The Animated Series showrunner on the challenges of bringing the X-Men to the MCU

Eric Lewald, the showrunner for X-Men: The Animated Series, has talked about how difficult it will be to integrate the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


While the entirety of the Disney/Fox deal was exciting, the biggest draw for fans was certainly the thought of the X-Men joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

We are still waiting for it to happen, however, and it’s certainly going to take a lot of planning by Marvel Boss Kevin Feige to integrate so many characters into an already complex world.

Eric Lewald, the showrunner of X-Men: The Animated Series, knows the characters and world well, and he has spoken to GWW’s Change My Mind podcast about the challenges ahead:

“It’s weird. I know that’s a challenge. They’ve set up this thing, unprecedented — all these different superheroes that all are successful, and they’ve managed to give them different tones and different focuses. I’m continually in the awe of this juggernaut that they’ve set up — I can’t use that word because it’s a character.”


“I don’t know. I don’t know how Kevin Feige sleeps at night trying to keep all these balls in the air. But for the X-Men, when people ask me about integrating them in the MCU, I always had the reverse problem. There were too many X-Men and too many villains already in the X-universe and too many connected characters. I found myself cutting half of them out and having stories about three of the X-Men. Just to keep sane and to not have to try to service all of them at once in a 22-minute episode.”

If anyone can make it work, it seems like Feige is the man to do it. Fans will just have to remain patient and know that one day, we will see these two worlds collide.

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