It was announced on Disney+ Day last year that the beloved X-Men animated series would be rebooted and brought to the Disney streaming service — and being affectionately renamed X-Men ’97. The Wrap reports the series will pick up where the original series left off and original voice actors from the show are set the reprise their roles. This includes Cal Dodd (Wolverine), Lenore Zann (Rogue), George Buza (Beast), and more. In addition, new cast members will include Jennifer Hale, Ray Chase, and more.
X-Men ’97 is an example of efforts from Marvel Studios to expand its reach into animated content. Phase Four and Disney+ dove head-first into this medium with Marvel’s What If…?, which was already renewed for season 2. Disney+ Day came with announcements of several other animated Marvel shows too, but the X-Men: The Animated Series reboot should be different from the rest just based on nostalgia alone.
Since X-Men ’97 is picking up where the original animated series left off, it should be separate from the MCU continuity — meaning that the storylines in the animated series would not directly affect the storylines in the movies and live-action television shows that Marvel Studios has already curated up until this point. While there is a possibility to tie just about anything into the multiverse at this point, it seems pretty clear that the reboot is mostly for fans of the original animated series.
Apart from the old ’90s logo, the use of the Wolverine meme, and a loose 2023 release date, we don’t know much else about the reboot project. While there’s no detailed news about X-Men ’97, the original series is available to stream on Disney+ so you have plenty of time to get acquainted with the characters and get the theme song stuck in your head for the next year or so.
In other Marvel news, we’re finally getting an Asian Iron Fist comic book.
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