X-MEN '97: First Official Story Details For The Show's Premiere Episode Revealed By Marvel

X-MEN '97: First Official Story Details For The Show's Premiere Episode Revealed By Marvel

New story details for X-Men '97 have been revealed, with the show's creative team shedding new light on a sequence from the premiere which will put the mutants against a group of massive Sentinels...

By JoshWilding - Aug 10, 2023 08:08 AM EST
Filed Under: Television

With it now apparent that X-Men '97 won't be released this year, fans of X-Men: The Animated Series will need to continue being patient when it comes to finally seeing this revival hit Disney+.

It's been decades since the original show ended, so a few more months are unlikely to matter too much in the grand scheme of things. However, we have some exciting new details for you about what to expect from X-Men '97's opening episode.

Talking during last month's San Diego Comic-Con (via The Direct), X-Men '97 Head Writer Beau DeMayo and supervising producer Jake Castorena confirmed the show will kick off with the team battling a group of familiar foes.

"We showed a clip from the first episode that shows the X-Men going off [on] a mission to confront a new Sentinel threat," DeMayo says. "And mid-mission they are unexpectedly attacked and have to use their Danger Room practice skills to save themselves."

Castorena chimed in to praise DeMayo's writing and singled out a moment which highlights Scott Summers. "[Beau] gave us a really good script and a really good scene and a really good epic moment that makes you go, ‘That's why Cyclops is the leader of the X-Men.'"

DeMayo recently confirmed that work on season 2 is already underway, though work on Marvel Studios' animated offerings has slowed. As a result, definitive plans for this series, What If...?Marvel Zombies, and Spider-Man: Freshman Year are currently a mystery to us.

Work is thought to be progressing on them, so none have been cancelled...as far as we know, anyway. However, with Disney cutting costs and Marvel Studios getting back to quality over quantity with its live-action offerings, there's a chance these animated spin-off projects are no longer as important as they once were. 

With any luck, we'll have solid X-Men '97 news to share with you soon. For now, we're just glad to hear the sequel series is continuing to take shape and that the creative team clearly has such a great understanding of the mutant team. 

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