Some upcoming projects from Marvel Studios hit this quite the nostalgic sweet spot As X-Men ’97. Inspired by the unforgettable X-Men: The Animated Series which was set in the 1990s, the show “explores new stories in the iconic 90s timeline of the original series” and is coming to Disney+ in fall 2023. Which, as exciting as it may be, would be much less cool if the best part of the series was missing: the theme song.
Earlier this year at San Diego Comic-Con, writer and executive producer Beau DeMayo confirmed that X-Men ’97 will, indeed, use the original theme song. (He also screened a sizzle reel for the venue-only show, but you can read about it here.) And in a new interview, shows consultant Eric Lewald teased that this was no easy task.
“[The X-Men: The Animated Series theme song] wasn’t necessarily a done deal when they were producing the new show,” Lewald told Steel City Con. “The rights were everywhere. I think a secondary person had the rights to the music, so it was a negotiation for them. Obviously you can’t do the new show without that song… But the guy selling it knew the same thing so I’m sure it was a very high price. Whatever the cost of the song, it’s worth it. He sets the tone, the one we called “a nostalgic breath of the past.” The show must look like the original, and with this themeit will be.
As a reminder, X-Men ’97 takes place after the events of The animated series and will follow a new team of mutants, led by Magneto, fighting to save the world. The team will include the main characters from the original (Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Wolverine, Beast, Rogue, Gambit and Jubilee, voiced by the original cast)plus new additions like Sunspot, Cable, Nightcrawler, Forge, Bishop, and Morph.
You will be able to see the show next fall when it debuts on Disney+. A second season has already been greenlit. And, of course, we wouldn’t leave you without integrating that.
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