X-Men '97 retells Wolverine's most traumatic experience

X-Men '97 ripped out more than hearts in episode 9 as the show retells Wolverine’s brutal torture at the hands of Magneto.
Wolverine (voiced by Cal Dodd) in Marvel Animation's X-MEN '97. Photo courtesy of Marvel Animation. © 2024 MARVEL.
Wolverine (voiced by Cal Dodd) in Marvel Animation's X-MEN '97. Photo courtesy of Marvel Animation. © 2024 MARVEL. /

During episode 9 of X-Men 97, Cyclops, Charles Xavier, Jubilee, and Nightcrawler venture to Magneto’s base to plead with Erik Lehnsherr to fix the damage he’s done to Earth in episode 8. Of course, he says no. After everything that happened in Genosha, Magneto was done trying to reform. During their fight, however, Logan sneaks up on Magneto and stabs him with his claws. This leads to Magneto saying their feud is over as he rips the adamantium from Logan’s bones.

It was a shocking moment that was similar to what happened during X-Men: Fatal Attractions in Marvel Comics. During that story, Charles Xavier, Jean Grey, Rogue, Gambit, Quicksilver, and Wolverine teleported into Magneto’s base (Avalon), and while the villain was fighting Quicksilver, Wolverine stealthily approached him. The distraction allowed Logan to stab Magneto with his claws. Unfortunately, Wolverine took it too far, as the Master of Magnetism told Logan, “Our long association, my most visceral enemy, my most respected foe–is over!” Then, with little effort, Magneto rips the metal off Logan’s bones through his skin.

Fans are witnessing something special during X-Men '97. The creative team has taken everything people love from the original show and added more moments from the Marvel Comics. It started with Storm losing her powers and Madelyn Pryor giving birth to Nathan Summers (who later became Cable). As the show continued, little hints to the source material were used. Episode 9 retelling Wolverine's trauma from X-Men: Fatal Attractions is another example of that.

If this is anything like the comics, things are about to get worse for mutants. Xavier is going to retaliate by taking Magneto’s mind from him. At the time, readers didn’t know that Erik’s hatred went into Xavier and created something devastating and destructive. Something so cruel it made the Juggernaut cry. Readers, Onslaught could be on his way.

Stay tuned to Bam Smack Pow to see if that happens. 

How to read X-Men: Fatal Attractions

  •  X-Factor No. 92
  •  X-Force No. 25
  •  Uncanny X-Men No. 304
  •  X-Men No. 25
  • Wolverine (vol. 2) No. 75
  •  Excalibur No71

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