Confirming the rumors, Marvel has announced X-Men ’97 will air on the Disney Plus streaming service in 2023, which is a revival of the classic animated series.
The series pays homage to the original ’90s cartoon X-Men: The Animated Series and picks up right where the series left off with many of the same cast members from its original run returning as well as newcomers.
“This is the first X-Men title produced by Marvel Studios,” Brad Winderbaum, Head of Streaming, Television, and Animation at Marvel Studio, told The Week In Marvel. “What an amazing first step to reintroduce audiences to the X-Men with a look at one of the most pinnacle eras of the X-Men comics, which was the ‘90s. That iconic style that has its roots in Chris Claremont, and is celebrated in Jim Lee, and then again in The Animated Series.”
“As an animated show, the original X-Men was the forerunner to some amazing action series,” said VP of Animation at Marvel Studios, Dana Vasquez-Eberhardt. “Everyone that is making X-Men ’97, top-down, is a fan. On this project, instinctually, we knew exactly what this is. To bring this series forward and pick up that baton, and not just keep running at the same pace, but to really elevate. That’s the responsibility.”
Details regarding the cast include X-Men ’97 will feature the voice talents of original X-Men: The Animated Series cast members including Cal Dodd, Lenore Zann, George Buza, Alison Sealy-Smith, Chris Potter, Catherine Disher, Adrian Hough, and Christopher Britton, who will both reprise their original roles and voicing entirely brand-new parts.
X-Men ’97 will also feature new voice talent including Jennifer Hale, Anniwaa Buachie, Ray Chase, Matthew Waterson, JP Karliak, Holly Chou, Jeff Bennett, and AJ LoCascio.
Beau DeMayo is the head writer and executive producer on X-Men ’97; the supervising director is Jake Castorena and supervising producer is Charley Feldman; also consulting on the new series are X-Men: The Animated Series producers and showrunners Eric and Julia Lewald, plus original series director Larry Houston.
Let’s hope they use the original opening music!