“If it was Mystique they would not think twice”: X-Men ‘97 Finale Breaks the Internet as Fans Claim Morph’s Confession is Undermined Because of Nonbinary Status

Fans are feeling underwhelmed with the confession scene between Morph and Wolverine in X-Men ’97.

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There had been a lot of talks about X-Men ‘97 featuring Morph as a nonbinary character, and evidently, many were still unimpressed with this move. The season finale just brought out a huge surprise for everyone, and clearly, that one scene with Morph and Wolverine left many fans speechless.

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Even with the legendary director Larry Houston, who helmed the original X-Men animated series, and J.P. Karliak, the voice actor of Morph, explaining how the character’s orientation has always been presented as such, it remained a cause for debate throughout the season.

Morph’s Nonbinary Status In X-Men ‘97 Is Still A Hot Controversy

Larry Houston previously explained via Variety that Morph’s nonbinary status is as easy to understand as the character being a shapeshifter. For me, the word ‘nonbinary’ is the same as the word ‘shapeshifter.’ Every character that can change from one gender to another, or from human to animal, that’s just another word for ‘shapeshifter’ for me.”

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In an episode from Season 2 of X-Men: The Animated Series, Morph attacks Wolverine most dramatically by transforming into Jean Grey, placing her hand on his neck and leaning in for a kiss. Original showrunner Eric Lewald said, “That’s as nonbinary as you can get.”

Every nonbinary feature has always been ingrained in Morph, only it became a social construct that people have become very sensitive to talking about now. It did not really make any much difference. “We didn’t see a problem in reading him and didn’t feel he was any different,” he added.

In a tweet, Beau DeMayo confirmed that Morph was in love with Logan. “Yes, Morph was confessing romantic feelings for Logan,” the show’s creator admitted.

However, the season finale episode felt somewhat underwhelming for some fans due to the fact that Morph confessing to Logan is still considered controversial. Even with voice actor J.P. Karliak explaining via Deadline that “Morph’s understanding of who he is could equate to what a modern person would say is nonbinary,” many would still take offense.

What is even more hilarious, as well as ridiculous, is the fact that some netizens take Morph’s affection for Wolverine as “platonic.”

Fans React To Morph’s Shocking Confession To Wolverine

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On Twitter, Marvel fans expressed their thoughts on the latest season finale episode of X-Men ‘97. The heartwarming scene between Morph and Wolverine definitely ignited discussions online.

In the scene, Morph transformed into Jean Grey and told Logan, “I love you Logan, stay with me,” as the latter lay in bed and fought for his life. Now, here’s what people think about it:

A user commented how Morph’s confession was an act of “brotherly love” which triggered some fans at how people looked at it as “platonic.” As DeMayo previously confirmed, it was Morph’s true feelings revealed.

Others were simply stunned at the events that transpired during the episode, acknowledging that there is really some romantic tension between the two if Logan wasn’t in love with Jean Grey.

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