Wolverine in other media
|Adaptations of Wolverine in other media|
|Created by||Roy Thomas
John Romita Sr.
|Original source||Comics published by Marvel Comics|
|First appearance||The Incredible Hulk #180 (October 1974)|
|Films and television|
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
The Wolverine (2013)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
X-Men: Evolution (2000)
Wolverine and the X-Men (2008)
|Video game(s)||The Uncanny X-Men (1989)
X-Men Legends (2004)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Wolverine is one of the few X-Men characters to be included in every media adaptation of the X-Men franchise, including film, television, computer and video games, and is the only one to have starred in his own video games.
- 1 Television
- 1.1 Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
- 1.2 Pryde of the X-Men
- 1.3 Marvel animated universe
- 1.4 X-Men: Evolution
- 1.5 Wolverine and the X-Men
- 1.6 The Super Hero Squad Show
- 1.7 Black Panther
- 1.8 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
- 1.9 Marvel Anime: Wolverine
- 1.10 Spider-Woman motion comics
- 1.11 Marvel Anime: X-Men
- 1.12 Ultimate Spider-Man
- 1.13 Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
- 1.14 Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Super Heroes
- 2 Films
- 3 Video games
- 4 Books
- 5 Music
- 6 Action figures
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Wolverine appears alongside the other X-Men in the episode "A Fire-Star Is Born" of the animated series, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.
Pryde of the X-Men
Marvel animated universe
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Cathal J. Dodd voice-acts as Wolverine in the 1990s X-Men animated television series, the Marvel vs. Capcom series of fighting games, two episodes of the Spider-Man animated series, and the X-Men Cartoon Maker PC game. Masashi Ebara voiced the character in the Japanese dub. He used the aliases "Logan" and "John Logan" in the series. Wolverine wears the classic yellow and blue costume from the comics, and is shown to be in love with Jean Grey, who is Cyclops's girlfriend for most of the series.
In the 2000–2003 animated television series X-Men: Evolution, Wolverine, a man whose past is shrouded in mystery, provides the teenaged X-Men with battle training and creates conflict among his younger teammates. Voice-actor Scott McNeil portrays him.
Wolverine and the X-Men
The Super Hero Squad Show
The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
Wolverine appears during a flashback scene of episode 4 of the prequel micro-series to the animated series, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Logan fights alongside Captain America and other heroes as a Howling Commandos soldier in World War II. He is referred to as Howlett, which corresponds with his birth name of James Howlett. He is again voiced by Steven Blum.
Wolverine also appears in the "New Avengers" episode as part of the New Avengers, a team set up by Tony Stark as a failsafe in case the main Avengers would be unable to fight. Wolverine is summoned and joins with Spider-Man, Heroes for Hire members Luke Cage and Iron Fist, War Machine and the Fantastic Four's Thing to fight Kang the Conquerer. He and the rest of the New Avengers appears again in the series' finale, "Avengers Assemble".
Marvel Anime: Wolverine
As part of a four-series collaboration between the Japanese Madhouse animation house and Marvel, Wolverine starred in a twelve-episode anime series that premiered in Japan on Animax and in the United States on G4 in 2011. The series will focus on him going to Japan to investigate A.I.M. Logan also appears during episode 4 of the Iron Man and episode 7 of the Blade portion of the collaboration. He is voiced by Rikiya Koyama in the Japanese version and Milo Ventimiglia in the English dubbed version.
Spider-Woman motion comics
Marvel Anime: X-Men
The Ultimate version of Wolverine appears in Ultimate Spider-Man, again voiced by Steven Blum. In this version he sports his mainstream-version brown and yellow costume, rather than his Ultimate costume.
Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.
Wolverine makes a cameo appearance in the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. episode "The Collector" as one of the heroes captured by the titular villain. Wolverine also makes a full appearance in the Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. episode "Wendigo Apocalyspe" when he teams up with the Hulk to hunt the Wendigo. He is, yet again, voiced by Steve Blum.
Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Super Heroes
Wolverine makes an appearance in this special, once again voiced by Steve Blum.
Many actors were considered for playing the part of Wolverine in a film adaptation of X-Men. At one point in the 1990s, Glenn Danzig was approached to play Wolverine in an X-Men film, because he bore a slight resemblance to the character, as well as being the same height as Wolverine, and very muscular. However, he had to decline, because the shooting for the film would have forced him to put a halt to touring with his band for nine months.
Bryan Singer, the director of the first two X-Men movies, spoke to a number of actors about the role. He stated that Russell Crowe was too exhausted after playing a similar role in Gladiator; that the role didn't appeal to Edward Norton (Norton was also considered for fellow Marvel villain the Green Goblin in Spider-Man which he didn't play and would later be cast as fellow Marvel hero Hulk for the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk); Fox ruled out Mel Gibson as being too expensive. In 1999, SFX magazine spoke to Keanu Reeves, who told the publication he didn't feel he was right for the role.
Eventually, Dougray Scott was cast as Wolverine, but shooting on Mission: Impossible II overran. Hugh Jackman became his replacement, and went on to play Wolverine in all the X-Men films: X-Men, X2', and X-Men: The Last Stand. When it was first announced, it was considered a highly controversial move, as Hugh Jackman was not only known solely for his musical theater career, but the fact that he was simply too tall for the role (Jackman being 6'3", the comic-book version of Wolverine being approximately 5'3"). Furthermore, in the films, Wolverine's regenerative powers are depicted as more potent than his comic book or animated counterparts, as he was frequently observed returning into full health even from the most fatal of injuries in just a matter of seconds. Despite these divergences though, Jackman's actual performance was well-received. He played this role again for a prequel film revealing more on Wolverine's origins titled X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He also has a brief cameo in X-Men: First Class, and stars in 2013's The Wolverine, where Wolverine does not demonstrate the lingual skills of his comic original. Jackman revealed in a interview with the Huffington Post that his character was originally going to have a cameo in Spider-Man. Wolverine was also set to make a cameo in Captain America: The First Avenger, but was scraped from the script, due to film rights issues.
Hulk Vs (2009)
Steven Blum reprised his role as Wolverine in the film Hulk Vs, in a segment called "Hulk Vs. Wolverine". It also features many insights on Wolverine's past. This was tied in with the Wolverine and the X-Men series in episode 7, titled "Wolverine vs. Hulk", though the ties are incredibly loose, as there is very little (if any) continuity between this movie and the episode.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Wolverine is a playable character (often the primary or default playable character) in all X-Men video games and many Marvel video games in general including The Uncanny X-Men, X-Men (arcade game), X-Men (Sega), and X-Men 2: Clone Wars.
Video games featuring Wolverine as the lead character include Wolverine for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Wolverine: Adamantium Rage for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis.
- Wolverine also appears in several Spider-Man related games, beginning with 1992's Spider-Man/X-Men: Arcade's Revenge, and followed by a cameo in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 for the Game Boy and as a poster on a wall in the 2000 Spider-Man video game.
- Keith Szarabajka voices the character in the Ultimate Spider-Man video game. He appears as a boss that the player must defeat when playing as the villain Venom. Venom flings Logan's motorcycle through the wall of a pub, and Logan attacks in retaliation.
- Wolverine appears in Spider-Man: Web of Shadows voiced by Steven Blum. He ambushes Spider-Man at Hell's Kitchen and ask him questions to determine if Spider-Man is a symbiote or not. Later in the game, Wolverine becomes a symbiote-possessed monster and battles Spider-Man, serving a more powerful version of the boss form he was in earlier. If the player chooses the Red Suit Path, Wolverine uses his claws to gut himself, effectively removing the symbiote. (Ironically, Wolverine had originally suggested doing this to Spiderman if the symbiote managed to gain control of him.) If the player chooses the Black Suit Path, Spider-Man will absorb Wolverine's symbiote and then rip him in half with Wolverine swearing to kill him. In both Black Suit endings, Black Widow enlists a symbiote-controlled Wolverine (who is in full control of his symbiote) to bring her Spider-Man dead or alive. The Symbiote-Wolverine prefers the dead option. Wolverine is an assist character who will slash at any opponents in all versions.
- Wolverine is referenced in Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions in Deadpool's level where Deadpool mentions him and Spider-Man switching brains. He also makes a cameo in the Hobgoblin's level as a visual display, seemingly borrowing the design from Hulk Vs.
He is a playable character in X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse, X-Men: Children of the Atom, Marvel Super Heroes, X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes: War of the Gems, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes, Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. He is voiced by Cathal J. Dodd in these games with the exception of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, in which Steven Blum reprises his role. There are 2 selectable versions of Wolverine in Marvel vs. Capcom 2: one with adamantium claws and the other with longer bone claws.
X-Men: Mutant Academy and X-Men: Next Dimension
Wolverine appears as a playable character in X-Men: Mutant Academy, X-Men: Mutant Academy 2, and X-Men: Next Dimension. Cathal J. Dodd reprises his role for the first game, while Tony Daniels voices the character for the sequel.
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3
Movie tie-in games
Wolverine is one of the playable characters in the movie tie-in games X2: Wolverine's Revenge, X-Men: The Official Game and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Mark Hamill voices the character in X2: Wolverine's Revenge, while the others feature Hugh Jackman reprising his role from the films.
X-Men Legends and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
- Steven Blum provided the voice for Wolverine who is playable in X-Men Legends and its sequel X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse.
- Steven Blum reprises Wolverine in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance. His Modern costume (simply a torn-up T-shirt and jeans), Classic costume (John Byrne's tan and brown design), Astonishing costume (John Cassaday's variation of the classic yellow and blue costume), and Ultimate Marvel costumes are available. He has special dialogue with Jean Grey, Deathbird, Dum Dum Dugan, The Vision, Black Widow and Nick Fury. A simulation disk has Wolverine fighting Warstar on the Omega Base and another simulation disk has Ghost Rider defending him from Baron Mordo.
- Wolverine appears as an initially playable character in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, alongside Spider-Man, Captain America, Iron Man and Nick Fury, attacking Latveria at the beginning of the story. His Secret War attire features as his alternate costume. Steven Blum again reprises the role.
Super Hero Squad games
- Wolverine appears as a playable character in the Marvel Super Hero Squad video game and its sequel, with Steven Blum voicing the role.
- Wolverine appears as a playable character in the game Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat, again voiced by Steven Blum.
- Wolverine is a playable character in Marvel Super Hero Squad Online, and have five forms : His normal yellow and blue outfit, his classic yellow and brown outfit, an "Avenger" outfit, jeans and white t-shirt outfit and a samurai outfit with the murasama blade. Steven Blum reprises his role.
- Wolverine appears in Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects, voiced David Kaye.
- Wolverine is available as downloadable content for the game LittleBigPlanet, as part of "Marvel Costume Kit 3".
- Wolverine is a playable character in the Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
- Wolverine appears as a playable character in the 2012 fighting game Marvel Avengers: Battle for Earth.
- Wolverine is a playable character in the MMORPG Marvel Heroes, with Steve Blum reprising the role.
- Wolverine appears in Deadpool with Steve Blum reprising the role. His most prominent role is in a minor bonus feature in the "Genosha" level in which Deadpool repeatedly slaps the unconscious Wolverine while yelling nonsensical insults in an attempt to wake him up.
- Wolverine will be a playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes. with Steve Blum reprising the role
- Wolverine appears in the X-Men/Star Trek crossover novel Planet X. In it, he befriends Worf, who has a similar appreciation of combat and fighting. Wolverine programs the holodeck of the Enterprise-E to simulate Sabretooth, the Blob, Unus the Untouchable, and Juggernaut for him and Worf to fight.
The Bloodhound Gang mention Wolverine in the song "Why's Everybody Always Pickin' On Me?". In the first few lines, the song states that when the person was born, "Wolverine is less hairy than your son", referencing Wolverine's prodigious body hair.
The band Entombed has an album, Wolverine Blues, with Wolverine on an alternate cover. The album also had a single of the same name. The band, though, did not intend to associate the album or the song with the character - even though the music video of the title track contains many images of Wolverine.
Brazilian rock singer Nasi, of Ira! fame, because of his similarity with the character, in his first solo album, called "Onde os Anjos Não Ousam Pisar" (where angels dare not to tread), posed as Wolverine, with a cigar and adamantium claws. The album has also a track called "Wolverine Blues", but it has no connection with the Entombed version.
The punk band Rancid has a song called "Sidekick" which mentions Wolverine fighting police officers and government agents to protect homeless people.
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Wolverine has often been rendered in plastic, either independently, or in conjunction with other media. Mattel was the first, with the 1984 Secret Wars line, supported by five points of articulation, including the neck, shoulders and hips. Among other notable figures, started a controversial trend in toys: the variant. His claws came in two different color options, one set silver, the other set black. When collectors began trying to complete their sets for Secret Wars, the silver set was readily available, while the black set was found to be rare.
While Wolverine was the first to be rendered in plastic, the other X-Men would go several years with no interest, until 1992 when "Night of the Sentinels" was shown in animated form. With a toy line in stores retailing at roughly five inches, they had a modest roster of seven figures. The sculpts were a cross between DC's Superpowers line and GI Joe. The points of articulation included on these figures were relatively standard, but many of the figures also include action features as well.
Out of the twenty-eight waves of the X-Men line produced by Toy Biz, starting with 1991s series 1, only two series of the line did not feature a Wolverine (Counting Albert, because his package clearly states; "Robot Wolverine"...) Twenty-six figures were eventually produced, but with; repaints, two-ups (10" figures) or reissues, the total count is uncertain.
In 1998, Marvel had begun producing X-Men: Evolution in '99, and that line of toys yielded a net of six Wolverine action figures. But at the same time of the movies release, Wolverine gave us another nine figures. The toy line performed well, as Toy Biz began producing figures in 6" to support the character's animated exploits. In 2003, they featured a figures with twenty-six POA. X-Men: Classics were 6" and they added three Wolverines...
Marvel Legends started in 2002, releasing two solid waves with no Wolverine. Toy Biz boasted 26+ POA (points of articulation), extreme detail, and excellent paint applications. It seemed that Marvel wanted to create iconic versions of all their characters with the collector in mind. Gone were the days of colorful, childlike toy packages. They were replaced with; impenetrable clamshells that flattered the characters in general.
During Toy Biz's production of Marvel Legends, there were a total of 13 Wolverine figures produced. These included Classic costume (with unmasked variant), Brown costume, a Weapon X figure, a "Days of Future Past" Logan figure (with younger variant), an "Astonishing X-Men" costume (with unmasked variant), an "Age of Apocalypse" figure (with burnt face variant), another unmasked Classic costume model (With a different head sculpt included in an X-Men 5-pack boxset) and an original costume model included in a 2-pack with Sabretooth (a variant "raging" model was also produced). Toy Biz as well produced a short-lived X-Men Classics toy line which included two more Wolverine figures. Another X-Men line was released in 2005 which included Ninja Armor Wolverine, Stealth Wolverine and Air Strike Wolverine action figures.
In 2007, Hasbro took over production of Marvel Legends. The 2nd wave of figures produced included an "Ultimate" Wolverine figure. Also they produced a 25th Anniversary Wolverine exclusively to Toys R Us. The figure itself is just a repaint of Toy Biz's Marvel Legends Series 6 Wolverine painted silver. The package comes with no BAF and features a picture of his famous solo series.
Diamond Select began a Marvel Select collectors line-up. They promised even more detail than the X-Men and Marvel Legends lines. Although they were not in scale with the other figures, offered more Wolverines, three to date. Marvel Legends has provided 13 different figures, including variants, including deluxe scale figures and Icons.
Wolverine is the second figurine in the Classic Marvel Figurine Collection. It is the shortest figurine in the collection at 77.5 millimeters.
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