Marvel has finally pulled back the curtain and revealed details on X-Men ’97 during their Marvel Animation Panel at San Diego Comic-Con.
The studio has silently amped up the hype surrounding the TV show, by integrating the X-Men ’97 theme song in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness when Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier appeared, and during the series finale of Ms. Marvel, when Bruno Carrelli (Matt Lintz) said to Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) that he discovered a mutation in her genes.
Of course, it was previously announced that the show would follow up events from X-Men: The Animated Series and explore “new stories in the iconic 90s timeline of the original series,” but if Marvel Studios was producing it and inserted the theme song in two MCU titles, the connection to the larger universe cannot be overstated.
Beau DeMayo was announced as head writer and executive producer, with Cal Dodd, Lenore Zann, George Buza, Catherine Disher, Alison Sealy-Smith, Christopher Britton, Chris Potter, and Adrian Hough reprising their respective roles from the animated series as Logan/Wolverine, Anna-Marie Raven/Rogue, Hank McCoy/Beast, Jean Grey, Ororo Munroe/Storm, Nathaniel Essex/Mister Sinister, Remy LeBeau/Gambit, and Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler.
Alyson Court, who portrayed Jubilee in the original series, was cast as another but undisclosed character. Other details were unknown about the series until today when Marvel Studios revealed more about the X-Men’s first and official entry into the ever-expanding world of the MCU, during its Marvel Animation Panel at San Diego Comic-Con.
It is confirmed that the series will continue where The Animated Series left off, with Magneto now leading the X-Men:
Sunspot, Bishop, Cable, Morph, and Nightcrawler will be among some of the new additions being included in the official X-Men roster:
Mr. Sinister will also be one of the main antagonists of the series, with the sentinels officially returning as a side villain:
Wolverine, Rogue, Beast, Jean Grey, Storm, Gambit, and Jubilee are all set to return. You can check out their character designs below:
The series will be released during the fall of 2023, though no specific release date has been given. Additionally, a second season was also announced, to be released likely in 2024 or 2025. It’s great to see Marvel expanding their animated offerings, and reviving one of the quintessential superhero animated series that defined a generation, whilst introducing a new audience to the genius of X-Men: The Animated Series as they prepare to watch X-Men ’97.
About Marvel’s X-Men ’97
The animated series from Marvel Studios explores new stories in the iconic 90s timeline of the original series. The X-Men animated series will be produced by Beau DeMayo who will also act as head writer, and be directed by Jake Castorena. The cast comprises Lenore Zann, Cal Dodd, George Buza, Catherine Disher, Alison Sealy-Smith, Christopher Britton, Chris Potter, Adrian Hough, and Alyson Court.
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