Every New & Returning Voice Actor Cast In X-Men "97 (So Far)

  • X-Men '97 brings back iconic voice actors, including Cal Dodd as Wolverine and Jennifer Hale as Jean Grey.
  • Norm Spencer's role as Cyclops is replaced by Ray Chase, who adds a new dynamic to the character.
  • Lenore Zann returns as Rogue, while Holly Chou takes on the role of Jubilee, bringing her own interpretation to the character.
X-Men ’97, the highly anticipated follow-up to X-Men: The Animated Series, is finally premiering in 2024, but it is worth wondering if the old band of voice actors will reunite to portray the Marvel mutant supergroup. Running for five seasons from 1992 to 1997, the cult animated classic introduced a new generation of TV audiences to comic-accurate depictions of the war between Charles Xavier’s gifted heroes and Magneto’s villainous Brotherhood of Mutants. But instead of a formulaic good vs evil battle, the Fox original also included individual character-driven narratives and dared to address socio-political issues from a mutant perspective.
While the Fox X-Men movies successfully walked in the footsteps of the series, the MCU movies have mostly stayed away from the mutants due to rights issues. But with the X-Men rights returning to Disney, Marvel Studios finally has the ability to accommodate all versions of the X-Men. Further, the Disney+ revival X-Men ‘97 directly builds up from where the animated series’ last season ended and brings back many of the iconic voices behind fan-favorite characters. Not every actor returns to the same roles though, with some having special appearances as supporting characters. The absence of two veterans will also be felt due to their demise.
Related The X-Men "Woke" Controversy Completely Misses The Point Of Marvel's Mutants Following the release of the first trailer for Marvel Animation's upcoming X-Men '97 series, ridiculous criticisms of Marvel's "wokeness" have arisen. Cal Dodd Is Back As Wolverine/James “Logan” Howlett The Irish-Canadian Actor Also Voiced Him In Marvel Vs. Capcom Games Close Before Hugh Jackman became the definitive Wolverine in the live-action films, Cal Dodd played a major role in crafting the adamantium-clawed mutant’s brash personality on TV. The Irish-Canadian voice actor went on to reprise the role in several video games like X-Men vs. Street Fighter, X-Men: Children of the Atom, and the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise, standing out with his signature growl that fans now regard as the quintessential Wolverine voice. With Logan returning in his blue-and-yellow costume in the X-Men ‘97 trailer, it is obvious that Marvel is delivering on fan service with Dodd’s character-defining baritone back in action.
Cal Dodd also voiced Slappy the Dummy in RL Stine's Goosebumps TV series in the 1990s.
Ray Chase Replaces Norm Spencer As Cyclops/Scott Summers Spencer Passed Away In 2020 The team’s field commander, Cyclops, is an emotionally conflicted character with the power to shoot beams of energy from his eyes. Cyclops’ straightforward nature and charismatic leadership were evoked to perfection by the late Norm Spencer. But with Spencer dying at the age of 62 in 2020, Ray Chase will be the new voice of Cyclops in X-Men ‘97. Chase’s Cyclops finds the character in a tough spot as he must lead the team while also dealing with the demise of his mentor, Charles Xavier. Chase is otherwise best known for voicing the crown prince Noctis Lucis Caelum in Final Fantasy XV.
Jennifer Hale Voices Jean Grey The Voice Actress Replaces Catherine Disher As the telekinetic telepath Jean Grey, Catherine Disher presented a classic version of the character, capturing her emotional complexity in defining arcs like the Dark Phoenix saga. Jennifer Hale now voices Jean Grey in X-Men ‘97, with her other Marvel animated television credit being the antiheroine Felicia Hardy (Black Cat) in Spider-Man: The Animated Series. Hale is mostly known for her impressive voice-acting career in video game franchises, with notable performances like Commander Shepherd in Mass Effect, and Jedi Master Bastila Shan in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. She also voiced the X-Men mutant Rogue in numerous Marvel games.
Related Only 1 MCU Release In 2024 Isn’t A Spin-Off The MCU's 2024 slate of film and TV properties will largely consist of spinoffs, save for one highly anticipated movie. Lenore Zann Returns To Voice Rogue/Anna-Marie Raven The Actress Was Also A Canadian MP Close Be it in adrenaline-fueled team efforts or introspective solo missions, Rogue has always been a crucial member of the animated series. So, it’s not surprising to find Rogue as one of the characters confirmed for X-Men ‘97 with voice actress Lenore Zann reprising her performance. Apart from her live-action and animation career, Zann also embarked on a political journey as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Canada’s Cumberland-Colchester district from 2019 to 2021. She also represented the Truro Bible-Hill district as an Assembly member for a decade from 2009 to 2019. Now, Zann is back as the power-absorbing mutant in X-Men ‘97.
Holly Chou Is Jubilee/Jubilation Lee Chou Replaces Alyson Court From the 1990s Series In many ways, X-Men: The Animated Series played out as a coming-of-age story for Jubilation Lee aka Jubilee, the pyrotechnic mutant who also develops a paternal bond with Wolverine. Alyson Court was a standout star of the show for her performance as Jubilee, but now it is Holly Chou who walks in her footsteps for X-Men ‘97. Court backed out from the role when she tweeted in 2021 that young and talented Asian actors could do justice to the character. Chou previously appeared in The Big Sick as a doctor and in Blue Eye Samurai as the sex worker Chiki.
George Buza Returns As Beast/Henry McCoy The Actor Also Played Beast In X-Men Video Games George Buza was a perfect fit for the blue-haired, intellectually gifted team advisor Beast aka Dr. Henry McCoy. He’s back to bring out more of Beast’s wisdom, friendliness and occasional grief in X-Men ‘97. Much like fellow voice actor Cal Dodd, Buza also lent his voice to X-Men video games, although not always as Beast. So, while he reprised his animated series role in X-Men: Mutant Academy 2, he also voiced Colossus in X-Men: Children of the Atom and Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes. Buza even had a brief cameo in 2000’s X-Men movie as a truck driver.
Alison Sealy-Smith Plays Storm Again Sealy-Smith Replaced Iona Morris As Storm's Voice In 1993 Close The weather-manipulating mutant Storm was voiced by Canadian actress Alison Sealy-Smith in X-Men: The Animated Series for more than fifty episodes. Decades after the show ended, Sealy-Smith’s commanding presence as the classic X-Men character is resurrected in X-Men ‘97. But what only diehard fans of the show would know is that Storm was originally voiced by Iona Morris. Considering that Morris was an American actress, she was liable to be paid residuals for every rerun (via CBR). This is why after 16 episodes in the first season, Sealy-Smith rerecorded Storm’s lines over Morris’ voice and eventually replaced her in the series.
Christopher Britton Once Again Voices Mister Sinister The Iconic Villain From The Animated Series Returns Mister Sinister proved to be a formidable foe for the X-Men, enduring as one of the best villains of X-Men: The Animated Series. The scientific rogue who aspires to create the perfect superhuman race returns in X-Men ‘97 to play a major role in the aftermath of Charles Xavier’s death. And voicing him once again is Canadian actor Christopher Britton. The accomplished theater, movie, and TV veteran had a major role in the English dub of Death Note as antihero Light Yagami’s detective father, Soichiro Yagami. He also had a guest appearance in the Netflix Death Note adaptation as one of Light’s victims.
A. J. LoCascio Voices Gambit He Is The Third Actor To Play Gambit In The Show While the Channing Tatum Gambit movie might never come to fruition, the card-playing, staff-wielding Casanova returns in all his animated glory in X-Men ‘97. Gambit in X-Men: The Animated Series was initially voiced by Chris Potter who developed Gambit’s Cajun accent in the show and later even auditioned to play Cyclops in Fox’s live-action movies. Potter was later replaced in the final episodes by Tony Daniels. Now, next in line for X-Men ‘97 is A.J. LoCascio, who is known for voicing time-traveler Marty McFly in Back To The Future: The Game and the antagonistic Prince Lotor in Voltron: Legendary Defender.
X-Men: The Animated Series can be streamed on Disney+.
Matthew Waterson Offers A New Take On Magneto David Hemblen Couldn't Return As He Passed Away In 2020 The late David Hemblen voiced Magneto as Charles Xavier’s arch-nemesis and occasional ally in X-Men: The Animated Series. X-Men ’97 finds Magneto crossing paths with the X-Men once again as he inherits all of Xavier’s assets through his will and testament. Hemblen passed away at the age of 79 in 2020 and his legacy will be honored by Matthew Waterson who previously voiced the Hogwarts Transfiguration professor Charles Rockwood in Hogwarts: Legacy and martial artist vampire Dragan in Castlevania. He also provided additional voices for video games like The Last of Us II, Fallout 4, and Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
X-Men ‘97 Supporting Cast & Characters
  • Gui Agustini as Roberto da Costa/Sunspot: Hailing from Brazil, Sunspot can absorb and manipulate solar power. Roberto da Costa will make his series debut in X-Men ‘97 with The Time Traveler’s Wife actress Gui Agustini.
  • Adrian Hough as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler: Possessing the ability to teleport and a Catholic moral compass, Nightcrawler is one of the series’ most enduring characters and Adrian Hough returns to voice the monk-turned-superhero in X-Men ‘97. Hough’s other credits include The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the 2005 The Fog remake, and Assassin’s Creed III.
  • J. P. Karliak as Morph: The mutant shapeshifter Morph is a veteran member of the team and one of Wolverine’s closest friends. While Ron Rubin voiced him in the original series, X-Men ‘97 roped in J.P. Karliak for the part. Karliak previously starred in Netflix’s The Boss Baby shows as the titular protagonist.
  • Isaac Robinson-Smith as Lucas Bishop/Bishop: Hailing from a dystopian future in 2055, Bishop occasionally appeared in X-Men: The Animated Series voiced by Philip Akin. Now, Akin has been replaced by Isaac Robinson-Smith who previously voiced multiple characters in Marvel’s What If…? and Insomniac’s Spider-Man 2 video game.
  • Ross Marquand as Professor Charles Xavier: The X-Men ‘97 trailer confirmed Charles Xavier’s death but there are chances of him being featured in flashback or future sequences. Going by the comics lore, he can even be resurrected, with Ross Marquand confirmed to be voicing the team’s telepath mentor. Original voice actor Cedric Smith is replaced by Marquand who previously played Red Skull in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame and also voiced Ultron Sentinels in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
  • Gil Birmingham as Daniel Lone Eagle/Forge: X-Men’s resident tech-expert, Forge will be voiced by Gil Birmingham, whose screen credits include Jacob’s father Billy Black in The Twilight Saga and Tribal Chairman Thomas Rainwater in Yellowstone.
  • Eric Bauza as the Sentinels: The antagonistic mutant-hunting robots in X-Men ‘97 are voiced by seven-time Emmy nominee Eric Bauza, who voiced General Thunderbolt Ross in Iron Man: Armored Adventures and many Looney Tunes characters like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, among others.
  • Catherine Disher as Valerie Cooper: Described as a doctor with her own agenda, Valerie Cooper has considerable knowledge about the mutants. Cooper is played by X-Men: The Animated Series veteran Catherine Disher, who previously voiced Jean Grey in the 1990s.
  • Chris Potter as Nathan Summers/Cable: Chris Potter, the original voice actor of Gambit, returns to the X-Men franchise but this time as Cyclops’ son and X-Force leader, Cable. Apart from his stint in animation, Potter is also known for playing David Carradine’s on-screen son in Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.
  • Lawrence Bayne as Carl Denti/X-Cutioner: FBI Agent-turned-mutant hunter X-Cutioner is one of the new characters joining X-Men ‘97. Lawrence Bayne voices Carl Denti, after having played numerous characters in the original series, like Cable and Captain America.
  • Ron Rubin as Robert Edward Kelly: No more Senator, Robert Kelly becomes the President in X-Men ‘97, pressing on his anti-mutant policies. Ron Rubin, who previously voiced Morph in the original series, is the voice of Kelly.
  • Alyson Court as Abcissa: While Alyson Court might not return to play Jubilee in X-Men ‘97, she plays Jubilee’s alternate future version, Abcissa.
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Release Date March 20, 2024 Cast Jennifer Hale , Chris Potter , Alison Sealy-Smith , Lenore Zann , Cal Dodd , Catherine Disher , Adrian Hough , Ray Chase , Chris Britton , George Buza Seasons 1 Creator(s) Beau DeMayo


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