Marvel Drops First Look at X-Men '97's Villain With New Merch

Newly revealed merchandise from Marvel Studios' highly anticipated animated revival, X-Men '97, confirms the return of the iconic Sentinels, much to the excitement of fans.

Marvelous News, via The Direct, shared the first images of the X-Men '97 Hasbro Titan Hero 12" Sentinel figure, which recently surfaced online. The merchandise provides solid evidence that the mutant-hunting robots, known as Sentinels, will maintain their classic appearance and the distinctive purple and maroon color scheme from the beloved X-Men: The Animated Series. The Sentinels played a prominent role in the original animated series and left a lasting impression on fans. They were also prominently featured in the 2014 film X-Men: Days of Future Past. Additionally, simulated versions of the Sentinel robots made brief appearances in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).

The unveiling of the Sentinels in X-Men '97 follows closely after a fan recently shared merchandise that provided a glimpse of the show's core characters. The merchandise, belonging to Hasbro's Epic Hero Series, hinted at Storm, Cyclops, Rogue, Gambit, and Wolverine being the primary protagonists of the animated revival. The packaging also showcased beloved characters like Beast, Jubilee, Jean Grey, Bishop, and Morph, albeit in smaller appearances on the sides. The inclusion of these fan-favorites adds to the anticipation surrounding the upcoming series.

What Is X-Men '97?

X-Men '97, a revival of the beloved X-Men: The Animated Series, is set to continue the story that captivated audiences during its original run on the Fox Kids Network from October 1992 to September 1997. The animated revival will pick up several months after the conclusion of X-Men: The Animated Series' finale, titled "Graduation Day." The primary antagonist in the new series will be Mister Sinister. While specific plot details are being kept under wraps, it has been revealed that Magneto will join the titular team in the absence of Professor X. The events of the original series finale, including the attempted assassination of Charles Xavier, have led to an increased understanding and sympathy towards mutants.

The first season of X-Men '97 is slated to comprise 10 episodes, and a second season is currently in development. This marks Marvel Studios' first foray into the X-Men franchise since reclaiming the film and television rights from 20th Century Fox. Although the voice cast for X-Men '97 has not been officially announced by Marvel Studios, several actors from X-Men: The Animated Series have confirmed their return. These include Cal Dodd as Wolverine, Lenore Zann as Rogue, George Buza as Beast, and Christopher Britton as Mister Sinister. Alyson Court will also return, although not as Jubilee, as the actor expressed a desire for an Asian-American actor to voice the character instead.

Rumors suggest that X-Men '97 will premiere on Disney+ in January 2024.

Via The Direct

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