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‘The rights were all over the place’: X-Men: The Animated Series Writer Has Possible Explanation Why It’s Taking So Long for X-Men to Come to MCU

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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.

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Hugh Jackman starred as Logan/Wolverine in a total of 9 X-Men movies, until his departure in Logan.

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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.

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X-Men ’97 will be the continuation of X-Men: The Animated Series.

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.

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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.”

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X-Men ’97 will mark the first official X-Men project at Marvel Studios since the acquisition.

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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

Written by Nikhil Makwana

Nikhil Makwana is a writer for FandomWire, with interests in DC comics, anime, indie films, independent films, and Nicolas Cage. He’s pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in BBA,LLB from IFIM Law School. When he’s not writing, he reads books such as the classic Dune series and existential essays from Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre.