X-Men: The Animated Series debuted in 1992 and ran for a total of 76 episodes. The show was a hit with comic book fans and delivered a near-perfect take on the mutant team that still resonates to this day.
Marvel Studios is revisiting the franchise in the upcoming Disney+ revival X-Men '97, with most of the original cast returning to pick up where that series left off. Needless to say, excitement for this one is rapidly building but with some MCU TV shows reportedly being pushed into 2024, there have been concerns this revival might be among them.
Head Writer Beau DeMayo recently suggested that won't be the case, and information shared by the r/MarvelStudiosSpoilers moderators potentially offers a better idea of when we'll actually see X-Men '97 on the streaming service.
Apparently, the show is currently aiming for a September/October 2023 debut in order to coincide with the anniversary of X-Men: The Animated Series.
While nothing is confirmed at this point, we're sure this rumour will come as a relief, particularly after recent claims What If...? season 2 might be pushed back as far as 2025 (which we find hard to believe given recent merch sightings). As for when we might get an official update on premiere plans, we'd bet on news being shared during this July's San Diego Comic-Con.
Wolverine voice actor Cal Dodd recently confirmed he's already working on season 2 of X-Men '97, and with one insider alleging that the plan is for the show to run for a total of 4, we're sure this series has a bright future on Disney+.
The X-Men will eventually be rebooted for live-action, of course, and X-Men '97 seems like a great way to familiarise many fans with the team before they join the MCU. After all, Fox's movies are quickly becoming a distant memory and, outside of a few exceptions, are best off forgotten.
Are you excited about X-Men '97's return?