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Wolverine and the X-Men

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Wolverine and the X-Men DVD cover

Wolverine and the X-Men was the fourth animated incarnation of the X-Men, following the failed TV pilot, Pryde of the X-Men, the 90s X-Men and X-Men: Evolution. The new series premiered in America on January 23rd, on Nicktoons Network. Though a second season was originally planned, Joe Quesada, Arune Singh, and Josh Fine said the the show was cancelled after they were unable to work out a financing with their financing partner.

Plot

After the mansion explodes, Professor Charles Xavier and Jean Grey go missing, and the X-Men disband. 1 year later, Wolverine attempts to reform the X-Men, and succeeds with Beast as his first recruit. They later recruit Iceman, Shadowcat, Forge and Storm but fail with Rouge (who can't trust Logan to stay in one place for long), Nightcrawler (who is busy helping mutants wishing to leave for Genosha), Colossus (who didn't want to leave his family again), and at first, Cyclops (who was in a deep depression from Jean's vanishing). With financial backing from Angel, the Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters is rebuilt, but remains empty of students. Emma Frost joins the team, taking the place of Jean as the team telepath; she uses Cerebro to pinpoint Professor X's location at Genosha, where Magneto has been caring for his comatose friend.

Taking the Professor back to the mansion, they are greeted by a telepathic message from him from 20 years in the future; Charles will not awaken for two decades, but he can use his body in the present as a medium to relay news of the future to his X-Men. He explains the future is nightmare; robots known as Sentenials have taken over the world, turning the humans into cyborgs and capturing mutants to replicate their powers to evolve. The X-Men work to prevent this nightmarish future, fighting off the MRDs, the Brotherhood and other enemies.

Rouge joins the Brotherhood to gain information for the X-Men, even befriending Domino. She works with them, but her higher morals often cause friction between her and the group; at these points, Domino would intervene. During one of Quicksilver's plans, the Brotherhood nearly destroyed Genosha by not carefully examining Nitro's powers, forcing the X-Men to begrudgingly had Nitro over to the MRDs for public safety.

Jean is later found to have ended up comatose like the Professor, but awakens with amnesia. Threatened by the MRDs after her nurse discovered she was a mutant, Jean causes a psychic blast that knocks out the entire city. This lead to a fight with Mr. Sinister's band, while the X-Men where able to rescue her and restore her memory. Emma is then revealed to have worked for the Inner Circle, a group after the Phoenix force, which emerges for the most powerful telepaths every point in history where a great disaster has taken place. Realizing her group seeks malevolent goals, Emma sides with the X-Men.

In the future, it's revealed only Wolverine survived the disaster and has been fighting against the leader of the Sentenials - Master Mold. He could have prevented the current future if he had trusted Emma; Professor X attempts telling Logan's past self, but barely gets the message through. When the extracted Phoenix force attempts to repossess Jean, Emma absorbs it and turns into her diamond form to prevent it from leaving. The result is her exploding into shards of diamond and the future becoming altered.

Professor X congradulates his X-Men in the past, but quickly informs them of the major changes that have now occured. Though Sentinals are no longer a problem, Apocalpse now rules the earth.


Image Title Writer(s) Director Airdate #
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Hindsight (Part 1) Writer: Greg Johnson and Craig Kyle Director: Boyd Kirkland September 6, 2008 #1.01
A mysterious explosion destroys the X-Mansion on the moment that Wolverine was leaving. Professor X and Jean Grey are missing, and perhaps gone for good, causing the X-Men to disband. Beast is examining the remains of the explosion and finds out that Professor X was the target. However, one year later, an anti-mutant group called the Mutant Response Division hunt Wolverine and arrest a family that helped him. This causes him to go after them with the help of Beast. Inside the jail, they free all the mutants, including Dust, Boom Boom, and Pyro. Wolverine decides to find the other X-Men and fight the MRD.
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Hindsight (Part 2) Writer: Greg Johnson and Craig Kyle Director: Steven E. Gordon September 13, 2008 #1.02
Beast and Wolverine try to bring back the X-Men who have left, but some, such as Cyclops, Colossus and Rogue, do not wish to return. Rogue takes up the cause of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, who have sinister plans to attack Senator Kelly. Kelly's plan is to push forth a Mutant Registration Act. Meanwhile, Angel's father, Warren Worthington, is funding the M.R.D., building anti-mutant robots. The remaining X-Men seek to stop the Brotherhood, despite Kelly's stance on mutants.
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Hindsight (Part 3) Writer: Greg Johnson and Craig Kyle Director: Nick Filippi September 20, 2008 #1.03
With help from Angel, the X-Men are able to move back into the re-built mansion. Forge has been brought to the team to repair Cerebro and the Blackbird. The telepathic Emma Frost, the beautiful former headmistress of the Massachusetts Academy, requests to join the X-Men in order to help find Professor X. Wolverine is suspicious at the start but reluctantly agrees, believing that Emma only has intentions to take control of Cerebro. Emma Frost is able to locate Professor X in Magneto's controlled mutant nation of Genosha. Now with Cyclops back in action, Wolverine leads the X-Men on a mission into enemy territory in order to retrieve their lost mentor.
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Overflow Writer: Greg Johnson and Craig Kyle, Zoƫ Green Director: Doug Murphy September 27, 2008 #1.04
Professor X shows Wolverine a future vision of a destroyed Africa and reveals that Storm is the one who destroyed it. It isn't long before the Shadow King tries to take control of Storm's body.
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Thieve's Gambit Writer: Greg Johnson and Craig Kyle, Bob Forward Director: Steven E. Gordon October 4, 2008 #1.05
Gambit is hired to steal a collar from the X-Men for Senator Kelly and it is up to Wolverine to get it back. Wolverine sets Gambit's money on fire and offers him double the amount, if he helps discovering whom he is working for.
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