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‘X-Men ’97’ Creator Fired Ahead of Series Premiere Next Week

‘X-Men ’97’ Creator Fired Ahead of Series Premiere Next Week

Beau DeMayo, the showrunner and executive producer of the upcoming X-Men ’97 animated series, was fired before the premiere on March 20th. DeMayo finished work on Seasons 1 and 2 of the Disney+ series before leaving.

Variety reports that he will not be present at the Hollywood premiere on March 13 for the show. Additionally, his Instagram account, where he had previously showcased artwork and interacted with fans regarding X-Men ’97, has been taken down.

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Beau DeMayo speaks onstage at the Marvel Studios animation panel during 2022 Comic-Con International (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)

The Reasons Behind DeMayo’s Dismissal Are Unknown

He penned and produced X-Men ’97, a follow-up to the beloved X-Men: The Animated Series from the ’90s on Fox Kids. The circumstances surrounding DeMayo’s departure from the show just before its debut remain unclear. Consequently, he will not be doing any promotional activities for the show nor contributing to forthcoming seasons.

DeMayo has a long-standing relationship with Disney and Marvel Studios. He has also contributed to the production of the Marvel and Disney+ series Moon Knight, featuring Oscar Isaac, as well as the upcoming film Blade, starring Mahershala Ali.

Among his other works are Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Netflix’s live-action adaptation of The Witcher with Henry Cavill, and the animated film The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf. He also contributed to two animated shorts for League of Legends titled “Absolution” and “Before Dawn.”

‘X-Men ’97’ is a Revival of a Beloved Saturday Morning Favorite

The fan-favorite X-Men: The Animated Series aired for five seasons from 1992 to 1997. Now, X-Men ’97 acts as a sixth season. It continues the story after the emotional series finale in 1997, “Graduation Day,” where mentor Professor Charles Xavier meets his demise.

Beau DeMayo leads the writing for X-Men ’97, directed by Jake Castorena, Chase Conley, and Emi Yonemura. The series includes music by The Newton Brothers. Of course, it is executive-produced by Marvel Studios regulars Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, and Victoria Alonso.

The voice cast features Ray Chase as Cyclops, Jennifer Hale as Jean Grey, Alison Sealy-Smith as Storm, Cal Dodd as Wolverine, JP Karliak as Morph, Lenore Zann as Rogue, George Buza as Beast, AJ LoCascio as Gambit, Holly Chou as Jubilee, Isaac Robinson-Smith as Bishop, Matthew Waterson as Magneto, and Adrian Hough as Nightcrawler.

X-Men: The Animated Series launched mutants into the limelight, setting the stage for film success. With Disney’s acquisition of Fox, the X-Men are joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Deadpool and Wolverine hit theaters this summer, marking an extraordinary year for the X-Men in the MCU.