Wolverine in other media

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.








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 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)

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

X-Men film series (2000–2017)

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,[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, at 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in)[24][25] stands 30 cm taller than Wolverine, who is said in the original comic book to be 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m).[26] 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.[27]

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 an alter 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 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, resulting 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 the younger 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 time-frame of 2023. In the alternate time, Wolverine is shown to have joined the X-Men and had become a history teacher at the Xavier Institute for Gifted Youngsters, and learned that the past changes negated Cyclops and Jean's deaths. 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.

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.[28][29]

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.

Jackman is set to reprise 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.[30]

Parody films

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

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

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,[31] for GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Mac, PC, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), voiced by Hugh Jackman,[32] for Nintendo DS, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Wii, and Xbox 360.

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


Not playable

Super Hero Squad games

Other games


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.[40]

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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