Disney+ Day usually brings with it way more announcements than we can count or keep track of here at PG, but this year, one announcement stood out in particular: the return of X-Men, as in the hit cartoon series from the 1990s. This is HUGE.
For those who weren’t there and don’t grasp how weighty this is, without the X-Men cartoon the entirety of Marvel Studios might never have happened. Superhero properties were regarded as second rate among the studios until Fox Kids president Margaret Loesch took a chance on two: Batman: The Animated Series and X-Men. Both became huge hits and inspired countless knockoffs. X-Men went on for five seasons and was one of the first comic book adaptions to not water down its source material or cheapen it because they believed kids were dumb. Some of the greatest arcs from the comic were adapted into epic five-part storylines and kept viewers glued to their sets week after week.
The massive success of the X-Men cartoon made 20th Century Fox realize they had a winning property, and they set to work on developing a movie. Said movie was released in 2000 and Kevin Feige was one of the associate producers. Feige would go on to found Marvel Studios and serve as its guiding hand to this day. Disney pretty much owes half its revenue these days to this cartoon. Don’t you think it deserves a second chance?
The resurrected series will be called “X-Men 97,” as that’s when the show aired its last previous episode. Most of the voice cast has been tapped to return, though some of them might be playing different roles than before. X-Men 97 will premiere in 2023, which leaves those who haven’t seen the original plenty of time to catch up. The original series is available on Disney+ right now.
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