All 21 Marvel Easter Eggs & References In X-Men "97 Episode 10

Warning! This post contains SPOILERS for X-Men '97 episode 10
  • X-Men '97's finale is filled with exciting Marvel cameos, including Iron Man, Captain America, Black Panther, and more.
  • Xavier risks shattering his and Magneto's minds which teased the potential creation of Onslaught, a dark persona and major comics villain.
  • Multiple new mutants are teased for X-Men '97 season 2, as well as Apocalypse and Gambit's resurrection.
X-Men 97's finale features a massive amount of exciting Easter eggs, references, and a legion of exciting Marvel cameos. Featuring the X-Men as they go head-to-head with Bastion and his Prime Sentinels, the entire planet hangs in the balance as mutantkind's greatest heroes face the threat of humanity's zero tolerance in its most lethal form. To that end, the finale is the epic conclusion of this first reason with several nods to both the original comics, the original X-Men animated series, and more.
As seen in X-Men '97 episode 10, the X-Men take on Bastion while Charles Xavier fights to get through to Magneto and his inner darkness. Featuring a huge surprise ending twist with some very exciting expectation subversion, X-Men '97 season 1's ending is easily one of Marvel Studios' best finales of all time. To that end, here are 21 of the biggest and best Easter eggs and references from X-Men '97 episode 10.
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.
21 Changes To X-Men '97's Opening Credits A Couple of Notable Changes Close There are a few notable changes to X-Men '97's opening credits, a common trend across the entire season. For the finale, new shots include a sequence with young Charles Xavier and Magento united together before they became ongoing rivals, an important sequence considering Xavier's exploration into the past while inside Magneto's head in this final episode. The opening credits also feature an image of Emma Frost and the Hellfire Club from the original animated X-Men series.
20 Xavier Risks His And Magneto's Minds Being Shattered Teasing Onslaught Close Seeking to break into Magneto's mind, Magnus claims that Xavier forcing his way in could result in both of their minds being shattered. Taking the risk, Xavier brutally overwhelms Magneto despite his resistance, an encounter in the comics that resulted in the creation of the major villain Onslaught, a dark persona forged from the darkness of both Xavier and Magneto who was born shortly after the Master of Magnetism enraged Xavier by ripping out the adamantium from Wolverine's body, just as he did in the previous episode of X-Men '97.
19 Multiple Major Marvel Cameos Both Mutant And Human Heroes Close Following Xavier's attack on Magneto's mind and the reactivation of the Prime Sentinels, various Marvel heroes and mutants across the globe are featured reacting to Bastion's renewed attack on the planet and its mutants. This includes the classic Wolverine villain Silver Samurai before the surprise reveal of both Iron Man and Captain America who are seen protecting President Robert Kelly. Daredevil is then shown fighting near Josie's Diner in Hell's Kitchen, just before Doctor Strange is shown at the operating table in Manhattan. Cloak and Dagger make appearances as well.
It's also revealed the other countries are no less safe from Bastion's forces. This includes the secluded nation of Wakanda which features The Black Panther and Dora Milaje. Russia's Crimson Dynamo, Darkstar, and Omega Red are shown next, just before Psylocke and members of Canada's Alpha Flight are met by Prime Sentinels amid the remains of Genosha. To that end, the cameos just keep on coming in X-Men '97 episode 10.
18 “I Am Phoenix!” A Part of The Phoenix Still Inside Jean Close Defeating Mister Sinister once and for all and also saving Cable from the villain's control, Jean Grey reveals that a small piece of the Phoenix still remains within her as she resembles the comics' White Phoenix of the Crown. This also helps support the idea that Jean was indeed the Phoenix and that the Madelyne Pryor switch came later in the original animated series. It's also incredibly epic to see Jean remove all the mutant DNA Mister Sinister had stolen over the centuries using the Phoenix's power.
17 Magneto's Amnesia Another Onslaught Tease Following Xavier's forceful entry into Magneto's mind, Erik could no longer remember who he was. This requires Xavier to help build his friend's mind back up from its foundations, sans the darkness and pain Erik had long held onto. While Magneto's amnesia also happened in the comics, it was far more intentional on Xavier's part as an act of vengeance for what happened to Logan, an act that ultimately led to the emergence of Onslaught on the page.
16 Best At What You Do Wolverine Isn't Just A Killer Close Telling a comatose Wolverine to do what he does best, Cyclops specifies that healing is what Wolverine does best. This is an extremely satisfying flip of what Wolverine's classic line usually means. Normally, being the best at what he does is usually referencing his brutality and willingness to do things others won't. However, Cylcops' line points to the goodness of Wolverine and his more non-destructive side, which is a nice change of pace.
15 Bastion's New Upgrades Teasing A Body For Onslaught Close Taking Cable's cybernetic arm from the future, Bastion uses it to upgrade his own armor and systems. This gives him deadly wings that ultimately resemble the pointed armor shoulders of Onslaught, another tease that the merged darkness of Xavier and Magneto was going to find a home in Bastion by the finale's end. However, the teases were simply teases and fun nods as the finale ends up subverting expectations by redeeming both Charles and Magneto by the episode's end.
14 "Remember It" Rogue Avenges Gambit Close Finally getting her chance to face Gambit's killer, Rogue honors Remy's memory by riffing on his classic line from both the original animated series and X-Men '97 just before his death: "His name was Gambit. Remember it". Rogue says this right before punching Bastion right in the face, sending him out from Asteroid M and onto the moon. As such, it's an incredibly powerful moment that has been a long time coming for Rogue.
13 Blue Side Moon A Classic X-Men Location Continuing to fight on the moon, Bastion and the X-Men end up in the Blue Area, a section of the moon with its own breathable air and is the typical home of Uatu the Watcher. It's also where the Shi'ar Imperial Guard fought the X-Men in the original animated series during the Phoenix Saga. It also became home to Attilan in the comics, the city of the Inhumans led by Black Bolt.
12 King T’Chaka Still The Black Panther Close With the global crisis in full effect, various national leaders convene to decide what should be done in X-Men '97 episode 10. This includes Black Panther who's revealed to be none other than King T'Chaka. As such, it seems as though T'Challa has not yet taken his father's place in this animated Marvel Universe, either his mantle as the Black Panther or the throne as the king of Wakanda.
11 Magneto Protocols References To Magneto Actors Close Agreeing to enact the Magneto Protocols from the comics, President Kelly opens up Magneto's file. In it, a list of aliases Magnus has allegedly gone by is featured with a few choice redactions. However, it's easy to deduce the full names and who's being referenced. The first is David Hemblen who was the first Magneto voice actor in the original animated series. The second is Ian, which is almost certainly referencing Sir Ian McKellan who first played Magento in live-action, followed by Michael Fassbender who played the younger Magneto in Fox's rebooted X-Men films.
10 Magneto’s Children Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, Polaris Close Within Magneto's mind, Xavier shows Magnus that he still has people and family to care for despite his darkness and past trauma. Sailing on an ocean representing the cold reality of his past pain, three shadowed figures are standing next to Rogue. However, it's quite easy to make out Magneto's children with the Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, and even Polaris. As such, it would be very exciting if the trio were featured in future seasons of X-Men '97 beyond this finale.
9 Morph Transforms Into Sauron From The Savage Land Close Arriving on Asteroid M after dealing with Mister Sinister, Morph briefly transforms into the dinosaur-like Sauron from the Savage Land. Having been teased once already during Jubilee and Sunspot's videogame adventure, Sauron was a major foe in the original animated series. To that end, it's fun seeing Morph turn into the classic dino-foe for a few seconds.
8 Morph Turns Into Mister Fantastic Needing Reed Richards' Flexibility Close Later on when Asteroid M is being ripped apart, Morph transforms into Mister Fantastic before hanging onto something to keep from being sucked into the vacuum of space. Likewise, Morph turning into the leader of The Fantastic Four certainly helps prove that all of Marvel's animated shows in the 90s do exist together in the same universe. While the moment is even shorter than turning into Sauron, it's still a very exciting quasi-cameo nonetheless.
7 Radio Station 1996.06 Yet Another Onslaught Reference Listening to reports that the Magneto Protocol failed to intercept Asteroid M from falling to Earth, two civilians are in their car listening to 1999.06. Coincidentally, June 1996 was the same year in which Onslaught made his first appearance in Marvel Comics. As such, this was another tease for the villain who ultimately didn't wasn't created through Xavier's mistakes by the end of X-Men '97's finale.
6 Major Spider-Man Animated Series Cameos Peter Parker, MJ, And Flash Thompson Close Amazingly and spectacularly, Spider-Man himself makes an appearance in X-Men '97's finale. Having had an in-costume Spider-Man cameo in previous X-Men '97 episodes, the finale instead features Peter Parker watching the news with none other than Mary Jane Watson, all while Flash Thompson watches over Parker's shoulder. However, the appearance of MJ is huge considering the unintended cliffhanger in The Amazing Spider-Man's animated series finale where Mary Jane was still missing.
5 Forge’s Wall of Mutants Mirroring Days of Future Past After saving Asteroid M thanks to Xavier restoring Magneto's mind, the vast majority of the X-Men were taken and sent through time. As such, Forge has his own board of mutant names and faces, not unlike the wall of wanted mutants seen on the classic cover art for the comics' Days of Future Past. Featuring names both old and new, it seems Forge is looking to build a new team in the original X-Men's absence.
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It's very exciting to see which mutant might be available for bigger roles in X-Men '97 season 2, especially in the original team's absence. Likewise, it's also worth pointing out that Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are both listed as off-world, a potential tease that they're still members of the Avengers.
4 Graydon Creed For President? Rising In The Polls A radio broadcast confirms that the events of "E-Day" have led to a public lack of faith in President Kelly's leadership. However, it also reports that Graydon Creed is rising in the polls. Having been a leading member of the Friends of Humanity in the original animated series, Graydon Creed is one of the biggest anti-mutant voices, even though he's the son of both Sabretooth and Mystique.
3 Half of The X-Men Encounter Young Apocalypse In The Ancient Past Finding themselves in Ancient Egypt, Magneto, Beast, Xavier, Rogue, and Nightcrawler encounter young En Sabah Nur in the year 3000 B.C. As a result, it looks as though X-Men '97 season 2 will be very focused on Apocalypse. However, it won't just be about his past as En Sabah Nur.
2 Jean and Cyclops Encounter Clan Askani The Far Future Close Surprisingly, Jean Grey and Cyclops find themselves flung to the far future in the year 3960 A.D. Meeting the Askani Clan, Jean and Scott are shocked to meet a young Nathan Summers standing before them. As such, this suggests that Apocalypse's future and war with Cable will also be a large focus of the second season, right alongside his origins in Ancient Egypt.


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