X-MEN... 2000? The Mutant Heroes Could Be Brought Into A New Decade For X-MEN '97 Season 2

X-MEN... 2000? The Mutant Heroes Could Be Brought Into A New Decade For X-MEN '97 Season 2

X-Men '97 director Jake Castorena suggests that season 2 of the recent animated series could leap forward a few years and bring the team into the 2000s.

By MarkCassidy - Jun 06, 2024 12:06 PM EST
Filed Under: X-Men '97
Source: Via Toonado.com

X-Men... 2000?

Although the recent Disney+ show served as a revival of an animated series that aired 25 years ago, the decision was made to keep the action rooted firmly in the original era. But with season 2 already confirmed and reports that Marvel Studios fully intends to keep the show going for as long as possible, could the mutant heroes make the jump into the noughties?

During an interview with Discussing Film, supervising director Jake Castorena was asked if they intend to hold on to the '90s aesthetic, and if he anticipates the show taking influence from later comic book runs for the second season.

"We touched on that, even in season one with E is for Extinction, which was definitely not of the ’90s run per se but in the zeitgeist of the era that came a little later," he replied. "Once so much time passes, that’s pretty much late ’90s — we’re still dressing like that. That’s how I validate it, 'When did the clothing style change?' That’s the time we’re in. We play with a little time fudging, like in E is for Extinction. But, to your point, there are 30-plus years since the show’s been over where the comics have expanded. Speaking in comic book lore, past and present, X-Men is and always should be an allegory for prejudice, first and foremost. The minute you take that element away, you’ve automatically taken away the excellence."

In the season 1 finale, the team managed to defeat Bastion and prevent Asteroid M from destroying the planet, but the heroes somehow ended up being transported through time in the process, where some of them encountered a younger En Sabah Nur. There are obviously plenty of '90s-set Apocalypse stories to adapt, but having covered some of them in the original series, we wouldn't be surprised if season 2 at least touched upon some of the villain's 2000s exploits.

Castorena didn't confirm any potential story arcs, but did mention a couple of iconic runs.

"The X-Men always should be the underdogs," he continued. "There’s a reason why they’re not tattered or received as well as The Avengers. But there’s also a reason why they work so well, and why they have things like the Danger Room. While the Avengers might just wing that shit, the X-Men work together. They have their squabbles, they have their drama, their love triangles, though they always come back together as a unit. When using the Chris Claremont or Jim Lee runs, or even pulling from Giant-Size X-Men, they are all great but, also, I think it’s fair to say that enough time has passed to where we can fudge a little bit of that time bringing in early 2000s stories."

X-Men '97's voice cast includes Ray Chase as Cyclops, Jennifer Hale as Jean Grey, Alison Sealy-Smith as Storm, Cal Dodd as Wolverine, JP Karliak as Morph, Lenore Zann as Rogue, George Buza as Beast, AJ LoCascio as Gambit, Holly Chou as Jubilee, Isaac Robinson-Smith as Bishop, Matthew Waterson as Magneto and Adrian Hough as Nightcrawler.

Beau DeMayo, who was fired as showrunner prior to the premiere, serves as head writer, while episodes are directed by Jake Castorena, Chase Conley and Emi Yonemura. Brad Winderbaum, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and DeMayo executive produce.

What did you think of the first season of X-Men '97? Drop us a comment down below.

"A band of mutants use their uncanny gifts to protect a world that hates and fears them; they're challenged like never before, forced to face a dangerous and unexpected new future. New Episodes, New Era," reads the official synopsis.

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Origame
Origame - 6/6/2024, 12:11 PM
...why not make it by year?

X men 98

X men 99

X men 00

You're welcome.
KaptainKhaos
KaptainKhaos - 6/6/2024, 12:16 PM
@Origame - X-Men 9/11
WhatIfRickJames
WhatIfRickJames - 6/6/2024, 12:23 PM
@Origame - I like X-men Y2K personally
clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 6/6/2024, 12:37 PM
@WhatIfRickJames - X2K!
clintthahamster
clintthahamster - 6/6/2024, 12:38 PM
@Origame - This right here.
marvel72
marvel72 - 6/6/2024, 1:01 PM
@Origame - I think that's what they should have done with What If?

What If? Season 1 (Phase 1)
What If? Season 2 (Phase 2)

And so on.
JustAWaffle
JustAWaffle - 6/6/2024, 1:16 PM
@KaptainKhaos - They did that in one of the episodes.
NubaX
NubaX - 6/6/2024, 5:40 PM
@Origame - Common Sense is soooooo Refreshing & Rare.
StSteven
StSteven - 6/6/2024, 8:34 PM
@Origame - No no no, you stop that right now! You hear me?!? NO making sense here! I mean, hell, just think about the implications of what you're suggesting for the toy marketing area. Do you expect Hasbro to come up with different packaging for each season of the show? That's just ludicrous! And in the end it's really about the toy dollars. Those sweet, sweet toy dollars. So, NO there will be no X-Men 98, 99, or whatever. It will be "X-Men '97" for the next 5 years regardless of when or where the stories take place because they've already produced the toy packaging and all Hasbro needs to know if they're going to be painting up a "Horsemen of Apocalypse" version of the existing Gambit figure or not. Think, man, think!
mountainman
mountainman - 6/6/2024, 12:22 PM
They can adapt stories from the 2000’s, which they already did in season 1, while not having to change the show’s name or do a large time jump (unless the time traveling X-Men return to the present several years after they left).
bobevanz
bobevanz - 6/6/2024, 12:24 PM
Just keep it the way it is..
YouFlopped
YouFlopped - 6/6/2024, 12:36 PM
⬆️the comment above me is the reason why creativity gets stale and there is no progression. Then a few years later that same person will complain there is “nothing new.”
MuadDib
MuadDib - 6/6/2024, 12:39 PM
I wouldn’t expect too much of a time jump. Adapting future storylines in the 90’s setting is one thing, but time jumping into the 2000’s when the 90’s time period is so popular seems very unlikely.
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/6/2024, 1:03 PM
@MuadDib - TBF jumping to 2000 would only be 3yrs of time elapsed so...

...was something I wondered about from initial release the decision to put a specific year in the title. Does beg the question if the title should or shouldn't change after more than a years worth of narrative has elapsed.

It is not like it would be a huge problem if a story in a comic run in 98' happened in 2001 in the animations calender when in order to adapt anything from prior comic runs it would have been from years past in most cases with the original series.

I mean the retro attraction for a specific decade does change all the time too.
MuadDib
MuadDib - 6/6/2024, 1:18 PM
@Apophis71 - I don’t disagree that 97 isn’t too far of a jump to 2000, and I guess nothings impossible.

But the 90’s setting is a huge draw and sliding into the 2000’s, although not that far off, would be a pretty different timeframe.

The 2000’s were nice and all, but the 2000’s will never be the 90’s.

That said, I could see an X-Men ‘98 etc, an incremental tick of the calendar seems most likely if they decide to go down that path.

That they ended with time travel only furthers the notion that they have all options on the table, just hope the storyline doesn’t get too convoluted
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/6/2024, 1:29 PM
@MuadDib - Yeh and it isn't like I am saying a season set in 2005 would use a 00's story as is anyway, unsure exactly which year each narrative in the original show and this one came from but non of them would have been in the comic the same year of the season, and plenty more to get through if heading into an animated timeline more recent.

I'm an old fart and still think all the 80's stories were far better than the 90's ones anyway, lol, and they will likely want to evolve the look with new outfits over time for merch reasons :D
YouFlopped
YouFlopped - 6/6/2024, 12:39 PM
with X-men 97 being the strongest material from the MCU, it makes me wish we could just erase phase 1-3 and build a new MCU from 97.

this is a great idea, and further adds to the distinction and inspiration they can pull from the early 2000s. Full proof creative vision.
marvel72
marvel72 - 6/6/2024, 2:18 PM
@YouFlopped - No Black Panther,Captain Marvel,Ant-Man 2,Iron Man 2 and 3.

I might get behind that.
AC1
AC1 - 6/6/2024, 12:49 PM
On the one hand it seems weird not to follow up X-Men 97 with X-Men 98, especially when the last scenes of the finale showed a time jump of a few months which presumably meant that was 1998.

On the other hand (spoilers) with the majority of the team lost across time anyway, having then be brought back close to their "present" but maybe losing the best part of two years could open up some more storytelling opportunities by following that up with the X-Men having to figure out their place in a world that's changed in the couple of years they've been gone.
Apophis71
Apophis71 - 6/6/2024, 1:08 PM
@AC1 - Do wonder if they had a plan to do time jumps every season to slowly bring them up to the modern day by going 97', 2001', 2005' etc cos as many great stories they can pull from over the first three decades in print only so many can be realisticaly fit into a single year.
AC1
AC1 - 6/6/2024, 7:44 PM
@Apophis71 - yeah it'd be interesting to see if they did that, and if they did how they'd get around things like characters aging, stuff that's usually kinda ignored to some extent in the comics. Not everyone ages as slowly as Wolverine. Even if they used the excuse they sometimes use in the comics for Magneto that his aging is somehow tied to Earth's magnetic field or whatever it was, what would they do for Professor X who's heavily implied to be the same age as Magneto in the animated series and whose powers would have nothing to do with his aging. Definitely interesting to think about.
KennKathleen
KennKathleen - 6/6/2024, 2:07 PM
Series Finale: X-Men 2006 ep 10.

"No More Mutants".


198 Mutants are left on the planet. Now residing in the shadows, unaware of the term mutants, nor their own special abilities. The 198 became dormant due to the Scarlet Witches now infamous spell. Mutants became fully dissolved into society.

Until the snap...

Super-powered beings began to emerge throughout the 5 year gap.

Most were taken as nothing more than traumatic hallucinations, imaginatively used to fuel hope. Grievious nonsense, words spoken due to the fall of civilization behind the snappining.

However, once the Avengers took victory over Thanos, and re-snapped those lost over 5 years prior, a new phenomenon begin to raise suspicion throughout the world.

Tales of unlogical events done within the shadows. Terrain being fully change due to unforecasted weather, men being said to disappear and reapper at will, Angels falling from the sky and flying upward again.

Such tales brought two men together, willing to journey to these locations to find out the truth.

The task creates a unique bond between the two. Now, as esteemed colleagues, they stop at nothing to find those with unexplained talents, with both similar and different reasons for their mission.


This is how the live X-Men are then introduced to the MCU. 🪙🪙
Chupathingy66
Chupathingy66 - 6/6/2024, 3:14 PM
@KennKathleen - you could take it even farther and say that because of the massive outcry by the public for fear of what mutants like the Scarlet Witch can do, Xavier used Cerebro to wipe all memory of mutants from the world, and as he was trying to rehabilitate Scarlet Witch, Magneto broke into the mansion and took Scarlet Witch with him, only later to lose her and Pietro to Baron Von Strucker. This puts them with Struker where we see the Avengers find them during the Age of Ultron
KennKathleen
KennKathleen - 6/6/2024, 4:20 PM
@Chupathingy66 - User Comment Image
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 6/6/2024, 3:14 PM
I'd suggest either X-Men '99 or X-Men 2001, because X-MEN 2000 will forever and always be this:
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RolandD
RolandD - 6/6/2024, 3:32 PM
"There’s a reason why they’re not tattered or received as well as The Avengers.” Huh? I get the not as well received but tattered?
ZiggyStarman
ZiggyStarman - 6/6/2024, 9:53 PM
We have X-men 2000 it’s called X-men Evolution and it was a gem.
RitoRevolto
RitoRevolto - 6/7/2024, 7:43 AM
@ZiggyStarman - That's still my favorite X-Men cartoon, even over 97.

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