Fan favorite X-Men: The Animated Series is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and has received the sort of nostalgic acclaim befitting of the show's vital place in pop culture history. But while its cultural footprint may now be quite expansive, the truth is that the show only lasted five glorious seasons on Fox. And 76 episodes just doesn't seem like nearly enough, right?
If you're in agreement, and have been wondering what to do with your Saturday mornings since 1997, then you'll love X-Men: The Animated Series showrunner Eric Lewald's idea for a sixth season.
While speaking with Lewald about his new book, Previously on X-Men, The Making of an Animated Series, SYFY WIRE found out the story editor, writer, and showrunner for the entire epic run still has plenty of good ideas. When asked what he'd do with one more arc, Lewald came up with a dandy, which just came to him on the spot.
"I had honestly never thought about it for all these years, but now that you mention it, an idea for a season just came to me: The five-season series ends with a dying Charles Xavier being whisked away to space by Lilandra, where she can maintain his fragile body, but where it seems he will be gone forever from his beloved X-Men. It's like a death," he said, recapping the wrap of his iconic series before getting to the meat of the matter.
"Season Six could open, months later, with the X-Men in disarray – a few gone, the ones remaining at each other's throats," Lewald suggested. "They miss their leader. Then somehow they are called to – and transported to – an existential crisis on Lilandra's distant world. The team grudgingly reunites 'for Charles,' heads off to space, solves the crisis, and a somehow-healed Charles Xavier is either able to return to Earth with them or, if he can't, his heroic final sacrifice heals the team's wounds and they return to Earth as the proper X-Men again."
Would this ever happen? Could it ever happen? "If you've got some financing, I know where to find the cast and crew," he teased. Come on people, can we get a Kickstarter going for this, stat?
Previously on X-Men, The Making of an Animated Series is shipping now. Stay tuned for more of our in-depth interview with Lewald.