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“I’m sure it was a heavy price”: X-Men ‘97 Consultant Reveals Disney and Marvel Studios Paid Exorbitant Amount to Use Iconic Theme Song in Ms. Marvel and Doctor Strange 2

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For the zoomer Marvel fans who have no idea about the iconic theme song of the X-Men: The Animated Series from the 90s, it was a glorious synth-led one-minute theme song that would go down as one of the most memorable sounds of 90s television history, and in TV show history in general.

You may have heard the theme song’s iconic riff in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness as well as in Ms. Marvel, but it wasn’t the full theme song, just the recognizable riff. However, getting the rights to use even a 3-second sample of that riff would cost a fortune, and it did for Marvel, according to one of the consultants of the TV show.

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The logo for X-Men: The Animated Series

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A Lot Of Money For A Three-Second Riff, Paid For By Marvel!

The little cameo that the iconic riff from X-Men: The Animated Series did in the new Doctor Strange movie came when Patrick Stewart made an appearance as Charles Xavier from another multiverse. As for the riff’s cameo in Ms. Marvel, it came during the season finale of the series.

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L to R: Julia Lewald and Eric Lewald

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According to Eric Lewald, who worked on creating the original story for X-Men: The Animated Series in the 90s, Marvel paid a hefty sum for the rights to the theme song of the 90s TV show. The writer revealed the information during an appearance at Pennsylvania’s Steel City convention-

“[The X-Men: The Animated Series theme song] wasn’t a done deal necessarily when they were producing the new show. The rights were all over the place. I think a secondary person had the rights to the music, so it was a negotiation for them. Obviously, you can’t do the new show without that song.”

“But the guy selling it knew the same thing, so I’m sure it was a heavy price.” 

The decision to pay the price for the theme song in two of its projects is honestly worth it. When I heard the synth-led riff play on both occasions, I did get goosebumps.

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RuPaul Is The Unexpected New Threat To The Marvel Comics Universe

Mister Sinister is one of Marvel’s biggest villains to date, who just recently revealed his secret identity in Immortal X-Men #4.

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Mister Sinister

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In the most recent issue of the comic, Kraoka’s Quiet Council finally unveils Mister Sinister’s penultimate plans. In the said issue, Mister Sinister comes to a point where he has to reassume a new personality, and he draws inspiration from a few odd places- ”

Deadpool scrapings, five choice seasons of Drag Race, and a sample of Oscar Wilde.”

This is basically his new identity, who would’ve known Mister Sinister would be influenced by RuPaul’s Drag Race of all the other options available? However, this does make sense since the new comics portray a modern conception of the supervillain.

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Written by Sang Tonsing

Sang is a content writer for Fandomwire with over 300 published articles. He now has 3 years of experience and counting in content writing. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Political Science at Delhi University.