X-MEN '97 Enlists MS. MARVEL And WHAT IF...? Writer Matthew Chauncey To Replace Beau DeMayo For Season 3

X-MEN '97 Enlists MS. MARVEL And WHAT IF...? Writer Matthew Chauncey To Replace Beau DeMayo For Season 3

Beau DeMayo had already completed the X-Men '97 season 2 scripts prior to his firing, and Marvel Studios has now enlisted his replacement for the in-development season 3...

By MarkCassidy - Jul 10, 2024 03:07 PM EST
Filed Under: X-Men '97
Source: Via Toonado.com

Beau DeMayo was fired as X-Men '97 showrunner back in March prior to the show's world premiere, but he had already completed work on the scripts for the second season of the acclaimed animated revival series.

Now, Marvel Studios has hired a new scribe to replace him for the in-development season 3, with Deadline reporting that Matthew Chauncey, who has previously worked on episodes of What If...? and Ms. Marvel, will succeed DeMayo as head writer on X-Men '97.

Chauncey will work alongside director Jake Castorena, with original '90s series EPs Larry Houston and Eric and Julia Lewald remaining on board as consulting producers.

Exact season 2 plot details are still under wraps, but during a recent interview with Discussing Film, 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.

"The X-Men always should be the underdogs," Castorena 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.

Did you enjoy X-Men '97 season 1? What would you most like to see from the second and third seasons? Drop us a comment down below.

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Vigor - 7/10/2024, 3:03 PM
HermanM - 7/10/2024, 3:03 PM
Good. Beau sucked
ItsNotForMeWahh - 7/10/2024, 3:17 PM
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comicfan100 - 7/10/2024, 5:03 PM
@HermanM - You're willing to toss aside all of the amazing storytelling Beau gave us for the sake of replacing a gay black man for a straight white man... Am I getting that right?
HermanM - 7/10/2024, 5:13 PM
@comicfan100 - they can find plenty of normal people who are great storytellers and give them a chance
comicfan100 - 7/10/2024, 7:18 PM
@HermanM - Beau is normal. The Nazi stalking the Superman set isn't.
HermanM - 7/10/2024, 7:49 PM
@comicfan100 - no guy, soliciting sex from the young male interns is not normal workplace behavior. Sorry not sorry. And I got paid $13 an hour to work on set for 2 days, stay mad online.
WhateverItTakes - 7/10/2024, 3:05 PM
Good to see DEI being utilised
Doomsday8888 - 7/10/2024, 3:07 PM
It's so f*cking over.
bobevanz - 7/10/2024, 6:58 PM
@Doomsday8888 -
ANewPope - 7/10/2024, 3:11 PM
So season 2's pretty much the last good season then...
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TheVisionary25 - 7/10/2024, 3:14 PM

He’s done good stuff imo so I wish him luck especially after the critical success of S1.

I still would like to know what Beau DeMayo did for them to sever ties with him and since it seems like they never even considered bringing him back after the positive reception , I feel like it might be something more serious then thought.

In regards to Chauncey , he’s gonna be the showrunner of What If S3 so that might be a good judge of seeing whether he’s up to the task or not.

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TheLobster - 7/10/2024, 3:17 PM
Mistake. Marvel needs to go back to Beau asap.
Franshu - 7/10/2024, 3:20 PM
Ugh. I'm not saying they need to bring Beau back necessarily, but maybe someone with a better track record than this guy would've been nice
marvel72 - 7/10/2024, 3:22 PM
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KennKathleen - 7/10/2024, 3:23 PM
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Origame - 7/10/2024, 3:27 PM
Yes, let's replace him with the people behind the shows everyone cares the least about.

Anyone remember what demayo even did to make this an issue?
MotherGooseUPus - 7/10/2024, 3:36 PM
@Origame - the true reasoning.... as far as i know, has Never been revealed to the public
HashTagSwagg - 7/10/2024, 3:42 PM
@Origame - The 3 theories:
1. He was too much of a d1ck to work with.
2. That "Only fans" stuff.
3. He wasn't entirely on board with the woke shit and as we've seen with J. K. Rowling, you only need to disagree with them on one thing to be banished from that cult.
comicfan100 - 7/10/2024, 5:04 PM
@HashTagSwagg - I doubt 3 was the case because he gave us plenty of "woke shit" in this show.
HashTagSwagg - 7/10/2024, 5:19 PM
@comicfan100 - It's possible Beau suggested the maybe Bobby didn't have to turn gay for season 3.
comicfan100 - 7/10/2024, 5:26 PM
@HashTagSwagg - We don't know for sure. He seemed pretty open to the idea of a future romance between Wolverine and Morph, so I don't think he's as "anti-woke" as you hope he is.
HashTagSwagg - 7/10/2024, 5:30 PM
@comicfan100 - I'm going by his his response to what he said when he jumped onto X-men after working with the people from the Witcher show who actively hated the source material.
harryba11zack - 7/10/2024, 3:30 PM
These people only fail upwards
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supermanrex - 7/10/2024, 3:32 PM
Season 1 will be lightning in a bottle they will unfortunately never recapture. i had hopes for season 2 even after the firing as they made it sound like they were going to stick to Beau's story beats. But now after i seen them say they made adjustments to season 2. well im not so hopeful. ill still give it a shot but we all collectively got to realize now the next seasons will be different and not hit the same.
HashTagSwagg - 7/10/2024, 3:35 PM
MotherGooseUPus - 7/10/2024, 3:35 PM
F*ck. agree with almost everyone on this... its over boys and girls. Enjoy the greatness while it lasts. S3 is going wayyyy down hill. why... why can't we ever have nice things last.
Ryguy88 - 7/10/2024, 3:36 PM
Welp, it was fun while it lasted.
AnthonyVonGeek - 7/10/2024, 3:41 PM
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TheVisionary25 - 7/10/2024, 3:45 PM
It seems odd to write him off already…

If you had seen Beau DeMayo’s track record before S1 , you might think the show may not have been as good as it was either imo.

Just give it a shot but I guess we don’t do that anymore.
MarkCassidy - 7/10/2024, 3:49 PM
What If did nothing for me. A load of undercooked silliness.
Cleander - 7/10/2024, 3:53 PM
This sounds like a downgrade and even thou I was unimpressed with the X-Man 97 animation and Demayo's writing at least it was more entertaining than What If..?
grif - 7/10/2024, 3:57 PM
lol season 2 is not written yet?
ModHaterSLADE - 7/10/2024, 4:04 PM
Good, been enjoying What If.
Comicmoviejunki - 7/10/2024, 4:50 PM
@ModHaterSLADE - bad take
ModHaterSLADE - 7/10/2024, 7:44 PM
@Comicmoviejunki - Why because a random doesn't agree? Boo hoo!
Comicmoviejunki - 7/10/2024, 9:55 PM
@ModHaterSLADE - no. Because What if... sucks. He's going to turn this franchise to shit
ModHaterSLADE - 7/10/2024, 10:00 PM
@Comicmoviejunki - Your opinion doesn't determine what sucks or not for the masses. Hence, OPINION.
Comicmoviejunki - 7/11/2024, 6:41 AM
@ModHaterSLADE - your opinion sucks sir
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