Trivia: The main antagonists in this episode as well as the episode that follows it are the Inner Circle. In the comics, the Inner Circle are a sort of clandestine group of mutants that operate within an elitist social group known as the Hellfire Club. Due to censorship reasons, the Hellfire Club aspect of the group is not acknowledged. Its members are visually based on famous actors. Sebastian Shaw is based on Robert Shaw, Harry Leland is based on Orson Welles, Donald Pierce is based on Donald Sutherland, and Mastermind in his Jason Wyngarde persona is based on Peter Wyngarde. The White Queen/Emma Frost is based on the character Emma Peel from the British television series "The Avengers."
Trivia: During Wolverine and Sabretooth's first joint flashback, they are shown stealing a device from Omega Red labeled "C-Synt." This is short for Carbonadium Synthesizer, which in the comics is capable of damaging Wolverine's healing factor as well as protecting Omega Red from his own "death factor."
Trivia: The shot of the newspaper that Lorna shows to Iceman shows that the newspaper is the Daily Bugle, which is the place of employment for Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man. The editorial on the front page is said to be written by Spidey's boss, J. Jonah Jameson.
Trivia: After his hoverchair was destroyed by the Dark Phoenix in the previous episode, Professor X is provided with a new one in the Shi'ar starship. In the comics, Professor X's hoverchair was actually created using Shi'ar technology.
Trivia: At around the 7 minute mark of this episode, Doctor Strange, Thor and Uatu the Watcher make brief cameo appearances. A few moments later when the Dark Phoenix is flying through space, the entity known as Eternity also makes a cameo appearance.
Trivia: When the waiter is on the phone, he asks where his Chateau Calamari 59 is. This is a reference to Joseph Calamari, who has been Executive Vice President at Marvel Comics since 1986 and was also an executive producer on this show.
Trivia: Lady Deathstrike's outfit had to be slightly modified due to censorship issues. In the show she is wearing a white shirt under her vest. In the comics, the white shirt is not there, revealing a lot of cleavage. Obviously not acceptable for a kids' Saturday morning cartoon show.
Trivia: The basketball game between Gambit and Wolverine was inspired by X-Men, Volume 2 #4 which depicted a game of basketball featuring Gambit and Jubilee vs. Wolverine and Rogue (which Gambit dominated). Wolverine and Gambit's game attire is even the same they were wearing in the comic.