We might not see any live-action counterparts entering the MCU over the next while (or will we...?), but that doesn't mean we won't be getting some X-Men goodness on our screens in the near future.
'X-Men '97' will see some of our favourite superheroes from the '90s get a revival series, which is set to pick up right where the original animated series ended.
Originally spanning five seasons totalling 76 episodes, 'The Animated Series' featured in many '80s and '90s' kids top 10 animations from the decade. The last we saw of the mutants, Professor Xavier was taken into space by Empress Lilandra in the hopes that he could be saved by the Shi'Ar Empire.
The revival series was first announced on Disney+ Day back in November, and now, thanks to a recent YouTube interview we now have been gifted some brand new information on what to expect. Husband and wife team Eric and Julia Lewald, two of the creators behind the original animation, have joined the revival series alongside original director Larry Houston as consulting producers.
The consulting producers shared some new information on 'X-Men '97', revealing that the first season will be made up of ten episodes and will premiere in mid-2023.
Eric Lewald said: "They want it to be an extension [of the original series]. Whoever it is doing this new show is going to make it their own, no matter who is involved in it. There is great love and affection and respect from an entire group of people that are doing this show, starting at the top with Beau DeMayo, who's the showrunner."
DeMayo was a producer on Netflix's live-action series 'The Witcher' and was also a writer and producer on its animated spin-off 'The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf'.
Lewald continued that the revival will "build off of" the season five finale: "I believe they're looking at 10 episodes for the first season that's going to come out mid-next year. They're starting it soon after ours ended... 'Where is [Professor X?]'"
Lewald also gave a brief update on the styling of the animation, which, as we can see from the promotional image released, has been given an update. They said: "But really, it's their show. You can tell by the design. It's the same but slightly modernized, slightly a bit more beautiful, five times the money spent on it. Not that we're bitter (laughs)."
The majority of the original voice cast will be returning to their mutants, including Cal Dodd as Wolverine, Lenore Zann as Rogue, George Buza as Beast, Alison Sealy-Smith as Storm, Chris Potter as Gambit, Catherine Disher as Jean Grey, Adrian Hough as Nightcrawler and Christopher Britton as the heinous Mister Sinister. Alyson Court, who originally played Jubilee, will not return to the character. Instead, she will play another role, to pave the way for a "talented young Asian actor".
Watch all five seasons of the 'X-Men' animated series on Disney+.