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X-Men ’97’ Writer Reveals Main Villain: Fans Excited for Classic Comic Book Adversary

Fans can’t wait for the X-Men to make their big-screen debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In the meantime, they can watch X-Men ’97, a sequel to the classic X-Men: The Animated Series, on Disney+. Now, thanks to a reveal by the show’s writer, Beau DeMayo, fans know who Marvel’s team of mutants will be fighting. Mister Sinister, a longtime enemy of the X-Men, will be the show’s main bad guy. The Direct says that DeMayo announced the return of the bad guy at the X-Men: 60 Uncanny Years Live Virtual Event on March 16.

Nathaniel Essex, also known as Mister Sinister, hasn’t been seen in a live-action movie, despite hints in Easter eggs in X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool 2, and The New Mutants. These hints didn’t lead to the character’s first appearance on the big screen. The villain did show up in the first X-Men: The Animated Series. Christopher Britton did the voice work for him and will do it again in the upcoming sequel. DeMayo called the character “a very, very, very, very favorite character of mine and many others.” He then teased fans by saying he had “a pretty foolproof plan to destroy the X-Men once and for all.”

X-Men '97' Writer Reveals Main Villain Fans Excited for Classic Comic Book Adversary

Sinister first showed up in The Uncanny X-Men #221 in September 1987. The writer Chris Claremont and the artist Marc Silvestri came up with the idea for him as a bad guy who was a geneticist and a cloning expert. Apocalypse, another enemy of the X-Men, gave the character mutant powers because he was so focused on his work on how humans evolved and so sad after his wife died. Since then, the character has become one of the X-most Men’s most well-known recurring bad guys.

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Magneto has been the show’s main villain for a long time, but Sinister will take over that role when that character becomes the team leader. This is because the usual team leader, Charles Xavier, has left Earth. DeMayo has again confirmed that the series is a direct continuation of the first one, starting “several months” after the end of season 5.

Even though there have been no official announcements about the X-return Men to the big screen in the MCU, X-Men ’97 is the first project centered on the team since Marvel got the screen rights back from 20th Century Fox in 2019. This fall, X-Men ’97 will be the first show on Disney+.


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