X-Men ‘97 is a direct follow-up of the 1990-based  X-Men: The Animated Series. The first episode of X-Men: The Animated Series premiered in October 1992 and after completing a five-season run, the series came to a halt in September 1997. The upcoming television-based animated series is created by Beau DeMayo. The production of the upcoming animated series was announced back in November 2021.

X-Men ’97
X-Men ’97

Not many people know that Kevin Feige had two conditions for the development of X-Men ’97.

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Kevin Feige Had Only Two Conditions For The Development Of X-Men ’97

During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, X-Men ’97’s executive producer Brad Winderbaum spoke about the upcoming animated series. Winderbaum revealed the two conditions Kevin Feige had for the development of X-Men ’97 after the success of What If..? He said-

So, following the success of What If…? when we were able to make more animated shows, it was my first idea out of the box. And Kevin [Feige] was like, “Alright, if we can get the cast and we can get the song, let’s do it.” And fortunately, we were able to do that.

X-Men: The Animated Series

While talking about how the original series X-Men: The Animated Series influenced the upcoming animated series, Brad Winderbaum mentioned-

It really came from a place of passion and love, to be honest with you. I would rank [X-Men: The Animated Series] near the top of the most influential stories to me, personally, and to so many creative minds that have come through these doors. It comes up in conversation constantly, and I don’t think it could be understated how quietly influential that original series has been to filmmakers of a certain kind at a certain time.

X-Men ’97 would be premiered on March 20, 2o24 under unusual circumstances as almost a week before the debut, creator Beau DeMayo was fired by Marvel.

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X-Men ’97 EP Brad Winderbaum Talks About The Quality Over Quantity Concept For Marvel Projects

During the promotion of X-Men ’97, executive producer Brad Winderbaum spoke about the concept of quality over quantity for the upcoming Marvel projects. As the streaming head of the Marvel Studios Winderbaum was asked whether he is picky about the streaming platforms now. He said-

Yes, certainly the world has shifted. The original idea was that we could create whatever we wanted to launch Disney+ and to have a home for new Marvel ideas to take place. And now we do have to be a little bit more judicious with our choices. But one thing that’s liberating about television is, because it’s a longer form it takes place over more time, and is not just two hours, we are able to look at the Marvel characters and see how they can blossom in unexpected ways.

X-Men ’97
X-Men ’97

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He mentioned that taking risks and being experimental are equally important for learning and growth. Brad Winderbaum believes that it is important to create characters that are fun to watch and easier to connect with the audience. He said-

So we can still be a little bit more experimental and take some risks, but like anything else, you learn as you go. We’ve always known this, but one thing I’ve learned that’s really true is that the characters are still at the core of everything we do. Creating entertaining, fun-to-watch characters that can teach empathy and hold a mirror up to the audience and become an emotional conduit for people, that’s still our guiding principle.

The 10 episode based  X-Men ’97 premieres on March 20 on Disney+

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