X-MEN '97 Still Embraces The Show's '90s Setting And Offers First Look At New Animation Style

X-MEN '97 Still Embraces The Show's '90s Setting And Offers First Look At New Animation Style X-MEN '97 Still Embraces The Show's '90s Setting And Offers First Look At New Animation Style

A first look at X-Men '97's updated animation style has been released, and it offers fans a sneak peek at both the show's fresh style and the iconic team decked out in classic 1990s gear. Check it out...

By JoshWilding - Feb 15, 2024 11:02 AM EST
Filed Under: X-Men '97
Source: Empire (via Toonado.com)

The first trailer and poster for X-Men '97 were released earlier today (you can check them out by clicking here), but Empire's latest issue actually jumped the gun by sharing the first official still from the highly anticipated Disney+ series. 

In that, we see Gambit, Rogue, Jubilee, Storm, Wolverine, Beast, Morph, and Bishop hitting the basketball court in some 90s-era costumes. 

The publication has also confirmed that X-Men '97 will premiere on March 20. That date has been floating around online for a couple of weeks now and it gives Marvel Studios only a month or so to build excitement for the show. For whatever reason, the marketing campaigns for all of the MCU's streaming offerings have been very last-minute over the past year or so. 

It's hard to find fault with the animation style; by sticking with what worked in the 1990s and giving it a fresh lick of paint, Marvel Studios has delivered the best of both worlds. As a result, X-Men '97 should make longtime fans happy and, crucially, be accessible to new viewers. 

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"This season is very much about what happens when the X-Men are faced with a future they didn’t expect," X-Men ’97 showrunner Beau DeMayo tells the site.

Director Jake Castorena chimed in to share his excitement for fans to see Wolverine in action. "What I love is, he has the most combat [training] of everyone on the team just because he’s been alive long enough, and he throws it out the window every time."

X-Men: The Animated Series is a beloved animated TV series that aired from 1992 to 1997. It follows Professor Charles Xavier and the X-Men as they protect a world that fears and hates mutants. The series was praised for its faithful adaptation of complex storylines, diverse character portrayals, and mature themes that often explored social issues.

Beau DeMayo serves as head writer; episodes are directed by Jake Castorena, Chase Conley and Emi Yonemura. Featuring music by The Newton Brothers, the series is executive produced by Brad Winderbaum, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and DeMayo.

Take a closer look at this new X-Men '97 still in the X post below. 

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TheNewYorker - 2/15/2024, 11:08 AM
The animation is trash. Magneto looks suspect! Wolverines voice is.. 🤭 but I liked it lol
HashTagSwagg - 2/15/2024, 11:09 AM
@TheNewYorker - Motion comics have more animation than this.
vectorsigma - 2/15/2024, 11:15 AM
@TheNewYorker - i agree.

And magneto looks like granny goodness
JohnPain - 2/15/2024, 1:11 PM
@TheNewYorker -

The original animation was trash
supermanrex - 2/15/2024, 11:10 AM
animation will take some getting used to. they should have just stayed with the style of the original and not add to it. all in all though i cant wait to watch it.
AmazingFILMporg - 2/15/2024, 11:23 AM
@supermanrex -

It looks similar just with more color💁
Comicmoviejunki - 2/15/2024, 1:22 PM
@supermanrex - it looks the same. Just better color scheme.
DudeGuy - 2/15/2024, 11:10 AM
Trailer was a massive disappointment for me. Animation is a step down from the original. Wolverine sounds awful. I’ve taken the actors age into consideration. It doesn’t make me appreciate it anymore. they should have just made the tough decision to recast. The guy who played cyclops died, and they recast him for this. Dude sounds pretty good. I love the original X-Men series just like everyone else on here does, but it doesn’t mean I’m gonna enjoy something just for the sake of blind nostalgia. I hope the final product is better than what they’ve showed here, but they’ve been hyping this up for a while and this isn’t a good first impression. If the marketing doesn’t improve for this, this is going to go from a day one watch to an “I’ll get around to it when I get around to it”.

vectorsigma - 2/15/2024, 11:12 AM
@DudeGuy - nice pic.

For me, this is another insult to the fandom. Keep it up, Marvel.

They shouldve releases this first before dp3 and the f4 news. How smart that was
vectorsigma - 2/15/2024, 11:10 AM
"To me, MY X-Men"


The animation sucks and Marvel dont know how to be creative anymore by just riding on nostalgia
supermanrex - 2/15/2024, 1:29 PM
@vectorsigma - you can always get off the ride my man. those of enjoying things we got this. you can dip out anytime you wish.
vectorsigma - 2/15/2024, 8:11 PM
@supermanrex - it really is funny to see arguments like this.

"You dont like it, get off the ride"

"You dont agree with me? Block me"

supermanrex - 2/16/2024, 9:26 AM
@vectorsigma - its not an argument. its advice. why put yourself through this stuff if you clearly dont like any of it. not just pieces or projects. you blanketly find all marvel materials to be not to your liking. so i am just advising you to not stress your self out and see your self out the door to better pastures for yourself to geek out on. making yourself go through material you dont like just so you can come online and make edgy negative comments...doesn't seem like a happy existence to me. but to each their own. go or dont go. i no longer give a shit.
vectorsigma - 2/16/2024, 10:51 AM
@supermanrex - wow, you judge the quality of someone's existence from the comments section? 🤣
supermanrex - 2/16/2024, 11:26 AM
@vectorsigma - oh dont take the holier than thou high road shit on me. what i said stands.
Stinkor1 - 2/15/2024, 11:10 AM
If it’s a direct continuation of the original series I hope they address why Morph looks different. Along with why Bishop is part of the team now.
FusionWarrior - 2/15/2024, 11:11 AM
I'm all in Bub!
TheManWithoutFear - 2/15/2024, 11:11 AM
There's a trailer out?!? Why is it that not the article haha
HashTagSwagg - 2/15/2024, 11:16 AM
@TheManWithoutFear - Sometimes you got to drip feed your pets, Josh is very busy trying not to overwhelm us with all the insane Madam Web news.
Fogs - 2/15/2024, 12:46 PM
@TheManWithoutFear -
McMurdo - 2/15/2024, 2:33 PM
@TheManWithoutFear - because they double dip now. It's more important than building an engaging community and website here at cbm. It's a shame. Truly.
TheManWithoutFear - 2/15/2024, 4:03 PM
@Fogs - hmm not sure what to think. Does it look a bit...cheap? Which is surprising considering they have way more money now than they did in the 90s.

The jury's still out but I think if I was Marvel, I would have made priority number 1 having the animation look as close to the original as I could physically get it. The original series looked so damn good.
dracula - 2/15/2024, 11:11 AM
The animation looks weird
GhostDog - 2/15/2024, 11:16 AM
"To me, MY X-Men"

vectorsigma - 2/15/2024, 11:18 AM
@GhostDog - where did my "that was cringe" comment go? Lol
vectorsigma - 2/15/2024, 11:19 AM
@GhostDog - im not a comics reader. Please tell me he is saying this in the comics 😭
GhostDog - 2/15/2024, 11:19 AM
@vectorsigma - My whole comment disappeared after I hit reply to you
GhostDog - 2/15/2024, 11:20 AM
@vectorsigma -

vectorsigma - 2/15/2024, 11:22 AM
@GhostDog - *sigh of relief*
dracula - 2/15/2024, 11:25 AM
@GhostDog -
dracula - 2/15/2024, 11:17 AM
Seriously feels like non netflix streaming cartoons sacrifice animation quality for flashier and harder to animate art styles

Like really both this revival and young justice’s dont have animation on par with the og
TheFinestSmack - 2/15/2024, 11:17 AM
Based directly off issue #4!
dracula - 2/15/2024, 11:20 AM
Wonder if there is any chance for crossover

Like christopher daniel barnes as spiderman

Neal McDonough As bruce banner and lou ferrigo as hulk

90’s fantastic four

90’s iron man
AmazingFILMporg - 2/15/2024, 11:20 AM
This looks great! Looks just like the old style cartoon💪🥲.

It's 97 and they matched it well.♥️
vectorsigma - 2/15/2024, 11:23 AM
@AmazingFILMporg - 🤡
AmazingFILMporg - 2/15/2024, 11:24 AM
@vectorsigma -

We have seen your comments. We know what you think.

EZBeast - 2/15/2024, 11:30 AM
@AmazingFILMporg - gotta disagree...this was...just not great...

I wasn't even anticipating this show but damn I figured it'd be more impressive than what I just watched...

Hopefully it's stories are great at least.
kylo0607 - 2/15/2024, 11:36 AM
@AmazingFILMporg - Sorry pal, you are very wrong here (and usually for that matter).
AmazingFILMporg - 2/15/2024, 11:38 AM
@kylo0607 -

Nah, bye✌️
DudeGuy - 2/15/2024, 11:46 AM
@AmazingFILMporg - we’ve seen your comments too. You’re a company guy who can’t say anything negative about marvel.
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