‘X-Men ’97’ Episode 5’s Shocking Deaths Explained

Are they dead for good?

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X-Men ’97 may have just killed off two of its most beloved characters. However, episode 5 may not be as straightforward as fans think.

Episode 5 of X-Men ’97 rattled fans to their core, with the final moments seemingly killing off two fan-favorite characters from the cast. Following Genosha’s official status with the United Nations being confirmed, Sentinels attacked the country, leaving many mutants fighting for their life.

This fight included two of the most beloved characters in X-Men ’97. The first to go was Magneto, who seemingly killed with Leech in an explosive energy blast. In the final moments of the episode, Gambit also sacrifices himself to take down the Sentinel, with Rogue holding his corpse and saying the soul-wrenching line “Sugar, I can’t feel you.”

X-Men ’97 May Be Faking Out Marvel Deaths

While it’s entirely possible episode 5 was the end of the iconic characters, comic book properties can never be trusted to keep characters dead. X-Men ’97 notably didn’t show Magneto or Leech’s bodies. Given a similar event from the comics had Magneto saved by Morlocks after his seeming death, it’s possible the villain survived the attack.

Gambit’s death in episode 5 is much harder to explain away given Rogue’s confirmation of his passing. However, that doesn’t mean a version of him can’t come back. X-Men ’97 already has a precedent for alternate versions of characters with Abscissa being a variant of Jubilee.

It’s possible Gambit lives on as the New Sun, a version of the character made of pure energy. Comic book fans may also see confirmation that Witness is a Gambit variant, serving as a temporal anomaly and potential multiverse anchor for the series.

Stay tuned for the latest news on X-Men ’97 and the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Anthony Singletary

Anthony Singletary

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