Wolverine in other media

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Adaptations of Wolverine in other media
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Original sourceComics published by Marvel Comics
First appearanceThe Incredible Hulk #180 (October 1974)
Films and television
Film(s)
Television
show(s)
Wolverine and the X-Men (2008)
Audio presentations
Radio show(s)Wolverine: The Long Night (Podcast series)
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Wolverine is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. He 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.

Television[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

Wolverine from the X-Men animated series from 1992 to 1997.
  • Wolverine appears among the main cast of the X-Men animated TV series, voiced by Cathal J. Dodd. 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.

2000s[edit]

Wolverine in X-Men: Evolution.
  • 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.

2010s[edit]

  • Wolverine appears in the second episode of the first season of Black Panther cartoon series, voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson. He, Cyclops, and Nightcrawler were with Storm when she was using Cerebro and finds out that Juggernaut is assisting in the attack on Wakanda.
  • 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, voiced again by Steve Blum. 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 Steve Blum. Wolverine also appears in the "New Avengers" 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".
  • Wolverine appears in the Wolverine: Origin motion comic, voiced by Alessandro Juliani.[3]
  • In Disney XD's Marvel Universe programs, Wolverine (voiced again by Steve Blum) is sporting his mainstream-version brown and yellow costume.
  • Wolverine appears in the Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk motion comic, voiced by Brian Drummond.[3]
  • Wolverine appears in the anime series Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, voiced by Steve Blum.[3]
  • Wolverine appears in the Wolverine versus Sabretooth motion comic, voiced by Brian Drummond.[3]
  • Wolverine appears in the Wolverine: Weapon X motion comic, voiced by Brian Drummond.[3]

Films[edit]

Animation[edit]

Live-action[edit]

Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman, has appeared in ten installments of the 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,[5] however, Danzig declined as the shooting would interfere with his band's nine-month tour.[5] 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. Fox ruled out Mel Gibson as being too expensive.[6] Though Dougray Scott was cast,[7] 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,[8] Jackman's actual performance was well received.[8] Jackman, at 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)[9][10] stands 30 cm taller than Wolverine, who is said in the original comic book to be 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m).[11] Jackman revealed in an interview with The Huffington Post that his character almost had a cameo in Spider-Man.[12]

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. Most notably Jackman's version of Wolverine never wears his iconic costume in the films though a deleted scene in The Wolverine did show the titular character's costume in a suitcase. By the time of the first X-Men film (2000), Wolverine first appears as an amateur cage fighter in Laughlin City, Alberta,[13] 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, he and the X-Men teams up with their former enemy Magneto to stop 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 while Magneto, repented for his actions, have a change in his heart and escapes from authorities.

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 a mercenary. Though Logan and Creed eventually work together to fight and kill Weapon XI, 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 swearing at two teenagers Charles Xavier and Magneto while recruiting mutants to their team telling them "Go fuck yourselves".

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. He is sought by Ichirō Yashida, father of 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 and his healing powers being damaged before finally letting go of his guilt over Jean's death. After returning to America, Wolverine finds himself approached at the airport by a redeemed 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, he has teamed up with the redeemed Magneto, the resurrected Charles Xavier and some survived mutants and X-Men. 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. Due to the changes, Scott Summers and Jean Grey are shown alive, and he had become a teacher in Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters, as Magneto's whereabouts remain unknown.

While Wolverine does not appear in person in Deadpool, he and Hugh Jackman are referenced in a comical fashion multiple times with Deadpool stating "Whose balls did I have to fondle to get my very own movie. Hint: Rhymes with polverine". 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.

Wolverine makes a brief appearance in X-Men: Apocalypse as Weapon X. Having 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, and Jean telepathically restores 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".[14]

Jackman reprised his role as Wolverine in another solo-film titled Logan in 2017. The film is set in yet another split alternative timeline. By an alternative 2029, Logan's healing factor had suffered severe deterioration, and caused him to finally begin showing his age due to the virus that the Transigen unleashed to mutants. Also, without his healing still being strong enough, he is slowly dying from adamantium poisoning. He spends his days working as a chauffeur under his birth name, James Howlett, and hustling for prescription drugs along the border between the United States 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 that also injured some people in Westchester County. He is tasked by Gabriela, a Mexican 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 and feral clone of Logan that is loyal to the Transigen Project's founder Zander Rice. 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-American 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 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. Before she leaves, Laura removes the cross, and places it on Logan's grave on its side to create an "X" to honor him as the last of the X-Men. Jackman has confirmed that Logan is his final appearance as the character:[15] playing the role for 16 years in nine films made him hold the Guinness World Record of 'longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero'.[16]

Wolverine is referenced in a comical fashion in Deadpool 2. The opening of the film shows Deadpool holding a music box that depicts Wolverine's demise in Logan. Jackman's likeness was also used in a later scene where Deadpool signs a young boy's cereal box with Wolverine's face on it, autographing it as "Ryan Reynolds". In the film's mid-credit scene, Deadpool uses Cable's time travel device to head to the climatic battle of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and shoots the past incarnation of Wade Wilson multiple times, proclaiming he was "just cleaning up the timelines".[17]

In February 2019, following Disney's purchase of 20th Century Fox, producer Lauren Shuler Donner announced that Marvel and Kevin Feige were looking for a younger actor to replace Jackman as the character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.[18]

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

Playable[edit]

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 and defeats Logan.
  • Wolverine appears in Spider-Man: Web of Shadows voiced by Steve 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. 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. He is mentioned 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 Steve Blum voicing the role.
  • Wolverine appears as a playable character in the game Marvel Super Hero Squad: Comic Combat, again voiced by Steve 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. Steve Blum reprises his voicing role.

Other games[edit]

Novels[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.

Podcast series[edit]

On December 5, 2017, Marvel Entertainment announced its first foray into podcasting with a new series centering around Wolverine titled Wolverine: The Long Night which will be a Crime detective story set in Alaska starring Richard Armitage as the amnesiac titular character as he gets involved in an investigation by two FBI agents on several murders. The creator of the show has said that it will explore connections to Wolverine's past such as Weapon X, World War 2-era Japan, and his past relationships.[22][23]

Live performance[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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