Alongside Raimi’s Spider-Man movies and the Batman movies, X-Men was one of the few superhero productions to see success in the early 2000s. It starred Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Patrick Stewart as Professor X.
But the franchise saw a mix of hits and flops across the years, with X2 being its most successful release. X-Men again saw a slump despite the soft reboot having a new cast and new storyline after the well-received X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Mutants enter the MCU
In a bid to expand its roster, Disney purchased 20th Century Fox, allowing Kevin Feige to add mutants to the MCU. We first saw a mutant feature in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, where Professor X appeared as a member of the Illuminati.
Later Ms. Marvel, played by Iman Vellani was also confirmed to be a mutant in her mini-series, making her the first confirmed mutant in Earth-616 of the MCU. She was originally an Inhuman in the comics, but the studio decided to change her backstory to introduce mutants.
This acquisition also allowed Kevin Feige to produce the continuation series of the much-loved X-Men: The Animated Series, called X-Men ’97 on Disney+. But getting the rights to the show wasn’t enough to get the series off the ground, the theme song created a new nightmare for Marvel.
The cost for the X-Men theme song
Giving clarity over the issue, X-Men: The Animated Series writer/developer Eric Lewald described the trouble they faced while getting the rights to the theme song from the iconic animated show at Pennsylvania’s Steel City convention, he stated:
“[The X-Men: The Animated Series theme song] wasn’t a done deal necessarily when they were producing the new show. 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.”
Since the signing of the big cheque by Kevin Feige for the theme song, it has been used when Professor X entered the screen in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and for Kamala Khan’s mutant reveal in Episode 6 of Ms. Marvel.
X-Men ’97 is expected to premiere on Disney+ in 2023.
Source: The Direct