Wolverine in other media

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Adaptations of Wolverine in other media
Created by Roy Thomas
Len Wein
John Romita Sr.
Original source Comics published by Marvel Comics
First appearance The Incredible Hulk #180 (October 1974)
Films and television
Film(s) X-Men (2000)
X2 (2003)
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: Apocalypse (2016)
X-Men (1992)
X-Men: Evolution (2000)
Wolverine and the X-Men (2008)
Video game(s) Wolverine (1991)
Wolverine: Adamantium Rage (1994)
X-Men: Wolverine's Rage (2001)
X2: Wolverine's Revenge (2003)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Wolverine is one of the few X-Men comic book 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.




  • Wolverine appears among the main cast of the X-Men animated TV series, voiced by Cathal J. Dodd.[5]
  • Wolverine appears in the episodes "Neogenic Nightmare Chapter 4: The Mutant Agenda" and "Neogenic Nightmare Chapter 5: Mutants Revenge" of the 1994 Spider-Man animated TV series voiced by Cathal J. Dodd.[5]


  • 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. Unlike most versions, Wolverine did not sport his signature muttonchops and was noticeably taller. Voice-actor Scott McNeil portrays him.[6]
  • Wolverine is feature in Wolverine and the X-Men. In this cartoon series, Wolverine is tasked with leading the X-Men and carrying out orders from Professor Xavier (who is in a coma in the present, but communicates through his body from the future). Steven Blum plays the lead role.[7]
  • As part of a four-series collaboration between the Japanese Madhouse animation house and Marvel, Wolverine starred in a twelve-episode anime series named Marvel Anime: Wolverine, which premiered in Japan on Animax and in the United States on G4 in 2011.[10] The series focuses on him going to Japan to investigate A.I.M.. Steven Blum dubbed the role of Wolverine in the English version of Marvel Anime: X-Men.[11] Logan also appears during the fourth episode of the Iron Man and the seventh episode 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.[12]


  • Wolverine appears during a flashback scene of the fourth 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"[14] episode (second season) as part of the New Avengers, a team set up by Tony Stark as a fail-safe 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 Conqueror. He and the rest of the New Avengers appears again in the series' finale, "Avengers Assemble".[15]
  • In Disney XD's Marvel Universe programs, sporting his mainstream-version brown and yellow costume, the Ultimate version of Wolverine is voiced by Steven Blum. He appears in four episodes of Ultimate Spider-Man, and then 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, and a full appearance in the episode "Wendigo Apocalypse", when he teams up with the Hulk to hunt the Wendigo.[16]



Hulk Vs (2009)[edit]

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 the seventh episode, titled "Wolverine vs. Hulk",[17] though the ties are loose, as there is very little (if any) continuity between this movie and the episode.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload (2013)[edit]

Wolverine is featured in the 2013 Lego film Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload, voiced once again by Steve Blum,[18] originally aired as a five-part miniseries.

Live action[edit]

X-Men film series (2000-)[edit]

Main article: X-Men (film series)

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 for the role in the 1990s due to a slight resemblance,[19] however, Danzig declined as the shooting would interfere with his band's nine-month tour.[19] Bryan Singer, the director of the first two X-Men movies, spoke to a number of actors, including Russell Crowe, Keanu Reeves and Edward Norton, for the role.[20] Fox ruled out Mel Gibson as being too expensive.[21] Though Dougray Scott was cast,[22] the role of Wolverine went to Hugh Jackman. Despite what was thought to be a highly controversial move due to his much taller stature than Wolverine's comic depictions,[23] Jackman's actual performance was well received.[23] Jackman revealed in an interview with The Huffington Post that his character was originally going to have a cameo in Spider-Man.[24]

In the X-Men Origins: Wolverine prequel (2009), Wolverine's past is fleshed out. Born James Howlett in 1832 Canada, Logan awakened his mutant powers at age 13 when he murdered Thomas Logan, who he learned to be his biological father, after the groundskeeper killed the only father he knew. Running off with his half-brother Victor Creed, Logan spends the next century fighting in numerous wars including the Vietnam War, where he is briefly a member of Stryker's Team X before leaving due to the group's disregard for life. However, Logan's past catches up to him through both the Weapon X Project in which he is pitted against Stryker, Creed and Wade Wilson/Deadpool. Though Logan and Creed eventually work together to fight and kill Deadpool, Stryker shoots Logan with adamantium bullets before he is arrested. Though Logan survives, his memory is lost. Wolverine also makes a cameo appearance in X-Men: First Class (2011), which is set before most of the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he is shown rudely declining Xavier and Magneto while recruiting mutants to their team.

By the time of the first X-Men film (2000), Wolverine first appears as an amateur cage fighter in Laughlin City, Alberta, who meets Rogue and ends up getting himself involved in the conflict between the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants. After helping stop Magneto's plan, Logan is directed by Xavier to an abandoned military base around Alkali Lake that might contain information about his past. This leads to the sequel X2 (2003), Logan finding nothing left of the base and returning to Xavier's school where he encounters Stryker once again. During an alter confrontation with Stryker, Wolverine regains some of his memory, but opts to remain with the mutants over Stryker's objections. Stryker himself is killed when the base floods after sustaining damage. In X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), after Xavier and Cyclops were apparently killed by Jean under the influence of her Phoenix persona, Wolverine, Storm, and Beast take over in leading the X-Men in against Magneto and the Brotherhood of Mutants. Wolverine is forced to kill Jean at her behest.

In The Wolverine (2013), a guilt-ridden Wolverine lives in isolation in the Yukon after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand before being sought by a Japanese CEO named Yashida who wants to repay Wolverine for saving his life during World War II. When Wolverine refuses to have his healing powers transferred into Yashida, it leads to a series of events leading to his adamantium claws severed and some of his healing powers being drained before finally letting go of his guilt over Jean's death. After returning to America, Wolverine finds himself approached at the airport by Magneto and Xavier while learning of a new threat to all mutants.

This leads to the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), where his drained healing powers has led him to gain some minor aging by developing some grey hairs by the year 2023. With the world essential controlled by advanced Sentinels and nearly all of life destroyed by them, Wolverine's mind is transferred back in time into his 1973 self to prevent Mystique from assassinating Bolivar Trask, whose death would result in the creation of the Sentinels. Wolverine is selected for this as the strain of the transference would kill anyone else sent back that far as his healing factor is the only thing that would allow him to cope. With the help of a younger Charles Xavier and Hank McCoy, they are able to prevent Mystique from assassinating Trask, preventing the apocalyptic-future from ever occurring. Once his mission is fulfilled, the original timeline is erased and Wolverine returns to a changed future while his past self regains consciousness and has no memory of anything that happened.

Wolverine wakes up in his proper timeframe. In the alternate time, Wolverine is shown to have joined the X-Men and had become a history teacher at the Xavier Institute. It is also learned that the past changes negated Cyclops and Jean's deaths. Wolverine is again possessed by his future self. It is unknown what this did to the alternate Logan's consciousness as it is implied that it may be permanent this time. It is also implied that Wolverine's memories are completely restored. However, he has no memories of the new timeline when he reawakens in the new future.

Jackman is set to reprise his role as Wolverine in another solo-film,[25] but has confirmed that this will be his final appearance as the character.[26][27]

Parody films[edit]

Wolverine has been portrayed in a number of comedy spoof films. The Wolverine character was portrayed 2007 in Epic Movie by Vince Vieluf and later in 2008 in Superhero Movie by Craig Bierko.

Video games[edit]

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.

Solo games[edit]

Video games featuring Wolverine as the lead character are Wolverine (1991) for the Nintendo Entertainment System, Wolverine: Adamantium Rage (1994) for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Sega Genesis, X-Men: Wolverine's Rage (2001) for the Game Boy Color, X2: Wolverine's Revenge (2003), voiced by Mark Hamill,[28] for GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Mac, PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), voiced by Hugh Jackman,[29] for Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, and Xbox 360.

X-Men related games[edit]

Wolverine appears as character in the following X-Men games.


Not playable[edit]

Spider-Man related games[edit]

  • 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. Venom proves stronger.
  • 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. (Even if the player gives wrong answers, likely due to not reading the comics, the fight continues.) He helps Spidey evacuate a church; however, before he can board, Wolverine is attacked by two burly Symbiotes, which dog pile him to the ground. As a result, Wolverine turns into a monstrous symbiote version of himself; he attacks Spidey, even using the Symbiote pods to gain armor. 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 Spider-Man 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.

Other Marvel related games[edit]

Super Hero Squad games[edit]

  • 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 voicing role.

Other games[edit]


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.[37]

Brazilian rock singer Nasi, in his first solo album, called Onde Os Anjos Não Ousam Pisar (in English, "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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