As senior story editor Eric Lewald told Inverse in 2022, “This show helped inform the first X-Men Movies that, of course, set the stage for the MCU and all the incredible movies they’re making now with Marvel characters.” He was right in more ways than one.
Bryan Singer revealed on the talk show Charlie Rose in 2000 that he knew nothing about the X-Men when he signed on to direct the first film. But then he watched every episode of the animated series, which must have influenced his work on X-Men and X2. There’s no denying that X-Men: The Animated Series had a significant impact on X-Men, but Saturday Morning’s cartoon had implications for the MCU as well.
Another person who worked on “X-Men” was Kevin Feige, now the head of the MCU, in his first Marvel job, which helped him learn what to do and what to avoid when watching Marvel -Bringing comic book characters to the big screen (via Vanity Fair). “I continue to monitor this process X-Men and X2especially where the budgets were relatively tight and so you couldn’t do everything that we do in the movies these days — you had to engage with the characters,” Feige said in 2017. “We keep that lesson these days, even if we have it resources to do everything [we] want. It doesn’t have to be big. Do it from the character’s point of view and not from afar.”