X-MEN '97 Showrunner Beau DeMayo Says Denying Morph's Feelings For Wolverine Is Akin To "Straight-Washing"

X-MEN '97 Showrunner Beau DeMayo Says Denying Morph's Feelings For Wolverine Is Akin To "Straight-Washing"

Former X-Men '97 showrunner Beau DeMayo has bit back at those denying Morph's romantic feelings for Wolverine in season 1 of the Marvel series, making it clear the one-sided romance was always the plan.

By JoshWilding - Jun 11, 2024 01:06 PM EST
Filed Under: X-Men '97
Source: Toonado.com

Last month, X-Men '97 showrunner Beau DeMayo confirmed what we'd long suspected: Morph does indeed have romantic feelings for Wolverine. That was hinted at in a shower scene earlier in the season, though he's since explained that the non-binary mutant's feelings are one-sided. 

This added new context to the scene in the finale when Morph transforms into Jean Grey and, in that form, tells Logan they love him. Now, we know that what initially seemed like the mutant's way of comforting his dying friend was, in fact, a previously secret declaration of love.

DeMayo won't return for X-Men '97's upcoming second and third seasons after parting ways with Marvel Studios for reasons which still haven't been revealed. 

He's shared plenty of insights about the show with fans, though, and recently decided to set the record straight on Morph's feelings for Wolverine.

"From story bible to the script, Morph’s confession to Logan was always romantic," DeMayo confirmed on X (via Toonado.com). "I discussed this openly and often during production. Suggesting otherwise, never mind contradicting the intention of a queer writer-showrunner, is both offensive and straight-washing."

"To talk about representation and it mattering, and then contradict a gay black creator once they are able to become one of the few showrunners who are gay and black, is just disingenuous," he concluded.

We've done some digging and, aside from the usual vitriol you see on X, we're not sure what exactly DeMayo might be referring to. We haven't seen any interviews with other X-Men '97 creatives disputing his take on Morph and Wolverine's dynamic, anyway, but at least he's cleared things up. 

Whether the series will continue exploring that without him when it returns for season 2 isn't clear. 

You can read DeMayo's comments in full below.

X-Men '97 revisits the iconic era of the 1990s as The X-Men, a band of mutants who use their uncanny gifts to protect a world that hates and fears them, are challenged like never before, forced to face a dangerous and unexpected new future.

All episodes of X-Men '97 are now streaming on Disney+. 

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Evansly
Evansly - 6/11/2024, 1:12 PM
Meh, it made no difference to me
Malatrova15
Malatrova15 - 6/11/2024, 1:14 PM
@Evansly - but it made it for the fans.
Malatrova15
Malatrova15 - 6/11/2024, 1:12 PM
"Bo de Mayo needs a shirt"

Kevin Fish 2024
CoHost
CoHost - 6/11/2024, 1:16 PM
Every single article these days seems like an attempt to bring out the worst people on this site. Homophobes, white supremacists, you name it.
Vigor
Vigor - 6/11/2024, 1:22 PM
@CoHost - it sells
IvanBadski
IvanBadski - 6/11/2024, 1:28 PM
@CoHost - Good, the world is healing.
DarthAlgar
DarthAlgar - 6/11/2024, 1:30 PM
@CoHost - That's deliberately done by Josh.

I talk shit a lot, but in all honesty and seriousness, Josh is actually a pretty screwed up person. He truly is.

He gets a strange gratification in triggering people, a behavior he didn't use to exibit.

But as he's fallen further and further down into the progressive rabbit hole, he's also began to adopt their petty and toxic behaviors.

Frankly, I think it's hilarious. Josh Wilding is one of the most sub-par "journalist" I've seen in my 26 years on the Internet.

Nobody should be triggered by him of all people. 🙄
MadThanos
MadThanos - 6/11/2024, 1:33 PM
@CoHost - are you using brown pants?
elcapitan
elcapitan - 6/11/2024, 1:49 PM
@DarthAlgar - Nice backhandedness. Calling progressives petty and toxic, is itself pretty petty and toxic.
Odekahn
Odekahn - 6/11/2024, 1:49 PM
@DarthAlgar - 100%

It’s expected from them now. And by “them” I mean Josh since every opinionated article is written from the perspective of “we” and “we’re” 😂 smdh.
OleBobbyTiger
OleBobbyTiger - 6/11/2024, 2:07 PM
@CoHost - @joshwilding does it to bait comment interactions for clicks and ad views. His alt account is @origame. Notice how that guy is always one of the first to comment on Josh's articles and always says the most hateful, thinly-veiled racist things without getting banned?

It's all troll-based marketing.
Origame
Origame - 6/11/2024, 2:15 PM
@OleBobbyTiger - oh yeah, I forgot you think I'm a Josh alt 🤣
The1st
The1st - 6/11/2024, 2:31 PM
@OleBobbyTiger - While, I don't want that to be true...I would lose a lot of respect for him. As for his tactics, a lot of journalists use these tactics as it's unfortunately been scientifically proven to elicit a response. In a medium driven by clicks it's the nature of the beast.
OleBobbyTiger
OleBobbyTiger - 6/11/2024, 2:43 PM
@Origame - The alternative is you're a loser with no job/life so you spend all day commenting on here. Or this is your job. I figured the latter gives you slightly more dignity.
OleBobbyTiger
OleBobbyTiger - 6/11/2024, 2:45 PM
@The1st - I'll agree that when you know half your audience are Andrew Tate wannabe's, it is a great strategy. And if I had any respect for them to lose I lost it long ago. But the truth is, I don't think about them or this site except the handful of times I visit it each week.
Origame
Origame - 6/11/2024, 2:57 PM
@OleBobbyTiger - you know, it's not much of a time commitment to read your comment, reply to your stupidity, then move on with my day. I can do my job and call you a waste of space on the side.
Origame
Origame - 6/11/2024, 3:00 PM
@marvel72 @HashTagSwagg @AvalonX

Ok guys. This is too good. This guy is under the impression I'm a Josh alt. He's actually tried to spread it elsewhere because I once said "hence why". Just thought you guys could use a laugh.
OleBobbyTiger
OleBobbyTiger - 6/11/2024, 3:08 PM
@Origame - I have no idea what you are talking about.

I make fun of you for your not so subtle racism, and "anti-woke" nonsense like your obsessions with gay characters... not for saying "hence, why" Think you confused me with someone else, but funny to know I'm not the onyl one who thinks you're a shill account. lol
OleBobbyTiger
OleBobbyTiger - 6/11/2024, 3:10 PM
@AvalonX - If DEI is failing Disney, and they are controlled by investment companies, wouldn't those investment companies want Disney to succeed? Disney isn't the next Toys r' us where it's bought with the intention to gut and sell off....Disney is the one doing the buying. Not seeing the logic in that line of thought.
Origame
Origame - 6/11/2024, 3:18 PM
@AvalonX - honestly I could have fun with this. Just remind everyone the flash flopped.
Origame
Origame - 6/11/2024, 3:20 PM
@OleBobbyTiger - dude, I'm not obsessed with gay people. Disney is. If you're gonna have issues with me, at least get some facts straight.

Also, don't lie, you literally cited "hence why" as a reason I'm a Josh alt. Literally everything else you described about me is the exact opposite of what Josh does.
HashTagSwagg
HashTagSwagg - 6/11/2024, 3:26 PM
@Origame - That would be a cool twist but I would never speak to you again because I just can't look past your Hot Toys collection or your "Oh Yes" face.
DarthAlgar
DarthAlgar - 6/11/2024, 3:28 PM
@elcapitan - If the shoe fits, chico.
Origame
Origame - 6/11/2024, 3:30 PM
@HashTagSwagg - oh yes 🤣
marvel72
marvel72 - 6/11/2024, 4:35 PM
@Origame - It's pathetic, why have an alternative account,it's pointless.

Just goes show how some of the users haven't got a clue what they're talking about.
Origame
Origame - 6/11/2024, 4:41 PM
@marvel72 - apparently Josh is triggering people who hate woke content, then he switches over to me in order to fan the flame.

I'll take the compliment that he thinks I'm such a big force on this site 🤣
marvel72
marvel72 - 6/11/2024, 4:49 PM
@Origame -

User Comment Image
OleBobbyTiger
OleBobbyTiger - 6/11/2024, 4:54 PM
@Origame - Not lying. I really don't know what you are talking about with the "hence why" stuff. I'm not one to care too much about grammar, nor do I know what's even wrong with using that phrase. Seems pedantic to critic someone over that.

Check your notes, you sure that was me?
OleBobbyTiger
OleBobbyTiger - 6/12/2024, 10:50 AM
@Origame - So you checked notes that don't exist... got it.

Guess you're a racist and a gaslighter. But I'll give you grace. When you're a full time troll with no job, it's gotta be hard to keep all the trolling straight.
OleBobbyTiger
OleBobbyTiger - 6/12/2024, 10:56 AM
@AvalonX - I think they are out to make a profit just like any other investment company. Just like Disney. I don't blame DEI though. DEI has been around longer than the pandemic and Disney start losing steam post pandemic, like all other forms of entertainment. But that's to be expected when the cost of necessities doubles in a 4 year period. Even if it was DEI though, What on earth does that have to do with investment companies? You think the investment companies "controlling" Disney's board are the ones pushing DEI? To what endgame?

This is such an interesting train of thought, I'm very curious where it goes.
Origame
Origame - 6/12/2024, 11:01 AM
@OleBobbyTiger - well no. I literally have you commenting to me in my inbox for that cap 4 article. And then said article has nothing from you when I click on the notification. Guess the website was just lying to me 🙄

Also, went from Josh alt to homophobe now to racist? Are you gonna provide evidence for any of these claims, or are you just gonna start sh!t?
OleBobbyTiger
OleBobbyTiger - 6/12/2024, 11:30 AM
@Origame - I've been consistent in always calling you a racist and homophobe. Correct.

What Cap 4 article are you talking about? You'd think since you spend your life on this site you'd know by now you can copy and paste links.
Ryguy88
Ryguy88 - 6/12/2024, 11:33 AM
@Origame - wait a minute...

*reads comments in soft, nasally, British accent*

It is you!
OleBobbyTiger
OleBobbyTiger - 6/12/2024, 1:30 PM
@Origame - Thanks for the link. I remember replying to you on that because you were bothered by Captain America being black and not Steve Rogers. I was the guy who said it's hard to pretend this is about staying true to the source material and not racism when the thing you are upset about is actually true to the source material. Then you went on a rant about gay characters in the comics for some unknown and off topic reason?

I never commented on your grammar though. Must have been someone else.

Either way I can't see any comments from you on that post anymore either. Which is weird.
OleBobbyTiger
OleBobbyTiger - 6/12/2024, 1:33 PM
@AvalonX - Interesting. And where is the proof that they make more money from ESG related grants than from box office draws? I've never seen an ESG grant worth hundreds of millions of dollars. let alone a billion dollars, but I've seen some MCU properties that could have been billion dollar earners be fumbled.

If it's about money - your path doesn't make sense.

If it's about owning everything - which reuires more money. Your logic still doesn't make sense.

IMO it feels like a stretch, but I'm not here to convince you otherwise. Just sharing my opinion. Thanks for sharing yours.
Origame
Origame - 6/12/2024, 1:38 PM
@OleBobbyTiger - well good thing I never said it's because he was black. I said it was because he was Sam. Sam is falcon not cap.

And no, dude. You did accuse me there. You can keep lying, but we both know it's true.
OleBobbyTiger
OleBobbyTiger - 6/12/2024, 1:40 PM
@Origame - ok boomer
OleBobbyTiger
OleBobbyTiger - 6/12/2024, 3:14 PM
@AvalonX - Ok so to summarize, you're saying Blackrock is paying Iger to support DEI initiatives?

But why? What does Blackrock gain from that?
OleBobbyTiger
OleBobbyTiger - 6/12/2024, 3:56 PM
@AvalonX - I see. So they are distracting us while they buy up all the houses?

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