As the Marvel Cinematic Universe enters Phase 4 and beyond, Marvel Studios has opened a branch of its studio entirely dedicated to streaming. The outfit launched its first anime series with What if…? last year, a series residing entirely within the canon of the overall franchise. In fact, one of the characters appearing in this particular anime series would be making their live debut this week during the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Also on Marvel Studios’ release slate is X-Men ’97a direct continuation of the beloved X-Men: The Animated Series of the 1990s.
Since this series is a continuation, would it still be considered part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? This would then, of course, The animated series cannon too. According to an extensive interview with The Direct‘97 Head Writer Beau DeMayo says fans will just have to tune into the series to find out.
“The only thing I can say about it is I know sometimes we say ‘No comment’ and it’s like ‘They’re just being stubborn’,” said the Moon Knight former student told the website. “I’m going to go without comment here because part of the surprise will be finding out when you experience the show.”
He added: “I can’t talk about marketing, but I think there’s a degree of…you’ll ask that question.”
Longtime Marvel Studios producer Brad Winderbaum is now the head of Marvel Studios Animation, and in our last chat with him, he said the plans for the outfit would “wow viewers.”
“I mean, you’re completely free of any kind of rules, which is both the most exciting and the most intimidating thing about it, because then you have to make your own rules,” he continued. . “But I mean, it’s really, in many ways, the purest interpretation of the imagination of the people behind it. There’s an element of chaos in all things. There’s an element of chaos in the animation. Definitely a major factor in live-action. Moviemaking is chaos. And how things don’t go to plan and how you end up with a completely different set of tools than you think you have. In an animation, start working with this infinite canvas where anything you desire can be achieved. And if you can design it, you can do it. If you can dream it, you can do it.
X-Men ’97 has not yet set a release date.
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