Monday, January 05, 2009

Sneak Peek "Wolverine And The X-Men"...

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Nicktoons Network, introduces "Wolverine and the X-Men", the new animated TV series based on Marvel's super heroes. Produced by Marvel Animation, the new 26-episode, half-hour series follows 'Wolverine' as he reunites the 'X-Men' in an attempt to save the world.

The series begins with two back-to-back episodes Friday, Jan. 23, 8:00 to 9:00 p.m, building on Marvel's storylines from the comic books and big screen.

"The folks at Marvel are master storytellers, which is why the X-Men franchise has been so hugely successful," said Keith Dawkins, Nicktoons Network General Manager, Senior Vice President, Nickelodeon Programming Partnerships.

"We expect this next chapter to really resonate with our audience."

In the premiere episode, "Hindsight, Part 1", it is a year after a mysterious explosion destroyed the 'Xavier Institute' and broke up the weary X-Men. An embittered Wolverine has lost himself on the open road, haunted by the unexplained fate of the missing 'Professor X' and 'Jean Grey'.

But his efforts to keep a low profile end when he's brought back into the crosshairs of the 'Mutant Response Division' (MRD) after rescuing a family. Wolverine infiltrates the MRD to liberate the innocent family who was captured for defending him, as well as a dozen captured mutants. Wolverine knows more trouble is on the way, and realizes he needs to enlist the help of the X-Men.

In the second episode, "Hindsight, Part 2", the villains from the 'Brotherhood' fuel the mutant hysteria as 'Sen. Kelly' tries to gather support for his 'Mutant Registration Act'.

Meanwhile, Wolverine is finding it difficult to get the X-Men back together. Most of the team is still unaccounted for, and those that Wolverine can find refuse to join. The disillusioned 'Rogue' has taken up with the Brotherhood, but when the Brotherhood plans to go after Sen. Kelly at a press conference, the conflicted Rogue must decide where her loyalties lie.

"...In the late 20th century, mankind began to change. Suddenly, teenagers developed unthinkable abilities that science classified as the next stage in human evolution. In response, Professor Charles Xavier created a School for Gifted Youngsters so the young 'mutants' could learn to control their uncanny abilities and live in harmony with the non-mutant members of society. From then on, Xavier's students -- the X-Men -- intervened to protect the peace until a mysterious explosion devastated Xavier's school. Leaderless and without direction, the X-Men disbanded and the man known as Wolverine struck out on his own.

One year later, the once fiercely independent Wolverine must reunite the X-Men to prevent a horrible vision of the future where the X-Men gave up on Xavier's mission and the world fell into chaos. With great tragedy in their past and their future, Wolverine must lead Xavier's disillusioned students against the forces of fate and destiny. Perhaps together Wolverine and the X-Men can steer the course of history away from catastrophe. But no challenge Wolverine has ever faced can prepare him. On top of learning to lead the X-men for the first time, he's charged with trying to prevent a vision of a dark future from coming to pass. If the X-Men are to stay together as a team long enough to save the world, Wolverine will have to set aside his doubts, and the loaner will have to become a leader..."