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Following rumblings earlier regarding the Marvel Studios/Disney+ release calendar, a new report still has X-Men ’97 set for Early 2024.
Earlier this month, a report hit that Marvel Studios was revising its Disney+ release schedule that saw the Tom Hiddleston-starring Loki still be returning for its second season in October – but everything else was reportedly shifted around. If the report’s correct, then viewers would get What If…? Season 2 for Christmas – and that’s it for the year. The “Hawkeye” spinoff series Echo and “WandaVision” spinoff Agatha: Darkhold Diaries (previously: “Agatha: Coven of Chaos”) were all shifted to 2024 – with question marks still surrounding Ironheart, Daredevil: Born Again, and Wonder Man. It also included the eagerly-anticipated animated series X-Men ’97, currently slated to premiere early next year – and now, we actually have a sliver of good news to pass along. Earlier today, THR reported exclusively that Marvel Studios is eyeing to start writer meetings this fall to hear pitches for an X-Men film now that the writers’ strike is over and the WGA is set to vote to ratify their new deal. Included in that article was this line: “Marvel is also already toe-dipping into the X-Men world with a throwback to the classic ’90s animated series; the animated ‘X-Men ’97’ will debut in early 2024 on Disney+.” Why does that matter? Because we actually have two reports/updates in a row – nearly a month apart – that have Early 2024 locked as the release window.
Showrunner Beau DeMayo & Supervising Producer Jake Castorena made a surprise appearance during Marvel’s “Designing the X-Men” panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2023 to offer some updates and… wait for it… footage from the series. Yup – but the bad news? It’s not going to be released – at least not anytime soon. But what was screened included scenes of the team interrogating Dr. Trask, Jean Grey having some “issues” with Cerebro, Cyclops using his power to save some literally falling teammates, and even a “To me, my X-Men” line thrown in for good measure. Along with the screening, we learned that Jean is pregnant, Archangel & Bishop will be official team members, and Mr. Sinister has a “pretty foolproof plan to destroy the X-Men once and for all.” From the production standpoint, we learned that things are going “really, really well” and that not only is post-production work on the first season being finished up but also that they’re about to wrap writing the Season 2 finale.
Beau DeMayo Clarifies Some Previous Misreporting
Picking up not long after the events of the “final” episode “Graduation Day” (directed by Larry Houston and written by James Krieg), the series will apparently deal with the fallout stemming from the world witnessing Henry Peter Gyrich shooting Xavier during a Mutant/Human Relations Summit. While Xavier & Lilandra leave for the Shi’Ar home world for Xavier’s cure, global support for mutantkind grows. As we’ve seen in previous previews for the animated series, the X-Men roster will see some changes as Morph and Bishop join the team. Things are apparently so good that Rogue & Gambit consider giving a real-life a shot, while Cyclops & Storm look to continue growing Professor X’s dream. Even Magneto was apparently moved enough by Xavier’s words & actions to consider giving Xavier’s philosophy a try. So, with all of this “happily ever after” stuff going on, what better time for Mr. Sinister to make a return? Now, here’s a look at DeMayo’s tweet clarifying what was discussed at Marvel Unlimited’s X-Men: 60 Uncanny Years Live Virtual Event on March 16th:
X-Men ’97: The Road to Season 1 & Season 2
Regarding a second season, it appears we may have gotten some good news from Cal Dodd (Logan / Wolverine). As many of you know (but we’ll still give you a reminder below), Dodd took to Twitter at the beginning of 2022 to signal that recording on the first season was underway. Well, a little more than a year later, Dodd was back on Twitter to let fans know that recording on the second season was already underway. In a tweet that’s since been taken down, Dodd wrote, “Yesterday. Studio. Season 2. GREAT session!” and included a brief video sharing, “Cal Dodd, voice of Wolverine from ‘X-Men ’97.’ The beginning of Season 2. I say, just the beginning. Strap your seatbelts on, bub. Later.” Back in January 2022, Dodd took to Twitter to share a look from the recording studio (and make sure to check out his jacket):
In October 2022, DeMayo fielded some questions on social media that included shedding some light on the upcoming animated series revival. With production first getting underway in Fall 2020 and a second season confirmed, DeMayo sees the animated series as a large part of his life “for the foreseeable future,” along with two upcoming non-MCU feature projects. As for the series and how it will be received by a fanbase that’s remained faithful to the series since it originally left our screens, DeMayo admitted that it’s a concern but also that he’s “not worried” because of the “amazing talent” that’s working on the series.
DeMayo Only Wanted Fans Working on “X-Men ’97”: “My general rule was you had to be a fan. No questions,” DeMayo explained. “I’ve been on [a] show, namely ‘[The] Witcher,’ where some of the writers were not or actively disliked the books and games… even actively mocking the source material. It’s a recipe for disaster and bad morale. Fandom as a litmus test checks egos and makes all the long nights worth it.” As DeMayo sees it, “you have to respect the work before you’re allowed to add to its legacy.”
DeMayo Has “Mixed Feelings” on Rogue Controlling Her Powers: “I am aware that Rogue learned to control her powers, and I have mixed feelings on the shift. However, trust me when I say Rogue fans have plenty to be stoked about… in no small part due to [Supervising Producer] Charley Feldman being a massive advocate for her character.”
Series alums Cal Dodd as Logan/Wolverine, Lenore Zann as Anna Marie/Rogue, George Buza as Hank McCoy/Beast, Adrian Hough as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler, Christopher Britton as Nathaniel Essex/Mister Sinister, Catherine Disher as Jean Grey, Chris Potter as Remy LeBeau/Gambit, Alison Sealy-Smith as Ororo Munroe/Storm, and Alyson Court as Jubilation Lee/Jubilee are also expected to return. In addition, Jennifer Hale, Anniwaa Buachie, Ray Chase, Matthew Waterson, J.P. Karliak, Holly Chou, Jeff Bennett, and A.J. LoCascio are set to join the cast. Recently, famed voice actor Lawrence Bayne (the voice of Cable, Erik The Red & Captain America) also confirmed that he would be joining the cast – but no details on who he would be voicing.
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