‘X-Men’ Officially Join Marvel Universe, Makes Big Character Change

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Michael Fassbender as Magneto

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The X-Men are officially joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but you won’t believe who’s leading the team as they bump shoulders with the Avengers and more.

X-Men Wolverine, Storm, Rogue, Mystique, Nightcrawler
Credit: Marvel Studios

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The Marvel Collection and Marvel Cinematic Universe are expanding like never before, with San Diego Comic-Con 2022 ushering in new series like Spider-Man: Freshman Year, Marvel’s Zombies, and X-Men ’97.

While Marvel fans stumble over the big news of Freshman Year, the X-Men have made a massive change to their lineup:

Magneto will be the leader of the X-Men in ‘X-MEN 97’.

No longer will Professor Charles Xavier be leading the X-Men, as his long-time adversary Max Eisenhardt/Magneto will be taking the lead.

More on the series include:

Magneto will lead the X-Men in ‘X-Men ’97,’ premiering fall 2023 with S2 ordered

Characters include the core team plus Cable, Bishop, Forge, Morph, Nightcrawler, Sunspot, White Queen, Sebastian Shaw, Callisto, & Val Cooper

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The world of Marvel is in a shake-up with confirmation of the mutants finally joining the collection of Marvel titles on Disney+.

Whether or not the ’97 series is officially canon has yet to be confirmed by Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige. They are preparing to introduce the most extensive slate of the Marvel era on Saturday at Comic-Con:

First look at ‘X-MEN 97’, releasing in fall 2023 on Disney+ #SDCC

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This new series also features a change-up of the original X-Men lineup:

Sunspot, Cable, Bishop and Nightcrawler are among the new additions in ‘X-MEN 97’

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X-Men ’97 is hitting Disney+ in the Fall, but Marvel has yet to announce an official release date.

Official X-Men ’97 Description:

Cheers erupted when Brad Winderbaum spoke fondly of the legacy of “X-Men: The Animated Series” and presented a sizzle reel featuring cast and creatives from the popular ‘90s animated show. “X-Men ‘97” writer and executive producer Beau DeMayo then spoke about the new series, shared artwork, and presented an animatic AV piece. DeMayo also mentioned that the show will use the original “X-Men” theme music. A second season was also announced.

“X-MEN ’97” is an animated series from Marvel Studios that explores new stories in the iconic ’90s timeline of the original series. Beau DeMayo is executive producer and head writer.

“X-Men ’97”” will begin streaming exclusively on Disney+ Fall 2023.

Ian McKellen as Erik Lehnsherr AKA Magneto in Fox' X-Men Film X3
Credit: 20th Century Fox Pictures

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The Marvel Universe is becoming much more than iconic characters/Earth’s Mightiest Heroes like Star-Lord/Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and Thanos (Josh Brolin).

Tom Holland’s Avenger is leading the way for Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomers Kate BishopMs. Marvel/Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac), Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn), She-Hulk (Tatiana Maslany), Eternals’ Thena (Angelina Jolie), and more — especially with his next Spider-Man trilogy that’s currently in the works.

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