Blink and You Will Miss It! Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen Made Their Presence Known in X-Men ’97 With an Easter Egg

Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen have received a splendid tribute in ‘X-Men ’97’ alongside David Hemblen.

Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, X-Men ’97

X-Men ’97 has been a huge success, and Marvel Animations has really engrossed fans with nostalgia in the show. There are several epic moments that are vividly astonishing and that run through several episodes. The continuation of X-Men: The Animated Series, the show brings almost all the original cast complementing the epic nostalgic vibe, it was certainly a treat for fans.

Magneto in a scene in X-Men ’97

The Marvel series for Disney+ also has some cool easter eggs that involve Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen, who previously played different versions of Magneto, aka Erik Lehnsherr in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise. The show also paid homage to the original X-Men: The Animated Series’ Magneto actor David Hemblen through the easter egg.

X-Men ’97 Easter Egg Featured Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen

X-Men ’97 easter egg in Magneto profileMagneto actors’ easter egg in X-Men ’97

Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen, who played different, respectively, younger and older versions of Magneto, made their presence known in the most recent Marvel animated show X-Men ’97. The Easter Egg featured the actors in a still of the profile of their character whose real name is Magnus. In the profile, the actor’s name appeared in half while the later parts were blacked with ink.

The profile, however, gave a spectacular tribute to X-Men: The Animated Series’ Magneto actor David Hemblen with his full name. Hemblen, who also has Tales from the Cryptkeeper, Earth: Final Conflict, Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future, and several other shows to his credit, died in 2020 at the age of 79.

As for Fassbender, he made his X-Men debut in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class to play the supervillain/antihero Magneto in 2011. McKellen played Magneto in the original trilogy films, starting with the first installment X-Men in 2000. The movie was directed by Bryan Singer.

X-Men ’97 Executive Producer Reflected On The Legacy Of The Show

Brad Winderbaum interview

The success of X-Men ’97 is astonishing as the animated superhero epic show claimed an impressive 4 million viewership in just the first five days of its release (per Variety). The Head of Streaming, Television and Animation at Marvel Studios, Brad Winderbaum, who also executive-produced X-Men ’97 reflected in the legacy of the show. “X-Men has an incredible legacy it’s uh it’s, it’s almost 60 years old or over 60 years old,” Winderbaum told

And you know we  love these characters uh every single person that worked on the show um uh loves these characters knows these characters and is a fan of the original series um for me personally the original show was seminal and uh influential on my um on my life as a storyteller and a creator um and uh uh and it’s true um uh among so many filmmakers we meet with uh that the original show is influential on them and their work um and it’s just exciting to bring it to the to bring it to the screen.

Beau DeMayo, who created the animated Marvel series, albeit getting fired from the show before premiere, did an excellent job. At least, fans and critics will not have a difference of opinion on that. X-Men ’97 has an astounding 98% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

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