“The brave always die first”: X-Men ‘97 Iconic Line by Wolverine in Episode 9 is a Full Circle Moment That Needed 31 Years to Deliver

Marvel Studios and the MCU took 31 years to have their full circle moment with X-Men '97!

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  • Back in 1992, X-Men: The Animated Series premiered wherein Magneto told the mutants that "the brave always die first".
  • In the season finale of X-Men '97, Wolverine and Magneto get into a cuffle and Wolverine states these very same lines to Magneto.
  • With the MCU known for finishing things in loops and circles, this was a great callout to the OG series since it took the MCU 31 years to complete!
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It has been said countless times before that Marvel Studios and the MCU do not like to leave loose ends. Although the finale of X-Men ’97 was one of the most iconic episodes of the animated series, Marvel Studios also completed the loop after 31 years!

With Wolverine uttering one iconic line to Magneto during the finale of X-Men ’97, the mutants really came full circle 31 years back when the OG X-Men: The Animated Series was released in 1992 and fans were really impressed with Marvel’s ability!

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Magneto in X-Men ’97

“The brave are always the first to die” 

It was 1992 when Magneto said an iconic line in the original animated show X-Men: The Animated Series. When the mutants (including Wolverine) chose to get in the Blackbird to face Bolivar Trask and Master Mold to save President Robert Kelly, Magneto considered it a suicide mission.

When the mutants were taking off in the Blackbird, Magneto stated “The brave always die first”. Quite a chilling line, the quote became quite famous and Marvel Studios decided to make good use of it. If you haven’t seen the finale of X-Men ’97, turn around now for a spoiler warning for the 2024 animated show is in effect.

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Magneto stated his iconic line in X-Men: The Animated Series (1992)

During the season finale, Magneto has had enough of human hatred against mutants. Turning the tide against humanity, Magneto becomes a justified villain on the path to cleanse humanity. While he gets distracted by Professor Charles Xavier and Cyclops, Wolverine sneaks up behind Magneto and stabs him in the back.


Although this is already a pretty shocking moment, Wolverine leans in and states the iconic line that Magneto had said 31 years ago!

“Been in a lot of wars, bub. The brave always die first.”

On the other hand, it seems that the X-Men and the Avengers will be seen in a conflict pretty soon. With a mutant disrespecting Captain America in the animated show, it seems that conflict is inevitable and that the Avengers and the X-Men may suffer some serious loss of life!

X-Men ’97 Could Soon Introduce X-Men vs. The Avengers!

During episode 7 of the show, mutant Rogue is on a hunt and meets Captain America. When their conversation doesn’t go well, Rogue throws the Captain’s shield 50 feet away into the snow. In an interview with Comicbook.com, the voice actor for Professor X, Ross Marquand stated that this scene could have future consequences.

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A still from X-Men ’97

During his talks, Marquand seemed to hint that there was a real chance that Avengers vs X-Men could take place in the future!

“You saw what happened in the last episode [with] Rogue and Captain America. There’s a real chance that [Avengers vs X-Men] could happen. He can’t fly. Captain can’t fly. She threw that in the side of a snowy mountain.”

He further continued,

“I’m sure it’s lodged in there 50 feet deep. He ain’t gonna find that shield. It’s not like Mjolnir where you can just like pull it back, it’s stuck in that thing. He’s gonna be pissed at Rogue for a while.”

It would indeed be an awesome spectacle to watch if the Avengers were to fight the X-Men in future seasons of the animated show. With the season finale being released, X-Men ’97 received a rating of 8.4/10 on IMDB and a whopping 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.


The 2024 animated show is available to stream on Disney+ in the U.S.


Written by Visarg Acharya

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Visarg Acharya, Associate Content Writer, has been heavily involved in movies, series, and history. Having an experience of 2 years in the field of content writing, Visarg is a seasoned writer. Having a degree in Physics, Visarg Acharya has published a dissertation alongside a plethora of poems and short stories along the way.