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The 1990s X-Men Cartoon Is Coming Back With New Episodes


This morning Disney+ revealed pretty much their entire lineup for the next YEAR or so, which is what they did last year. Rather than attempt to condense all that, we’re going to focus on the single most interesting announcement of them all: X-Men, as in the hit cartoon from the 1990s, is being resurrected for the streamer.

For those of you who weren’t around in the 90s and don’t know why this is such a big deal: Prior to this show, cartoons based on comic books didn’t happen very often and when they did, they were always watered down to condescend to children. All that changed in 1992 when two things happened: Batman: The Animated Series and X-Men debuted on Fox Kids.

Both shows became huge hits and proved there was a market for superhero cartoons that were faithful to the source material. Other networks rushed their own knockoffs to compete (anyone remember CBS’s “WildCATS”? Anyone?) but no one was able to top what Fox had started. Apparently we can’t get new episodes of BTAS, but X-Men? Turns out we can have that back. Yay!

The new series will be called “X-Men 97” as that’s the year the final episode aired. Returning are most of the original voice cast: Cal Dodd (Wolverine), Lenore Zann (Rogue), George Buza (Beast), Catherine Disher (Jean Grey), Chris Potter (Gambit), Alison Sealy-Smith (Storm), Adrian Hough (Nightcrawler), Christopher Britton (Mr. Sinister), and Alyson Court (Jubilee). Some may play different roles than before, however. We don’t know who Court is playing now but she’s said in the past Jubilee should be voiced by an Asian woman.

“This is the first X-Men title produced by Marvel Studios,” says Brad Winderbaum, head of Streaming, Television, and Animation at Marvel Studios. “What an amazing first step to reintroduce audiences to the X-Men with a look at one of the most pinnacle eras of the X-Men comics, which was the ’90s. That iconic style that has its roots in Chris Claremont, and is celebrated in Jim Lee, and then again in The Animated Series.”

Dang, we’re pumped about this. We feel like watching the original show. Good thing it’s freely available on Disney+ right now.