Article by Kieran Burt.
Marvel fans have lots to look forward to in the next few years, with plenty of shows and films keeping fans interested in the live action side of their universe. Captain America: New World Order, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3, Thunderbolts and so much more. However, Marvel have also been making jumps into animation too, with their What If series attracting awards attention from the Emmys. One animated series that has received a lot of interest is the upcoming X-Men ‘97 series, and here’s what’s known about it so far.
Announced at Disney+ day in 2021, the animated series will take place in the same timeline as the original series, and continue its storylines. The show will arrive in 2023, and use the original theme music from the series. As this is a continuation of a project that started in the 90s, it won’t be directly connected to the MCU timeline. The series is written and produced by Beau DeMayo. Original X-Men: The Animated Series producers and showrunners Eric and Julia Lewald and director Larry Houston will consult on the new series.
At the 2022 San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), audiences were able to find out a bit more about the series. While Magneto is still leading the original team, several new members were revealed. These new members include: Cable, Sunspot, Bishop, Forge, Morph and Nightcrawler. As for the villains, the series will bring back Emma Frost, Sebastian Shaw, Mr. Sinister and Calypso.
X-Men ‘97 will feature some returning voice actors, including Cal Dodd, Lenore Zann, George Buza, Adrian Hough, Alyson Court, Catherine Disher, Chris Potter and Alison Sealy-Smith. New voice actors will include Jennifer Hale, Matthew Waterson, Anniwaa Buachie, AJ LoCascio, Jeff Bennet, Ray Chase, Holly Chou and JP Karliak.
Other than the fact that Mageto will be leading the team, and that it will pick up where the animated series left off, it’s not known what the plot of X-Men ‘97 will be. The Animated Series adapted some of the most popular X-Men comic storylines such as Days of Future Past and The Dark Phoenix saga, so it seems likely that X-Men ‘97 will adapt some of the comic stories over the prior two decades.
Marvel hasn’t given the series a specific release date, however it’s known that the show will debut in the fall of 2023. It’s also not known how the series will release, whether it will adopt a weekly release format or release all at once. No trailers have been released for the series. It’s possible that in the Marvel panel at D23 that fans may receive more news about the series, possibly even a trailer, though that is unlikely.
Fans have been reacting positively to news about the series, with one fan rewatching The Animated Series in preparation for the new show’s debut:
This fan expressed their hope at receiving more news on the series at the upcoming D23 Expo:
Finally, one fan speculates over what they would like to happen in the series.