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News movies & tv series 02 April 2024, 00:46

Do You Need to Watch X-Men: The Animated Series Before X-Men '97?

X-Men '97 has already debuted on Disney+. Should you watch X-Men: The Animated Series before watching the new series? We explain it.

Source: X-Men ’97, Beau DeMayo, Marvel Animated, 2024 / X-Men: The Animated Series, Eric Lewald, Sidney Iwanter and Mark Edens, Fox, 1992

X-Men '97, as it is well known by now, is a continuation of the 1990s cartoon titled X-Men: The Animated Series. The production, which debuted in 1992 and ended in 1997, consists of 5 seasons, having 13-19 episodes each. That's a lot of material, but do you need to catch up before watching the new animated series, which is available on Disney+?

X-Men '97 depicts the further fate of the popular group of mutants after the death of Professor X. The heroes must face new challenges and cope without the help of their mentor. And since it's a direct sequel to the '90s production, does that mean you should know it in order to watch X-Men '97?

Fortunately for many people, X-Men '97 can easily be watched without knowing X-Men: The Animated Series. The new TV series does a good job of explaining key issues to viewers that they may not know due to not having seen the previous production, or simply not remembering them because they watched the '90s TV show many years ago.

Besides, X-Men: The Animated Series also throws viewers into the middle of the action at the beginning. We start the adventure with an already built team that has its own history, so there's really an analogous situation, which makes it all the more obvious that starting with X-Men '97 won't be a mistake. Especially since any ambiguities are clarified in the TV series.

And if anyone wants to know what took place in X-Men: The Animated Series, but doesn't have time to catch up on the whole thing, they can watch a recap of the entire animated series. One has even been made available by Marvel and you can find it below.

Edyta Jastrzebska

Edyta Jastrzebska

A graduate of journalism and social communication as well as cultural studies. She started at as one of the newspeople in the films department. Currently she oversees the Gamepressure movie&TV newsroom. She excels in the field of film and television, both in reality-based and fantasy themes. Keeps up with industry trends, but in her free time she prefers to watch less known titles. Has a complicated relationship with popular ones, which is why she only gets convinced about many of them when the hype around them subsides. Loves to spend her evenings not only watching movies, series, reading books and playing video games, but also playing text RPGs, which she has been into for several years.