After five seasons and 76 episodes, Fox’s acclaimed X-Men: The Animated Series ended on a cliffhanger in September 1997. The final episode saw a wounded Professor X being transported to space by Lilandra. Was she able to save him? What happened to the team without him? Speaking to SYFY WIRE, showrunner Eric Lewald has revealed what a sixth season might have explored.
Reflecting on X-Men: The Animated Series, Lewald guessed that the story would pick up where it left off:
“Season 6 could open, months later, with the X-Men in disarray – a few gone, the ones remaining at each other’s throats. 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.”
Perhaps there is a way that Fox could get this popular kids TV show to return after all these years. Who doesn’t want to hear that iconic X-Men: The Animated Series theme tune again?