Noah Hawley discusses David and Syd's relationship and more heading into the April 3 premiere on FX.

The story of David Haller continues, as “Legion” returns to FX for Season 2 on Tuesday, April 3.

Season 1 ended with David Haller (Dan Stevens) finally free of the influence of the Shadow King, only for the Shadow King to find a new host in Oliver Bird (Jemaine Clement) and escape – and for David himself to be captured inside a mysterious orb. So, where does the story go from here?

As Executive Producer Noah Hawley told press during a visit to the Los Angeles set of the series, “If the first season was the enemy within, the second season, in my head, was always the enemy without. The enemy is now out and so it would appear that our mission is to find Farouk and put an end to him.”

However, Hawley added, “My first instinct is always ‘Well that seems very clear… Now how can I undermine that in interesting ways?’ So, there are a few things that are happening as we go into the second year.”

Read on for more of what Hawley had to say about “Legion” Season 2…

The Mind of David Haller

When “Legion” began, David Haller had been institutionalized, unaware of the exterior force inside his head, the Shadow King, who had been manipulating him. However, Hawley noted that even though the Shadow King and David have been separated, he didn’t want to abandon the themes about mental health.

Said Hawley, “There were some things that were very important to me about telling more stories in this world. The first thing was that I didn’t want to leave the mental illness component of the show behind. The first season was based around this idea of ‘Is he mentally ill or does he have these super powers or both?’ I think we kind of committed to the fact that we’re in this genre world. There are people with these abilities. There is the Shadow King, who David thought was part of his personality, and then it turns out to be a separate entity and that entity escapes and is out in the world.”

That being said, Hawley stressed, “I couldn’t leave that question of mental illness behind. It’s an integral part of the show and it’s also something interesting to me as an idea to explore this idea of ‘What is normal? What is reality, if not simply an agreement that we make?’ Someone once said that the definition of reality is that which doesn’t cease to exist if you stop believing in it and I thought that was really interesting.”

The Tale of David & Syd

The dynamic between David and Syd (Rachel Keller) has been a key component of “Legion” since the first episode, and Hawley explained, “The relationship with David and Syd is the framework that we hang this season on. My feeling was if you believe that this love is real and you’re invested in it than the rest of the show is flexible, because obviously we’re making something that’s a little surreal, where I’m not entirely convinced that everything we see needs to be tied to information.”

As Hawley elaborated, “The show isn’t an information delivery device. It’s an experience delivery device. So there can be a sense, as you’re watching the show, that you’re not exactly clear on what everything is and what everything means. But as long as there’s a sense that you care about David and Syd and their emotional journey feels real, you’ll go wherever they go. And I continue to believe that what makes the show interesting is the ways in which we can use the genre to solve the characters. It’s not about making a genre show in that ‘these are people with abilities who are at war.’ It’s that you have the genre with all its creativity and its whimsy and fantastical elements. How can we use the tropes of the genre to explore the characters and explore the story in a way that you couldn’t in a straight drama? Because you can’t play with the structure of the show [in a straight drama]. You don’t have these elements available to you. You have clear forces of good and clear forces of evil. That’s a pretty standard package.”

By comparison, Hawley said, “Legion” is a show where, “You’re playing with these ideas about what’s actually going on, what’s real… False memories, false realities. We have a lot of mental spaces this year. We have a lot of mental spaces that aren’t necessarily the real world. Once you start playing around with those things you need a clear bind the audience can hold onto.”

Hawley noted that when Season 2 begins, “[Syd] has been put in the same position that Melanie was put in, which is [Oliver] went off to save the world and never came back. And she’s found herself trying to figure out how she feels about that and not wanting to surrender her own identity to this wait, to this search for him, etc. So I think if the first year was about the honeymoon of new love, this second year also has a component to it which is about the maturation of the love story between these two characters, with the idea that they love each other very much. But the world is a serious place and they have to make some mature decisions and move their relationship forward.”

The Shadow King Unleashed

The Shadow King/Farouk has escaped inside the body of Oliver Bird, and in Season 2, Hawley explained, “We introduce this idea that what Oliver is doing is he’s out there looking for his own body. If you think about a mutant that is someone that genetically changes, that mutation is mostly found in their physical genetic material. We play with this idea that his mind is very strong but if he were to be reunited with his body, he would become much more powerful. So we introduce this idea that they’re in a race to find the body. No one knows where it is. Our friends at Division Three, with David, are looking for Amahl Farouk, who is out there in the body of Oliver looking for it and that’s the framework of the season – who is going to find it first.”

In Season 1, Farouk was seen in various ways, but as Hawley noted, “He was hidden and metaphorically behind many faces.” In Season 2, “We’re removing the mask and Amahl Farouk becomes a major character in the show.”

Discussing what it was like to develop Farouk — who will be played by Navid Negahban in Season 2 — in a more direct manner this year, Hawley remarked, “It’s been really interesting because I had to find his voice.”

Describing the Shadow King, Hawley said, “He’s a centuries old mutant. Literally, he’s called ‘the King’ right? So there’s this idea that he’s out there in the world trying to get his body back, which he was kicked out of, and it’s about respect for him and the fact that people are treating him like he’s some kind of vermin but he’s the sun, he’s the moon, he’s a god. And so a lot of this for him — he’s a very patient guy. He hung around in David’s mind watching him eat baby food for a year. He’s a very patient guy. So he’s a very manipulative guy. He’s a very confident, powerful guy. He doesn’t say more than he has to say. But he’s also kind of a snake in the garden. He can talk you into anything.”

X-Influence

“Legion” is based on a character who originated in the X-MEN family of comics, and while many of the specifics are unique to the TV show, Hawley noted, “There are a few things that were interesting to me to incorporate from the X-Men universe. The first, just broadly, was its very gray approach to morality and this idea that characters can cross that line. You can have a character like Magneto who is a villain one week and a hero the next week and the struggles they’re all going through with their identity and trying to do the right thing — it’s not the same black and white universe as some other comic franchises. I really wanted to play with that and that real world morality. At the same time, I feel like the one thing about David Haller that you can’t change is his origin story and who his father is and it’s something we started to address in that first year and continue to address in our second year in a way the audience might like.”

Hawley said he felt “Legion” had to stand on its own, but added, “I feel like we set up, in this first year, an origin of this show which has the idea that David’s father defeated the Shadow King and the Shadow King took revenge by going into the mind of his son. And now we’re at the point where the Shadow King is racing to get his body back. What’s he going to do when he gets it and how is that going to circle back if he’s clearly interested in revenge? So we’re playing with all of those elements but I feel like I’ve made a show with its own universe and I want to try to stay inside of that as much as possible.”

What’s Coming Next

When it comes to any mystery elements in the series and the perspective of “Legion,” Hawley remarked, “The whole idea is to make a show that’s subjective. So if David isn’t sure what’s real or not, we’re not sure what’s real. That said, I was never interested in mystery for mystery’s sake. If you look at the first year, as David got more clarity, we got more clarity. In the beginning, we kind of had no idea what was going on and in the end it was very clear what was going on. But going into the second season, I didn’t want to just lose clarity for some reason. I think that’s part of what’s fun about the show. Part of this year and some of the things we’re doing is to kind of reset the table to allow us to figure it out again. What’s real, and what’s important, and what is his own baggage getting in his way? I think that I’m also very interested in continuing to expand Rachel Keller’s role and this idea that the show really is a two hander for me between [David and Syd] and there’s a journey that they’re going on. And in the X-Men universe, as I said, who’s a hero and who’s a villain? It’s not said. It’s not ‘The Matrix,’ right? It’s not like he’s chosen to be the savior of everyone.”

Hawley added, “There’s a sense that in David’s story he could be heading toward becoming a Super Villain, or maybe she is. I think there’s this idea that when you’re creating your own sort of myth you have to put a lot of energy into building the challenges and the seminal moments that these characters go to to decide ‘How is history going to remember this?’ So that’s part of it as well – continuing to expand to see the world through her eyes.”

“Legion” Season 2 premieres Tuesday, April 3 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX. 

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See a preview for a new episode airing tonight -- Tuesday, April 24 -- at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX!

Last week on “Legion,” David Haller (Dan Stevens) had to help his friends free themselves from within their own minds, after they were all overcome by a virus afflicting Division 3. But Syd (Rachel) was not among those he was able to bring back…

In Tuesday night’s new episode, “Chapter 12,” the story continues, as David is tested. And tested. And tested. 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 Ellen Kuras, “Legion” – “Chapter 12” airs Tuesday, April 24 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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The 'Legion' star on getting to see the downside this season of never forgetting everything.

Having a mutant ability that includes a perfect memory might sound incredibly useful, but there’s also would likely be some innate issues that go along with that – something we saw reflected in a notable way on last week’s episode of “Legion” on FX, as David (Dan Stevens) and Cary (Bill Irwin) discovered that for Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), the perfect life would be forgetting things, all the time, rather than have to recall everything he’s ever experienced.

When Marvel.com spoke to Harris on the set of “Legion” Season 2, the actor spoke about exploring more of the downside of Ptonomy’s abilities this year, along with the new character dynamics in play this year. But first, we began by chatting about the show’s behind-the-scenes move in the second season, as far as where “Legion” is produced…

Jeremie Harris as Ptonomy Wallace in “Legion.”

Marvel: What was it like for you relocating the show from Vancouver to Los Angeles for Season 2?

Harris: I really like it. I’m actually based in New York so it’s cool to be here and live in LA under these circumstances, working on a really great show and getting to know the city and meeting new people and exploring, all those types of things. It’s exciting. I liked Vancouver but Vancouver is the type of place that’s really beautiful in the summertime and then it just rains. [Laughs] So we started shooting in August and when we first got there, I was like “Man, Vancouver is gorgeous!” I was hiking, walking around and then probably by the middle of September it just started raining and was really gray every day and I was like, “Oh, I don’t know if I love Vancouver as much as I thought I did.” It’s an amazing city. It’s a beautiful city. But you know that [weather] can be a little tough sometimes!

Marvel: It was interesting to begin the season with this time jump that David himself didn’t understand at first, given the new dynamics with the characters, including the move to Division 3.

Harris: I think we’re in a place now where everyone has similar roles but different relationships – relationships have changed a lot. So just seeing that develop and seeing those relationships develop has been nice and exciting and fun. You’re reading every script going “Where’s this going? Why am I now close to this person when I wasn’t close to them before?” There are a lot of those thing that come about that are exciting and interesting and fun things to explore as an actor. With Ptonomy, I think he has a straightforward, direct way of addressing people and talking to people so I think that continues and he puts on more of a detective hat this season which is really nice and interesting. He has some really cool obstacles to overcome.

Marvel: His mutant abilities are very intriguing and different than the norm.

Harris: Yeah, I think the main thing [in Season 2] is just going deeper into how he feels about those powers. I think we’re getting more into his relationship to his own powers and how they affect him and just how he feels about them. I think in Season 1 we see in some ways how they can be a burden but I don’t think we went too much into the ways in which remembering everything can be daunting. It’s there for a job and a purpose and feeling David out and who is this guy, what is he really about? In Season 2, we’re getting into his relationship to his own powers and how he really feels about them.

I think he’s a task oriented, very focused person so obviously he’s always going to be like “What are we trying to do? How do we figure this out? How do we move the needle forward?” Less emotions and more “Let’s get this done.” Stiff upper lip. He has that, but I think we’re gonna be granted the opportunity to let him express more emotion and that’s exciting.

New episodes of “Legion” air Tuesday nights at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

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Get a sneak peek before two new episodes debut Sunday, April 22 at 8:00-9:00am ET/PT on Disney XD.

Two new episodes of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!” debut this coming Sunday on Disney XD, the first off which includes an appearance from Phyla-Vell, voiced by Ming-Na Wen!

In the episode “Happy Together,” The Guardians, desperate after squandering their riches almost instantly, take what they believe to be a simple transport job. What they don’t know is that they are stealing a mysterious item from the Krr, and the ruthless Kree leader Phyla the Accuser will stop at nothing to get it back!

Then, in the episode “Gotta Get Outta This Place,” the Guardians find themselves in prison for stealing a mysterious “package” from the Kree – but it was all set up by Howard the Duck. Can they escape the ultimate prison run by the evil warden Minn-Erva and prove their innocence?

You can check out a sneak preview clip of Phyla’s debut at the top of the page, as the Guardians learn she’s one tough Accuser.

Said Ming-Na Wen, about her “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!” role, “Phyla-Vell is a fierce warrior who’s main objective is to bring criminals to justice.” The “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star added, “It was very fun to play such a strong woman who is sure about what’s right and wrong.”

“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!” – “Happy Together” and “Gotta Get Outta This Place” airs Sunday, April 22 at 8:00-9:00am ET/PT on Disney XD.

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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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The 'Legion' stars on how things are changing for the two mutants and their unique dynamic.

One of the fascinating character dynamics on “Legion” — airing Tuesday nights on FX — is Cary (Bill Irwin) and Kerry (Amber Midthunder) Loudermilk, two mutants who co-exist within Cary’s body, with Kerry only physically appearing when needed.

Recently on the series though, things have been changing for them, including a crisis in last week’s episode that found Cary instead be absorbed within Kerry, which resulted in a notable change in appearance for Kerry when it came to her hair. Meanwhile, larger questions about what happens to them down the line — especially considering Cary is physically much older than Kerry — continue to be raised.

During a visit to the set of “Legion,” Irwin and Midthunder spoke to Marvel.com about the new season and the unique challenges their characters face.

Discussing the duo, Irwin said, “They’re ever evolving and it’s really interesting. In Season 2, things have happened between these two characters that inhabit one body so that we’re forever feeling out our duality. But as the same time, we as a storytelling group, this production, we’re going back and looking at this proposition and getting a second chance to take it on. Last year, as with all first seasons, we hit the ground running. Amber and I were merged. Now we’re figuring out what that means for us as characters and for us as storytellers and how the rest of the set of characters take that on.”

Bill Irwin as Cary Loudermilk in “Legion”

As far as what just occurred on “Legion,” Irwin added, “There are some complications when I look at my other half, who is in real life 40 years younger, in the episode which we just completed, and she has a couple of gray hairs.”

Said Midthunder, “I think before Season 1, the two of them had their life where they each played roles in their unit. If the two of them are one piece, they each had their territories that they covered in life and they could do that. And then David came in and it continued, but it really forced them to look at themselves and called into question – are they two people who are dependent on each other? Is it okay? Or are they truly unhealthy? Are they codependent and it’s a problem? I think it called into question a lot of things about their relationship and their living situation that now can’t be ignored.”

Midthunder noted that for Kerry, when it came to these issues, “I think if it were up to her, she’d ignore it. She’d be like ‘It’s fine, I’m happy with the way things are! I have this, I have you, we’re okay.’ But he knows that you can’t just live like that forever. Some hard unknowns have been called into question that they have to figure out the truth to. Like he had that moment last season of ‘I wonder what happens to her when I die?’ They have to figure that out. You can’t ignore that anymore. It’s like being in high school where you’re like ‘real life is never gonna happen’ and the years go by and then you’re like ‘Oh, I actually have to become an adult? I have to be independent? I have to do life by myself?’ I think that’s sort of what she’s dealing with. She’s like ‘No, we’ll just coast.’ And he’s like ‘No, we have to figure this out.’ I think it’s about her learning to be independent and how she views that and what that means to her because it’s more a question of the stability of their relationship in her eyes. The more independent she is, the more she views it as distance between the two of them. When you don’t know anything else and you rely so much on someone and they feed your soul, you don’t want them to be distant from you. So, I think that’s really where she’s at.”

Amber Midthunder as Kerry Loudermilk in “Legion”

In Season 2 of “Legion,” the action has shifted from Summerland to Division 3, and Irwin noted that for scientist Cary, “He does have slightly greater resources perhaps. And of course the group of mutants doesn’t have to expend quite so much energy hiding from D3. I love the texture and I hope to get to sit down and talk to Noah [Hawley] about this but it seems to me that those of us who created the Summerland environment in which the story took place last season, there must be some undercurrents of ‘Oh, that’s how they do it at D3.’”

Kerry in the meantime is a fighter, and Midthunder said that when it came to filming her action scenes, “It’s always a challenge. but I have a lot of fun with it. It’s definitely something I look forward to. Travis Wong is our fight choreographer, Mike Gaines is our stunt coordinator, and they’re both really amazing. We work really well together. They’ve been great about teaching me things and really balancing [it all]. On a show like this it’s not just like ‘A fight is a fight.’ We have to do the narrative also and do the internal and show the internal physically. So that’s been a lot of fun to unravel that and figure out who she is and how to show it – because Kerry is not a person who is very emotionally aware of herself. So she would take her feelings out without understanding them. But she would take them out physically, so how do we transfer that? As an actor, I understand how she’s feeling. How do we show that through her way of showing it? So that’s been a lot of fun.”

New episodes of “Legion” air Tuesday nights at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

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You've met Tandy and Tyrone - now get a look at the rest of their universe!

We’re less than two months away from the premiere of “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger,” only on Freeform! Don’t miss the two-hour premiere, on Thursday, June 7 at 8pm ET/PT!

You’ve been introduced to our two leads — Tandy Bowen (played by Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (played by Aubrey Joseph). Now meet the rest of the key players in their lives. Marvelites, you may recognize some of the characters from their comic book origins.

As a refresher:

Tandy Bowen (played by Olivia Holt) was once privileged little girl, who watched as her family was destroyed by a disastrous storm that uprooted her life. Now in her late teens, an unexpected encounter with a boy named Tyrone sparks a life changing event.

Olivia Holt as Tandy

Tyrone Johnson (played by Aubrey Joseph) is young man who wanted nothing more than to prove he was fearless. But when everything he held close was taken away, life taught Tyrone to be afraid. Now older and more sheltered, Tyrone closes himself off. But when he meets a girl named Tandy his life changes forever.

Aubrey Joseph as Tyrone

Detective Brigid O’Reilly (played by Emma Lahana) is accustomed to working in a man’s world but she isn’t looking to be “one of the guys”. Her New York sensibilities have hardened her from being too friendly or open, setting her apart from her Louisiana counterparts. Brigid believes in justice and doesn’t think that anyone should be above it, including other cops. Especially other cops.

Father Delgado (played by Jaime Zevallos) is constantly seeking redemption in spite of the fact that he’s not sure that he deserves it. As a school counselor and priest, Delgado is a rock to Ty. Oppressed by the collar, he leads more through words than example, as he still struggles daily with the life he has chosen.

Detective Connors (played by J.D. Evermore) is contradiction of a man. Connors embraces an intimidating persona that overcompensates for a secret he keeps close to the vest.

J.D. Evermore as Detective Connors

Liam (played by Carl Lundstedt) is a salt-of-the-earth townie. Liam operates as Tandy’s partner in crime while moonlighting as her boyfriend. But underneath this rough-around-the-edges appearance, Liam has big dreams. All of them include Tandy.

Carl Lundstedt as Liam

Melissa Bowen (played by Andrea Roth) is the eternal optimist, despite struggles to adapt to her new existence. She’s complex and compromised, and often needs to fill her edges, but her love for her daughter burns brightly outside.

Andrea Roth as Melissa

Adina Johnson (played by Gloria Reuben) invests every aspect of her being into giving her son the life she believes he deserves. But she props up and protects Tyrone so much she almost forgets to love him.

Gloria Reuben as Mrs. Johnson

Otis Johnson (played by Miles Mussenden) trudges through his desk job to keep his family safe and happy. All while too-quietly mourners a loss. When he can, this working-class father does what he can to ensure his son Tyrone will grow up to be a man.

Miles Mussenden as Mr. Johnson

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” and Marvel Television! Be sure to follow @CloakandDagger on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” Facebook page!

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Get a sneak peek from the new episodes airing Sunday, March 15 from 8:00-9:00am ET/PT on Disney XD.

The Guardians of the Galaxy will be facing one of their biggest threats yet on two brand new episodes of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!” airing this Sunday on Disney XD – life as celebrities!

First, in “We are the Champions,” Drax decides he no longer wants to be a Destroyer and looks into new occupations. Then, in the episode “Fame,” Quill takes the next logical step after beating Thanos – having his own talk show! But to his dismay everyone seems to hate it, especially the Grandmaster who is rigging the segments to destroy Quill.

You can watch an advance clip from “Fame” above, as Star-Lord discovers having your own TV show isn’t quite as fun as he might have imagined…

“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!” – “We Are The Champions” and “Fame” air Sunday, March 15 from 8:00-9:00am ET/PT on Disney XD.

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The hero is set to return on Netflix!

Everybody raise a glass: “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” will be back for a third season on Netflix!

Following a hugely successful season 2, which launched globally on International Women’s Day 2018, the hero will return to her investigative, crime-fighting best in another batch of thrilling episodes coming soon.

“Marvel’s Jessica Jones” stars Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, with Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, and Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse. The series is executive produced by showrunner Melissa Rosenberg along with Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. And “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

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Check out a preview for a new episode airing tonight at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX!

“Legion” kicked off Season 2 last week with a big, mind-bending premiere that found David Haller (Dan Stevens) returning after a year away, only to discover a lot had changed in his absence. On top of that, by the end of the episode, David was also recalling some of what had occurred for him while he was gone, including a message from Syd (Rachel Keller) that had major ramifications for the future.

In Tuesday night’s new episode, “Chapter 10,” the story continues, as David meets his oldest enemy. 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 Ana Lily Amirpour, “Legion” – “Chapter 10” airs Tuesday, April 10 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

For more on “Legion,” read our new interviews with Aubrey Plaza and Rachel Keller!

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