Marvel Studios is currently working on its upcoming X-Men reboot, which will bring the iconic mutant team into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, a new rumor suggests that Wolverine won’t be a member of the MCU’s X-Men.
Details have been sparse about Marvel Studios’ plans for the X-Men in the MCU, likely because they likely won’t be playing a large role until the Multiverse Saga ends. However, with Disney now seeking out writers to begin developing the reboot, some details have been leaked online. This includes the fact that Wolverine, perhaps the most famous X-Men, won’t be on the team for the film.
Fans of the X-Men comics shouldn’t be shocked at this revelation. While Wolverine is certainly the biggest mutant that Marvel Studios owns, he wasn’t a founding member of the team, not joining until the spiritual reboot in the comics with Giant-Size X-Men Issue #1. It’s also likely Hugh Jackman’s legendary tenure as the character contributes to their reluctance to recast the mutant for the MCU.
What can fans expect from X-Men ’97?
The final episode of the original series saw the X-Men saying goodbye to Charles Xavier as he left with Lilandra to visit the Shi’Ar homeworld. X-Men ’97 will pick up where the original series left off and promises to feature some of the most iconic villains from the X-Men universe, including Mister Sinister, Emma Frost, Sebastian Shaw, Callisto and Valerie Cooper.
Fans can look forward to the return of some of their favorite voice actors from the original series, including Cal Dodd, Lenore Zann, George Buza, Adrian Hough, Christopher Britton, Catherine Disher, Chris Potter, Alison Sealy-Smith, and Alyson Court. In addition, X-Men ’97 will include the voice talents of Jennifer Hale, Anniwaa Buachie, Ray Chase, Matthew Waterson, JP Karliak, Holly Chou, Jeff Bennett and AJ LoCascio.
X-Men ’97 was originally slated to premiere in the fall of 2022, but has been pushed back with no official release date. With Marvel reducing its Disney Plus output, X-Men ’97 is now expected to debut sometime in 2024.
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