X-Men ’97 showrunner Beau DeMayo shares his most important Marvel writers room rule in order to keep the show focused on appealing to fans.
With many already wondering whether it can be a worthy follow-up, X-Men ’97 showrunner Beau DeMayo shares his most important Marvel writers room rule. The upcoming Disney+ series will act as a revival of the X-Men: The Animated Series from the ’90s, which ended with Professor X heading off to the alien world of Shi’Ar with the mysterious Lilandra in the hopes of being cured of the illness brought upon him by anti-mutant government employee Henry Peter Gyrich. Having scored largely positive reviews during its run, X-Men: The Animated Series was considered as helping revive the comic book genre for multiple demographics, alongside the likes of the Spider-Man animated series and Batman: The Animated Series airing during the era.
Development on a revival of the series was announced in late 2021 with the title X-Men ’97 with Beau DeMayo, who previously worked with Marvel on Disney+’s Moon Knight and on The Witcher franchise, leading as the project’s head writer. Plot details have been kept largely under wraps for the show, save for the confirmation it will continue the story of the original X-Men: The Animated Series and will see most of the original cast reprising their roles, including Wolverine actor Cal Dodd, Lenore Zann, and more. Word has gone largely quiet on X-Men ’97 in the year since its announcement, though now, audiences are getting a promising update on its development.
In a recent Q&A session held on his Instagram, Beau DeMayo opened up about the development of Disney+’s X-Men ’97. When asked how he put his team together, the showrunner shared his most important Marvel writers room rule, believing all involved needed to be a fan of the original to work on the new series. See what DeMayo explained before.
In fall of 2020, Marvel’s head of streaming asked me to develop a take to revive this show. From there I pitched it out, was hired. My LP was the first hire, and he brought along all the amazing talent that followed. My general rule was you HAD to be a fan. No questions. I’ve been on shows – namely The Witcher – where some of the writers were not or actively disliked the books and games (even actively mocking the source material.) It’s a recipe for disaster and bad morale. Fandom as a litmus test checks egos, and makes all the long nights worth it. You have to respect the work before you’re allowed to add to its legacy.
Why X-Men ’97 Could Prove A Worthy Follow-Up
With DeMayo assuring that only fans of X-Men: The Animated Series work on the upcoming X-Men ’97, many audiences are sure to breathe a sigh of relief knowing the material is in the hands of those eager to see a worthy follow-up to its predecessor. Given nearly a year has passed since audiences last heard word about the show, some have felt wary about what to expect from the revival, with some even wondering whether it had fallen on the backburner at Marvel Studios. Though DeMayo might not have offered a more definitive update on how the show is progressing, his confirmation of only having those invested in the material leading the charge should come as a hopeful note.
While Marvel may have helped produce the original series, it will be interesting to see how their primary handling of X-Men ’97 changes the formula of the revival in the near future. With its predecessor having been primarily produced by Saban Entertainment and Fox Kids Network, any characters were prohibited from appearing due to rights issues, though with Marvel having reacquired nearly every characters’ rights they once sold off, the door is open for a variety of new characters to join the familiar faces. In the meantime, audiences can catch up with the original X-Men: The Animated Series streaming on DIsney+ now.