Hey again!

I expected to get to the X-Men in the 1970s today, but it’s an absolutely epic project. This and the 80s are probably the eras I’m most familiar with, so squishing the whole decade together into a single post is a VERY intensive effort.

So I didn’t get it done all at once today. However, to tide y’all over until I am done, I want to give a little teaser of something I’ve been working on the past few weeks.

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X-MEN:
The Animated Series
Season 6 Opening Title

FADE IN

The familiar bass riff starts up as the Blackbird approaches the screen against a starlit background, flanked by Magneto, Rogue, and Storm in their old costumes from Seasons 1-5. The canopy crosses the camera’s field of vision, just like before, but instead of showing the interior, flashes of the other X-Men…Wolverine, Jubilee, Gambit, Beast, Morph, Jean Grey, and Cyclops…show up on-screen, all in their classic Seasons 1-5 costumes.

Zoom in on Cyclops’ visor at the last shot, and the X-MEN logo, and a bust of Professor X, show up just in time for the first guitar riff, then explode back into a bright red optic blast as the camera zooms out to show Cyclops in full costume. Cue the name ‘CYCLOPS’ in red background letters as the camera tracks the beam skyward…

…Where it morphs into an adamantium claw. Zoom out into three claws, then show the full figure of Wolverine in his new orange-and-brown outfit against a jungle backdrop, with the word “WOLVERINE” behind him. He lunges at the screen, smirking instead of snarling, and it flashes white.

When the light clears, Wolverine has been replaced by a winking Rogue, who takes off into the air against a sky-blue backdrop and the word ‘ROGUE’ in green and horseshoes off, stage left, at a 45-degree angle.

The angle is then matched by a lightning bolt that crosses the screen at the same angle, as the sky fills with storm clouds and Storm descends in her new black costume, her face full of anger and passion. The lightning bolts gather behind her and form the word ‘STORM’ as she flies at the camera, her expression a mask of cold rage…

…And then, just when the viewer’s about to flinch, Storm’s face transforms into Morph’s, and he gives the camera a playful, cheeky grin as he backflips onto a city street with the name ‘MORPH’ written in graffiti on the side of a building. Just as he lands and strikes a pose, a blue flash travels past…

…The camera tracks the flash of blue to a laboratory where Beast is seen, in lab coat, glasses, and trunks, pouring a green liquid from one beaker to another. The resulting smoke cloud contains the word ‘BEAST’ and then the beaker explodes, the fireball filling the screen…

…And turning into a glowing Ace of Hearts card, fanned out into a Four-Of-A-Kind poker hand (with the Jack of Hearts as the spare card), all glowing with energy and held in a fingerless-gloved hand, which zooms out to show Gambit in his new pink-and-black costume under the familiar brown duster, assuming a battle stance with his cards in one hand and staff in the other, in front of the word “GAMBIT” in red against a nighttime sky. Just like in TAS’ iconic opening sequence, he throws his cards at the camera, and they explode…

…Into a series of fireworks that come from the outstretched hands of Jubilee, in her new haircut and newly-updated costume. The word “JUBILEE” forms against the same nighttime sky, then bursts into a rainbow of colors…

…Which turn into the head of a screaming bird of fire. Pan out to show Phoenix, in full green-and-gold costume, hovering in the middle of the Phoenix Effect before the costume and effect shifts to Jean Grey’s regular costume (with her hair unbound as in “Graduation Day”) and more standard blue-light TK-effects in front of the words “JEAN GREY.” A bolt of blue light fires from her head towards the camera and fills the screen…

…To turn into a pink butterfly made entirely of light. This butterfly effect is revealed to be a “mask” of energy over Psylocke’s face, and the camera zooms out as if pushed away by her awesome telepathic might, to reveal her in her new, dark blue cheongsam-esque costume, a katana in one hand, with the word “PSYLOCKE” in bright magenta letters above her. The butterfly aura fades from her face as her psychic knife erupts from her fist and she lunges toward the camera, stabbing the screen with the psi-blade…

…Then the camera zooms out into a blue circle of electricity, revealed to be held in the purple-gloved hand of Magneto. As the camera continues to zoom and show his full body, he magnetically levitates his helmet onto his head and forms the signature energy bubble around his body in front of the word “MAGNETO.” Concentric circles of magnetic energy launch at the camera, accompanied by metallic objects of all sorts…

And as the song goes into the second repetition of the bridge, the camera zooms out into a massive display of X-Men villains. Apocalypse, Master Mold, and the Shadow King dominate the background, while in the foreground are Mojo and Spiral, Sabretooth, Juggernaut, Omega Red, the Brotherhood of Mutants (Mystique, Pyro, Avalanche, Destiny, and the Blob), Mr. Sinister and Madelyne Pryor (though we won’t know who she is yet), the Brood (redesigned to look more like their comic-book selves), Bastion and a pair of Prime Sentinels, and the Hellfire Club (minus Emma Frost, but plus Selene).

Cut to the second half of the bridge, and a second large group of characters…the X-Men’s allies this time. In addition to past guest-stars Cable, Bishop & Shard, Dazzler & Longshot, Archangel, and Sunfire, Excalibur is there (Colossus, Nightcrawler, Shadowcat, Meggan, Captain Britain, and Chamber), and so are X-Factor (Havok, Polaris, Forge, Strong Guy, a few Multiple Men, Wolfsbane, Quicksilver, and the Scarlet Witch) and the New Mutants (Mirage, Cannonball, Proteus, Magik, M, Synch, Siryn, Prodigy, Sunspot), and in the foreground are Moira MacTaggert and the new teachers: Iceman, Emma Frost, Amelia Voght, and Banshee.

At the last few bars of the bridge, we see Professor Xavier lying in an alien hospital bed, with Lilandra watching by his side. The overall feel, in contrast with the bombastic, colorful feel of the rest of the opening, is one of sorrow, regret, and loss.

The camera zooms out, and the final riff of the opening theme takes place against a starfield as Lilandra’s Shi’Ar ship warps off, stage right. Out of the warp trail forms the X-MEN logo, which gives off a subtle metallic glint just in time for the final two bars of the X-Men theme song.

FADE OUT

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It’s a big project that’s very close to my heart…I’m not really even done with the pilot yet. Still, if you want to see more, let me know!

Till next time!

‘Yama

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