X-Men 97 season 2 is happening (and here's everything we know so far!)

X-Men '97 has been awesome and thankfully the series doesn't end after episode 10. Here's everything we know about season 2.
(L-R): Roberto Da Costa (voiced by Gui Agustini), Jubilee (voiced by Holly Chou), Gambit (voiced by AJ LoCascio), Cyclops (voiced by Ray Chase), Wolverine (voiced by Cal Dodd), Bishop (voiced by Isaac Robinson-Smith), Morph (voiced by JP Karliak), and Beast (voiced by George Buza) in Marvel Studios' X-MEN '97. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2024 MARVEL.
(L-R): Roberto Da Costa (voiced by Gui Agustini), Jubilee (voiced by Holly Chou), Gambit (voiced by AJ LoCascio), Cyclops (voiced by Ray Chase), Wolverine (voiced by Cal Dodd), Bishop (voiced by Isaac Robinson-Smith), Morph (voiced by JP Karliak), and Beast (voiced by George Buza) in Marvel Studios' X-MEN '97. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2024 MARVEL. /

X-Men '97 did more than become a hit show. It reminded people that Marvel Studios isn’t done making incredible content and superhero fatigue is not a thing. The Disney Plus show's creativity, beautiful animation, and connections to the source material have made it the comic book project of 2024. It may be the best show of the year. Period.

The project’s success will leave fans wondering what’s next. It’s easy to guess that Onslaught will be the next villain and that we should expect more guest appearances from Marvel heroes and villains. However, that’s only speculation.

Here’s everything that’s confirmed for season 2 of X-Men '97.

X-Men '97 season 2 is happening (and so is season 3!)

If you've completed the first season of X-Men '97 and want to know more about its future, we have some good news for you! Not only is season 2 happening, but a third has also been confirmed. Marvel Studios producer revealed to ComicBook.com earlier this year that production for the second season is on track and the third season is already in development. So prepare yourself for more adventures with Marvel's Mightiest Mutants!

This may have seemed obvious, but there’s much more to this than just the good news that the show will return for two more seasons. A third season already being on the horizon this far in advance means that Marvel Studios and Disney have faith in the project. It’s one thing to announce a sophomore season, it’s another to report a third (before that second season has even made it to screens).

In short, Marvel knows what’s coming and it’s worth putting money behind it. And after the response to the first season, you can see why they are investing in the show.

There is no release date for season 2 yet

While X-Men '97 will be back for a second season, there has been no official release date announced as of yet. It does, however, sound like it's going to be quite a while before there are more episodes released.

Brad Winderbaum spoke to Entertainment Weekly in March, revealing that he had seen "versions of animatics for the entire second season" but added that "when you're in that stage, there's a lot of work to do". With that in mind, we probably shouldn't be expecting new episodes to premiere in 2024. In fact, the first half of 2025 is probably off-limits as well, especially as it has now been confirmed that Daredevil: Born Again will be premiering on Disney Plus in March of that year (and running for nine episodes).

A safe bet would be the fourth quarter of 2025. 2026 would be too long a wait given that production has been ongoing for quite some time. X-Men fans have been craving new content for years. Waiting until 2026 would likely hurt the show’s momentum (looking at you, Invincible). Consistency is why streaming comic book shows like Harley Quinn and The Boys continue to do well.

It also helps that former showrunner Beau DeMayo had finished writing season 2. That means they’re ahead of the game.

Beau DeMayo’s influence will still be there in the second season

X-Men '97 showrunner Beau DeMayo was reportedly fired shortly before the first season of the show aired, and that understandably has left fans wondering what it means for the future of the show. But any potential creative changes won't come into effect until after season 2.

Marvel Studios' producer Brad Winderbaum confirmed that X-Men '97’s former showrunner Beau DeMayo had finished writing season 2 before he exited the show.

Fans will undoubtedly be happy to hear that after the response to the first season. His influence on X-Men '97 and his love of the X-Men made this series special. Despite exiting the show, DeMayo still promotes it and interacts with fans to discuss his writing process and what to read before watching the next episode. Knowing he at least finished writing season 2 means X-Men '97 should be just as good if not better than before.

X-MEN '97
(L-R): Beast (voiced by George Buza), Roberto Da Costa (voiced by Gui Agustini), Jubilee (voiced by Holly Chou), Cyclops (voiced by Ray Chase), Jean Grey (voiced by Jennifer Hale), Morph (voiced by JP Karliak), and Wolverine (voiced by Cal Dodd) in Marvel Animation's X-MEN '97. Photo courtesy of Marvel Animation. © 2024 MARVEL. /

Season 2 voice cast

The right voice actors for an animated project are important. It doesn’t matter how good a story is if you don’t like the voice. An odd sound from a character will take anyone out of a cartoon. Thankfully, X-Men ‘97’s cast is superb - and all of them proved that in the first season. Many of them were returnees from X-Men: The Animated Series (such as Cal Dodd and Lenore Zann), but those who joined the previously established actors on the show were equally as impressive.

As reported by Screen Rant, only three voice actors have thus far confirmed their involvement. They are Cal Dodd (Wolverine), Lenore Zann (Rogue), and Lawrence Bayne (Carl Denti / X-Cutioner). With everything that’s happened so far, it’s good to know that Wolverine and Rogue will return. However, we don't know how many episodes they're in or the context. They could appear in flashbacks.

It's likely that the majority of the cast will return to reprise their roles. The show is, after all, called X-Men '97 and it wouldn't be right if the vast majority of the beloved X-Men characters didn't return to the show. With that, we should expect most cast members to return (and more of them will likely confirm it as the wait for season 2 begins).

The Newton Brothers will return for season 2

The iconic intro theme of X-Men: The Animated Series is classic. Fans were hoping that X-Men '97 would be able to replicate that with an equally iconic song. Thankfully, the new remix for the continuation series is just as good. You may skip the recap, but not the intro. Not only would you miss key things before the show starts (like uniform changes and new characters featured in the opening titles, but the music itself is incredible. We have the Newton Brothers to thank for that. And thankfully, the awesome composers will return for season 2.

The intro for X-Men ‘97 is great, but the Newton Brothers do more than just score the theme, they score the whole show. Their music sets the tone for a scene. It can foreshadow a grim moment or excite fans during a fight scene. It’s an overlooked thing that viewers should be happy about. Their return is crucial to the show’s success. 

So when X-Men '97 season 2 does make its way onto our screens, you can rest assured that it will sound every bit as epic as it will inevitably look.

Hopefully, the next season will bring all the heart, action, and surprise we’re seeing. Stay tuned to Bam Smack Pow for more X-Men ‘97 news as it comes out.

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