X-Men: The Animated Series could see a return if Disney wishes it. Larry Houston, a producer and director on the series, has revealed he’s been in talks with Disney to revive it. The Hollywood Reporter stated in June that Houston and his team planned on pitching a revival. On Friday, Houston and other creative team members and voice actors for the show appeared on a reunion panel as part of the Wizard World Virtual Experiences 2020 event. Here, Houston confirmed that the pitch has already happened. And if Disney allowed the full creative team to return, he’d even come out of retirement for it. You can read his full comment below:
“We’ve had talks, but that’s about it. We’ve made conversation and it’s up to them to make the decision, but we’ve let them know that we’re all available for whatever they want to do in the future. Whatever they wanted to do if we had all the original team … if we could do a special, a one-off episode, or a five-part episode. That’s what I would come out of retirement for.”
With Disney now owning 20th Century Fox, the entirety of X-Men: The Animated Series is now available on Disney+. It originally ran from 1992 – 1997 for a total of 76 episodes. Houston directed 62 of those episodes. It is one of the more cherished Marvel shows of the 90s. It undoubtedly introduced many kids to superheroes. A resurgence in popularity thanks to the streaming service wouldn’t be surprising. With the exception of the R-rated Logan and Deadpool spin-offs, the entire X-Men film series is also on Disney+.
Fans hoping for a revival of the classic series must keep in mind that nothing is confirmed yet. It is entirely up to Disney whether it happens. However, as beloved as X-Men: The Animated Series is, it certainly isn’t outside the realm of possibility.