Marvel X-Men Reboot Takes Huge Step Forward
Marvel is bringing back the X-Men and we’re finally about to get some long-awaited big news about the project. But instead of being about the live-action side of Marvel media, the news coming our way is about the upcoming revival of the nineties fan-favorite X-Men: The Animated Series. That’s right — X-Men ’97 is on its way to San Diego Comic-Con.
The Direct reports that Marvel fans will finally get a first look at X-Men ’97 at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, scheduled to begin Thursday, July 21. The official SDCC calendar lists an hour and a half panel dedicated to Marvel’s animated projects on the second day of the con — Friday, July 22 — starting at 11:45 am. Among other things, it says attendees should expect a “deep dive” into X-Men ’97.
While the calendar doesn’t say exactly what Marvel fans can expect to learn about X-Men ’97, it would be surprising if the panel didn’t result in the reveals of some footage of the series, and perhaps some of the voice actors from the show. We already know the first season of X-Men ’97 will be 10 episodes long, that it’s set to drop some time in 2023, and that it will include most of the original voice cast from X-Men: The Animated Series. Returning actors include Cal Dodd as Wolverine, Lenore Zann as Rogue, George Buza as Beast, Catherine Disher as Jean Grey, Chris Potter as Gambit, Alison Sealy-Smith as Storm, Adrian Hough as Nightcrawler, and Chris Britton as Mister Sinister.
Rather than being a full fledged reboot of Marvel’s X-Men: The Animated Series, the upcoming X-Men ’97 will apparently pick up precisely where the nineties story left off. Apparently some kind of large event will bring the team back together. We don’t know exactly what kind of event, but the animated series was known for adapting some of the more popular storylines from the comics such as “Days of Future Past” and “The Dark Phoenix Saga.”
Marvel recently gave X-Men: The Animated Series a pretty nice nod in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. While Patrick Stewart didn’t voice Professor X in the cartoon –instead appearing in many of the live-action film series originated by director Bryan Singer — the movie’s version of the telepath was clearly meant to echo the nineties show. His chair resembled the character’s chair in the show, and the theme from the series played when he first came on screen.
Though the news Marvel is delivering about the X-Men is on the animated side of things, that doesn’t mean they’re slacking on bringing the live-action mutants into the MCU. Confirming our scoop on the matter, Black Bird‘s Taron Egerton recently came clean and admitted that he had taken a meeting with Marvel at which Kevin Feige was present. The Rocketman star is one of the most fan-cast actors for the role of Wolverine, and it’s been difficult to not notice how much the guy has been bulking up in recent days. While she hasn’t admitted to it yet, we recently exclusively learned that Margot Robbie is also in talks for a Marvel role. We can’t confirm exactly what part she’s up for, but we think there’s a good chance it’s for the X-Men’s Emma Frost