WATCH: That time Cyberforce: The Animated Series was supposed to replace X-Men

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Dec 26, 2017, 1:00 PM EST

Last week, we told you about why X-Men: The Animated Series (1992-1997) was the best show ever. But did you know that Fox Kids had plans to replace the Marvel cartoon with a Cyberforce animated series?

Created by writer and artist Marc Silvestri in 1992, Cyberforce is an Image Comics title that followed a group of mutants captured by Cyberdata, a huge corporation planning to take over the world (what huge corporation doesn't?) that experimented on them and enhanced their abilities with cybernetic implants in hopes of creating Special Hazardous Operations Cyborgs (aka S.H.O.C.s). However, the mutants escaped and created their own group, called Cyberforce, with the goal of defeating Cyberdata.

Speaking to SYFY WIRE's Mike Avila, Silvestri opened up on the cartoon series that sadly never was and more ...


"Back in the day, this is when the X-Men cartoon had finished its run and Fox Kids was the place for cartoons back then; that was it," Silvestri told us. "You had a cartoon on Fox Kids, you were the next Ninja Turtles, and we had it all lined up, we were gonna be the replacement for the X-Men and we were gonna be the Image Action Hour. We actually had the animation house that did the X-Men, we had Mattel toys; they actually made toys and you can find them on eBay, and we had scripts written for the Cyberforce cartoon. Right when the decisions were being made to move forward Saban Entertainment came in and bought Fox Kids, and I think the first order was anything not Marvel gets tossed."

Fun Fact: The Image Action Hour would have also included a Youngblood cartoon series, another superhero team originally created by Rob Liefeld for the 1987 one-shot Megaton Explosion #1 before scoring its own ongoing series at Image Comics in 1992.

Additional material by Nathalie Caron.