10 Great X-Men "97 Details You Probably Missed

  • X-Men '97 maintains the beloved 90s series' storylines and attention to detail, guaranteeing a promising season 2.
  • The show's impressive Easter eggs, including old animation mistakes and background romances, offer fans a truly layered narrative.
  • Details like character replacements in opening credits and subtle nods to classic X-Men moments make for an engaging viewing experience.
X-Men ’97 boasts a wealth of fascinating details that either hint at the show’s unfolding narrative or honor its mighty precursor, X-Men: The Animated Series. Marvel’s X-Men ’97 maintained not only the storylines from the beloved 1990s series, but also its impressive attention to detail. X-Men ’97 includes a plethora of Easter eggs, featuring hidden messages, subtle background events, and intentional mistakes that truly demonstrate the show’s impressively layered narrative.
X-Men ’97 reunited the powerful mutant line-up from the beloved 1990s animated series, recommencing the narrative just months after the original ended in 1997. The series has proven so promising that X-Men ’97 season 2 was planned before the first season even aired. Part of the show's immense success is due to the exceptional capacity for including small but poignant moments and details, which truly proves just how much love went into producing X-Men '97 season 1.
Related 10 Characters X-Men '97 Has Done Better Than The Movies X-Men ’97 boasts some of the greatest depictions of Marvel’s mutants, many of which surpass their live-action counterparts in the X-Men movies.
10 X-Men '97 Repeated An Old X-Men: TAS Animation Mistake See X-Men '97 Season 1, Episodes 1-5 Close X-Men ’97 has intentionally recreated an old animation error from X-Men: The Animated Series. In the iconic opening sequence for X-Men: TAS, Gambit charges four playing cards with kinetic energy before hurling them at the screen. These are the ace of spades, clubs, diamonds, and hearts.
The spades pip is upside-down in the X-Men: TAS opening credits, with the point facing downwards rather than up. In X-Men ‘97’s revamped opening credits, Gambit’s playing cards are updated with a stylish border and larger central suit pip. Yet in X-Men ’97, the spade pip is still upside down.
This serves as an extremely subtle Easter egg for eagle-eyed viewers and a delightful callback to the original. The moment is not only an affectionate nod to even the mistake of the original series, but also truly demonstrates the attention to detail X-Men ’97 has repeatedly proffered in honoring its X-Men: TAS legacy.
9 Jean Grey Was Replaced By Madelyne Pryor In The X-Men '97 Opening Credits See X-Men '97 Season 1, Episodes 1-3 Close A thrilling and early revelation in X-Men ’97 was that a clone had replaced Jean Grey. The X-Men learned of this development in episode 3 “Fire Made Flesh,” after the real Jean dramatically returned in episode 2. The clone, later named Madelyne Pryor, soon leaves the X-Men and Jean Grey’s position is restored.
This narrative is also reflected in the X-Men ’97 opening credits. Throughout the first three X-Men ‘97 episodes, it is actually Madelyne Pryor who appears alongside Jean Grey’s title card. The difference is subtle, only truly noticeable after the fact – much like Madelyne Pryor herself.
Madelyne is depicted in these opening credits with long flowing hair coming out the top of her costume. After Jean reclaims her place in the X-Men team, the X-Men ’97 adaptive credits change to match. Jean appears with her original X-Men: TAS hair, which forms a long ponytail from the top of her costume.
8 Sunspot's Introduction In X-Men '97 Mirrored Jubilee's In X-Men: TAS See X-Men '97 Season 1, Episode 1 "To Me, My X-Men" Close Roberto Da Costa was introduced in X-Men ’97 as the new audience surrogate. Viewers were reacquainted with the mutant world as Roberto was introduced to the X-Men team. This was the role that Jubilee served in the original X-Men: TAS.
There were several parallels throughout X-Men ’97 season 1, episode 1 “To Me, My X-Men” that signaled this. Both mutants were saved by the X-Men after being pursued by Sentinels. Later, both young characters awake in the Xavier mansion's basement and encounter the Beast reciting poetry.
However, it is in the opening credits that this is made even more explicit. During the original X-Men: TAS credits, Jubilee is chased by humans and is trapped by a chain-link fence. As X-Men ’97 continues, this scene is introduced into the opening credits but with Roberto instead, cementing his position as the new audience perspective.
7 X-Men '97 Included A Tiny Background Romance See X-Men '97 Season 1, Episode 5 "Remember It" & Episode 7 "Bright Eyes" Close X-Men ’97 episode 5 “Remember It” depicted a shocking and heartbreaking mutant massacre on the island of Genosha. Several mutants died during X-Men '97's “Remember It,” including some classic and beloved X-Men characters. However, one of the most tragic narratives occurred in the background.
During “Remember It,” a young mutant couple can be seen arriving at Genosha and embracing. Later, the couple appears behind Rogue and Gambit in the Genosha market. The couple is then not seen again, though the harrowing outcome is confirmed two episodes later.
In X-Men ’97 episode 7 “Bright Eyes,” a television news broadcast is reporting on the Sentinel attack on Genosha. Footage from Genosha depicts the young blonde mutant from the couple cradling her head in grief next to a pile of rubble, presumably mourning the death of her partner. This is confirmed by the blue bandanna on her wrist which was previously worn by her paramour.
6 Bastion Secretly Appeared Throughout X-Men '97 See X-Men '97 Season 1, Episodes 1, 2, 4, 5, & 6 Close Bastion was revealed in X-Men ’97 episode 7 “Bright Eyes” as the villainous mastermind behind many of the season’s events. The most notable of these was the Sentinel attack on Genosha in episode 5. It is also revealed that Bastion was behind the recommencement of the Sentinel program.
While this served as a surprising development in “Bright Eyes,” Bastion has secretly appeared in most episodes. X-Men ‘97’s original writer Beau DeMayo confirmed Bastion’s secret appearances via a post on Twitter/X, in which he stated that “Bastion has been manipulating things all along.” Bastion can be seen first when Madelyne Pryor scans Henry Gyrich’s mind and sees a young child draws a burning Xavier mansion.
In episode 2, Bastion is seen from behind, sitting next to Valerie Cooper in a war room discussing Magneto with military generals. In episode 4, Bastion appears in a photograph in Forge’s house, with his arm around a soldier. Finally, during X-Men ’97 episode 5, Bastion walks past the camera moments before the Sentinels attack.
5 The Prime Sentinels Were Hidden In The X-Men '97 Opening Credits See X-Men '97 Season 1, Episode 1 "To Me, My X-Men" Close After Bastion activated his Prime Sentinels in X-Men ’97 episode 8 “Tolerance is Extinction - Part 1,” it was revealed that the mutant-hunting robots were human hybrids. Moreover, the human population was secretly filled with Prime Sentinels, waiting to be activated. Interestingly, this pervasive presence even extends to the X-Men ’97 opening credits.
During the X-Men ’97 credits sequence, a group of humans runs towards the screen, as the X-Men and a troupe of X-Men villains face each other in battle. These humans are seemingly trapped between the warring factions, all while Sentinels loom overhead. However, these five human characters later appear in X-Men 97 “Tolerance is Extinction - Part 1,” where they’re revealed as Prime Sentinels.
Each of these Prime Sentinels can be identified through their distinctive clothing, with most of them taking part in the assault on the Xavier mansion. The Prime Sentinels’ presence has therefore been subtly indicated in every episode of X-Men ’97, demonstrating their omnipresent nature, succinctly reflecting the X-Men’s ethos of protecting those who hate and fear them.
4 Storm Received An Updated Intro After Regaining Her Powers See X-Men '97 Season 1, Episode 9 "Tolerance Is Extinction - Part 2" Close Storm’s narrative throughout X-Men ’97 primarily concerned her quest to regain her powers. As such, she left the main X-Men team in season 1, episode 2 “Mutant Liberation begins.” Following this, Storm’s title card was absent from the X-Men ’97 opening credits for several episodes.
Storm returned to the team and the opening credits in episode 9 “Tolerance is Extinction - Part 2” - only this time sporting a new black outfit. Storm’s former title card in X-Men ’97 reflected her X-Men: TAS costume. This was white with silver and yellow accents – though Storm was given her famed Mohawk from the 1980s.
Upon returning with her powers, Storm appears in the opening credits wearing her classic black outfit from her debut appearance in Giant Size X-Men #1. This costume functions as a celebration of her past as she evolves. Including this costume honors her comic book legacy and was a thrilling callback to the source material.
3 X-Men '97 Recalled Classic X-Men: TAS Lines See X-Men '97 Season 1, Episode 1 "To Me, X-Men" & Episode 5 "Remember It" Close X-Men ’97 is littered with subtle nods to the original X-Men: TAS. The first episode, “To Me, My X-Men,” included a delightful callback to the first X-Men: TAS episode “Night of the Sentinels - Part 1,” in which Cyclops feigns surrender before sarcastically yelling “Not!” and unleashes her powerful optic blasts to destroy the Sentinels.
The other notable example is several references to Gambit's introduction in X-Men: TAS’s “Night of the Sentinels.” In the original episode, Gambit declares to the Sentinels in battle, “The name’s Gambit, mon ami. Remember it!”. Gambit repeats this line during his noble sacrifice in X-Men ’97 season 1, episode 5, which was titled “Remember It.”
Rogue later repeats the line while fighting Bastion in the season finale, “Tolerance is Extinction – Part 3,” where she says, “His name was Gambit. Remember It!” These scenes honor Gambit’s status as the firm fan-favourite from the original series and highlights his noble sacrifice. Even in death, Gambit proves himself to be a defiant and iconic warrior.
2:21 Related X-Men '97 Finally Gets Cyclops' Powers Right For The First Time In 61 Years X-Men ’97 has finally proffered an accurate portrayal of Cyclops and his powers, which has been notably absent since his creation in 1963.
2 X-Men '97 Replicated Rogue's Classic X-Men Video Game Moves See X-Men '97 Season 1, Episode 6 "Lifedeath - Part 2" Close After the Sentinel attack on Genosha in X-Men ’97 episode 5 “Remember It,” Rogue is overwhelmed by grief. She enacts a violent rampage, hoping to locate Henry Gyrich and Bolivar Trask. This is when she finds a military base overseen by General Thaddeus Ross.
During this, Rogue uses some new fighting techniques unseen thus far in X-Men ’97. As noted by Power of X-Men on Twitter/X, these moves are lifted directly from Rogue’s appearances in the classic fighting video games, Marvel Vs Capcom 2 and X-Men Vs Street Fighter. Rogue performs a flying kick as she falls; rolls into a ricocheting ball as she flies through the air; and lands on the floor with a force strong enough to form a crater.
Rogue uses these techniques to destroy a tank and break into the base – which General Ross notes was built to withstand the Hulk. Interestingly, X-Men ’97 had previously included X-Men video game references. In X-Men ’97 season 1, episode 4 “Motendo/Lifedeath - Part 1,” Jubilee was transported into a video game world based on the classic X-Men arcade game.
1 X-Men '97 Subtly Included X-Men: TAS Characters See X-Men '97 Season 1, Episode 5 "Remember It" & Episode 6 "Lifedeath - Part 2" Close X-Men ’97 features numerous incredible cameos from famed Marvel Comics characters. Swathes of classic mutants appeared throughout season 1, with many characters from X-Men: The Animated Series appearing, even if very briefly. Many mutants appear as background characters in X-Men ’97 “Remember It,” as residents of Genosha.
Later, in “Lifedeath - Part 2,” the X-Men hold a funeral for their fallen comrade, Gambit. Among the attendees are members of the Thieves Guild, including Gambit’s brother and ex-partner. None of these characters have any lines, but they appear prominently in X-Men: TAS episodes.
X-Men ’97 does this repeatedly, nonchalantly adding legacy characters who are relatively inconsequential to the plot yet are recognizable to those who remember X-Men: TAS well. Meanwhile, those who are less familiar, can still enjoy the story. This effectively demonstrates X-Men ‘97’s commitment to intricately layered narratives that celebrate its predecessor’s impressive legacy while bringing it into the modern era.
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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 Franchise(s) X-Men Writers Beau DeMayo Directors Jake Castorena Expand Sources: Beau DeMayo, Power of X-Men


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