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New Wolverine and the X-Men trailer!

Fans have been dying to know what to expect from the new series so we've dissected the new clip posted on Marvel.com which reveals an action-packed plot, an ASTONISHING team, and an INCREDIBLE surprise!

As the franchise turns 45 this year, its fans are curious as to whether or not the new series will contend with the Emmy-award winning X-men: evolution and X-Men: The Animated Series, which was among the most popular and highest rated cartoons of all time.

Expect This new series to have some similarities with 2000's X-Men: Evolution as it uses the same creative team (Steven E Gordon, Greg Johnson, and Boyd Kirkland) and we can already see similarities in the character designs and dialogue.

Season 1 should include a sentinel story arc, what appears to be the Days of Future Past saga, the introduction of the brotherhood, Mojo, juggernaut and a possible Shi'ar arc in either the first or second season given Professor Xavier's condition and the disappearance of Jean Grey.

We can also clearly see that the creative team wants the series to have a strong female presence (particularly among the villains) by including a host of less popular characters such as Polaris, Wolfsbane, Vertigo, Scarlett Witch and Spiral. The trailer also shows two newly-animated female characters in New X-men's Dust and X-Force's Domino



Although the promo image created in September of 2007 shows a slightly different team, the new trailer shows a permanent roster set at Iceman, Beast, Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde), Cyclops, Emma Frost, Forge and Wolverine. This group is almost identical to that of Joss Whedon's 2004 initial lineup of Astonishing X-men (with the substitution of Iceman for Colossus). Astonishing X-Men fans may be disheartened at the thought of Wolverine heading up the team given his "lone wolf" personality and the fact that the comics has traditionally placed Cyclops and Emma Frost in leadership roles.

This leads us to probably the most interesting question of all: how will the series portray Scott Summers? As longtime field leader, fans will have to reacquaint themselves with a Cyclops who will most likely spend the first season sulking over the loss of Jean Grey. We can also expect a burgeoning romance with Emma Frost which will probably take place in the second season.

As for the surprise we promised, the new trailer shows an appearance by Incredible Hulk! However, at this time it is not clear as to how what role he will play in the series, but safe money is on a fight between he and Wolverine.

From the clues we are given, it is safe to say that if you liked X-Men: Evolution or are a fan of the Astonishing X-men comics, you are probably going to love this new show. Expect Wolverine and the X-Men to air in early 2009 on Nicktoons in the US and CBBC in the UK and follow the link to view the new trailer

Mohad Ali
5/8/2008
Source: Toonado