Ever since Disney bought Fox studios fans had been expecting X-Men to join the glorious Marvel Cinematic Universe. Movie after movie, show after show the speculation and anticipation are steadily on the rise. In 2019, Kevin Feige announced X-Men 97, an animated feature that will be our first X-Men glimpse. But that was a pre-pandemic period and the world has changed a lot – least to say!
Nonetheless, X-Men 97 will be on our screens in 2023 and writers reveal that it’ll be a 10 episode in the first season. It seems like Marvel Studios is looking at animation to make the audience acquainted with the changing universe.
Last year Studios’ first animated feature What If…? gave us the idea of variants and multiverse now we’ll see them unfold on the big screen as we wait for Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness. X-Men 97 seems to aim for the same. Also, the recent trailer of MoM features Professor X and that’s telling A LOT from MCU standards.
Marvel also seems to dodge the Doom Patrol problem by doing so. Back in the day, comic inspirations were not ample and lifting the ideas was a normal thing. For example, Thanos was a copy of DC’s Darkseid, Deadpool was Copied From Deathstroke, Mr Fantastic was a copy of Elongated Man, Doctor Strange was Copied From Doctor Fate and so on. X-Men was a by-product of DC’s Doom Patrol.
The original Doom Patrol first appeared in My Greatest Adventure #80 (June 1963), and was created by writers Arnold Drake and Bob Haney, and artist Bruno Premiani. X-Men was created by artist/co-writer Jack Kirby and writer Stan Lee, the characters first appeared in the X- Men #1 (September 1963). So basically, there is just a difference of 3 months still Doom Patrol came out first and the similarities are undeniable.
Doom Patrol series premiered on February 15, 2019, exclusively on the DC Universe streaming service. The second season aired on both DC Universe and HBO Max, with the two streaming services releasing episodes simultaneously on June 25, 2020. In September 2020, the series was renewed for a third season exclusively on HBO Max.
In March 2019, Marvel Studios obtained the film rights to X-Men after Disney acquired 21st Century Fox. In October 2020, the films in the X-Men series, along with the Fantastic Four films, were rebranded as Marvel Legacy Movies on Disney+.
So basically when X-men were released they belonged to Fox Studios, not part of MCU but as they have been acquired by Disney now plus the appearance of Quicksilver (WandaVision just for a callback) confirms it is MCU canon.
Both teams are full of Misfits and social outcast people with special powers with their leaders being wheelchair bounded geniuses (Professor X for X-Men and The Chief for Doom Patrol).
Even their biggest adversaries have nearly identical names. The Patrol fought the Brotherhood of Evil, while the X-Men’s arch enemies are the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. Their uniform designs were even similar but were updated with time.
Given both Doom Patrol and X-Men have a gamut of similarities Marvel needs to solve the issue before bringing X-Men to live-action space.