Summary

  • ‘X-Men ’97’ is not canon to the MCU, serving as its own entity, per showrunner Beau DeMayo.
  • The show will be a direct continuation of X-Men: The Animated Series, showcasing beloved characters.
  • Marvel Studios should diversify its output with more projects not tied to the MCU, like ‘X-Men ’97.’



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X-Men ’97‘s possible impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been addressed by its showrunner. The animated series will be the first project produced by Marvel Studios based on the mutants that previously had their rights tied to Fox, as X-Men ’97‘s release date has been revealed to be March 20, 2024, putting it before Deadpool & Wolverine‘s July release. As the first X-Men project by Marvel Studios, anticipation is high for the show.


According to Beau DeMayo (via @XMenUpdate/Twitter), X-Men ’97 is not canon to the MCU, with the showrunner saying, “We are our own thing.”

As X-Men ’97‘s first trailer revealed, the show will be a direct continuation to X-Men: The Animated Series, with DeMayo now confirming the series will have no ties to the MCU. While Marvel fans are excited about the X-Men coming to the MCU in future projects, it is for the best that X-Men ’97 is its own thing.


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Why X-Men ’97 Needed To Be Split From The Main MCU Canon

Not All Marvel Projects Need To Be Canon To The MCU

Several Mutants From The First Trailer For Marvel's X-Men '97

Marvel Studios’ take on the X-Men in the MCU is highly anticipated, but that does not mean that X-Men ’97 should be affected to serve that purpose. As things stand, the MCU has plenty of new characters who were introduced in the past couple of years to focus on before bringing in the X-Men to live-action. Besides, X-Men ’97 has a pretty distinct story to tell.


As a direct continuation of X-Men: The Animated Series, the upcoming Disney+ show has its work cut out for it, as the original X-Men series was one of the most beloved superhero adaptations. Picking up the plotlines left hanging by the original show while revamping its animation and working on new exciting stories and character dynamics is what X-Men ’97 should be all about, not shoehorning in MCU connections. X-Men ’97 can also serve to show that not all Marvel Studios projects have to be MCU canon.

While the MCU is exciting, confining every Marvel Studios release to taking place in the universe ends up restricting what can be done. Much like James Gunn’s DC Universe is doing with its Elseworlds brand — which will feature DC projects that are not canon to the DCU — Marvel Studios should diversify its output with a range of movies and series outside the MCU. X-Men ’97 taking place in its own universe allows the animated series the freedom to make choices that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige would not necessarily want to make with the X-Men in the MCU.


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X-Men ’97

X-Men ’97 is the direct continuation of the popular 1990s animated series X-Men: The Animated Series. Taking up where the third season left off, Marvel’s revival brings back famous mutants such as Wolverine, Storm, Rogue, Gambit, Cyclops, Beast, Magneto, and Nightcrawler, who fight villains like Mr. Sinister, the Sentinels, and the Hellfire Club.

Cast
Jennifer Hale , Chris Potter , Alison Sealy-Smith , Lenore Zann , Cal Dodd , Catherine Disher , Adrian Hough , Ray Chase , Chris Britton , George Buza

Release Date
March 20, 2024

Source: Beau DeMayo/Instagram (via @XMenUpdate/Twitter)

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