9 MCU Characters You Forgot Previously Appeared In X-Men: The Animated Series

  • X-Men: The Animated Series featured MCU characters like Killgrave, the High Evolutionary, and Red Skull, potentially setting up their future appearances in the franchise.
  • Captain America and Wolverine team up in an iconic animated episode, creating an over-arching narrative across the shared animated universe.
  • Deadpool, Domino, Kang the Conqueror (as Immortus), and Spider-Man all make appearances in X-Men: The Animated Series, teasing their connection to the MCU.
X-Men: The Animated Series adapted a wealth of characters from Marvel Comics, some of which were outside of the typical X-Men line-up and later starred in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the X-Men officially joining the franchise at some point during the MCU's future, these characters could prove useful in establishing mutants in the franchise while exploiting the narrative precedent. Furthermore, X-Men '97 promises to continue the beloved animated series and thus could recommence some established storylines with familiar characters.
Mutants have been largely absent from the MCU timeline, with only a handful of mutants appearing in MCU Phases 5 and 6. It is therefore quite surprising to learn that numerous MCU characters also appeared in X-Men: The Animated Series in some form. Though some of these were brief, others could prove consequential for the MCU's future with the X-Men.
Related 10 X-Men Villains Fox Movies Ignored, But The MCU Shouldn't The X-Men have numerous compelling antagonists that are missing from Fox’s X-Men franchise but should be considered for the MCU’s mutant movie. 9 Killgrave Appears As The Purple Man In X-Men: The Animated Series Season 3, Episode 8 "No Mutant Is An Island" Close Killgrave rose to popularity following David Tennant's spellbinding performance in Netflix's Jessica Jones, which appears to be tangentially canon based on Echo combining elements of the Netflix show universe's lore and MCU history together. The charismatic and vicious villain is often known in Marvel Comics by his alias the Purple Man, and served as the villain for the X-Men: The Animated Series episode, "No Mutant Is An Island."
Still grieving following Jean Grey's apparent death, Scott Summers (AKA Cyclops) visited the orphanage he grew up in, only to find Killgrave adopting and brainwashing mutant children to enact his plan for world domination. The portrayals are markedly different, yet both offer a glimpse into the character's Machiavellian evil schemes.
8 High Evolutionary Appears In Multiple Episodes In X-Men: The Animated Series Season 3, Episode 13 "Savage Land, Strange Heart, Part Two" & Season 4, Episode 13 "Family Ties" Close The High Evolutionary served as the villain in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and proved so compelling that some want him to replace Kang in the MCU's Multiverse Saga. The foe made two appearances in X-Men: The Animated Series. The first was briefly in "Savage Land, Strange Heart, Part Two" where it was revealed that the High Evolutionary trapped the villain Garokk inside a stone carving. The High Evolutionary subsequently appeared more substantially in "Family Ties," during which he aided Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch's hunt for their father, bringing him into conflict with the X-Men.
7 Red Skull Appears In A Wolverine Story In X-Men: The Animated Series Season 5, Episode 7 "Old Soldiers" The infamous Marvel Comics villain Red Skull appeared in the MCU in Captain America: The First Avenger, before making a surprise appearance years later in Avengers: Endgame. The terrifying villain is typically depicted as a Nazi officer, so he was the perfect choice to appear in the X-Men: The Animated Series episode, "Old Soldiers," in which Wolverine remembers an adventure from his past. Red Skull delivers a very distinctive performance in the episode, brimming with grandiose archness quintessential to the character. This was neatly matched by his famed heroic nemesis, Captain America.
6 Captain America And Wolverine Team Up In X-Men: The Animated Series Season 5, Episode 7 "Old Soldiers" Captain America also appears in the X-Men: The Animated Series episode "Old Soldiers." Set in World War II, Wolverine encounters the revered Avengers member while investigating missing scientists. The two team up to defeat the evil Red Skull, creating an iconic animated showdown with two of Marvel's most beloved heroes. Captain America would subsequently appear in each of the Marvel Animated Universe shows, appearing in several episodes of Spider-Man: The Animated Series, Fantastic Four, and Iron Man, creating an over-arching narrative across the shared animated universe.
5 The Avengers Fight In A Post-Apocalyptic Future In X-Men: The Animated Series Season 4, Episode 3 "One Man's Worth, Part One" The Avengers team is Marvel's primary hero line-up, who had a surprisingly antagonistic role in the X-Men: The Animated Series episode, "One Man's Worth, Part One." Partly set during a post-apocalyptic future, Earth is taken over by a mutant-human war, during which the Avengers are sent by the humans to battle the surviving X-Men, led by Magneto. The heroes appear as villainous counterparts, complete with altered costumes. Iron Man can be seen in green armor during the initial fight with the mutants, while Captain America, the Wasp, Giant-Man, Black Widow, and Hercules flee a robot taken down by Magneto.
4 Deadpool Is Teased In Flashbacks In X-Men: The Animated Series Season 1, Episode 4 "Deady Reunions," Season 2, Episode 3 "Whatever It Takes," & Season 3, Episode 3 "The Phoenix Saga, Part II: The Dark Shroud" Close Deadpool has become one of the most popular characters in Marvel movies, owing to Ryan Reynolds' incredible performance as the antihero in several movies. The character is often considered a mutant, though he has little official X-Men affiliation. Nevertheless, he has featured in three episodes of X-Men: The Animated Series, though never officially. Deadpool appeared as a flashback in Sabretooth's mind in "Deadly Reunions." Later, Morph assumed Deadpool's form to taunt Wolverine in a confrontation in "Whatever It Takes", and Dark Xavier conjured Deadpool's image in "The Phoenix Saga, Part II: The Dark Shroud" for the same purpose.
Related Deadpool 3: Release Date, Cast & Everything We Know Marvel Studios is making Deadpool 3 as part of the MCU. Here's everything we know about the R-rated sequel starring Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson. 3 Domino Has A Minor Role In X-Men: The Animated Series Season 1, Episode 1 "Night Of The Sentinels, Part One" & Season 1, Episode 7 "Slave Island" Domino has been a cult-classic Marvel character for years but took the spotlight in Deadpool 2 with a scene-stealing portrayal. The mutant, known for her luck-based powers, had a cameo appearance in the first X-Men: TAS episode, "Night of the Sentinels, Part One," where she appeared on a television screen depicting mutant hostility, alongside Magneto and Sabretooth. Domino had a more prominent role in "Slave Island," during which she was imprisoned on Genosha after seeking the purported mutant haven. She is featured prominently throughout the episode as Gambit, Storm, and Jubilee plan their liberation, joining them during the final battle.
2 Kang The Conqueror Appears As Immortus In X-Men: The Animated Series Season 4, Episodes 18-21 "Beyond Good And Evil" Kang the Conqueror was planned as the MCU's primary antagonist throughout the Multiverse Saga, starring in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Loki. Kang is a formidable Marvel foe, whose villainy has encountered many Marvel heroes. As such, he was featured in a four-part X-Men: The Animated Series story dubbed "Beyond Good and Evil." During the first three episodes, Kang is disguised as Bender, the eccentric Axis of Time custodian who annoys Bishop into assisting him defeat Apocalypse. He reveals himself in the final episode as Immortus, one of Kang's many variants - who inspired Loki's He Who Remains.
1 Spider-Man Makes A Cameo Appearance In X-Men: The Animated Series Season 3, Episode 7, "The Phoenix Saga, Part V: Child Of Light" & Season 3, Episode 16 "The Dark Phoenix, Part III: The Dark Phoenix" Spider-Man made two very brief appearances in X-Men: The Animated Series - his first of several cameos before earning his own animated show. Spider-Man is first depicted in "The Phoenix Saga, Part V: Child Of Light, where he rescues residents of New York City from falling rubble, during the planetary destruction caused by Phoenix. Spider-Man makes a second appearance reacting to further destruction later in "The Dark Phoenix, Part III: The Dark Phoenix." Spider-Man's cameos are incredibly subtle, making spotting them some of the most exciting appearances in X-Men: The Animated Series from characters established in the MCU.


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