One of the easiest ways to make anything look ā€œretroā€ these days is to give something a pixelated 8- or 16-bit look to make it look like a classic video game. But this X-Men fan series manages to twist that pixelated look by applied it to fully 3D modelsā€”and look surprisingly slick in the process.

X-Men: Danger Room Protocols, created by Canadian YouTuber and animator Joel Furtado, promises to be an 18-episode web series that borrows the visual aesthetic of the classic ā€˜90s X-Men: The Animated Series as it imagines the X-Men in various scenarios created by Professor Xā€™s Danger Room, a holographic training simulator.

Thereā€™s an emphasis on the ā€œpromisesā€ there, because while Furtado hopes to begin airing the series on his YouTube channel on January 19th, there is a chance that Marvel and Fox could come knocking for his use of copyrighted characters. Furtadoā€™s hoping that, as a simple fan webseries not made for commercial purposes, he skirts their ire and Danger Room Protocols goes aheadā€”and frankly, weā€™re hoping so too, just so we can get even more shorts that look as interesting as the above introduction video does.