When is the X-Men ’97 release date? After 25 years, X-Men: The Animated Series is returning to our screens on Disney Plus. The TV series will be a direct sequel to the beloved five-season show that was a staple of comic book and superhero fans who grew up in the ’90s.
Yes, this means popular X-Men characters Wolverine, Jean Grey, Magneto, Cyclops, Jubilee, Beast, and more, all in their classic ’90s costumes, fighting the good fight. Oftentimes, this means battling each other, as Magneto vies to take over the world with mutant powers, while Professor X’s gifted children want to find a better way to coexist with people who don’t have any powers.
The animated show promises to be a nostalgia trip that also reinvigorates the sci-fi series for a modern audience. What will the X-Men ’97 release date bring to the MCU? Are all the original cast members back? And, seriously, how will it continue the story of the mutants? We’ve tapped into Cerebro (the internet) to bring you up to date on mutants and where to find them.
X-Men ’97 release date speculation
X-Men ’97 is set for release on Disney Plus in Autumn 2023. The news was announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 as part of Marvel’s animation panel.
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What could happen in the X-Men ’97 plot?
We aren’t sure what might happen in X-Men ’97, but we know it’s a direct continuation of the ’92 series. This means we’ll learn what happened after the mutants, Magneto in tow, said goodbye to Professor Xavier.
The humble leader was avoiding death by going to the planet Shi’Ar with Lilandra, leaving everyone who knew and loved him to just wait and see if he’d ever return. Yes, that cartoon ended like the Poochie gag from The Simpsons. The good thing about such a weird anti-climax is that it left plenty of dangling threads for the writers to revisit.
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Of course, Professor X’s condition is paramount, especially in light of the power vacuum he’s left behind. According to recent reveals at San Diego Comic-Con, Magneto will be the one to fill the void left by Professor X and will lead the X-Men.
We also know that Sunspot, Cable, Bishop and Nightcrawler will be joining the team, which is good because they’ll be facing Mister Sinister and his experiments on mutants, the ever-present threat of the Sentinels, and the Hellfire club.
Expect all of these to factor into X-Men ’97, and whatever other themes and ideas the writers can fit in. Perhaps we’ll get more Phalanx, or some version of the Avengers vs X-Men storyline. The options are wide open at present.
Who’ll be in the X-Men ’97 cast?
Many of the original voice actors are coming back for X-Men ’97. Cal Dodd is back as Wolverine, a surefire relief to anyone who watched in the ’90s, Lenore Zann is still Rogue, George Buza returns as Hank ‘Beast’ McCoy, Alison Sealy-Smith is back for Ororo ‘Storm’ Munroe, Adrian Hough is Nightcrawler, Chris Potter is voicing Gambit, Catherine Disher will return as Jean Grey, and Christopher Britton has Mister Sinister covered.
Beyond that, a number of high-profile actors are attached in undisclosed roles. Jennifer Hale and Jeff Bennett have both been alongside a list of others, all for unknown characters. Curiously, Jubilee still hasn’t had her performer announced. We’ll have to wait to hear more.
The confirmed X-Men 97 cast thus far:
- Cal Dodd as James Howlett/Wolverine
- Lenore Zann as Anna-Marie Raven/Rogue
- Chris Potter as Remy LeBeau/Gambit
- Alison Sealy-Smith as Ororo Munroe/Storm
- George Buza as Dr Henry ‘Hank’ McCoy/Beast
- Catherine Disher as Jean Grey
- Adrian Hough as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler
- Christopher Britton as Nathaniel Essex/Mister Sinister
- Jennifer Hale as TBA
- Anniwaa Buachie as TBA
- Ray Chase as TBA
- Matthew Waterson as TBA
- Alyson Court as TBA
- J.P. Karliak as TBA
- Holly Chou as TBA
- Jeff Bennett as TBA
- A.J. LoCascio as TBA
We’ll be keeping this list updated are more are revealed.
Is X-Men ’97 part of the MCU?
The official word so far is that X-Men ’97 does not take place within the mainline continuity of the MCU. But, what this ultimately means is up for debate. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness establishes that Professor X and the mutants exist in some timeline and that their aesthetic matches the ’90s show.
If you count the multiverse, then X-Men ’97 is almost certainly part of the MCU, just not in any way that impacts the mainline storyline. Will there ever be a crossover? Well, Captain Carter was introduced in What If…? before coming to life in Multiverse of Madness. The precedent is there, but for something like the X-Men, it’s a slightly more difficult transfer.
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Captain Carter was played in both animated and live-action forms by Hayley Atwell. That’s one actor, who was already part of the fabric of the MCU. If X-Men ’97 is converted to live-action, Marvel might have to recast some roles. The studio may just decide to do another, separate iteration of the team for the inevitable film reboot.
But anything can happen – Marvel Studios is bringing back a show we long thought dead. We can only see what the future brings. For more Marvel, check out our guide to MCU Phase 5.
Will there be an X-Men ’97 season 2?
X-Men ’97 has been renewed for a second season. The news was announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2022.