Disney+ has released a brand-new trailer for the X-Men: The Animated Series, reminding us all why the show is so fondly remembered all these years later. The animated series, which is now streaming on the service, is sure to get fans feeling nostalgic, excited to sit down and experience this sweeping X-Men epic from beginning to end and let the blisteringly beautiful theme tune once again thunder into their eardrums. The new trailer is also further fueling rumors of a reboot.
X-Men: The Animated Series debuted nearly thirty years ago on October 31, 1992 on the Fox Kids Network and features a line-up and look that is very typical of that era of Marvel comic books. At the beginning of the series, the X-Men are made up of several familiar faces including Cyclops, Wolverine, Rogue, Storm, Beast, Gambit, Jubilee, Jean Grey, as well as an original character, Morph, all led by their wise and powerful leader, Professor Xavier.
The first season of the show brings the X-Men into conflict with human conspirators building the mutant-exterminating robots known as Sentinels, as well as Magneto and his attempts to instigate a human-mutant war. As the show progresses, more and more villains are introduced, including the powerful mutant Apocalypse, Mister Sinister, and the cosmic force, the Phoenix, which merges with Jean Grey and eventually turns her into the malevolent and powerful Dark Phoenix.
The series is not afraid to utilize some of the more outlandish settings and storylines from the source material, but also manages to tackle a lot of big issues such as the Holocaust, the AIDS crisis, divorce, religion, and even simply feelings of isolation and loneliness.
The series has been largely out of circulation for years but is remembered as one of the best examples of 90s children's television, and has now found new life on Disney+, with already existing fans likely to flock to the show, as well as new fans lucky to discover it for the first time.
X-Men: The Animated Series has garnered a passionate following over the years, something that was recently addressed by star Lenore Zann. "It took years before we found out really what a success the show was," Zann, who plays Rogue in the series, said during a recent interview about the show's legacy. "And now, just having done a few Comic-Cons over the last year before Covid, it's so heartwarming and emotionally overwhelming really to see the love that the fans have for our show and the characters."
Speculation has circulated for years regarding a revival, something that was discussed back in August by producer and director Larry Houston. "We've had talks, but that's about it. We've made conversation and it's up to them to make the decision, but we've let them know that we're all available for whatever they want to do in the future."
Houston, who describes himself as "semi-retired," then added that X-Men: The Animated Series is the one show he would come out of retirement for. "If we could do a special, a one-off episode, or a five-part episode.... whatever they wanted to do if we had all the original team. That's what I would come out of retirement for," he teased.
Well, should X-Men: The Animated Series prove to be popular now that it's streaming, fans could end up getting the revival they have wanted for so long. Of course, the X-Men have since starred on the big screen in live action, and while we all wait for the characters to make their Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, X-Men: The Animated Series is now streaming on Disney+.