Details are learned about the upcoming X-Men ’97 animated series headed to the Disney Plus streaming service hopefully later this year.
The writer and executive producer behind the series, Beau DeMayo, revealed details at Marvel’s recent X-Men: 60 Uncanny Years Live Virtual Event including the main villain of the series and inspirations behind the show.
Potential red flags (via boundingintocomics) due it known how Hollywood has previously handled and ruined properties include that Beau DeMayo being gay inspired the show where he mentions things like “social acceptance” and “social justice” and that he was adopted and raised by white parents, so let’s just hope DeMayo isn’t injecting himself into the content with some sort of SJW woke agenda (Marvel just canned its woke producer Victoria Alonso, the #3 head at Marvel Studios).
Worth a mention is that DeMayo is the one who revealed the writers of The Witcher actively disliked the books and games and even mocked the source material where he said “it’s a recipe for disaster and bad morale,” so hopefully DeMayo knows better and doesn’t preach at us through the X-Men ’97 animated series. What he says below sounds actually cool, so cross your fingers, and he also wrote episodes of Moon Knight which is one of the better Marvel shows on Disney Plus.
What is X-Men ’97 about?
Beau DeMayo revealed the following details about the plot and villains where it sounds like the X-Men are starting off on the optimistic and positive side of things which even includes Mangeto being on their side, but then it all comes crashing down when a certain someone attempts to permanently eradicate them.
“We’re gonna be picking up about several months after Professor X left Earth after being shot by Henry Gyrich and had to return to the Shi’ar homeworld to be with Lilandra. And what ends up happening is that assassination attempt has led to this wave of increased sympathy towards mutants and understanding. Despite the Friends of Humanity still having their mullets and getting all kind of up in it, things are really starting to look up for mutants,” reveals DeMayo.
DeMayo continues, “And this is going to kind of come to a head and leads to our X-Men to kind of say, ‘What does the future hold for us? We weren’t expecting this.’ And you’re going to have pretty much Cyclops and Storm really wanting to carry on the dream. They’ve recruited Morph and Bishop to actually become full-time members of the team while other X-Men like Jean, and the ‘will they won’t they couple’ Gambit and Rogue are starting to begin to question maybe there is a life we’ve been fighting to be for this life of acceptance. ‘Can we just go out there and enjoy it for once, maybe?’”
DeMayo adds about the Master of Magnetism, “And then, of course, somebody shows up who shouldn’t show up and it’s Magneto, who’s also kind of feeling like, ‘Professor X, he did a solid for mutantkind, I’m going to try and walk in his footsteps, I’m going to try and be a force of good for mutantkind.’”
Who is the villain?
And just as everything gets good for the X-Men, DeMayo reveals the kicker.
“But then, of course, as the X-Men are kinda looking at the future and really kind of — we’re going to be talking a lot about this — how do you face the future? How do the X-Men do what they’ve been telling humanity to do for decades, which is embrace the future?” he explains. “A very, very, very, very, very, very, very, favorite character of mind and many other people, Mister Sinister, will rear his ugly head from the past with pretty much, pretty foolproof plan to destroy the X-Men once and for all.”
The X-Men ’97 animated series has no release date and Disney Plus just changed all the Marvel shows to “Coming Soon,” but previously the show has been said to be getting released later this year, so we’ll have to wait for an official announcement.