X-MEN '97 Clip Finds The Team Under Sentinel Attack; Original Series Showrunner On "Woke" Morph Backlash

X-MEN '97 Clip Finds The Team Under Sentinel Attack; Original Series Showrunner On "Woke" Morph Backlash X-MEN '97 Clip Finds The Team Under Sentinel Attack; Original Series Showrunner On "Woke" Morph Backlash

Four days away from the show's Disney+ premiere, the first clip from X-Men '97 has been released online, and it finds the mutant heroes facing-off against some familiar foes...

By MarkCassidy - Mar 16, 2024 10:03 AM EST
Filed Under: X-Men '97
Source: Via Toonado.com

The first clip from X-Men '97 has been released online ahead of the animated revival's March 20 premiere, and it finds the team facing off against the giant mutant-hunting robots known as the Sentinels.

Cyclops, Wolverine, Bishop, Beast, Gambit, Rogue, and Morph (there's no sign of Storm or Jubilee) make short work of the mechanical menaces, but it looks like another enemy is keeping a close eye on the fight.

In a recent interview with Variety, original series showrunner Eric Lewald weighed-in on the backlash to shape-shifting mutant Morph - who was created for the show - being reintroduced as a nonbinary character.

“For me, the word ‘nonbinary’ is the same as the word ‘shapeshifter.' Every character that can change from one gender to another, or from human to animal, that’s just another word for ‘shapeshifter’ for me.”

“He attacks Wolverine, his closest friend, in the most dramatic way by turning into Jean Grey and putting his hand on Wolverine’s neck and leaning in for a kiss," he adds, recalling a scene from season 2 of the '90s series. "That’s as nonbinary as you can get. It’s Morph turning into a woman and coming onto Wolverine to freak him out,” he says. “It was all there in Morph’s character. Now it’s become such a social thing that I think people will be more sensitive to how it’s used. That’s the only difference. We didn’t see a problem in reading him and didn’t feel he was any different.”

The first reactions to the show (see below) have been very positive so far, and it sounds like fans of the original '90s animated series have a lot to look forward to.

X-Men '97 will serve as a direct sequel to X-Men: The Animated Series' five-season run.

Returning voice cast members include Lenore Zann as Rogue, Cal Dodd as Wolverine, Catherine Disher as Jean Grey, George Buza as Beast, Chris Potter as Gambit, Adrian Hough as Nightcrawler, Alison Sealy-Smith as Storm, Christopher Britton as Mister Sinister, and Alyson Court as Jubilee.

The official synopsis reads: "Storm and Wolverine try to continue the X-Men. Magneto comes in and wants to step up for Charles Xavier. [Mister] Sinister comes in to try to end the X-Men once and for all."

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IAmAHoot - 3/16/2024, 10:16 AM
Very satisfying to see sentinels that are the proper size again. Far too small in the movies, aside from The Last Stand opening training bit, which was just a tease.
MuadDib - 3/16/2024, 10:17 AM
As a huge fan of the original I’m really looking forward to seeing this.

Currently re-watching the original show for my wife to catch up. Just finished season 3 and the entire Phoenix Saga.

Fingers crossed this lives up to the hype

Would love to see more crossovers/cameos

Had too few in the original series

OmegaDaGrodd - 3/16/2024, 11:56 AM
@MuadDib - I'm doing a rewatch of the original too and I'm amazed at how much they manage to establish in the first 5 episodes. The level of long-form storytelling we got out of those cartoons is really something Marvel needs to try and fully utilize in this new iteration and all their other shows going forward
GhostDog - 3/16/2024, 10:49 AM
This may be the most seamless blend of 2D and 3D animation that I’ve seen in a long time. They’re cookin.

The vibe of it reminds me a bit of those Marvel Snap mobile game commercials
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Spidey91 - 3/16/2024, 11:21 AM
@GhostDog - some people say that scene has 3D elements but I can't really notice it, is it really that seamless?
Apophis71 - 3/16/2024, 11:25 AM
@Spidey91 - 3D rendering of the chain there so that links larger when closer to the viewer adding to a perception of depth but doesn't look out of place with the mostly 2D style.
GhostDog - 3/16/2024, 11:45 AM

What @Apophis71 said
Spidey91 - 3/16/2024, 11:56 AM
@Apophis71 - I was actually referring to the Sentinels scene 😅 but thanks for the gif breakdown.
Apophis71 - 3/16/2024, 12:18 PM
@Spidey91 - The point with adding 3D rendered elements to a mostly 2D animation should be that in the main it shouldn't be noticeable but adds to the general perception of depth.

However in specific regard to the Sentinels scene it would be extremely long hard work without 3D rendering having characters or objects not just heading towards/away from the viewer but spinning whilst doing so.

The most noticeable of all would be the bit where wolverine is spinning towards 'camera' at around the 1:00 mark which then pans to him still spinning heading away from it plus when Storms throws a sentinels head earlier in the scene. I would lay good odds however the entire sentinel scene was rendered using 3D models with a 2D output filter to make it look stylisticaly like the original series.
Deklipz - 3/16/2024, 12:33 PM
@Spidey91 - the entire X97 show is done in 3d animation just like What if…? with filters applied to give it the look from the original series. I’d personally prefer some hand drawn elements but it doesn’t look bad, just too polished IMO.
ImBatman4realz - 3/16/2024, 10:52 AM
I’m curious to find out why he was fired. His description of some nonbinary scene, is as cringy as they come.

Keep in mind as well, that he’s talking about a children’s cartoon 🙄. Why the literal f[ri]ck is Hollyweird obsessed with what’s between every character’s legs
DalekCraigWasson - 3/16/2024, 10:56 AM
@ImBatman4realz - The guy who was fired is not the guy who gave the quote?!
Apophis71 - 3/16/2024, 11:13 AM
@ImBatman4realz -

1.) The quotes here are not from the guy who was fired.

2.) The described scene was from an episode in season two that aired back in the 90's that nobody I know of was up in arms over at the time.
Spidey91 - 3/16/2024, 11:18 AM
@ImBatman4realz - being non-binary has nothing to do with what's between one's legs 🤦‍♂️

isn't it odd that the only people bringing up the conversation about other people's private parts...are the ones that, supposedly, aren't obsessed with them? 🤔 weird...
dracula - 3/16/2024, 11:06 AM
Has a point

But Morph very clearly identified as a man
Apophis71 - 3/16/2024, 11:18 AM
@dracula - This is true but if how they use the character in the same way they always did ultimately should the label matter at the end of the day? I get WHY some folk think it is an issue, not taking sides on that, but if a couple times they say they instead of him and other than that zero obesrvable difference seems kind of a bit of a nothingburger if the show turns out to be good.
dracula - 3/16/2024, 11:22 AM
@Apophis71 - true
newhire13 - 3/16/2024, 12:29 PM
@dracula -
“But Morph very clearly identified as a man”

And now Morph identifies as non binary. It’s not like that doesn’t happen in real life.
Scarilian - 3/16/2024, 5:23 PM
@dracula -
They made the previously established character non-binary because that generates the controversy/discussion that they desire so they can gaslight and claim they are being social justice warriors fighting against transphobes.

If it does not generate a controversy/discussion, such as if it was a brand new character then it does not have the backlash that the politically obsessed thrive upon. They always have to leech off pre-existing characters because when they try to do it themselves we end up with them making characters like 'The New Marvels' and the product ends up being cancelled.

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dracula - 3/16/2024, 6:24 PM
@Scarilian - wont be cancelled when its good characters.

plenty of examples out there of new diverse characters succeeding

admittedly cant think of any trans of whatever else there is besides lesbian and gay that were successful

Personally always on the side of creating new characters over altering existing ones. the original version of a character is what is remembered, new characters have more impact.

Star Trek didn't need black or female Captain Kirk, they had Sisko and Janeway. (Deep Space 9 is my favoite trek series, didnt get into voyager)

spiderman, green lantern, blue beetle and others all have popular non white versions, which were all their own characters, distinct from the original.

For the most part don't really care when they do this stuff but really if i could choose id take a new character over altering characters every time.
Gizmoduck - 3/16/2024, 9:12 PM
@newhire13 - it makes sense, morph has had serious trauma and is mentally unstable
bkmeijer1 - 3/16/2024, 11:18 AM
Everytime that theme plays...

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AnthonyVonGeek - 3/16/2024, 11:35 AM
Why are they shoehorning modern day stuff in something that takes place in 1997? I was alive in 97 and I never heard anyone talking about that on tv, the news, movies or music back then. Not hating just wondering.
Itwasme - 3/16/2024, 11:50 AM
@AnthonyVonGeek - might not be the show, but an audience thing. If you apply the same filters people are today then films like Aliens would be called "woke." The whole thing is stupid and the X-Men have long been about bigotry. Doesn't feel like a stretch for a character known to do things that purposefully makes people uncomfortable to play around with that a while. As the showrunnwr is saying, they already did in the first series.
newhire13 - 3/16/2024, 12:26 PM
@AnthonyVonGeek - Sounds like hating since you’re using terms like “shoehorning” because the character is considered non binary. I haven’t seen it but it sounds like they’re the exact same character that once hit on Wolverine in the 90s cartoon so I don’t understand what the problem is.
Apophis71 - 3/16/2024, 12:43 PM
@AnthonyVonGeek - May not have been covered in the news but the use of singular they/them pronouns was in medical texts going back to the 1600's when for whatever reason the individuals they were refering to did not fit into standard binary gender/sex and they/them were singular pronouns long before they started being used for plural. Heck Jane Austin novels used singular they/them in the 1800's and we all use them all the time in the singular without even realising we still do it.

I get the problems folk have with it, clumsy use can make it confusing in text without suffice context and oft unnecessary when can avoid the whole hornets nest by just using the person's name even if repetitively so without getting into the whole pro/anti views on it all in regard to trans/nonbinary stuff.

However, all of that said, it is common to tweak dialogue to be inline with modern day use of terms even if a period piece. For instance far less common someone would make a film where someone said they were grooming a young child in the old sense of the word (preparing them with the skills needed for work etc) if doing a period drama even if that would be the term used then and in the original text. That is without getting into if intentionaly making something more culturaly relevant to hot topics of the time of release.

So would hardly say keeping a character that was in the show in the 90's, using them the same way they always did but maybe on occassion using the they/them pronoun that much of a case of shoehorning realy and the author of the quotes talking on the whole nonbinary aspect was still refering to the character as he/him anyway so...
Scarilian - 3/16/2024, 5:33 PM
@AnthonyVonGeek -
They have an obsession with trying to virtue signal under the guise of claiming they want to 'reflect the world as it should be'

As such they take aspects from the past that are viewed as negative and swing entirely the opposite way, resulting in the same division occurring just alienating the alternative group.

Naturally this action completely alienates the primary customers resulting in them losing money, which is why people use the phrase 'go woke, go broke' because at its core it's companies trying to get rid of their current audience to get the opposite of the audience they currently have. If a company appeals currently to 90% of the planet and decides instead to focus on the 10% then they are likely to lose a lot of that 90% who are no longer the focus.
Slotherin - 3/16/2024, 10:37 PM
@newhire13 - being nonbinary isn't a matter of orientation, it's a matter of gender identity
Izaizaiza - 3/16/2024, 11:52 AM
"People have become more sensitive, that's the only difference".

Agreed. I have hope that this epidemic of fragile white conservatives will pass.
Deklipz - 3/16/2024, 12:37 PM
@Izaizaiza - collectively, people have been hoping for that for… ever. Fragile conservatives have pretty much been in control for the entirety of civilization.
GeneralZod - 3/16/2024, 2:10 PM
@Izaizaiza - "I have hope that this epidemic of fragile white conservatives will pass."

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Izaizaiza - 3/16/2024, 3:08 PM
@GeneralZod - That woman certainly does trigger a lot of fragile white conservatives!
Slotherin - 3/16/2024, 10:36 PM
@Izaizaiza - bold to assume it's just white conservatives
Izaizaiza - 3/17/2024, 10:53 AM
@Slotherin - Oh, I'm not implying that it's ONLY white conservatives. Just pointing out the obvious and embarrassing extreme fragility of the group.
OmegaDaGrodd - 3/16/2024, 11:54 AM
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Spidey91 - 3/16/2024, 12:00 PM
They made the action anime AF, you can tell Mir Studio had a hand in this. The old show has aged incredibly well in terms of themes and characters, but rewatching some of it lately...man that show has some janky ass fight scenes. Granted, they were a product of their time, and the animation team got much better by the time Spider-Man TAS came around.
clintthahamster - 3/16/2024, 12:01 PM
@Spidey91 - IMO, the animation was bad even for its time. But the 90s were a TERRIBLE time for TV animation. They figured out that they could use computers, but not how, or whether or not they should.
TheMetaMan - 3/16/2024, 12:04 PM
I’m biased and overconfident when I say the X-men will take out any other comicbook character or team. Weather that’s the Justice league, avengers, the boys, Viltrumites, Watchmen (Dr manhattan). More specifically for every superpower or supernatural ability there’s a mutant from the X-men lore who possesses such abilities. Literally any power you can think of, there’s an X-men character that has that power. Super senses - Logan/Victor Creed. Advanced healing - Wade Wilson. Super strength - Juggernaut. Flight - Angel. Telepathy - Xavier. Magic - pixie. Reality warping - Jamie Braddock. Power duplication - Meggan Puceanu. Shapeshifting - Mystique. Telekinesis - Jean Grey. Teleportation - nightcrawler. Elemental manipulation - Storm/Iceman. Electromagnetic spectrum manipulation - Magento/Onslaught. Time travel/inter-dimensional travel - Cable/Bishop/Nate Grey. Enhanced conditioning - Beast. Matter transmutation - Absolon Mercator. Self molecular manipulation - Apocalypse. Invisibility- Cipher. Intangibility - Kitty pride. Gifted intelligence/self mastery - Sage. You get the point. Huge X-men fan here. This is me geeking out, going full retard lol.
Slotherin - 3/16/2024, 10:41 PM
@TheMetaMan - nah... They can't take on Viltrumites.
Viltrumites are made to be powerhouses who fight at Superman level.
Omni-Man killed his entire Justice League type team with little effort.

The X-Men have variety but generally aren't depicted as being as all around powerful.
Jean Grey has a lot going for her but I'm not sure if she's covered on reaction time.

X-Men covers a lot of powers but spread out... Viltrumites are like Superman all those powers wrapped up in a flying brick.
TheMetaMan - 3/17/2024, 3:44 AM
@Slotherin - Thank for your response now apply me to reply. I had to do my research due to my lack of knowledge on vultrimites.
So apparently their hereditary weaknesses are youth (mark has not reached peak conditioning due to young age) exposure to extreme heat, specific sonic frequencies and internal foreign objects i.e. something on the nano or microscopic level moving inside of them.

So Rogue, Juggernaut, Apocalypse, meggan peccanu can match mark or any young Vultrimite in strength and durability so that’s ticked off. Next sunspot, any Phoenix force avatar (cosmic flame) rachel grey, Mr M, Matthew Mallow, Vulcan, Jean Grey, Meggan peccanu, Magneto, Magma, Matthew Malloy, Jamie Braddox, can generate enough heat to incinerate any vultrimite. Banshee, Storm, Rodriguez, White Noise, Nate Grey, Jean Grey, Mr M, New Sun, basically any mutant with the ability to manipulate molecules, vibrations, waves and kinetic energy can defeat a Viltrumite through the manipulation of sonics. Their ears are their weak spot and exposure to specific sound frequencies makes them vulnerable to the mutants who possess the abilities listed above.

Finally Magneto can easily manipulate magnetic particles in the air on the nanoscale sending them into a vultrimites body through their nose, ears, throat etc causing them immense pain. Again mutants with molecular manipulation, atomic manipulation, size manipulation, energy manipulation, matter transmutation and advanced telekinesis are more then enough to defeat and kill a vultrimite using the same tactic.

Same goes for Superman and kryptonians. Their strengths are effortlessly countered with omega-level abilities, advanced energy manipulation, telekinesis, telepathy, reality warping, time travel etc. You put up a valiant argument kid you really did but I just had to put you down sorry. Thanks for trying.
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