At the 2022 SDCC, a new Disney+ series namely X Men ’97 has been announced to hit the deck in the fall of 2023. The show was first revealed to be produced by Disney+ back in November 2021 and was previously titled X-Men: The Animated Series. The new project is being hailed as a revival of the 1992 animated series of the same name.
The animated series is going to be a Disney+ original and stands tall in a long list of Marvel x Disney collaboratory successes like What If…? Besides X-Men ’97, the SDCC panel also revealed Spider-Man: Freshman Year to be released in 2024 and announced the production of What If…? Season 2.
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X-Men ’97: New Disney+ Series Announced at SDCC ’22
When the original X-Men animated series had come out, it ran for 5 years on the Fox Kids Network from October 31, 1992, to September 20, 1997. The new series is going to be a continuation of the ’90s show and has already been confirmed for a second season run as well. Beau de Mayo, who is notably known for his script of Netflix’s animated Nightmare of the Wolf will be the writer for X-Men ’97.
At the San Diego Comic-Con, the announcement stirred some buzz as fans had been anticipating this exact shoe to drop for quite some time now. Marvel has clattered around the idea of the mutants’ entry into the MCU ever since Disney’s acquisition of the franchise. The Doctor Strange sequel introduced Patrick Stewart’s Professor X but he appeared as the ’90s animated series version, distinguishable via the hovering yellow chair. Moreover, Disney+ original series, Ms. Marvel made quite the noise by diverting from the comic Inhuman origin story to change her lineage into that of a genetically altered person aka a mutant.
As Variety reports, both these scenes had a short juxtaposition where the Animated Series theme song was briefly played in the background. For super fans, that would have proven to be enough of an easter egg to predict the arrival of X-Men-related news at the comic-con this year.
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What’s In Store For The Disney+ X-Men ’97 Series?
The series will feature Magneto, Wolverine, Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Rogue, Beast, Jubilee, and Gambit. Magneto will now be leading the team as they fight the Hellfire Club comprised of Emma Frost and Sebastian Shaw. Besides the series regular, fans will also witness the on-screen reunion of X-Men veterans, Cable, Bishop, Nightcrawler, Forge, and Morph.
A first-look clip of X-Men ’97 revealed in the comic panel displayed Wolverine fighting Sentinels and Bolivar Trask. Magneto gets an upgraded look from his 90s era with a purple having an ‘M’ insignia on the front and long silver hair. Mr. Sinister is also set to appear. According to sources, the series will also reportedly set the Dark Phoenix saga timeline straight.