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)
Logan (2017)
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.[2] He frequently mocks Gambit, calling him "Cajun". Wolverine was also a close friend of Morph, feeling saddened by his supposed death. He often spends time by himself, but has a soft spot for Jubilee - the X-Men's rookie. Unlike other versions, this version of Wolverine acquired his claws when his skeleton was bonded with adamantium.
  • 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, also voiced by Dodd.[2]


  • 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.[3]
  • 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.[4]
  • Wolverine appears in the fifth episode of the first season of Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D. motion comic. In this series, he is voiced by Jeffrey Hedquist.[5]
  • Steve Blum voices Wolverine for the The Super Hero Squad Show series on Cartoon Network as a member of the squad.[6]
  • 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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]


  • Wolverine appears in the second episode of the first season of Black Panther cartoon series, voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson.[10]
  • 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"[11] 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".[12]
  • 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.[13]



  • Wolverine appears in the animated 4D film Marvel Super Heroes 4D.[14]
  • 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",[15] though the ties are loose, as there is very little (if any) continuity between this movie and the episode.
  • Wolverine is featured in the 2013 Lego film Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload, voiced once again by Steve Blum,[16] originally aired as a five-part miniseries.

Live action[edit]

Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman, has appeared in nine installments of the X-Men film series.
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,[17] however, Danzig declined as the shooting would interfere with his band's nine-month tour.[17] 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.[18] Fox ruled out Mel Gibson as being too expensive.[19] Though Dougray Scott was cast,[20] 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 by a nearly full foot of height,[21] Jackman's actual performance was well received.[21] Jackman, at 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[22][23] stands 28 cm taller than Wolverine, who is said in the original comic book to be 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m).[24] Hence, the filmmakers were frequently forced to shoot Jackman at unusual angles or only from the waist up to make him appear shorter than he actually is, and his co-stars wore platform soles. Jackman revealed in an interview with The Huffington Post that his character was originally going to have a cameo in Spider-Man.[25]

While possessing all the same powers as the comic book counterpart, this portrayal of Wolverine is shown to have a much more powerful healing factor, able to mend and regenerate any damage short of decapitation within seconds, and also rendering him ageless, being nearly twice as old as in the comics while still in his prime. By the time of the first X-Men film (2000), Wolverine first appears as an amateur cage fighter in Laughlin City, Alberta and meets Marie "Rogue" D'Ancanto 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 Professor Xavier to an abandoned military base around Alkali Lake that might contain information about his past.

This leads to the sequel X2 (2003) where Logan, finding nothing left of the base and returning to Xavier's school, where he encounters William Stryker. During a confrontation with Stryker, Wolverine regains some of his memory, but opts to remain with the mutants over Stryker's objections, while Stryker himself is killed when the base floods after sustaining damage.

In X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Wolverine, Storm and Beast take over in leading the X-Men after Xavier and Cyclops are apparently killed by Jean Grey's Phoenix persona, and to fight against Magneto's expended Brotherhood of Mutants. Wolverine is forced to kill Phoenix in the end.

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 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. Though Logan and Creed eventually work together to fight and kill Wilson, 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) where he is shown rudely declining Charles Xavier and Magneto while recruiting mutants to their team.

In The Wolverine (2013), the guilt-ridden Wolverine has finally regained his memory, lives in isolation in the Yukon one year after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, before being sought by Japanese CEO Shingen Yashida, wanting 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 being severed 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). With the world essentially controlled by advanced Sentinels by the year 2023, Wolverine's mind is transferred back in time into his 1973 self to prevent Mystique from assassinating Bolivar Trask and curb the Sentinels' creation. With the help of the younger Xavier and Hank McCoy they are able to deter Mystique from assassinating Trask, preventing the apocalyptic future from occurring. Once his mission is fulfilled the original timeline is erased and Wolverine returns to a changed future, while his past self regains consciousness with no memory of his future self's activities. In the altered 2023 Wolverine is shown to have joined the X-Men and had become a history teacher at the Xavier Institute for Gifted Youngsters, and learns that the past changes negated Cyclops and Jean's deaths. It is unknown what this did to the alternate Logan's consciousness.

While Wolverine doesn't appear in person in Deadpool, he and Hugh Jackman are referenced in a comical fashion multiple times. Near the end of the film, a mask made from a photograph of Hugh Jackman is worn by Deadpool to represent the character of Wolverine.[26][27]

Wolverine makes a brief appearance in X-Men: Apocalypse as "Weapon X". Having somehow been captured by Stryker at some point, he has been given an adamantium skeleton and subject to brutal mental conditioning, leaving him operating on a more feral state than a human level. When some of the adult X-Men are captured by Stryker's men, Jean, Scott and Kurt Wagner are able to infiltrate Stryker's base and find Logan's cage, with Jean sensing the human mind underneath the conditioning and releasing him so that he can help. After Weapon X tears his way through Stryker's forces, the three teens find him at a small side-exit to the base, Jean's telepathy to restore some of Logan's human memories before he runs off into the snow. Writer Simon Kinberg explained that the character was originally intended to have a larger role in the film, saying "There was always a notion that we wanted Wolverine to be in the movie. We wanted to find a way to feature him in the film, partly because Bryan [Singer] and I love Hugh [Jackman] so much. We love the character, obviously, and he’s such a huge part of the franchise. There were a lot of iterations of how Wolverine would enter and exit the movie. There was a version when he was going to come in at the midpoint of the film and be like the drill sergeant for the kids and take over as their leader. And we felt like that stepped on Jennifer Lawrence's role in the movie and becoming their leader".[28]

Jackman reprised his role as Wolverine in another solo-film titled Logan in 2017, but has confirmed that this will be his final appearance as the character.[29] The film is set in 2029; by this point Logan's healing factor has deteriorated, causing him to age rapidly. He is also slowly dying from adamantium poisoning. He spends his days working as a chauffeur and hustling for prescription drugs along the border between Texas and Mexico. He and fellow mutant Caliban live in an abandoned smelting plant across the border in Mexico, where they care for a senile Charles Xavier, who had inadvertently killed several of his X-Men in a seizure-induced psychic attack one year earlier. He is tasked by Gabriela, a nurse for Transigen, to escort an 11-year-old girl, Laura, to a place in North Dakota called "Eden." Logan, Charles, and Laura escape the Transigen hunters called the "Reavers," and discover that Laura is Logan's "daughter", as she was bred with his DNA. After accepting shelter from a family they helped on the highway, Xavier is killed by X-24, a perfect clone of Logan. Logan and Laura escape and bury Xavier's body near a lake. Eventually, Logan and Laura arrive at Eden, which is a safe haven run by Rictor and former Transigen test subjects. There, Logan learns that the children will make an eight mile journey across the forest to the Canadian border and entrusts Laura to them before departing on his own. However, when the children are located and captured by the Reavers, Logan uses a mutant serum given to him by Rictor to restore his strength and healing factor. He then plows through the Reavers, but the serum quickly wears off before he meets Zander Rice, the head of the Transigen project, who sought to avenge his father's death during the Weapon X program by creating the virus. Logan kills Rice and confronts X-24. However, with his healing factor now gone, Logan is no match for X-24, who impales him through a tree. Laura shoots X-24 in the head with an adamantium bullet that Logan had kept with him for years, destroying his brain and half his skull. After Logan succumbs to his wounds and dies in Laura's arms, Laura and the children bury him before continuing their journey across the border. As they all leave, Laura returns to Logan's grave, removes the cross, and places it on its side to create an "X" to honor Logan as the last of the X-Men.

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,[30] for GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Mac, PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), voiced by Hugh Jackman,[31] 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.

Live performance[edit]

See also[edit]


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