‘X-Men ‘97’ Directors Open To Helm MCU’s Live-Action X-Men Film

The directors of the acclaimed animated series X-Men ’97, currently streaming on Disney+, have expressed their interest in helming the live-action Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) X-Men film. The series, a revival of the classic X-Men: The Animated Series, has been warmly received by both long-time fans and newcomers, sparking discussions about its directors taking on a larger role in the MCU.

In a recent interview with ScreenRant, directors Chase Conley and Emi Yonemura discussed the possibility of adapting the X-Men for their MCU debut. Conley, who directed episodes 2, 4, and 6, remarked,

“If that’s a call that we get, at some point, I’m going to pick up the phone, for sure.”

Yonemura, responsible for episodes 3, 5, 7, and 9, echoed this sentiment, saying,

“I would never say no to that phone call because I love a good challenge, and I love trying new things.”

X-Men ‘97

X-Men ’97 has successfully captured the essence of the original animated series while introducing the mutants to a new generation. This has not only honoured their comic book origins but also solidified the show as a significant part of Marvel Studios’ animation efforts. The series has been particularly noted for its emotional depth and adherence to the X-Men legacy, aspects that could translate well into live-action.

Mutants have gradually been introduced into the MCU, with appearances by characters like Patrick Stewart’s Professor X in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Kelsey Grammer’s Beast in The Marvels. Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel was also confirmed to be a mutant in the Disney+ series Ms Marvel.

Additionally, the upcoming Deadpool & Wolverine movie will further integrate established mutants into the MCU, marking a new era for these characters under Marvel Studios’ guidance.


Anticipation is high for the X-Men’s full integration into the MCU, especially following the positive reception of X-Men ’97. Fans and critics alike have praised the series, with many episodes, particularly Episode 5, receiving acclaim for their compelling storytelling and emotional weight. This acclaim makes a strong case for Conley and Yonemura to be involved in a live-action adaptation, potentially in a consulting or direct role.

Marvel Studios, now led by Kevin Feige, has the opportunity to bring fresh creative perspectives to its expanding universe. As X-Men ’97 continues to capture the hearts of viewers, the prospect of its directors leading a live-action project represents an exciting potential development for the franchise.