X-Men ’97 Debuts with a Perfect Rotten Tomatoes Score


  • X-Men ’97
    debuts with a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating.
  • The latest offering from Marvel Animation is a revival of the 1990s
    X-Men: The Animated Series.
  • Fans are also enjoying
    X-Men ’97,
    which currently holds a 95% audience score.

The death of Professor X is only the beginning. And now, it’s a perfect world for the uncanny X-Men ’97, at least through 30 reviews from the critics. The latest series from Marvel Animation, which serves as a revival of X-Men: The Animated Series, debuts with a pair of 33-minute episodes on Disney+. And the show has amassed a perfect 100% Rotten Tomatoes rating on the Tomatometer, at the time of this writing. Alison Herman of Variety says in her critique of X-Men ’97:

The pace can be dizzying, but when rendered in the pleasantly throwback, neon-colored, two-dimensional style of the original, it’s also engaging. There’s no time for things to drag when the plot is this packed.

X-Men ’97


Release Date
March 20, 2024

Jennifer Hale , Chris Potter , Ray Chase , George Buza , Catherine Disher , JP Karliak


Marvel Studios


Angie Han of The Hollywood Reporter writes:

The animated series is a throwback in the most ideal sense — so vintage, it comes all the way back around to feeling fresh again.

Without giving away any spoilers, Cyclops (Ray Chase) certainly gets his chance to shine in the first episode, which is titled “To Me, My X-Men.” Meanwhile, Season 1, Episode 2’s “Mutant Liberation Begins” definitely gives Magneto his own moments, and the story leaves off on quite the cliffhanger. In fact, Josh Wilding of ComicBookMovie.com calls X-Men ’97 “eXcellent.” Wilding writes:

“A triumphant return for X-Men: The Animated Series, X-Men ’97 is an eXtraordinary epic which, while a little overreliant on nostalgia, should satisfy fans of the original show and serve as an eXcellent entry point for newcomers.”

Critics Give X-Men ’97 a Perfect 100% Rating

While the latest Disney+ animated series about Marvel’s mutants dropped with a perfect Tomatometer rating, the fans are also reacting favorably to the new show, which has resulted in a 95% audience score. And, why not? After all, there are lots of juicy Easter Eggs in the first two episodes of X-Men ’97. But the revival is living up to critics’ expectations, particularly where the storytelling is concerned.


Essential X-Men: The Animated Series Episodes to Catch Up With ’97

To prepare for X-Men ’97 or to tide over between each week’s new episodes, here are the best episodes of X-Men: The Animated Series to watch first.

Max Covill of RogerEbert.com adds about the storytelling:

The stories of those old episodes hold up, but the show itself is difficult to watch on modern television. X-Men ‘97 has none of those problems and it’s a joy seeing these characters animated in a new, crisp series.

And while Nick Schager of The Daily Beast admits there’s not a lot of innovation happening with X-Men ’97, the writer calls the Disney+ series “x-citing.” Schager also writes:

It may not reinvent the wheel, but in a certain sense, it does lay the groundwork for what Marvel hopes will be an, ahem, x-citing future.

Finally, Zaki Hasan of the San Francisco Chronicle praises X-Men ’97 as “X-quisite.” Hasan also says:

As Marvel’s first X-Men offering since reclaiming the rights to the property five years ago, this show is a welcome indicator of the franchise’s future. It’s not just good, it’s X-quisite.

The first two episodes of
X-Men ’97
are now available to stream or binge-watch on
And be sure to check out
MovieWeb’s review of
X-Men ’97

right now, which boasts “the mutants are back and better than ever.”


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