What we hope to see in X-Men ’97


Here’s a potentially controversial take: Fans of “X-Men: The Animated Series” don’t actually want this show to continue. Although he was deeply influential in his day, if we’re being honest he doesn’t hold up so well. This is not the best superhero cartoon of the 90s, as this title undoubtedly belongs to “Batman: The Animated Series”. It’s probably not even the best X-Men animated series. What fans to do want is a much better version of “X-Men: The Animated Series” which justifies the enthusiasm we had for it when we were young. In other words, we want an X-Men version of “DuckTales” from 2017.

The contemporary series “DuckTales” features storylines, characters, dialogue and a self-awareness that keeps OG fans aged 30-40 engaged, without alienating the much younger target audience. It builds on the lore of the 1987 show instead of retreading it, and even fixes some of the problems with the original – for example, Huey, Dewey, and Louie all have distinct and fully understandable voices this time around.

Basically, modern day “DuckTales” does everything we want “X-Men ’97” to do except with ducks instead of mutants. Since “DuckTales” ended in 2020, some of his creatives are definitely available for a new Disney + series, right?


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