‘X-Men ’97’ Showrunner Confirms Morph “Was Confessing Romantic Feelings” For Wolverine In Season Finale

Morph (J.P. Karliak) hopes for Wolverine's (Cal Dodd) recovery in X-Men '97 Season 1 Episode 10 'Tolerance is Extinction - Part 3' (2024), Disney Plus(2024), Disney Plus
Morph (J.P. Karliak) hopes for Wolverine's (Cal Dodd) recovery in X-Men '97 Season 1 Episode 10 'Tolerance is Extinction - Part 3' (2024), Disney Plus(2024), Disney Plus

In putting to rest any doubt regarding the intention of the seemingly ambiguous scene, former X-Men ’97 showrunner Beau DeMayo has confirmed that during his attempt to provide emotional support for the wounded mutant berserker in the series’ first season finale, Morph was, in fact, confessing his love for Wolverine.

Morph (J.P. Karliak) watches over a wounded Wolverine (Cal Dodd) in X-Men '97 Season 1 Episode 10 'Tolerance is Extinction - Part 3' (2024), Disney Plus
Morph (J.P. Karliak) watches over a wounded Wolverine (Cal Dodd) in X-Men ’97 Season 1 Episode 10 ‘Tolerance is Extinction – Part 3’ (2024), Disney Plus

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For those who haven’t tuned into the revival series – and according to the numbers, that may be most of you – the scene in question takes place during the tenth and final episode of its first season, Tolerance Is Extinction – Part 3.

Bastion (Theo James) threatens to end the whole of life on Earth X-Men '97 Season 1 Episode 10 'Tolerance is Extinction - Part 3' (2024), Disney Plus
Bastion (Theo James) threatens to end the whole of life on Earth X-Men ’97 Season 1 Episode 10 ‘Tolerance is Extinction – Part 3’ (2024), Disney Plus

Therein, after receiving word that Bastion is fast approaching their current location of Asteroid M with intent of ripping the space base from the sky and smashing it down upon the heads of Earth’s inhabitants, the titular team soon find themselves rushing to intercept him before he can make his plan a reality.

However, realizing that Wolverine needs someone to protect his mangled body as it attempts to heal from having the adamantium ripped from his skeleton by Magneto just moments prior, Morph elects to sit out the approaching final battle in order to stand wounded teammate.

Magneto (Norm Spencer) rips the adamantium from Wolverine's (Cal Dodd) bones in X-Men '97 Season 1 Episode 10 'Tolerance Is Extinction - Part 2' (2024), Disney Plus
Magneto (Norm Spencer) rips the adamantium from Wolverine’s (Cal Dodd) bones in X-Men ’97 Season 1 Episode 10 ‘Tolerance Is Extinction – Part 2’ (2024), Disney Plus

Unfortunately for the X-Men, though they’re able to defeat the Human-Sentinel hybrid himself, his plan is still set in to motion courtesy by President Kelly, whose attempt to eliminate the threat of Asteroid M via missile strike only serves to knock it out of orbit and send it careening towards the planet below.

Finding themselves the last line of defense against the absolute extinction of all life on Earth, the team then moves to try and stop Asteroid M’s descent by unleashing the full might of their combined powers against it – all the while fully understanding that should their efforts be successful, they will most likely result in the destruction of the base, and thus their deaths.

Flash Thompson (N/A), Peter Parker (N/A), and Mary-Jane Watson (N/A) watch on as the X-Men attempt to stop the fall of Asteroid M in X-Men '97 Season 1 Episode 10 'Tolerance is Extinction - Part 3' (2024), Disney Plus
Flash Thompson (N/A), Peter Parker (N/A), and Mary-Jane Watson (N/A) watch on as the X-Men attempt to stop the fall of Asteroid M in X-Men ’97 Season 1 Episode 10 ‘Tolerance is Extinction – Part 3’ (2024), Disney Plus

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Faced with the very real possibility that his time may be at an end, while his teammates fight to save the world, the team’s resident shapeshifter comes to terms with the fact that he may be staring down his very last chance to come clean regarding his feelings for Wolverine.

Using his powers to take on the appearance of Jean Grey, the team’s resident shapeshifter proceeds to admit to his comatose teammate, “She can’t say it, but I can. I love you Logan. Stay with me.”

Morph (J.P. Karliak) confesses his love for Wolverine (Cal Dodd) recovery in X-Men '97 Season 1 Episode 10 'Tolerance is Extinction - Part 3' (2024), Disney Plus(2024), Disney Plus
Morph (J.P. Karliak) confesses his love for Wolverine (Cal Dodd) in X-Men ’97 Season 1 Episode 10 ‘Tolerance is Extinction – Part 3’ (2024), Disney Plus(2024), Disney Plus

Notably, thanks to Morph’s being transformed at the time, the scene’s implications were initially considered ambiguous, with some speculating that he took Jean’s appearance in order to give him a ‘shield’ behind which to offer his confession, while others argued that he did so simply to up his chances of waking Wolverine.

But this ambiguity would not last long, as shortly after the episode’s premiere on May 15th, the aforementioned DeMayo took to his personal Twitter account to positively confirm that, “Yes, Morph was confessing romantic feelings for Logan.”

Former 'X-Men '97' showrunner Beau DeMayo confirms Morph has romantic feelings for Wolverine.
Archive Link Beau DeMayo (@BeauDeMayo) via Twitter

Met with the assertion from a fan, “Ahhh damn, I should’ve known once he brought those beers and turned into Sabretooth” – a moment seen at the conclusion of the season’s second episode, Mutant Liberation Begins – the former showrunner implied that this scene was a hint to Morph’s feelings, admitting, “Yep. That wasn’t an accident.”

Former 'X-Men '97' showrunner Beau DeMayo confirms Morph has romantic feelings for Wolverine.
Archive Link Beau DeMayo (@BeauDeMayo) via Twitter

At current, all ten episodes of X-Men ’97’s first season are now streaming on Disney Plus.

The season has also been renewed for a second season, though production on it has yet to commence.

Morph (J.P. Karliak) has a peace offering for Wolverine (Cal Dodd) in X-Men '97 Season 1 Episode 2 'Mutant Liberation Begins' (2024), Disney Plus
Morph (J.P. Karliak) has a peace offering for Wolverine (Cal Dodd) in X-Men ’97 Season 1 Episode 2 ‘Mutant Liberation Begins’ (2024), Disney Plus

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