battled the Shadow King on the psychic plane. The evil one once again gained the upper hand early, but Karma persevered. She attempted to capture his psychic form and deliver him to Professor X, but the slippery villain escaped once more into the astral plane.

Muir Island Showdown

He didn’t stay away for too long, though. He eventually made his presence felt in UNCANNY X-MEN #253 when he met Forge on a vision quest. Describing himself as “A ghost. A demon. A nightmare,” Farouk challenged Forge for a caged image of Storm. Forge just barely managed to escape being taken over by his foe, but walked away knowing Storm was both alive and in danger.

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X-Factor (1986) #69

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At that point, the Shadow King – who would finally become known by that fearsome moniker in UNCANNY X-MEN #265 – took over FBI agent Jacob Reisz, who had taken Storm to a hospital. Farouk managed to pull a number of strings and make moves behind the scenes, all of which culminated in the Muir Island Saga, which was set into motion in UNCANNY X-MEN #277, and then took center stage in UNCANNY X-MEN #278, UNCANNY X-MEN #279, X-FACTOR #69, UNCANNY X-MEN #280 and X-FACTOR #70. During this period, Charles Xavier came back from being the prisoner of Warskrulls to take on the Shadow King, who had effectively taken control of Muir Island. One of the many mutants the Shadow King used to keep the X-Men at bay was Xavier’s own powerful son, David Haller, AKA Legion, but ultimately, with some help from X-Factor, Professor X and the X-Men managed to stop the Shadow King again – though Charles once more lost the use of his legs in the battle against his longtime foe.

FORCEFUL FOES

The Shadow King would return to give the X-Men nightmares in the Psi-War crossover, beginning in X-MEN #77, and then go on to take over an alternate reality version of Charles Xavier in NEW EXCALIBUR #8. He’d even give Wakanda trouble in X-MEN: WORLD’S APART #1, #2, #3 and #4, as he possessed the Black Panther and faced off with Storm once more.

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Uncanny X-Force (2010) #34

  • Published: November 21, 2012
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The Shadow King would then show up to torment X-Force in UNCANNY X-FORCE #10. He even joined together with other villains to become part of Daken’s Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in several issues, culminating in UNCANNY X-FORCE #34. Alongside his compatriots, Shadow King tried to manipulate Evan, a clone of Apocalypse, into becoming his full self, but with Farouk in control.

AN ASTONISHING KING

Most recently, Shadow King plied his nefarious trade in ASTONISHING X-MEN. When the Shadow King attempted to take over Psylocke, she sent out a distress call that brought Bishop, Angel, Gambit, Fantomex, Old Man Logan, Rogue and Beast in for help. After they saved her, Psylocke explained that the Shadow King intended to build a web out of those with psi powers. “He wants to fill the world with poison and watch us rot from the inside out,” Psylocke elaborated.

Psylocke sent Logan, Rogue, Gambit, Fantomex and Mystique (posing as Beast) to face the Shadow King on the astral plane, while Bishop and Angel remained behind to defend their corporeal bodies. At first, they had no idea that this conflagration actually existed as a competition of sorts between the Shadow King and Charles Xavier. When Cyclops killed Professor X, Farouk snatched his spirit and began challenging him to a variety of contests.

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Astonishing X-Men by Charles Soule Vol. 1: Life of X (Trade Paperback)

  • Published: February 21, 2018
  • Rating: Rated T+

The Shadow King had all the advantages. He chained Professor X up while taking control of Logan and Gambit in the real world and sent them against their friends and comrades. He even managed to start spreading his corruption throughout London. However, Charles had his own trump cards in the form of Rogue, Fantomex and Mystique, three fluid warriors who could help distract the Shadow King long enough for Xavier to finally break free and use the full measure of his power to seemingly destroy his longtime adversary. Making matters worse for the Shadow King, he didn’t just lose, but he also facilitated the return of Charles Xavier to the land of the living by way of Fantomex.

The Shadow King might be down for now in the pages of the comics, but that purveyor of corruption never seems to stay away for too long. So keep your eyes open — and your mind guarded! — while reading the X-books and also be sure to tune into FX’s “Legion” Tuesdays at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX to see what kind of trouble the TV incarnation of the villain is making for David Haller and that show’s group of mutant heroes!

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See a preview for 'Chapter 16,' airing tonight -- Tuesday, May 22 -- at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX!

Last week on ‘Legion,’ David (Dan Stevens) told Farouk (Navid Negahban) he refused to help him find his human body – even as Farouk met with the future version of Syd (Rachel Keller) and discovered why exactly she wanted David to help him in the first place.

In Tuesday night’s new episode, “Chapter 16,” the story continues, as the path forward is revealed. You can check out a preview at the top of the page and photos from the episode in the gallery below!

Written by Noah Hawley & Jordan Crair, and directed by Jeremy Webb, “Legion” – “Chapter 16” airs Tuesday, May 22 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

For more on “Legion,” watch a new interview with Dan Stevens below from Earth’s Mightiest Show!

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See a preview for a new episode airing tonight -- Tuesday, May 15 -- at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX!

Last week on “Legion,” we saw several different lives David Haller (Dan Stevens) could have led, along with more of the events that led to him first going to Summerland, setting into motion everything that’s occurred since on the series.

In Tuesday night’s new episode, “Chapter 15,” the story continues, as a delusion starts like any other idea … But ends in disaster. You can check out a preview at the top of the page and photos from the episode in the gallery below!

Written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern, and directed by Charlie McDowell, “Legion” – “Chapter 15” airs Tuesday, May 15 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

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See a preview for a new episode airing tonight -- Tuesday, May 8 -- at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX!

Last week on “Legion,” David Haller learned the horrible truth about the return of Lenny (Aubrey Plaza) to the land of the living and how it was that she came to occupy a new body.

In Tuesday night’s new episode, “Chapter 14,” the story continues, as the show explores what could have been. You can check out a preview at the top of the page and photos from the episode in the gallery below!

Written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern, and directed by John Cameron, “Legion” – “Chapter 14” airs Tuesday, May 8 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

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See a preview for a new episode airing tonight -- Tuesday, May 1 -- at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX!

“Legion” fans were already happy to learn that Season 2 consisted of ten episodes, following the eight-episode Season 1, but now it’s been announced that the current season has been expanded to eleven episodes total! The Season 2 finale will now air Tuesday, June 12 on FX.

In tonight’s brand new episode, “Chapter 13,” an uneasy reunion leads to a shocking truth. You can check out a preview from “Chapter 13” at the top of the page and photos from the episode in the gallery below.

Written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern and directed by Tim Mielants, “Legion” – “Chapter 13” airs Tuesday, May 1 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

Here’s what to look forward to in the second half of the season, including the additional episode:

-“Chapter 14” (Airs May 8, 10:00 pm e/p) – What could have been … Written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern. Directed by Charlie McDowell.

-“Chapter 15” (Airs May 15, 10:00 pm e/p) – A delusion starts like any other idea … but ends in disaster. Written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern. Directed by Charlie McDowell.

-“Chapter 16” (Airs May 22, 10:00 pm e/p) – The path forward is revealed. Written by Noah Hawley & Jordan Crair. Directed by Jeremy Webb.

-“Chapter 17” (Airs May 29, 10:00 pm e/p) – Inner demons take control. Written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern. Directed by Noah Hawley.

-“Chapter 18” (Airs June 5, 10:00 pm e/p) – Reunion, ruination and rage. Written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern. Directed by Dana Gonzales.

-“Chapter 19” (Airs June 12, 10:00 pm e/p) – In which David fights the future. Written by Noah Hawley. Directed by Keith Gordon.

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See a preview for a new episode airing tonight -- Tuesday, April 17 -- at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX!

Last week on “Legion,” David Haller (Dan Stevens) had his first face-to-face — in an astral plane manner — conversation with the Shadow King, Amahl Farouk (Navid Negahban), and learned the importance of a certain monk. On top of that, David learned more from Syd’s future self about why it was important to help Farouk, while he also shared the truth about these encounters with the present day Syd (Rachel Keller).

In Tuesday night’s new episode, “Chapter 11,” the story continues, as David navigates the maze. You can check out a preview at the top of the page and photos from the episode in the gallery below!

Written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern and directed by Sarah Adina Smith, “Legion” – “Chapter 11” airs Tuesday, April 17 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

For more on “Legion,” read what Bill Irwin and Amber Midthunder told Marvel.com about Cary and Kerry’s evolving dynamic.

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