X-Men '97 (TV Series) (2024)

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Beginning dateMarch 20, 2024
Number of Episodes10
Season One
WritersBeau DeMayo
ProducersBeau DeMayo
Charley Feldman
Original ChannelDisney+
Previous Series
Next SeriesEyes of Wakanda

X-Men '97 is a series that serves as a continuation of the 1992 series X-Men. The series premiered on Disney+ in March 20, 2024. Unlike its predecessor, the sequel series was aimed to mature audiences.

The name is a reference to the year the earlier series ended as well as the comic book continuation X-Men '92.

Background

Eric and Julia Lewald released the books Previously on X-Men: The Making of an Animated Series in 2017 in X-Men: The Art and Making of The Animated Series in 2020 detailing the production of X-Men. Thanks to the dedicated fan following, they began talking with Marvel Entertainment about reviving the series in the style of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Roseanne, and Animaniacs.

While promoting Previously on X-Men: The Making of an Animated Series, Eric Lewald gave his thoughts on a theoretical sixth season. "I had honestly never thought about it for all these years, but now that you mention it, an idea for a season just came to me: the five-season series ends with a dying Charles Xavier being whisked away to space by Lilandra, where she can maintain his fragile body, but where it seems he will be gone forever from his beloved X-Men. It's like a death. Season Six could open, months later, with the X-Men in disarray, a few gone, the ones remaining at each other's throats. They miss their leader. Then somehow they are called to, and transported to, an existential crisis on Lilandra's distant world. The team grudgingly reunites 'for Charles,' heads off to space, solves the crisis, and a somehow-healed Charles Xavier is either able to return to Earth with them or, if he can't, his heroic final sacrifice heals the team's wounds and they return to Earth as the proper X-Men again."[1]

In June 2019, original series director Larry Houston talked to The Hollywood Reporter about reviving the series saying, "The one thing we'd like to do more than anything else is to continue where we left off."[2]

The series was first announced November 12th, 2021 along with the second season of What If...?, I Am Groot, Marvel Zombies, and Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.[3]

The series is produced by Marvel Studios.

Head of Streaming, Television, and Animation Brad Winderbaum said of the series, "This is the first X-Men title produced by Marvel Studios. What an amazing first step to reintroduce audiences to the X-Men with a look at one of the most pinnacle eras of the X-Men comics, which was the '90s. That iconic style that has its roots in Chris Claremont, and is celebrated in Jim Lee, and then again in The Animated Series."

He added, "Over the years, as we've met with so many filmmakers who have come in to pitch on various projects, the touchstone that we hear over and over again is X-Men: The Animated Series."

Vice President of Animation Dana Vasquez-Eberhardt said, "As an animated show, the original X-Men was the forerunner to some amazing action series. Everyone that is making X-Men '97, top-down, is a fan. On this project, instinctually, we knew exactly what this is. To bring this series forward and pick up that baton, and not just keep running at the same pace, but to really elevate. That's the responsibility."

Original series producers and showrunners Eric and Julia Lewald and original series director Larry Houston are consulting on the series.[4]

On the day of the announcement the Lewalds stated, "Thanks to the dedicated people at Marvel, many of whom grew up on X-Men: The Animated Series, our X-Men family is preparing to return, with more stories for the fans who loved our show. We are honored to be included, to assist the creative team in any way we can. Now, twenty-five years later, to our X-Men family, with gratitude and love, we say 'welcome back'."[5]

In a later interview, Eric Lewald said that he believed that the first season would be ten episodes long and was expected to premier in mid-2023. Lewald said "I believe they're looking at 10 episodes for the first season that's going to come out mid-next year."[6] However, the release dated ended up being pushed back to early 2024.

Marvel Studios showed a sneak peek of X-Men '97 at the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con where they revealed that the series had already been renewed for a second season.[7]

Story

Marvel Animation’s “X-Men’97” revisits the iconic era of the 1990s as The X-Men, a band of mutants who use their uncanny gifts to protect a world that hates and fears them, are challenged like never before, forced to face a dangerous and unexpected new future.[8]

Cast

ActorRole(s)
Ray ChaseCyclops/Scott Summers
Jennifer HaleJean Grey
Goblin Queen/Madelyne Pryor
Lenore ZannRogue/Anna-Marie Raven
George BuzaBeast/Hank McCoy
Holly ChouJubilee
Christopher BrittonMister Sinister/Nathaniel Essex
Alison Sealy-SmithStorm/Ororo Munroe
Adversary
Cathal J. DoddWolverine/Logan
A. J. LoCascioGambit/Remy LeBeau
Matthew WatersonMagneto/Erik Lehnsherr
Gui AgustiniSunspot/Roberto de Costa
Lawrence BayneX-Cutioner/Carl Denti
Catherine DisherValerie Cooper
Chris PotterCable/Nathan Summers
Adrian HoughNightcrawler/Kurt Wagner
Strong Guy
J. P. KarliakMorph/Kevin Sydney
Isaac Robinson-SmithBishop
Ross MarquandProfessor X/Charles Xavier
Gil BirminghamForge
Eric BauzaSentinel
Master Mold
Ron RubinRobert Kelly
Alyson CourtAbcissa
Anniwaa BuachieDigital Alarm
Jeff BennettJudge
Burly Goon
Kree Commander
Josh KeatonCaptain America
Theo JamesBastion

While many of the original cast returned, not all returned to their original roles.

Crew

JobPeople
Executive ProducerBeau DeMayo
WritersBeau DeMayo
Supervising DirectorJake Castorena
Supervising ProducerCharley Feldman
ConsultantsEric Lewald
Julia Lewald
Larry Houston

Episodes

  • X-Men '97 Season One

Videos

Marvel Animation's X-Men '97 - Official Trailer - Disney+

References

External Links

X-Men '97 (TV Series) (2024)

FAQs

What does the ending of X-Men 97 mean? ›

X-Men '97's action packed season finale sees Professor X reverse Magneto's EMP attack, shattering his psyche. The X-Men defeat Bastion, but are forced to save Earth from a catastrophic event, leading to their assumed deaths. The X-Men are scattered through time, as Apocalypse returns setting up season 2's story.

Is X-Men 97 better than the original? ›

X-Men 97 continues the legacy of the original show by depicting a wider Marvel Universe, introducing more characters and concepts. The complex relationship between Professor X and Magneto is explored in a mature tone, adding depth to the X-Men series.

Can I watch X-Men 97 without watching the previous seasons? ›

'X-Men '97' Is a Good Starting — or Continuing — Point. To quickly address the question, one does not need to watch all five seasons (consisting of 76 episodes) of the classic animated series to enjoy X-Men '97. Yes, X-Men '97 is a continuation, but it chooses a good point to reintroduce the characters.

Why can Magneto touch Rogue? ›

Magneto has proven himself to be unusually resilient against Rogue's power, allowing him to remain effectively unharmed when she touched him in battle. This is likely due to the constant electromagnetic force field he maintains around his body, which insulates him from her abilities.

Will X-Men 97 connect to MCU? ›

X-Men '97 Is Part of the MCU Multiverse

Although Marvel Studios decided not to make X-Men '97 canon to the MCU, the animated revival seemingly still exists as part of the wider multiverse.

Will X-Men 97 have a season 2? ›

Sure, X-Men '97 has ended, but unlike other Marvel shows that serve as a 6-8 episode limited series, X-Men '97 is coming back for a second and third season.

Who is the bad guy at the end of X-Men 97? ›

It's none other than Apocalypse! A villain of epic proportions, he has a lengthy history with the X-Men in the comics and across the Marvel universe. He's also appeared in other Marvel animated series and as En Sabah Nur in the live-action films, X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse.

Why is Morph's face different in X-Men 97? ›

Morph returns to the team in “X-Men '97” with a new look. Instead of appearing as a brunette man, Morph is now nonbinary with a bald head and white, mask-like face.

Why is Colossus not in X-Men 97? ›

11 Colossus Was Invited To Join The X-Men

In these episodes, Colossus assisted the X-Men in battling villains but ultimately declined their invitation to join the team. He chose to remain in Russia to care for his younger sister, Illyana, and help rebuild his homeland.

How old is Magneto in X-Men 97? ›

Even without that exact year, we can say that at the oldest in 1997 Magneto is in his late sixties, and at the youngest early sixties. Magneto is most likely somewhere between 61 and 67.

What earth does X-Men 97 take place on? ›

Earth-92131 | Marvel Database | Fandom.

What does the 97 mean in Xmen 97? ›

For example when a season ends in the spring, it's technically still filmed/ produced that same year. So season 5 would have been made In 1997 during the summer/fall and would have aired in 1997 to early 1998. That's why it's called 97'

Do you have to watch X-Men in order to understand? ›

Though you really can watch these movies in any order, there is a way to watch the X-Men movies in chronological order. You can witness the characters evolve from when the gang first banded together during the Cold War (“X-Men: First Class”) to the most recent events (for now) in the year 2029 (“Logan”).

What episodes of X-Men should I watch before X-Men 97? ›

Get ready for X-Men '97 by watching essential episodes from the original series like Night of the Sentinels and Cold Vengeance. Dive into major storylines like Days of Future's Past and The Phoenix Saga to understand the characters and their journeys.

Is X-Men 97 appropriate for kids? ›

Parents need to know that X-Men '97 is an animated action show that continues the adventures of the 1990s series X-Men: The Animated Series. Expect lots of fast-paced action and violence, including big guns, explosions, and fist fighting.

Is X-Men 97 a reboot or continuation? ›

It is a revival of X-Men: The Animated Series (1992–1997), continuing the story of the X-Men who face new challenges following the loss of their leader, Professor X.

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