Marvel Fires X-Men ’97 Creator Before Show Debuts

By Christopher Isaac | Published

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When X-Men ’97 was announced, fans were beyond excited to hear the beloved X-Men: The Animated Series would be receiving a continuation. All the nostalgic memories of the first series have left a lasting impression on fans even decades later. However, in a shocking turn of events, before X-Men ’97 even debuts later this month, its creator, Beau DeMayo, has been fired from Marvel.

DeMayo And Marvel Were Frequent Collaborators

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To say fans are surprised is an understatement. Things seemed to be going very well between DeMayo and Marvel, with him getting work on a lot of their different projects. Besides X-Men ’97, he also wrote for the Moon Knight TV series, had worked on the upcoming Blade movie, and even had already completed work on Season 2 of X-Men ’97.

For Marvel to work with him so often, you would think they were happy with his output.

Why DeMayo Was Fired Remains A Mystery

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Unfortunately, there are no further details about what happened at this time. Marvel is declining to comment on the matter. Beau DeMayo also has not said anything as of yet, though it has been noted that he has deleted his Instagram account.

DeMayo had been using his social media to share artwork for X-Men ’97 and talk with fans about the series. As of now, there is only speculation that something major must have happened behind closed doors.

DeMayo’s Other Work

Prior to X-Men ’97, Beau DeMayo worked on high profile projects that established him as a noteworthy name in the field. He wrote for Netflix’s The Witcher and was the screenwriter for the platform’s spinoff animated movie The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. He wrote for two episodes of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and even worked on some shorts for projects like the video game League of Legends.

DeMayo Is Persona Non Grata

The other cast and crew attached to X-Men ’97 were already informed of DeMayo being released from the project before news was made public about it. Apparently whatever transpired was significant enough that DeMayo is not welcome at the show’s Los Angeles premiere next week. So clearly the two sides did not part on amicable terms.

The X-Men ’97 Premiere Is Still A Go

News like this is certainly not the buzz Marvel wants just ahead of X-Men ’97 making its debut, butultimately does not have any impact on the quality of the show. In production of the new series, effort was made to bring back as many of the original voice actors as possible, and quite a few were excited to reprise their roles. Fans of the original series will be excited to hear the returns of Cal Dodd, Lenore Zann, George Buza, Adrian Hough, Christopher Britton, and Catherine Disher, just to name a few.

It is likely we will hear more about the DeMayo situation as everyone has time to collect their thoughts and figure out what kind of public statements they wish to make on the matter. But for fans just focusing on the new series, the exciting part is knowing that they will be getting at least two guaranteed seasons of X-Men ’97 to enjoy.

X-Men ’97 debuts on March 20.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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