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Feb 7, 2022

The Legends Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Michelle, Consultant Chris, and Producer of the show Director SP discuss the 1992 Marvel Entertainment Group X-Men The Animated Series season one episodes “Cold Vengeance,” “Slave Island,” “The Cure,” and “Come the Apocalypse.” They also discuss the top Marvel Studios news stories of the week including James Gunn on the end of the current Guardians Of the Galaxy Team, An Update on Loki Season 2, and How The Eternals Domestic Box Office Compares to all the other MCU films. The Team debriefs you on National Carrot Cake Day (yum!), X-Men Creator Margaret Loesch’s importance and background, a Legends Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Previously on in honor of X-Men The Animated Series, why the Disney+ episodes are out of order, the important storylines introduced, how the series feels like a comic (in a good way) and how it makes you want to reread the comics, Rogue’s powerful and tragic story, how the X-Men help you find yourself through finding themselves, SP’s episode nitpicks, Cable’s series introduction, Apocalypse and Archangel’s introduction, Rogue and Gambit’s flirting, Gambit’s recklessness, Cyclops’ righteousness, Mystique’s series introduction, and your comfort MCU movies. Stay tuned after the credits for a few minutes of Legends Of S.H.I.E.L.D. bonus audio.




  • Marvel Entertainment’s X-Men The Animated Series As Shown On Disney+
    • Discuss episodes 6-9 of the 1992 X-Men Animated Series
    • Some background into one of the main X-Men The Animated Series creators: Margaret Loesch
  • Weekly Marvel Studio News
    • James Gunn on the end of the current Guardians Of The Galaxy Team
    • An Update on Loki Season 2
    • How The Eternals Domestic Box Office Compares to all the other MCU films




X-Men The Animated Series was Ordered and Created By Fox Kids Executive Margaret Loesch


  • You can see Margaret Loesch on a Batman: The Animated Series 30th Anniverary Documentary
  • Stay 'Tooned! Presents - Batman: The Animated Series
    • 7:26 - Friday night college dates watching Batman first
    • 9:21 - Liked Super Friends
    • 12:47 - The deal with Warner Bros that would pay for the programming and relationship with Jean Maccurdy
    • 14:18 was a fan of WB properties like Batman
    • 14:34 Wanted to do Batman, Tasmania and Tiny Toons
    • 14:58 Deal with properties and Steven Spielsburg with Animaniacs also in deal
    • 16:03 X-Men and Batman - biggest successes. And with Sidney (writer)
    • 17:15 the first deal approach to creative talk (fas)
    • 18:16 Relationships led to terrific deal that Fox didn’t have to pay for
    • 22:36 - final deal
    • 23:01 Batman was a drama (different goal)
    • 23:35 - how to stop criticism. Become a hit
    • 23:59 had something special
    • 34:07 how well written the show was
    • 37:12 Sidney was a purist
    • 41:01 Prime Time airing. Sunday nights against 60 minutes
    • 1:33:58 Excited about the music
    • 1:35:14 The amazing music
    • 2:04:42 It was a winner that came through
    • 2:05:44 Goal: Never disappoint the audience
    • 2:06:11 - Created an environment that is good and healthy for the creators and collaborators
    • 2:07:35 Support to the show was tremendous
    • 2:15:35 How Jean Maccurdy got her job through drinks with Margaret
  • Wikipedia
  • IMDB Credits:
    • 50 Producer and 37 Production Manager Credits starting in 1978
    • Including Production Credits For:
      • Popeye
      • The Flintstones
      • The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo 
      • Super Friends 
      • The Smurfs
      • I. Joe: The Revenge of Cobra 
      • Dungeons & Dragons 
      • The Transformers: The Movie
      • I. Joe
      • My Little Pony 'n Friends 
      • The Transformers 
      • Fraggle Rock 
      • RoboCop
      • Pryde of the X-Men
      • Muppet Babies
    • IMDB Credits:
      • 50 Producer and 37 Production Manager Credits starting in 1978
      • Including Production Credits For:
      • Popeye
      • The Flintstones
      • The Scooby and Scrappy-Doo
      • Super Friends
      • The Smurfs
      • I. Joe: The Revenge of Cobra
      • Dungeons & Dragons
      • The Transformers: The Movie
      • I. Joe
      • My Little Pony 'n Friends
      • The Transformers
      • Fraggle Rock
      • RoboCop
      • Pryde of the X-Men
      • Muppet Babies
    • Creatorx76 X-Men: the Animated Series
  • LinkedIn
    • Executive Vice-President, Development & Programming
      • Hanna-Barbera Productions
      • Aug 1979 - Aug 1984 5 years 1 month
    • & CEO
      • Marvel Productions LTD
      • Aug 1984 - Mar 1990 5 years 8 months
    • President & CEO
      • FOX Kids Worldwide
      • Mar 1990 - Nov 1997 7 years 9 months
    • President
      • Jim Henson Television, Worldwide
      • Jan 1998 - Dec 1998 1 year
      • While with Henson, developed a distribution strategy and purchased, along with partner Hallmark Entertainment, the Odyssey Channel which was then re-structured, rebuilt and in 1991 relaunched as the Hallmark Channel.
    • President & CEO
      • Hallmark Channel/Crown Media US
      • Jan 1999 - Nov 2001 2 years 11 months
    • CEO
      • The Hatchery LLC
      • Jul 2003 - Aug 2009 6 years 2 months
    • & CEO
      • Hub Television Networks LLC
      • Aug 2009 - 2014 12 years 6 months
    • Turner Classic Movies
        • Few have dominated children's programming during the past 25 years as much as Margaret Loesch, who, as an executive with ABC, NBC, Hanna-Barbera, Marvel Productions and, finally, as founding president of the Fox Children's Network, has developed and/or supervised more than 100 live-action and animated series and specials. In July 1997, Loesch was appointed vice chair of Fox Kids Worldwide, to be in charge of the Fox Kids Network, Saban Entertainment and International Family Entertainment, acquired by News Corporation earlier in the year. Loesch was given the responsibility of developing long-term strategy and opportunities for Fox Kids Worldwide.
        • Prior to the new appointment, Loesch was responsible not just for the Fox Network--which was the highest-rated children's programming block in broadcasting--but also for the Fox Kids Club, the Fox magazines for kids and the weekly radio program, Fox Kids Countdown. She began her career in TV at ABC in 1971, working her way up through a succession of program-related positions until 1974, when she bolted to NBC to supervise the Saturday morning line-up of children's programming. Loesch left NBC to join Hanna-Barbera as vice president of children's programming in 1979 where she took hold of a property called "The Smurfs," that would become the hottest kids ticket of the early 80s and put NBC in the Saturday morning driver's seat. In 1984, she accepted the position of president and CEO of Marvel Productions, where she was responsible for the execution of such programs as "Jim Henson's Muppet Babies," "Dungeons and Dragons," "GI Joe" and "Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock" and shared in four Emmy awards for her efforts.
        • It was a surprise to few in the animation and kids programming world when Loesch was named by Fox to create a network for the ages 2-12 demographic in 1990. She developed the Fox Network as a service for the affiliates providing both weekday and Saturday morning programming. Among the efforts was the "Batman" animated franchise. Loesch has also expanded the Fox Network to Latin America and Australia.
        • Following the merger of Fox Kids Network with Saban in November 1997, Loesch resigned her post. In February 1998, it was announced that she had accepted the position of president of the newly created Jim Henson TV Group, with responsibilities to head worldwide TV operations and with the mandate to create a new general entertainment cable channel. Soon after the network relaunch under the name Hallmark Channel, Loesch resigned because she "achieved all of my goals, and now I'm exhausted" and she hoped to spend more time with her family.
      • From:
        • TV executive Margaret Loesch had long championed the idea that there was TV gold to be made with Marvel, and she’d spent years pitching shows to the networks. Loesch was particularly taken with the X-Men, the ragtag team of mutants led by Prof. Charles Xavier, who taught them to deal with their mutant powers, all the while protecting a public who feared and even hated them. She oversaw a failed pilot, 1989’s Pryde of the X-Men, (featuring, of all things, a Wolverine with an Australian accent) and vowed not to make the same mistakes again. When Loesch started her role as Fox Kids CEO in 1990, she convinced Fox head Jamie Kellner to let her greenlight an X-Men show, staking her career on its success. She brought in Haim Saban of Saban Entertainment and production company Graz for the show.


X-Men The Animated Series Episodes 6-9 Premiered on “Fox Kids”

  • (Episode Order As Shown On Disney+, Premiere Dates As Shown On Fox)
    • S1E6 “Cold Vengeance” February 6, 1993
    • S1E7 “Slave Island” Saturday February 13, 1993
    • S1E8 “The Cure” Saturday February 27, 1993
    • S1E9 "Come the Apocalypse" Saturday March 6, 1993
  • Produced By:
    • Will Meugniot
    • Larry Houston


X-Men The Animated Series Main Cast

  • Cedric Smith                                        ...         Professor X / Charles Xavier
    • 117 Credits, best known for X-Men
  • Norm Spencer                                      ...         Cyclops / Scott Summers 
    • 31 Credits, best known for X-Men
  • Catherine Disher                                  ...         Jean Grey / Phoenix
    • 122 Credits, best known for X-Men
  • Alison Sealy-Smith                              ...         Storm / Ororo Munroe
    • 72 Credits, best known for X-Men
  • Iona Morris                                          ...         Storm / Ororo Munroe
    • 101 Credits
      • Star Tek TOD (Little Girl)
      • Claudian Grant on Robotech
      • 2xStar Trek: Voyager
  • Lenore Zann                                         ...         Rogue
    • 110 Credits, best known for X-Men
  • Cal Dodd                                              ...         Wolverine / Logan
    • 34 Credits, best known for X-Men
  • Alyson Court                                        ...         Jubilee / Jubilation Lee
    • 100 Credits, best known for X-Men
  • George Buza                                        ...         Beast / Dr. Henry 'Hank' McCoy 
    • 163 Credits, best known for X-Men
  • Chris Potter                                         ...         Gambit / Remy LeBeau
    • 58 Credits
    • The Pacifier
    • Heartland
  •  Don Francks                                       ...         Sabretooth / Graydon Creed Sr. 
    • 191 Credits
    • Johnny Mnemonic
    • Heavy Metal
  • Brett Halsey                                         ...         Bolivar Trask
    • 154 Credits       
  • Barry Flatman                                      ...         Henry Peter Gyrich (works with Trask)
  • David Hemblen                         ...         Magneto / Erik Magnus Lehnsherr
  • Lawrence Bayne                                   ...         Cable / Nathan Dayspring-Summers
    • 127 Credits
  • Randall Carpenter        (She)                ...         Mystique / Raven Darkholme (voice)
    • 13 Credits         
  • Lally Cadeau                                         ...         Dr. Moira MacTaggert 
  • Stephen Ouimette                                ...         Angel / Warren Worthington III 
  • John Colicos                                        ...         Apocalypse / En Sabah Nur


NEWS [45:29]






  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6, 2022)




  • Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8, 2022)






  • Ironheart is in development for release on Disney+
    • No date has been announced. 
    • Series confirmed on Disney+ Day 12 Nov 21


  • Armor Wars is in development for release on Disney+ but no date has been announced. 


  • Echo is in development for release on Disney+
    • Confirmed on Disney+ Day 12 Nov 21 but no release/premiere date given. 


  • Agatha: House of Harkness
    • Announced/Confirmed on Disney+ Day 12 Nov 2021


  • An untitled Wakanda series is in development for release on Disney+ but no date has been announced. 


  • X-Men ‘97 (2023)
    • Written by Executive Producer Beau DeMayo.
    • Announced Disney+ Day (12 Nov 2021)


  • The Marvels (Feb. 17, 2023)


  •  Marvel Zombies
    • Animated series announced on Disney+ Day 12 Nov 21
    • No date given


  • Also, we know there will be a Loki season two at some point.


  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (July 28, 2023)


  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 5th, 2023)


  • Fantastic Four  (???)


  • Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special
    • Confirmed during Disney+ Day 12 Nov 21
    • Different from I Am Groot


  • Spider-Man: Freshman Year
    • Announced during Disney+ Day 12 Nov 2021
    • No premiere date given


  • Untitled (February 16th, 2024)


  • Untitled (May 3rd, 2024)


  • Untitled (July 26th, 2024)


  • Untitled (November 8th, 2024)


  • List of MCU films in production without premiere dates
    • Fantastic Four
    • Deadpool 3
    • Blade
    • Avengers-Level Team up to end the phase (not confirmed in development)
      • Could be linked to Russo Brothers story from last week
    • Captain America Sequel
    • Possible X-Men


  • Projects that have NOT been announced yet
    • Young Avengers




Box Office History for Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies

Marvel's Eternals Tops Just One Other MCU Film as Domestic Box Office Run Ends

Released amid a global pandemic after multiple delays, Eternals' domestic box office take comes in second-to-last of all the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, sandwiched between two Phase One films.


Finishing ahead of 2008's The Incredible Hulk but falling behind 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger in a report from The Numbers, Chloé Zhao's Eternals finished its domestic run with $164.87 million at the domestic box office. The second film in the MCU's Phase One, Incredible Hulk managed $134.81 million, while the fifth entry, First Avenger, pulled in $176.65 million. For reference, Avengers: Endgame currently holds the top domestic revenue spot with $858.37 million.


James Gunn On End Of ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Franchise & ‘Peacemaker’s Butterfly Secret: Hero Nation Podcast

“This is the end for us, the last time people will see this team of Guardians,” James Gunn told us on today’s Hero Nation about the franchise’s conclusion with Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 due out on May 5, 2023.

"I just want to be true to the characters, the story and give people the wrap-up that they deserve for the story... That’s always a little bit scary; I'm doing my best."

"It's big; it's so, so big and dark and different from what people might be expecting it to be," he said. He also referred to the pressure of ending the film franchise as a trilogy. "I'm aware that the third film in most trilogies sucks," he admitted with the caveat, "not always."


Scarlett Johansson Received a Second Massive Payout for Pandemic Release Restructuring

Marvel Cinematic Universe star Scarlett Johansson received a massive second payout as a result of the release restructuring caused by the pandemic.


According to Puck, Johansson was one of several actors who were handed "mid seven-figure checks" by NBC Universal as a buyout of their box office bonuses. NBC Universal had opted to make films available for streaming 17 days after release in theaters as a compromise during the pandemic. The same was given to Johansson's co-stars, Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon. The exact figure is unknown. It's worth noting that Universal's deal with theaters allowed for release on streaming services for films that opened to less than $50 million. Meaning the buyout was arguably unnecessary.

‘Sing 2’ and the Art of Franchise Survivalism

From “NBC Universal C.E.O. Jeff Shell and film chief Donna Langley decided to keep the theatrical exclusive, then drop the film on premium video on demand 17 days after its release, for a higher-than-normal $25 rental charge. That strategy would potentially kneecap the box office of a film whose 2016 predecessor grossed $634 million worldwide, though films available at home recently have held up O.K. in theaters. I’m told it also meant cutting mid seven-figure checks to the voices of those farm animals—Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson, with smaller payouts for the rest of the main cast—to buy out a big chunk of their box office bonuses.”




Gugu Mbatha-Raw Confirms Return for ‘Loki’ Season 2

‘Loki’ Season 2 Eyeing a Summer Production Start

Production on the second season of Marvel Studios’ Loki series is reported to begin this summer at Pinewood Studios, and it appears one of the first seasons’ biggest stars will be there when it happens. Gugu Mbatha-Raw, the British actress who played TVA judge and series antagonist Ravonna Renslayer, has confirmed that she will indeed be returning for the show’s next batch of episodes. During an interview with Michael Strahan on Good Morning America, Mbatha-Raw was asked about her involvement with the future of the Disney+ exclusive. Her response, accompanied by a huge smile, was short and straightforward: “I know there is a season two… I know that I’m in it…and that’s about all I can say!”


FEEDBACK [56:29]


Legends S.H.I.E.L.D. @LegendsofSHIELD

What’s your “comfort” MCU movie?

Andiminga @andiminga

Thor: Ragnarok

Dr. Gnome to you @MrParacletes

Probably Captain America: First Avenger

just cody @CodyfromZero

Winter Soldier. Cap 1 and Thor 3 are up there too

Alex Kielar… Loading…@AlexKielar






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