X-Men ’97 Finale Breaks Records on Disney+, Sets Stage for Season 2

The season finale of X-Men ’97 has set a remarkable benchmark for Disney+, drawing an impressive 3.5 million views globally within its first five days. This makes it the most-watched full-length animation series finale on the platform since the premiere of What If…? in 2021​.

X-Men ’97, a revival of the beloved 1990s animated series, continues to captivate audiences with its nostalgic yet fresh take on the iconic mutant team. The show’s finale, titled “Tolerance Is Extinction – Part 3,” saw the X-Men grappling with formidable foes and time-altering events that left fans eagerly anticipating the next season.

The episode’s high viewership underscores the series’ growing popularity, with audience engagement increasing steadily over its final four episodes​​.

Rafael Devers’ journey through the season has also contributed significantly to this success. Since its premiere in March, the series has consistently attracted viewers, with the first two episodes amassing a collective 4 million views in their initial five days. The finale nearly matched this feat, highlighting the show’s ability to retain and grow its audience​.

Adding to the excitement, Disney reported that viewership for the original 1992 X-Men animated series has doubled since the debut of X-Men ’97. This resurgence indicates a renewed interest in the franchise, likely driven by the new series’ ability to blend old and new elements seamlessly​​.

X-Men ’97, written by Beau DeMayo and featuring a stellar voice cast including Ray Chase as Cyclops, Jennifer Hale as Jean Grey, and Cal Dodd as Wolverine, revisits the classic era with modern storytelling twists. The finale not only resolved major plot points but also set the stage for future storylines, with hints of significant developments for the X-Men universe​.

As fans look forward to Season 2, X-Men ’97 has solidified its place as a standout series on Disney+. Its successful blend of nostalgia and contemporary narratives, combined with strong viewer engagement, promises more thrilling adventures for the iconic mutant team.

M. Osama Asghar

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