X-Men ’97 intro eventually corrects opening credit error

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Fans of the Children of the Atom will enjoy both nostalgia and freshness in the first intro for X-Men ’97, which also corrects an error from the original show’s opening. The revamped theme tune plays as the well-known scene of Storm, Rogue, and the Blackbird soaring above the X-Men title card opens the new intro. The character introductions are then presented to the audience, with Jean Grey and Storm coming after Cyclops and before Wolverine and Rogue. Bishop and Morph are both present in these moments; the latter fires an energy beam at invisible adversaries after taking a few hits from energy blasts, while the former transforms into their new form while avoiding them.

Later on, additional iconic moments surface, such Cyclops using his eye beams to demolish robots and Rogue throwing a Sentinel that had captured her. The last scene, however, features Magneto and his fellow villains—Avalanche, Sabretooth, Mystique, Pyro, Lady Deathstrike, Emma Frost, and The Juggernaut—running towards the X-Men as the title card reappears and the electricity that emanates from it forms the “97” part. This is followed by a spooky scene in which Morph is confronted by and fires at a shadowy Mr. Sinister, whose laugh can be heard before the final scene. The heroes and villains charge at each other before crashing, much to how the original show’s opening credits ended. This is one place where the original version of the story departs, with Thunderbird racing among the bad guys in an unusual way accompanied by an enigmatic figure with a pink head. Since Thunderbird is a hero, this has perplexed a lot of series fans and fueled rumours that the character was supposed to be a villain. X-Men ’97 corrects this error by introducing Lady Deathstrike and Emma Frost in place of Thunderbird and the pink-headed guy.

Regarding the theme tune, series consultant Eric Lewald stated in 2022 that “Marvel Studios wasn’t necessarily set in stone when it came to the theme song for X-Men: The Animated Series.” The rights were dispersed throughout. It was a negotiation for them, I believe, as they were the secondary party with the music rights. It goes without saying that you need that tune to perform the new show. However, I’m convinced the price was high since the person selling it knew the same thing.” Regarding X-Men ’97, former showrunner Beau DeMayo explored how the project will carry on the narrative of X-Men: The Animated Series. “Every design choice is actually a clue to the storylines we’re doing,” said DeMayo. “There is no arbitrariness. Throwing the X-Men back to a period when they are deliberating about what aspects of this they want to retain was the second motivation. Was life back then really easier, or were we simply more innocent?” In keeping with that, DeMayo said in 2023 that “Graduation Day,” the swan song from X-Men: The Animated Series, would take place “about several months after Professor X left Earth after being shot by Henry Gyrich.”

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