Ship ahoy: Why Wolverine and Morph are the X-Men '97 couple we've been waiting for

All aboard the Wolvie & Morph ship! Discover why this unexpected but totally epic romance could totally set the mutant world on fire.
(L-R): Wolverine (voiced by Cal Dodd) and Morph (voiced by JP Karliak) in Marvel Animation's X-MEN '97. Photo courtesy of Marvel Animation. © 2024 MARVEL.
(L-R): Wolverine (voiced by Cal Dodd) and Morph (voiced by JP Karliak) in Marvel Animation's X-MEN '97. Photo courtesy of Marvel Animation. © 2024 MARVEL. /

Alright folks, fasten your seatbelts and get your shipping goggles on because we’re diving headfirst into the romance that could shake up the X-Men universe - Wolverine and Morph.

Yes, you read it right. Shipping Wolverine and Morph isn’t just about seeing a new couple on the screen - it’s about breaking barriers and exploring the depths of friendship turning into love, something that adds layers to Wolverine’s character and gives Morph a storyline that resonates with so many fans out there.

Former X-Men '97 writer Beau DeMayo only added fire to my shipping with his latest tweet, confirming that Morph was totally confessing their love for Logan in the X-Men '97 finale, and it’s about damn time we all get on board with this ship.

Marvel Studios dropped a real bombshell in March 2024, when they announced that Beau DeMayo, the brain behind X-Men '97, would no longer be part of the project. This news came as a shocker, especially since DeMayo had just put the finishing touches on the scripts for season 2 and was already plotting out season 3. Talk about timing - the news broke just one day before the show’s premiere screening! So, what led to this unexpected breakup? Officially, Marvel Studios has been as tight-lipped as Wolverine on a secret mission. Unofficially, the rumor mill is buzzing like Cyclops's visor at full blast. According to the Hot Mic podcast, whispers suggest that DeMayo was "difficult to work with" and perhaps a little too much for the team. However, like any good X-Men story, take this with a grain of salt. On the record, Marvel Studios hasn’t spilled much. X-Men '97's executive producer, Brad Winderbaum, did touch on the subject in an Entertainment Weekly interview, hinting that while they parted ways, it wasn’t exactly a firing. He praised DeMayo’s passion and respect for the characters, suggesting that the scripts he wrote were nothing short of excellent and inspirational.

This one tweet sent waves through the fandom this morning, and it confirmed what many of us have been speculating, dreaming, and writing fanfic about: Morph's feelings for Wolverine aren't just about bromance; they've got all the trimmings of a full-blown romance. And why not? After the rollercoaster of emotions we witnessed in the finale, it’s clear there’s something special brewing between these two.

Cam, I don't buy it.

Think about it - Wolverine, with his gruff exterior and tough-guy persona, and Morph, the ever-charming shapeshifter with a knack for lightening the mood. They're like the mutant version of "opposites attract." Wolverine has always been the brooding type, battling inner demons and a tumultuous past, whereas Morph brings a sense of humor and light-heartedness that balances the scales.

In the thrilling conclusion of X-Men '97, Morph’s heartfelt confession was not just a throwaway line - it was a moment of vulnerability and truth, laying the groundwork for one of the most intriguing relationships in the X-Men saga. This isn’t just about adding a romantic subplot; it’s about deepening the character dynamics and exploring new emotional terrains in a universe that thrives on complexity and nuance. Also, it was an excellent cover using Jean Grey as a reason to say it.

"She can't say it, but I can. I love you, Logan. Stay with me."

For those who have been aboard this ship (among others) with myself and my buddy Mark Lynch for a while (one of us, one of us), this confirmation is like winning the lottery. But for the newcomers, let me paint you a picture: imagine all the adventures, the battles against villains, and those quiet moments on the Blackbird. Now, add in some heartfelt glances, protective instincts going into overdrive, and the occasional flirtatious banter - sounds epic, right?

With Beau DeMayo’s tweet stirring the pot, the next season of X-Men '97 is poised to delve deeper into this budding relationship. Will they face challenges? Absolutely. Will there be epic battles and tender moments wrapped up in a saga of mutant mayhem? You bet. And through it all, we’ll be here, cheering for Wolverine and Morph, the couple that could redefine superhero relationships.

So, to all my fellow shippers, let’s rally behind this duo with all our might. Whether you’re sketching fan art, spinning tales on fanfic forums, or simply tuning in with high hopes, there’s never been a better time to support the ultimate mutant romance. After all, in a world where anything can happen, why not root for a love story that’s as extraordinary as our heroes themselves?

Keep those shipping hearts ready, folks, because the love story of Wolverine and Morph is just beginning.

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