Marvel fans have been eagerly anticipating a live-action X-Men movie ever since Disney’s acquisition of Fox placed the beloved mutants within the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s reach. With Disney’s track record in superhero epics and the overwhelming success of the animated series X-Men ’97, the possibility seemed not only plausible but inevitable. However, a recent announcement by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has left many fans disheartened and frustrated.

Instead of drafting Beau DeMayo, the mastermind behind the critically acclaimed X-Men ’97, Feige has chosen Michael Lesslie, known for his work on Assassin’s Creed, to pen the live-action script. This decision has sparked a significant backlash among the fan community. Despite his recent involvement in writing The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, Lesslie’s past association with the critically panned Assassin’s Creed movie has cast doubts on his ability to capture the essence of the X-Men.

Fans have taken to social media to voice their concerns. Twitter erupted with passionate pleas to reconsider this choice, citing Lesslie’s lack of experience with the X-Men mythos compared to DeMayo’s proven track record. Reddit threads are filled with discussions criticizing the decision, with many arguing that the studio should have chosen someone already familiar with and passionate about the characters’ intricate lore.

Marvel’s decision comes after the firing of DeMayo, which occurred shortly before the release of X-Men ’97. The series, which remains faithful to the original source material, garnered a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes and has enjoyed immense popularity on Disney+. Fans hoped that DeMayo would be given the reins for the live-action adaptation, ensuring continuity and respect for the beloved characters.

Despite the backlash, the project is still in early development, and many hope that the studio will consider the community’s feedback. Given the high stakes attached to bringing the X-Men into the MCU fold, the choice of the writer will undoubtedly be crucial. The road ahead looks rocky, with Marvel Studios now in a position where listening to its fan base could significantly influence the final product.

We sincerely hope that Marvel Studios will rise to the occasion and deliver an X-Men movie that lives up to fan expectations. In the meantime, X-Men ’97 continues to stream on Disney+, offering a perfect escape for those eagerly awaiting news on the live-action front. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this developmentā€”do you think Michael Lesslie is the right choice for the live-action X-Men movie? Share your opinions in the comments and spread the discussion on social media!

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