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‘X-Men ’97’ Writer Beau DeMayo Exits Marvel/Disney+ Animated Series Just Ahead Of Premiere

Beau DeMayo, head writer and executive producer of Disney+’s X-Men ’97, Marvel Animation’s revival of the classic ’90s animated series, has parted ways with Marvel just ahead of the series premiere, sources close to the project tell Deadline.

A reason for his departure is not clear. De Mayo had already completed writing both seasons 1 and 2 of the series, which holds its L.A. premiere tomorrow, March 13. The series begins streaming its first season March 20 on Disney+.

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Marvel had no comment.

X-Men ’97 revisits the iconic era of the 1990s as The X-Men, a band of mutants who use their uncanny gifts to protect a world that hates and fears them, are challenged like never before, forced to face a dangerous and unexpected new future.

The voice cast includes 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.

The series initially was expected to premiere in 2023, but was pushed to early 2024 due to the dual Hollywood strikes.

Episodes are directed by Jake Castorena, Chase Conley and Emi Yonemura. Featuring music by The Newton Brothers, the series is executive produced by Brad Winderbaum, Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito and Victoria Alonso.

Deadline’s sister pub The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news.


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