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  • TV-14
  • 2011
  • 1 Season
  • 6.8  (2,518)

The X-Men animated series from 2011, aired on G4, is a fresh reboot of the iconic Marvel superheroes saga, with a unique twist highlighting the comic book-style artistry and intriguing storytelling. It's a series re-imagined even while keeping a firm grip on its long-established roots and fan-adored canon. Blazing its own path, this series stresses the intimate tensions and conflicts inherent in this extraordinary group of mutants, linked by their unique abilities and their shared struggle to find acceptance in a world that fears the unknown.

The central plot revolves around the titular X-Men team, which is composed of mutants - individual with extraordinary powers due to their genetic mutations. The group includes Cyclops (Scott Summers), a leader of impeccable morals carrying the power to emit deadly energy beams from his eyes. The stunning Jean Grey, a powerful telepath and telekinetic, who often holds the heart of Cyclops. The aloof and brooding Wolverine (Logan), with his regenerative abilities, heightened animal-like senses and retractable bone claws which, due to an experiment, are laced with nearly indestructible metal, ‘Adamantium’. Other characters include the likes of Storm (Ororo Munroe), Beast (Hank McCoy), and Professor X (Charles Xavier) who form the main crew, with many others making appearances throughout the series.

The 2011 X-Men series is characterized by its divergent take on colors, architecture, and character design. It strays away from the traditional appearance of the X-Men and instead opt for a stylized, almost future-retro look. Every detail, from the hair and costumes to the sleek lines of the X-Mansion and harsh contours of the cityscapes, indicates meticulous effort. There's a certain boldness to the character sketches, a deliberate departure from previous adaptations.

The storytelling too strides away from classic approaches, it takes us into the depth of character development, exploring each character's struggles, aspirations, and flaws. It places a great deal of emphasis on the human elements and the complex team dynamics. The mutants grapple with fear, distrust, and misunderstanding from society, but they also wrestle with their personal demons. As a result, the series delves deeply into their emotional arcs, exploring notions of family, loyalty, love, loss, anger, and redemption.

Adding to this, the series puts forth carefully choreographed fight sequences that are both visually stunning and dramatically gripping. Each member's mutant abilities are thrown into the stark spotlight during these scenes, showcasing not merely their power levels but also their unique fighting styles. What's perhaps more intriguing is how these powers play off each other in a cooperative setting, giving the audience slick, fast-paced viewing.

The narrative reverberates with a sense of urgency and conflict and stays true to its comic book roots, following various arcs and sprinkling in surprises that keep comic book fans on their toes. A lot of thought has been put into creating a compelling storyline that mixes action, adventure, and pointed character studies.

Packed with intense action, stirring character dynamics, and engaging storytelling, the X-Men animated series from 2011 showcases a thoughtful balance between navigating the individual and collective identities of mutants, their turbulent relationship with society, and the action-packed consequences of their extraordinary abilities. It revisits old storylines and characters, infuses them with new life and offers a series that is tastefully bold and refreshingly progressive.

Airing on G4, this version of X-Men brought something new and exciting to the table, and it's certainly worth a watch for both long-time fans and newcomers. It reinvents the beloved mutants, unpacks their layered personalities and offers a viewing experience that's as cerebral as it is thrilling. In an era saturated with superhero content, the 2011 X-Men animated series stands out as an engaging, innovative, and atmospheric version of Marvel's X-Men. It's an artistically and dramatically satisfying rendition of a classic story, delivering a compelling narrative that invites us to once again believe in heroes.

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12. Destiny
January 6, 2012
Summary not available
11. Revenge
December 30, 2011
Summary not available
10. Countdown
December 23, 2011
The X-Men upstage Hedgehog and follow Marsh and Mastermind deeper into Yui's laboratory.
9. Revelations
December 16, 2011
Yui's experimental drug fails to stop the mutant gene from awakening.
8. Lost
December 9, 2011
Summary not available
7. Betrayal
December 2, 2011
Summary not available
6. Conflict
November 25, 2011
The X-Men go back to Japan to probe the site where mysterious secondary mutations are taking place.
5. Power
November 18, 2011
Emma Frost joins the X-Men; Hisako begins training; Professor X probes Emma Frost's mind to explore her past.
4. Transformation
November 11, 2011
Summary not available
Armor, Part 2
3. Armor, Part 2
November 4, 2011
The X-Men learn of a second mutant kidnapping, and they step into the trap of an anti-mutant group.
Armor, Part 1
2. Armor, Part 1
October 28, 2011
The X-Men learn of a second mutant kidnapping, and they step into the trap of an anti-mutant group.
The Return
1. The Return
October 21, 2011
Professor X summons the team to reassemble to rescue a fellow mutant in Japan in the opener of the anime series following the adventures of a group of superheroes.
  • Premiere Date
    October 21, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (2,518)