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Matthew Chauncey Named Writer for Marvel Animated Series on Disney+

EXCLUSIVE : Matthew Chauncey ( What If…? ) has been selected to write Season 3 of Disney+’s X-Men ’97 , Marvel Animation’s revival of the classic ’90s animated series, sources tell Deadline.

Chauncey succeeds Beau DeMayo, who departed from Marvel earlier this year. DeMayo completed his work on both Season 1 and Season 2 ahead of X-Men ’97’s March 20 premiere.

Chauncey will collaborate with X-Men ’97 director Jake Castorena, who has been involved with the animated follow-up since its initiation. Larry Houston and Eric and Julia Lewald, who executive produced the original X-Men: The Animated Series, will remain on as consulting producers. Season 2 of the revival, whose scripts have now been revised, is currently in production. Season 3 is in development.

X-Men ’97 revisits the iconic era of the 1990s, where The X-Men, a group of mutants utilizing their unique abilities to protect a world that both hates and fears them, are confronted with unprecedented challenges and a perilous new future.

The revival launched to critical acclaim and high ratings, garnering 4 million views across the first two episodes within the first five days on Disney+. Season 1 ended on a strong note, with the finale attracting 3.5 million views in its first five days, making it the most-viewed full-length animated series finale on the platform since Season 1 of Marvel’s What If…?

This connection is fitting, as X-Men ’97’s new writer Chauncey is an alumnus of What If…?, where he has served as a writer-producer since Season 1. He has also contributed to Marvel’s live-action series for Disney+, Mr. Marvel. Chauncey is represented by WME, Writ Large, and Behr Abramson Levy Johnson.

The voice cast of X-Men ’97 includes notable names such as Ray Chase as Cyclops, Jennifer Hale as Jean Grey, Alison Sealy-Smith as Storm, Cal Dodd as Wolverine, JP Karliak as Morph, Lenore Zann as Rogue, George Buza as Beast, AJ LoCascio as Gambit, Holly Chou as Jubilee, Isaac Robinson-Smith as Bishop, Matthew Waterson as Magneto, and Adrian Hough as Nightcrawler.

Source: Deadline