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X-Men 97 Episode 3 Review Plus 5 Questions!

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Hey it’s Scott from Stream Punk Cinema and episode 3 of X-Men 97 is still awesome. Lot to be impressed with so today so a quick recap plus I have 5 questions going forward plus my rating for the episode. As always, let me know your thoughts in the comments where this is going to go. Let’s roll.

First off, the face to face between Jean Gray and the unknown clone dubbed Jean Doe by Morph happened as expected, with Scott stuck in the middle. A surprise to basically no one but Mr. Sinister was responsible for the Jean Gray clone who dubbed herself the Goblin Queen. In the end, as expected Gobbie and Scott forged an alliance to defeat Sinister and take back their son, with Clone-Jean, now going by Madelyn Prior leaving the team to forge her own path. That’s the recap in like a minute, so now, 5 questions I have going forward.

Question 1 – What happens to Madelyn Prior now? Those familiar with the storyline knew that this was not the real Jean and that the baby becomes future Cable. After being exposed to a virus by Mr. Sinister, in fact likely the same virus that Wolverine helped cure in the original Xmen series Nathan was taken to the future by Bishop in an attempt to cure him. I wonder if there will be a call back to that in an upcoming episode.

Question 2 – How will Scott and Jean work through this? It’s not technically cheating if you thought that was the original, but it’s still awkward as HFIL. I expect the two will separate for a while but eventually get back together. Have to wonder if Wolverine, who’s feelings are clearly still there, will end up in the picture. Also Jean’s childhood was addressed so that’ll be interesting to see explored as well.

Question 3 – How will Morph handle this? Not much was said about the psychological damage done from coming face to face with his greatest trauma once again so I’d like to see that addressed. Facing down your demons is never an easy battle so I’m curious if they delve into that next episode. As a whole I’ve really enjoyed what they’ve done with Morph this season and it was always a great treat in the original series so more Morph is always a win for me who I think is my favorite character so so far.

Question 4 – Where do Bishop and Nathan go from here and do they see old Forge in the future? In fairness I chose not to see the names of the episodes or any kind of synopsis of future episodes because I don’t want it spoiled for me, but at some point Nathan has to go into the 40th Century and with or without Bishop he will have to face Apocalypse. Watching Nathan grow up to be Cable could absolutely be it’s own series as well and I’d watch the heck out of that also. At least I expect this to be a standalone episode.

Question 5 – Speaking of Forge, he returned from his one off episode back in the original series when X-Force was introduced. Meeting a now powerless Storm in a bar and him offering her the hope of getting her powers back, which I’m sure will happen somehow, is a great starting off point for the two. In many iterations of the comics Storm & Forge got together so it’s a good beginning. BTW props for calling it Taquila Mockingbird (alcohol references in a Disney Plus series, Fox Kids wouldn’t have done that)

Overall, another impressive episode and I’m liking the direction, giving it an 8.5. A bit of an expected end to the episode but plenty of questions to look forward to having answered. The decision to fire head writer Beau DeMayo, supposedly for his ties to an Only Fans account, albeit a clean one just before the premiere raises several concerns after he finished writing both season 1 and season two of the series. What I feel works in this series so far is this doesn’t feel Woke like much of Disney marvel content of late. Every character is human, every character is flawed BUT every character is relatable, something that Disney has chosen not to do with some of their characters. Personally, I’ve always liked that in writing, part of the reason I enjoy Cobra Kai so much is you can see yourself in every character in that series as well. Here, so far, so very good. I’ll delve into that series closer to season 6 I’m sure so stay tuned.

About the author – Scott Churchson has been an actor in every way for the past 13 years, from BG to stand in to stunts and principal, a sports writer for the past 4 and is one of the people that created Stream Punk Entertainment. He’s married to a veterinarian, has a cat with three working legs, a mother-in-law who just moved in and is just a simple man trying to make his way in the universe.

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