Disney+ Delivers with ‘X-Men ’97’

Disney+ has brought back the beloved ’90s classic, “X-Men: The Animated Series,” with “X-Men ’97,” and it doesn’t disappoint. The revival, picking up from where the original series left off, introduces a new generation to the iconic mutants while satisfying long-time fans with its faithful continuation.

The show’s premiere seamlessly integrates new elements, like the passing of Professor Xavier and the rise of mutant acceptance, while maintaining the essence of the original series. The return of familiar voices, including Cal Dodd as Wolverine and Lenore Zann as Rogue, alongside new talent, ensures that the characters remain true to their roots.

The writing, led by Beau DeMayo, strikes a delicate balance between catering to longtime fans and welcoming new viewers. While some familiarity with the characters and their dynamics is assumed, the series manages to provide enough context to keep everyone engaged.

Visually, “X-Men ’97” is a step up from its predecessor, blending the classic ’90s aesthetic with modern animation techniques. The action sequences are a highlight, showcasing the team’s powers in spectacular fashion.

Overall, “X-Men ’97” is a worthy continuation of the beloved series. With its blend of nostalgia and fresh storytelling, it’s sure to please fans old and new alike.

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