If you are caught up on FX’s “Legion,” then you’ve taken a visit to Summerland. The series, which is inspired by Marvel’s X-Men comics, debuted its own take on Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters in its “Chapter Two” episode. The facility, called Summerland, is a safe place where mutants can hide from those that would do them harm and learn how to control their mutant abilities. That sounds a lot like Xavier’s, right?
A new featurette released by Marvel dives deeper into the role Summerland plays in “Legion.” The featurette reveals that the facility was started by Melanie Bird (Jean Smart), her husband Cary Loudermilk (Bill Irwin) and his partner Kerry (Amber Midthunder). The featurette also includes interviews with Smart, Irwin and Jeremie Harris, who plays the memory-worker Ptonomy Wallace. The video explains that the balance at Summerland is upset by David Haller’s (Dan Stevens) arrival, considering he’s the most powerful mutant they’ve ever encountered. Ptonomy even tells Haller that Bird believes he’s the key to “winning the war.”
The show’s main character, David Haller, was first introduced in 1985 in Marvel’s “New Mutants” #25 as a young man with dissociative identity disorder whose personas each control one of his several mutant abilities. According to the show’s official description, “Since he was a teenager, David has struggled with mental illness. Diagnosed as schizophrenic, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. But after a strange encounter with a fellow patient, he’s confronted with the possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees might be real.”
Starring Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Katie Aselton, Jeremie Harris, Bill Irwin, Rachel Keller and Amber Midthunder, “Legion” airs Wednesday evenings at 10PM on FX.