Marvel has Fired the Showrunner of X-Men ‘97

Marvel has Fired the Showrunner of X-Men ‘97

A lot of Marvel fans were excited this March for the premiere of the revival of the animated X-Men series from the ‘90s, but the show has suddenly been caught in a shocking snag.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel has suddenly fired X-Men ’97 creator and showrunner Beau DeMayo. His company e-mail had been deactivated, and his social media has been deleted. Marvel has not released any official reason for why DeMayo had been fired, but the cast and crew of his series was informed that he would no longer be attached to the project.

It’s very surprising that Marvel should fire DeMayo now as we’re only weeks away from the premiere of the series. DeMayo was already said to have scheduled multiple interviews for the coming weeks, and there were even plans for him to attend the Hollywood premiere.

For now, fans can only speculate on why DeMayo was fired. Some would cite creative differences—which is the usual reason—but DeMayo has been working with Marvel for a while, having written for Moon Knight and the upcoming reboot of Blade. Why would they suddenly decide to stop collaborating with him.

I guess all we really have to do is wait. A lot of fans are still anxious about the upcoming reboot; maybe it’s quality when it releases will give us an idea of what the rift between the studio and the showrunner could be about.

X-Men ’97 arrives on Disney+ on March 20.

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