The X-Men Animated Series from the 90s is arguably one of the most iconic characterizations of the famous mutants, with a fan following that still exists to this day. Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, the series showed the team dealing with all kinds of adversity and rejection from humanity, as well as fighting classic villains such as Apocalypse, Magneto, and the Sentinels.
So when it abruptly ended in 1997 after just 3 episodes of its 5th season, fans felt as if there were still many stories to tell and were left wanting more. And while the X-Men have had other animated series after that, nothing has had the same impact on fans as the original one.
During promotion for his new book Previously on X-Men, The Making of an Animated Series, original writer, and showrunner Eric Lewald revealed he has some ideas for a 6th season of the show. When asked what his plans would be for one more arc, he said:
“I had honestly never thought about it for all these years, but now that you mention it, an idea for a season just came to me: The five-season series ends with a dying Charles Xavier being whisked away to space by Lilandra, where she can maintain his fragile body, but where it seems he will be gone forever from his beloved X-Men. It’s like a death.”
“Season Six could open, months later, with the X-Men in disarray – a few gone, the ones remaining at each other’s throats. They miss their leader. Then somehow they are called to – and transported to – an existential crisis on Lilandra’s distant world. The team grudgingly reunites ‘for Charles,’ heads off to space, solves the crisis, and a somehow-healed Charles Xavier is either able to return to Earth with them or, if he can’t, his heroic final sacrifice heals the team’s wounds and they return to Earth as the proper X-Men again.”
Could this mean we’ll see our favorite 90s X-Men on the screen again? “If you’ve got some financing, I know where to find the cast and crew,” he joked. So while this isn’t a promise, it definitely gives fans some hope for a well-deserved series finale. Maybe it’s time to get a Kickstarter going.
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