10 Mind-Blowing Facts You Didn't Know About The '90s X-Men Cartoon

10. The Whole Show Was Scrapped And Reworked After One Episode

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Nowadays, it's common knowledge that X-Men had a failed pilot called Pryde of the X-Men. However, few people know the process of how that episode came to be.

Margaret Loesche, who was the executive producer of the show (as well as Spider-Man), was looking for a new cartoon to produce. Reading Marvel comics for research, she believed X-Men had more potential due to dealing with complex themes like racism, segregation, and prejudice. For eight years studios rejected her proposal, saying that the team was too obscure.

When the show was finally greenlit the studio still wasn't sure it would become a hit, and so decided to overstuff the pilot episode with as many characters as possible, hoping it would sell toys.

The episode wasn't bad. It was just... ok. Now, "ok" is fine for most cartoons. Kids aren't expecting Citizen Kane or anything. They just need to watch something entertaining for 20 minutes.

But Margaret Loesch didn't want the show to be ok. She wanted it to be great and so, reworked and recast everything. She was told that if the first season didn't bring in the ratings, she was fired.

After many months, the new pilot was ready to debut... but the problems didn't stop there.

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