In April 2023, X-Men '97 showrunner Beau Demayo reminded fans to be patient about the confirmation of when the animated reboot will premiere following concerns about a potential delay.
However, in May 2023, a fan unearthed concrete evidence that the series had been delayed after the pre-registration United States copyright for Episode 1 featured a now-projected publication date of January 3, 2024.
When Will X-Men '97 Premiere on Disney+?
According to The Hollywood Reporter, X-Men '97 is expected to premiere on Disney+ in early 2024.
Given that the animated series was initially planned for a fall 2023 debut on the streaming service, this new update may disappoint fans.
The Hollywood Reporter's sources described X-Men '97 as "retro and a love letter to the original."
The outlet also shared that Season 2 is in the works.
Why X-Men ’97’s Delay Is Disappointing
Although this latest delay is not surprising, it is still quite disappointing that X-Men '97 has been pushed to early 2024.
It is also understandable that fans may be disappointed with this delay, considering that marketing appeared to be ramping up.
New photos have already unveiled the first looks at X-Men '97 Funko Pops, showcasing characters such as Cyclops and Magneto. LEGO also pulled the curtain back on X-Men '97 LEGO minifigures to celebrate its upcoming release.
X-Men '97 voice actress Lenore Zann, who voices Rogue in the show, also managed to hype up Season 1 by describing her character's journey as a "wild ride."
The promotional drive further boosted anticipation for the series, leading to various theories about when it would be released.
Given that a new release window has emerged, it is now expected that the focus will shift to the show's other aspects like certain plot details and characters.