I Can"t Wait A Year For X-Men "97 To Answer These 10 Burning Unanswered Questions

Warning: This article contains spoilers for X-Men '97 season 1.
  • X-Men '97 season 1 ended with many mysteries and unanswered questions, setting the stage for more exciting stories in season 2.
  • The fate of the time-displaced X-Men team members is uncertain, while the likes of Storm, Morph, and Wolverine are completely missing.
  • Apocalypse has been set up as X-Men '97 season 2's primary villain, but his actual plans remain to be revealed.
Many burning questions were left unanswered at the end of X-Men '97 season 1. Marvel Animation's X-Men '97 series on Disney+ continued the story of X-Men: The Animated Series, which previously ran for five seasons between 1992 and 1997, catching up with the X-Men team roughly a year after Professor X departed Earth to seek a cure for his ailment among the Shi'ar Empire. X-Men '97's ten-episode first season is widely regarded as one of Marvel Studios' strongest projects, raising excitement for the X-Men's live-action debut in the MCU, and making the upcoming X-Men '97 season 2 even more highly-anticipated.
Premiering on March 20, 2024, X-Men '97 hit the ground running, reintroducing the X-Men team from X-Men: The Animated Series in a vibrant new animation style, and pitting the team against some of Marvel's most iconic X-Men villains. X-Men '97 season 1 concluded with an epic three-part finale on May 15, 2024, which saw the X-Men battle both Magneto and Bastion, before being separated and displaced into different time periods of the past, present, and future. X-Men '97 season 1's ending set the stage perfectly for X-Men '97 season 2, creating some huge mysteries and leaving many massive questions unanswered.
Your browser does not support the video tag. Related Every X-Men '97 Episode Ranked Worst To Best While it is safe to say that some X-Men "97 episodes rank better than others, one thing is for certain: the whole series was a Marvel masterclass.
10 When Was Jean Grey Replaced By Madelyne Pryor? Jean Grey's Clone Revealed Herself In X-Men '97 Episode 3, "Fire Made Flesh" Close For the first two episodes of X-Men '97, a newly-pregnant Jean Grey fought alongside her X-Men team members, probing Henry Gyrich's mind using Cerebro in episode 1. However, X-Men '97 episode 2 saw Jean Grey preoccupied with her labor and birth of her and Scott Summers' son, Nathan. The end of X-Men '97 episode 2 surprisingly saw a second Jean Grey arrive at the X-Mansion, and this supposed impostor was revealed to be the real Jean in episode 3, "Fire Made Flesh."
Jean Grey's clone, Madelyne Pryor, is Nathan Summers' real mother, creating conflict between Jean and Cable in later X-Men '97 episodes.
"Fire Made Flesh" revealed that Jean had, at some point, been replaced with a clone created by Mister Sinister. Sinister planned for Jean's clone and Cyclops to birth a child that he abducted and infected with a techno-organic virus. While Jean's clone, Madelyne Pryor, broke free from Sinister's control, it's still unclear exactly when this swap occurred, meaning Jean Grey may not have been herself for several years.
Related Marvel's X-Men Finally Remembered An Excellent Jean Grey Story That Isn't Just Dark Phoenix Again Marvel"s X-Men "97 finally told an exciting and dynamic Jean Grey story that had very little to do with the cosmic entity known as the Phoenix Force.
9 Will Wolverine Survive Magneto's Attack? Magneto Tore The Adamantium From Wolverine's Body In X-Men '97 Episode 9, "Tolerance Is Extinction - Part 2" Unlike in 20th Century Fox's live-action X-Men franchise, X-Men '97 all but sidelined Wolverine for most of the series. The clawed mutant was the subject of some powerful moments, however, most notably one at the end of X-Men '97 episode 9, "Tolerance is Extinction - Part 2," which saw him attempt to kill the now-villainous Magneto. Magneto survived this attack, but turned the tables, and proceeded to tear the adamantium out of Wolverine's body, leaving the X-Men member seriously injured.
Magneto's attack on Wolverine was detailed in Marvel Comics' Fatal Attractions storyline, which ran between July and November 1993.
Wolverine was comatose for the entirety of X-Men '97 episode 10, calling into question whether he will actually survive Magneto's brutal attack. In Marvel Comics, Magneto removes the adamantium from Wolverine's skeleton in 1993's Fatal Attractions storyline, and Wolverine eventually awakens with his bone claws reinstated, thanks to his regenerative healing ability. This could occur in X-Men '97 season 2, though Wolverine's true fate will remain a question until then.
Related X-Men's 47-Year-Long Wolverine Plot-Hole Finally Gets A Good Answer For decades, Marvel has ignored Wolverine"s most glaring weakness, and thanks to X-Men "97, we now have an answer to why that actually works.
8 Has Professor X Accidentally Created Onslaught? The Combination Of Professor X & Magneto's Minds May Have Created Onslaught After being absent for the majority of X-Men '97 season 1, Professor X was later revealed to be recovering among the Shi'ar Empire in episode 6, "Lifedeath - Part 2." Once he learned of the attack on Genosha, Professor X returned to Earth just in time to witness Magneto sending an electromagnetic pulse around the world. This action marked Magneto's declaration of war on humanity, bringing him and Professor X back at odds.
Onslaught was created from Magneto's hatred of humanity, and Professor X's own dark thoughts about humans' relationship to mutants.
During Magneto's attack in X-Men '97 episode 9, Professor X tried to take control of his powerful mind, though he was blocked. Episode 10, however, saw Professor X being successful in this invasion, but this could have allowed the darkest corners of his and Magneto's minds to combine into Onslaught, just as it does in Marvel Comics. Onslaught would make a formidable villain in X-Men '97's future seasons, but it's unclear whether he has actually been created.
7 Why Have The X-Men Been Sent Through Time? The X-Men Team Were Separated Through Time In X-Men '97 Season 1's Finale X-Men '97 episode 10 ended with Magneto sending Asteroid M back into space, only for his former base of operations to mysteriously explode, sending the X-Men members aboard throughout time. Cyclops and Jean Grey found themselves in the distant future, where they met the Clan Askani and a young Nathan Summers, while Rogue, Nightcrawler, Beast, Professor X, and Magneto ended up in Ancient Egypt, crossing paths with En Sabah Nur, the future Apocalypse.
En Sabah Nur began his life in Ancient Egypt as one of the world's first mutants, and became enhanced by advanced technology left by Celestials.
Separating the X-Men throughout time has laid the foundations for several storylines to be explored in X-Men '97 season 2. However, it remains to be seen exactly why this happened, as this could all be a part of Apocalypse's great plan, or even because of some cosmic intervention aboard Asteroid M. How the X-Men traveled in time, and what adventures they'll embark on in their new time periods, will surely be revealed in X-Men '97 season 2.
6 How Does Nathan Summers Become Cable? Different Versions Of Nathan Summers Were Seen Throughout X-Men '97 Season 1 The time traveler Cable had a major role in X-Men '97's three-part finale, as he was revealed to have traveled back in time to prevent Bastion's Operation: Zero Tolerance. This wasn't the first time Cable had been seen in the series, as X-Men '97 episode 2 featured the character's birth, as Cable is the adult version of Nathan Summers, Scott Summers and Madelyne Pryor's son. Nathan Summers' evolution into Cable has never been revealed, however, but X-Men '97 season 2 could finally provide this information.
X-Men '97 changed Nathan Summers' backstory, as he was taken into the future by Bishop in the series, though he still ended up with the Clan Askani.
X-Men '97 episode 10 ended with Cyclops and Jean Grey traveling to the year 3960 AD, where they met the Clan Askani and a young Nathan Summers. This young version of their son already had his metal arm, perhaps a side effect of the techno-organic virus that Mister Sinister infected him with. However, X-Men '97 season 2 may finally feature Nathan's full evolution into Cable.
Related X-Men '97 Perfectly Pays Off A 24 Year Old Costume Joke With Cable's Return Cable is returning for the final episodes of X-Men "97, and a joke about the team"s costumes epically pays off a joke from the very first X-Men movie.
5 Where Are Storm, Morph, & Wolverine? Storm, Morph, & Wolverine Are Missing After X-Men '97 Season 1's Finale Close While most of the X-Men were shown to be in different time periods at the end of X-Men '97 season 1's epic finale, the whereabouts of three members of the team haven't been revealed. Cyclops and Jean Grey are in the future, while Rogue, Nightcrawler, Beast, Professor X, and Magneto are in the past, but it's unclear where, or when, Storm, Morph, and Wolverine are. This is something that X-Men '97 absolutely needs to address.
Morph finally declared their love for Wolverine in X-Men '97's finale, though they were disguised as Jean Grey at the time, and Wolverine was comatose.
At the time of Asteroid M's explosion, all three were aboard, with Wolverine still comatose, Morph at his bedside, and Storm having been attempting to slow the asteroid's plummet to Earth. This means the trio have likely been sent to another time, similarly to their X-Men teammates, but it is unclear where they might have ended up. Presumably, they're in another time connected to Apocalypse, but only X-Men '97 season 2 can answer this question.
4 Where Are The Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver? The Scarlet Witch & Quicksilver Are "Off World" Neither the Scarlet Witch nor Quicksilver appeared properly in X-Men '97, though images of the Maximoff twins did appear on Forge's board of mutants at the end of X-Men '97 episode 10. Six months after the disappearance of the X-Men, Forge compiled a board of known mutants, including the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, but while many were presumed dead, Magneto's children were labeled as being "off world," raising the question as to where exactly the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver might be.
The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver were revealed to be Magneto's children in X-Men: The Animated Series season 4, episode 13, "Family Ties," in May 1996.
During Professor X's invasion of Magneto's mind in X-Men '97's finale, the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver appeared in his visions. This, along with the twins' appearance on Forge's board, hints at a bigger role for them in the future, though their whereabouts are still unknown. One theory suggests they may be in the Inhuman city of Attilan on the moon, teasing the Inhumans' debut in X-Men '97 season 2.
3 Are Forge & Bishop Building A New X-Men Team? Forge & Bishop Teased A New X-Men Team In X-Men '97 Season 1's Finale Alongside the Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and the presumed dead members of the X-Men on Forge's board in X-Men '97 episode 10 were eight new mutant characters with no labels whatsoever. These characters have been theorized to potentially form a new X-Men team in X-Men '97 season 2, led by Forge and the time traveler Bishop. This new team, comprising Magik, Colossus, Shadowcat, Emma Frost, Exodus, Dust, Iceman, and Havok, could help to save the original X-Men team in the future.
Iceman is the only mutant on Forge's board who is on Earth and not presumed dead who has previously been a member of the animated X-Men team.
The appearance of these names on Forge's board could, of course, simply be Easter eggs to the wider world of X-Men '97's animated universe. However, Bishop seems to hint at Forge recruiting these characters for a new X-Men team. Only time will tell if these characters actually come together, particularly since some, including Emma Frost and Exodus, are villains, so this could lead to exciting developments in X-Men '97's future.
2 What Is Apocalypse Planning? Apocalypse Has Been Set Up To Be A Villain In X-Men '97 Season 2 X-Men '97 season 1's finale overtly set up the ancient villain Apocalypse as the primary antagonist of X-Men '97 season 2. The X-Men in Ancient Egypt met a young En Sabah Nur, while the Clan Askani formed in the future to battle the villain in their own time period. Apocalypse was also shown in the present day, scouring through the rubble of Genosha before coming across a playing card that once belonged to fallen X-Men member Gambit. The villain must be planning something for season 2, but it's unclear exactly what.
Apocalypse was a major villain throughout X-Men: The Animated Series, posing a threat to the X-Men and the world in many episodes.
X-Men '97 season 2 could adapt Marvel Comics' Blood of Apocalypse from 2006, which saw the X-Men side with Apocalypse to rebuild the Earth's dwindling mutant population. 1996's The Rise of Apocalypse storyline could also be an inspiration, exploring En Sabah Nur's evolution into the powerful villain. What Apocalypse's exact plan is, however, is yet to be fully revealed.
Related I’ve Worked Out Where Wolverine’s Story Is Heading In X-Men ‘97 And You’re Not Ready X-Men "97 destroyed Wolverine, but Marvel"s most popular mutant could have an incredibly dark future thanks to the return of Apocalypse.
1 Will Gambit Come Back From The Dead? Gambit Sacrificed Himself On Genosha In X-Men '97 Episode 5, "Remember It" Close Gambit was one of the most popular members of the X-Men team in X-Men '97's early episodes, but the devastating attack on Genosha in X-Men '97 episode 5, marked the end of the line for the kinetic mutant. Gambit sacrificed himself to destroy the Wild Sentinel and save countless other mutants, and his death had a huge impact on the X-Men in subsequent episodes. Even so, the hero has been speculated to return, though this hasn't yet been confirmed.
Gambit became one of Apocalypse's Horsemen in Marvel Comics' Blood of Apocalypse storyline, by Peter Milligan and Salvador Larroca, in 2006.
X-Men '97 episode 10 ended with Apocalypse finding one of Gambit's playing cards in Genosha, hinting at the former X-Men member being resurrected as one of the villain's Horsemen in X-Men '97 season 2. Gambit was briefly featured as the Horseman of Death in Marvel Comics, so this would be an exciting story to watch unfold in X-Men '97, though only time will tell if this dramatic storyline is actually adapted.
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