I really like Wolverine in general and I love the X-Men animated shows, so I’m excited for this one! The first X-Men show I watched was really good even though it had its silly moments, and the previous show was excellent and I wish it had continued. I don’t believe these shows are connected, but regardless I have high hopes for this show. While it only has one season, and aired 2009, it has 26 episodes that I’m sure will be action packed and possibly emotional. I’m going to jump right in and start watching!
The intro to the show was quick and highlighted the main characters of the show, some of whom surprised me. The world they live in is firmly against mutants and Wolverine and his X-Men are fighting to protect them. The MRD (Mutant Response Division) are hunting down mutants and holding them captive under the command of Senator Kelly, a well-known mutant hater, with the help of Trask, creator of the Sentinels. The MRD and Magneto are on the brink of a war that will doom not just mutants, but humanity as well. However, this war only plays a small part in the doomed future the X-Men are trying to prevent. They are fighting against a dark future where mutants are on the brink of extinction thanks to Master Mold. Charles Xavier is communicating with Wolverine from the future to help him prevent the events that lead to their dark future. However, in order to prevent that future the X-Men have to bring the MRD to a complete shutdown and stop the fire that burns the world created by the Phoenix.
Wolverine doesn’t feel he is the best choice to lead the X-Men, but Xavier knows he has what it takes and can guide everyone as needed. Many of the X-Men already trust him and are willing to follow him despite his unknown past and the role it continues to play in his life. Most of the characters (not Scott) played crucial roles in stopping Master Mold and progressing the show. Almost everyone (not Scott) developed as the show went on and grew to be more likable characters. Even the villains changed as they learned the harsh realities and changed sides to help prevent the future Charles’ has warned against.
Overall, I really liked this show as I expected I would. Everything that was presented in the show was developed and concluded in a logical way that wouldn’t upset viewers. I was saddened by the loss of Emma Frost though because she developed well and became a likable character. The end of the season did leave open the possibility for a second season, which I would love, but sadly we didn’t get another season. I would love to see more of the show and for Marvel to develop more X-Men focused shows because those are always good whereas the other shows are 50/50.
The main characters of this show were Logan, Hank, Emma Frost, Nightcrawler, Kitty, Cyclops, Storm, Bobby, Forge, and Angel. My favorite character was of course, Wolverine! He’s honestly always great in shows and is one of my favorite characters. I also did love Magneto because I have a deep love for him, but he was a bit more stubborn than usual in this show. My least favorite character was Cyclops, whom I am starting to dislike in general. Nothing about his character screams leader to me, both in the show and the comics, but he’s not able or not willing to make the tough and necessary decisions. He doesn’t lead with confidence or trust, he leads with the desire to be the best. That is why Wolverine was leading the X-Men in this show and not him, because at least Wolverine is willing to make the decisions needed and put himself in harm’s way to protect the others. Scott could/would never. Marrow was also up there with my least favorite characters because of her stupid decisions and inability to see how crucial her choies were.
There were also a lot of other Marvel characters featured, some briefly and some made recurring appearances. In order of appearance they were Professor X, Rogue, Jean, Colossus, Magneto, Boom Boom, Wolfsbane, Pyro, Dust, Toad, Blob, Avalanche, Quicksilver, Domino, Forge, the Shadow King, Magma, Gambit, Trask, Squidboy, Ricochet, the Hulk/Bruce Banner, Fury, Wendigo, Nitro, Psylocke, Bishop, Marrow, Vanisher, Berserker, Spiral, Mojo (who makes me sick to my stomach), Scarlet Witch, Mystique, Dust, Scanner, Sabertooth, Maverick, Harpoon, Vertigo, Arclight, Sinister, Juggernaut, Polaris, X-23, Hellion, Silver Samurai, Apocalypse, The Inner Circle, and the Phoenix. I apologize if I repeated any characters, with the large amount featured in the show it was difficult to remember if some had appeared or not before.
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