X-Men "97 Makes Fantastic Four"s Alternate Universe Theory Even Better

  • X-Men '97 sets the standard for MCU projects with its high Rotten Tomatoes rating and alternate universe setting.
  • The absence of MCU world-building limitations in X-Men '97 allowed for a smoother and standalone storytelling experience.
  • Placing The Fantastic Four in a separate timeline could enhance the film's stakes, storytelling, and potential for impactful cameos.
X-Men '97 has made the possibility of the MCU's Fantastic Four taking place in an alternate universe all the more exciting. Aside from Deadpool & Wolverine, The Fantastic Four is perhaps the most anticipated project on the list of upcoming MCU movies. Little is known about the film aside from its core cast, though many theories have been concocted based on The Fantastic Four's early updates that included the first look at the titular team. Another MCU project that has received a great deal of hype aside from The Fantastic Four is X-Men '97.
As of X-Men '97 episode 10's ending and the season 1 finale, the show stands as the best-reviewed MCU project of all time on Rotten Tomatoes. Combined with the excitement for X-Men '97 season 2, the show has proven to get a lot of elements right for the mutant team's first Marvel Studios outing. One such element was the choice to set X-Men '97 in an alternate universe, the same one established in X-Men: The Animated Series, which makes the theory that The Fantastic Four will do the same all the more exciting.
Related 8 Clues Marvel's Fantastic Four Movie Is Set In A Different Universe To The MCU's Earth-616 There are a handful of exciting clues and teases that Marvel Studios" The Fantastic Four will be set in an alternate universe beyond Earth-616.
X-Men '97 Proved How Well Stories Can Work Without MCU World-Building Limitations The MCU's World-Building Can Sometimes Hinder Stories Concerning X-Men '97, the animated show proved that stories can work even better without having to adhere to the MCU's world-building. By being set in a different universe, X-Men '97 did not have to retroactively fit its story and characters into the already-established, extensive lore of the MCU. The story was simply allowed to exist on its own merits, without raising questions of why these events are not being noticed by MCU characters, something that has plagued other stories such as Eternals and The Marvels.
Your browser does not support the video tag. Why The Fantastic Four Taking Place In A Different Timeline Makes So Much Sense Custom Image by Kai Young Should The Fantastic Four also take place in a different universe to the mainline MCU, it can benefit in the same way X-Men '97 did. The film will immediately face less pressure to tie into the overall timeline of the MCU. If the film opens with the distinction that it takes place outside of Earth-616, all preconceived notions that the story will need to fit into the MCU's puzzle will be removed.
The Fantastic Four being set outside of the MCU also removes the need for the film to explore where the team has been in previous Earth-616 projects.
Furthermore, big, story-changing events could then take place in The Fantastic Four without the common question of why the Avengers are not helping being raised. Another thing that X-Men '97 proved Fantastic Four can benefit from is cameos. The former show included many cameos of established Marvel characters, though without the character arcs or storylines of MCU characters due to being set in another timeline. The Fantastic Four can utilize cameos in the same way, as fleeting moments without expecting major involvement in the story.
The final reason why the theory that The Fantastic Four takes place in another timeline makes sense connects to the film's villain. It has been confirmed that Galactus is the villain of Fantastic Four, a Marvel Comics being who devours planets. If The Fantastic Four takes place outside the MCU timeline, Galactus can win and devour Earth, forcing the titular team to the MCU's main timeline. A villain being actually threatening makes any story better, as X-Men '97 also proved with Magneto and Bastion.
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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 Seasons 1 Writers Beau DeMayo Directors Jake Castorena Creator(s) Beau DeMayo


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