X-MEN ’97 Review [Ep 1-3] – Marvel Animation Renders Absolute Perfection

Homo-Superior reigns supreme in X-MEN '97
X-Men '97

The return of X-Men ’97 heralds a new era of mutant mayhem, blending nostalgia with modern flair to create an experience that resonates with fans old and new. At the heart of this revival is the faithful recreation of the iconic theme song, a blast from the past that instantly transports viewers back to the ’90s heyday of animated superheroics. But it’s not just the music that stirs memories; the return of the original cast members adds an extra layer of authenticity, their familiar voices breathing life into beloved characters once again. From Wolverine’s gruff growl to Storm’s regal command, each voice is a welcome reminder of the rich history that X-Men holds.

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(L-R): Jubilee (voiced by Holly Chou), Morph (voiced by JP Karliak), Wolverine (voiced by Cal Dodd), Storm (voiced by Alison Sealy-Smith), Cyclops (voiced by Ray Chase), Rogue (voiced by Lenore Zann), Jean Grey (voiced by Jennifer Hale), Gambit (voiced by AJ LaCascio), Bishop (voiced by Isaac Robinson-Smith), and Beast (voiced by George Buza) in Marvel Animation’s X-MEN ’97. Photo courtesy of Marvel Animation. © 2024 MARVEL.

While nostalgia may draw viewers in, it’s the modernization of animation that truly captivates. X-Men ’97 dazzles with its crisp, vibrant visuals, bringing the world of mutants to life in stunning detail. From the neon-lit streets of New York City to the perspective-shaping magnetized mass brought to orbit, each frame is a work of art, showcasing the talent and creativity of the animation team. But it’s not just about looking good; the animation serves to enhance the storytelling, adding depth and dimension to the characters and their world. Whether it’s a high-flying battle or a quiet moment of reflection, every scene is brought to life with style and flair.

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While X-Men ’97 may be rooted in nostalgia, it’s not content to simply rehash old stories. Instead, it boldly ventures into new territory, tackling mature themes and narratives with depth and nuance. From social commentary to personal struggles, each episode explores the inner lives of its characters, delving into their fears, hopes, and desires in a way that resonates with audiences of all ages. Whether it’s the complexities of identity or the consequences of power, X-Men ’97 isn’t afraid to tackle real-world issues head-on, offering a timely reflection of the world we live in today.


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Wolverine (voiced by Cal Dodd) and Gambit (voiced by AJ LoCascio) in Marvel Animation’s X-MEN ’97. Photo courtesy of Marvel Animation. © 2024 MARVEL.

One of the most delightful aspects of X-Men ’97 is its deep reverence for the source material. The series is packed with deep-cut references to the comics, rewarding die-hard fans with nods and Easter eggs that pay homage to decades of storytelling. From obscure villains to hidden cameos, each reference is a loving tribute to the rich tapestry of stories that have defined the X-Men universe. But even for those less familiar with the comics, X-Men ’97 remains accessible, striking a delicate balance between homage and innovation that ensures every viewer feels welcome in this vibrant world of mutants.

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While X-Men ’97 may be set in a world of mutants and mayhem, it’s not divorced from the realities of the world we live in today. The series deftly weaves in nods to current events, offering a timely reflection of the issues that shape our lives. Whether it’s addressing social justice issues or grappling with the consequences of environmental degradation, X-Men ’97 isn’t afraid to tackle real-world topics with sincerity and courage. By grounding its stories in the here and now, the series adds an extra layer of depth and relevance that elevates it beyond mere entertainment.

Marvel’s Mutant Future, A Bold New Chapter

X-Men '97

(L-R): Morph (voiced by JP Karliak), Storm (voiced by Alison Sealy-Smith), Gambit (voiced by AJ LoCascio), Cyclops (voiced by Ray Chase), Rogue (voiced by Lenore Zann), Wolverine (voiced by Cal Dodd), Bishop (voiced by Isaac Robinson-Smith), Beast (voiced by George Buza) in Marvel Animation’s X-MEN ’97. Photo courtesy of Marvel Animation. © 2024 MARVEL.

In the end, the overwhelming realization hits: Marvel has barely scratched the surface of the rich tapestry of stories waiting to be told within the X-Men universe. With X-Men ’97, they have tapped into one of, if not the, most robust and important IPs they own, setting the stage for an exciting new chapter in mutant history. As the series continues to unfold, one thing is clear: the future of X-Men has never looked brighter. So buckle up, true believers, because the ride is just getting started.

X-Men ’97 is more than just a nostalgic trip down memory lane; it’s a bold reimagining of a beloved franchise that honors its past while embracing its future. With stunning animation, compelling storytelling, and a deep reverence for the source material, this series is poised to capture the hearts of fans old and new alike. So whether you’re a die-hard X-Men enthusiast or a casual viewer looking for your next obsession, X-Men ’97 has something for everyone. Don’t miss out on what promises to be one of the most thrilling adventures in mutant history.

For the series truly growing up with me, the primal reaction to hearing the power chords of the theme song, to seeing a fully realized rendering of the power of homo-superior in every sense of the word, I give X-Men ’97 a


X-Men ’97 is now streaming exclusively on Disney+, with new episodes airing on Wednesdays for the next 8 weeks.

About X-Men ’97

X-MEN '97

Release Date: March 20, 2024
Network: Disney+
Head Writer: Beau DeMayo
Episode Directors: Jake Castorena, Chase Conley, and Emi Yonemura
Executive Producers: Beau DeMayo, Brad Winderbaum, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, and Victoria Alonso
Music: The Newton Brothers
Cast: Ray Chase, Jennifer Hale, Alison Sealy-Smith, Cal Dodd, JP Karliak, Lenore Zann, George Buza, AJ LoCascio, Holly Chou, Isaac Robinson-Smith, Matthew Waterson, and Adrian Hough

Synopsis: 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, 

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