X-Men '97 creator fired by Marvel without explanation

X-Men '97 creator fired by Marvel without explanation

The studio shows Beau DeMayo the door just weeks before the series launch.

A wind of mystery hangs in the X-Men fan community after the announcement of the dismissal of Beau DeMayoleading figure in the animated series X-Men '97, which is scheduled for release on March 20 on Disney+. The screenwriter had worked for Marvel Studios since November 2021, and was at the origin of the project aimed at bringing the series up to date X-Men created by Stan Lee And Jack Kirby in the 1990s. X-Men '97 is eagerly awaited by fans, and even by the studio's bigwigs who are trying to forget their recent setbacks by all means possible.

But then why show Beau DeMayo the door the day before the Hollywood premiere of the series as revealed The Hollywood Reporter ? Mystery and gumdrop. Especially since the creator seemed to have made a place for himself in the Marvel team: a diligent member of the writer's room of Moon Knight released two years ago, he also participated in the sketches of the vampire thriller project Blade. And above all, he had just completed season 2 of X-Men '97 and was preparing to walk the red carpets and attend conferences. It is even said that he had started to think about the broad outlines of a season 3.

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X-Men '97 was a project that Beau DeMayo carried in his heart. In June 2022, he confided in the media The Direct :

“Everyone who feels different, like me, we all have a Magneto inside of us, we all have a Charles Xavier. We all have a part of us that wants to burn it all down and a part of us that wants to find a compromise and build it. These comics really helped me understand my identity.”

Moreover, it was as an outsider himself that Beau DeMayo brought the genesis of the X-Men back to the forefront. A black man, openly gay, the screenwriter identified deeply with the group of mutants with extraordinary gifts. An affection that he let come to light on social networks, also documenting the progress in the production of the animated series. Moreover, the recent deletion of his X and Instagram accounts had destabilized fans who now see a link with recent events. At the time, he explained this gesture as a way of protecting himself against the wave of hatred which he had suffered for having “whitewashed” the character of Sunspot by making him double by Gui Agustini.

Neither Marvel Studios nor Beau DeMayo's teams wanted to react to recent events. Perhaps we will know more before the release of X-Men '97 on Disney+ on March 20, 2024.

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