X-Men "97 Episode 10 Ending & Credits Scene Explained

Warning: This article contains SPOILERS for X-Men '97 episode 10
  • X-Men '97's action packed season finale sees Professor X reverse Magneto's EMP attack, shattering his psyche.
  • The X-Men defeat Bastion, but are forced to save Earth from a catastrophic event, leading to their assumed deaths.
  • The X-Men are scattered through time, as Apocalypse returns setting up season 2's story.
Marvel has wrapped up the first season of X-Men '97 in some style, setting up an exciting future for the revived mutant show, and setting the bar extremely high for the MCU's live-action X-Men movies. The action-packed episode brought an end to Bastion's Project Zero Tolerance storyline, with the villain's defeat, but set up an even bigger threat with the return of a huge X-Men villain.
While the X-Men once more saved the Earth and perhaps restored humanity's faith in them (at least partly), this was not a happy ending, and there are a lot of questions for X-Men '97's already-confirmed season 2. Most excitingly for some, the finale also teased the resurrection of a fan favorite mutant, with an incredibly dark twist, as X-Men '97 ingeniously teased a shocking future for Gambit.
Related X-Men '97 Season 2: Characters, Story & Everything We Know X-Men "97 Season 1 is now available on Disney Plus, and here is everything we know about Season 2"s characters, story details, and more.
X-Men '97 Episode 10 Key Story Takeaways
  • Professor X hijacks Magneto's powers to reverse his EMP attack on Earth, but shatters his psyche
  • Jean Grey is resurrected by the Phoenix Force and defeats Mister Sinister
  • Bastion evolves into a higher form, by removing Cable's arm and absorbing his techno-virus
  • Terrified, the UN approve the use of the Magneto Protocols, firing missiles at Asteroid M in an attempt to destroy it
  • Xavier leads Magneto back to his body, he saves Earth from Asteroid M, but the X-Men are scattered, some sent to the past and some to the future
  • Bishop returns to unite with Forge to find the X-Men or rebuild a new mutant team
  • Most of the X-Men meet Apocalypse in Ancient Egypt, while Cyclops and Jean are sent to the distant future, where they meet Clan Ascani and a young Cable
  • X-Men '97's post-credits scene reveals Apocalypse in present day Genosha, where he picks up one of Gambit's cards from the rubble
What X-Men '97's Credits Scene's Apocalypse Return Sets Up Just as the credits roll on X-Men '97's finale, a credits stinger is quickly thrown in, taking us back to the wreckage of Genosha in the present day. An off-screen voice mourns the destruction saying "so much pain, my children, So much death" as Apocalypse is revealed, retrieving one of Gambit's destroyed cards from the dirt. The choice of words is incredibly loaded, of course, because Gambit became one of Apocalypse's Four Horsemen in the comics after the events of Decimation - and Death specifically.
X-Men '97 has introduced how Gambit will return, with a shocking twist. In the comics, Gambit actually volunteers to become Death, in the belief that he can help restore mutantkind after Scarlet Witch wiped them out. Here, there's a darker tease, as Apocalypse will apparently revive Gambit to take up a role at his side.
Apocalypse was last seen in X-Men: The Animated Series when the X-Men defeated him, sending him to the Astral plane. There, he demanded Fabian Cortez find him a new body, and ultimately took Cortez's body when he failed. In the time since that episode, Apocalypse has clearly found a way to restore his physical appearance to the hulking form X-Men fans will be most familiar with. Given his powers, that isn't too much of a stretch, but we can probably expect X-Men '97 season 2 to show exactly how it happened.
What Happened To The X-Men At The End Of X-Men '97? While attempting to save Earth from the catastrophic impact of Asteroid M when the UN's misguided Magneto Protocols backfired, the X-Men prepare to sacrifice themselves. Beast's plan to stop the impact fails, but Charles Xavier manages to revive Magneto in time to stop the asteroid's descent. In a shocking twist, however, the asteroid is apparently vaporized, vanishing along with the X-Men, before it's quickly revealed that they were teleported through time.
The majority of the mutants - including the revived Magneto - are sent to 3000 BC Egypt, where they encounter En Sabah Nur, the alternate name for Apocalypse, in a more human-looking form to his X-Men: The Animated Series appearances. Meanwhile, Cyclops and Jean Grey are sent to the year 3960 AD, where they meet Mother Askani and the Clan Askani. They also meet their young son Nathan, who they sent to the future for his protection, along with Bishop earlier in the season.
But who or what sent the X-Men through time? In the comics, both Beast and the Phoenix Force have been behind storylines where the X-Men were pulled through time, but neither feels right here. X-Men '97 episode positions Apocalypse as the key to the temporal event, and the iconic villain did use time travel in TAS, of course, so this may be explained by his link to the Axis of Time in some way.
All 10 episodes of X-Men '97 are now available on Disney+
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X-Men '97 is the direct continuation of the popular 1990s animated series X-Men: The Animated Series. Taking up where the third season left off, Marvel's revival brings back famous mutants such as Wolverine, Storm, Rogue, Gambit, Cyclops, Beast, Magneto, and Nightcrawler, who fight villains like Mr. Sinister, the Sentinels, and the Hellfire Club.
Cast Jennifer Hale , Chris Potter , Alison Sealy-Smith , Lenore Zann , Cal Dodd , Catherine Disher , Adrian Hough , Ray Chase , Chris Britton , George Buza Release Date March 20, 2024 Seasons 1 Directors Jake Castorena Creator(s) Beau DeMayo Key Marvel Release Dates
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