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X-Men ’97 Review: It’s Absolutely Perfect

X-Men ’97 is the perfect continuation of the original animated series in both look and feel. It is overwhelming and exciting to have this team back.

X-MEN '97 review

(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.

When X-Men: The Animated Series ended in September of 1997, most fans never thought they would see it return to the small screen. Now, seventeen years later it has with X-Men ’97. This new Disney+ series from Marvel Animation continues the story with the same characters, and even some of the same voice actors. It perfectly delivers the nostalgia fans are begging for, capturing the feel and design of the original, while updating it just the slightest bit.

X-MEN '97 review

(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.

For those who have not yet watched X-Men: The Animated Series, there is no need to in order to understand the story. X-Men -97 does a wonderful job of explaining the details of past events when needed. That said, the series is streaming on Disney+ also and for X-Men and Marvel fans, there is a whole lot to love about it so please check it out. Of course there are some spoilers for it in the new show, but they aren’t anything that will ruin your experience with the original. 

X-MEN '97 review

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.

On the other hand, there are some great callbacks and Easter eggs in X-Men ’97 that fans of the original will enjoy seeing and hearing. Lots of things to point out and acknowledge, which truly makes this series feel like a continuation, like a season six if you will. It does such a wonderful job of capturing the essence of X-Men: The Animated Series. This is something that will have fans over the moon.

X-MEN '97 review

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

As with the original series, X-Men ’97 hits the ground running and never stops. There is a whole lot of information and drama packed into each episode, but not in a way that it is too much and too confusing, rather in a way that keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way through.

The fight scenes are fantastic, the comedy is witty sprinkled with just enough cheese to feel like it from the 1990s, and the visual style is very similar, with just a bit of modernizing. This truly is what the fans have been waiting for.

X-MEN '97 review

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

X-Men ’97 is pure perfection. Honestly, no notes. This series perfectly captures the feel of the animated show from the 90s, while updating it just enough. The topics covered, the opening theme, and the love triangles are going to transport those who watched the original right back to that time. We cannot wait to see where things go from here.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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X-MEN '97 poster

X-MEN ’97, exclusively on Disney+. © 2024 MARVEL.

About X-Men ’97

Marvel Animation’s “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.

X-MEN ‘97 is streaming exclusively on Disney+ starting March 20th.

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