How Is Legion’s Villain Connected to the X-Men?

Spoilers for Legion Season 1 follow.

Last season on Legion it was revealed that the mysterious “Devil with Yellow Eyes” character is actually the Shadow King, a.k.a. Amahl Farouk, a long-standing X-Men villain whose rivalry with Charles Xavier dates back decades. And though Xavier wasn’t specifically referenced by name in the season, it’s clear that just like in the comics he is David Haller’s father.

For those not familiar with the Shadow King (or his dynamic with David and Xavier in the comics), we figured now — with Season 2 of Legion debuting — was the perfect time to break down his history and how Legion’s handling of the Shadow King compares to the source material.

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