X-Men '97 Review

Aniruddho Chakraborty

Authenticity and Storytelling

X-Men '97 reintroduces authenticity and strong storytelling to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The animated series has been a critical and commercial success, celebrating a return to form for Marvel.

Filling the MCU Gap

With no big screen MCU opener this summer, X-Men '97 fills the void. Directed by Chase Conley and Emi Yonemura, and written by Beau DeMayo and Charley Feldman, it premiered on Disney+ Hotstar in April.

Engaging Opening Episode

The first episode, “To Me My X-Men,” sets high stakes and daring choices. It follows the X-Men after an assassination attempt on Professor Xavier, with Magneto surprisingly taking on the team's leadership.

Political Themes and Bold Choices

X-Men '97 explores political themes like race, refugees, and persecution, often overlooked in the movies. It embraces bold storylines, such as the complex Madelyne Pryor/Jean Grey relationship.

Pacing and Character Focus

The series takes time to develop multiple plots, though pacing and character focus, like Wolverine's role, suffer. Wolverine’s significant scene with Magneto is diminished by sequel baiting in the finale.

High-Quality Marvel Production

X-Men '97 stands out as one of Marvel's best post-Endgame productions. It features excellent voice acting, solid animation, and nuanced handling of complex themes, though the finale's impact is slightly weakened.