The man who would be known as the superhero named Wolverine was born as James Howlett Hudson in the mid 1880s in Alberta, Canada. He was the second and sickly child to Elizabeth and John Howlett Sr. His mother was ill and, in the early 1900s, a young Irish girl named Rose O'Hara was brought to the Howlett estate to be a friend and a caretaker to young James. Together they befriended a young boy named Dog, son of the grounds keeper, Thomas Logan. Dog tried to form a normal bond between the two, but due to his father’s resentment and drunken abuse, he grew to resent his station in life; so much so that one day he makes undue advances on Rose, which are reported by young James to his father. This whole chain of events leads to Thomas Logan being sacked from his position as groundskeeper, following which he goes seeking for Elizabeth Howlett, trying to convince her to leave with him. This leads to an altercation that results in the death of John Howlett. The shock of seeing his father murdered in front of him leads to the manifestation of young James’ powers and he stabs Thomas with his newly drawn claws, also slashing Dog across the face before fainting. He and Rose flee the house and make their way through the harsh Canadian wilderness with James near-catatonic and Rose having to facilitate their transportation, while Dog tells the police that Rose was the killer.
They arrive at a mine where Rose gives false names, calling James incorrectly as “Logan.” The other workers dub the revived Logan “the wolverine” because of his penchant for tenaciously digging and begin to accept him as one of their own due to his incredible work ethic. What they don’t know is that by night, he runs in the wild with a pack of wolves that he is cowed the alpha of. Dog arrives one day, having survived his encounter years ago, still holding a massive grudge against Logan. Logan recognizes his erstwhile friend and accepts his challenge to a brawl to the death. Before Logan can kill Dog, however, Rose tries to pull him away and is inadvertently stabbed through the chest, killing her and leaving Logan to mourn alone.
At the time of his creation comics were becoming increasingly popular in Canada and Roy Thomas, Marvel's then Editor-in-Chief, suggested to Len Wein to create a Canadian character to put in the Hulk comic he was working on. The two of them ironed out details such as the name (which came down to two options--1. The Badger and 2. The Wolverine) and based details of their new character around the characteristics of the Wolverine. John Romita, Sr. was then brought on to design the character, once again using the animal as the basis for the character, making him short and stocky and introducing claws to both the character and in the motif of his costume. Wolverine was first drawn for publication by Herb Trimpe. Wolverine's mask was drawn incorrectly by Gil Kane for the cover of Giant-Size X-Men #1, but Dave Cockrum, who penciled the comic, liked it so much that he incorporated it into his own artwork for the actual story.
John Byrne was the first artist that drew Wolverine unmasked. In an interview in Back Issue #4 with Peter Sanderson, John Byrne revealed that actor Paul D'Amato from the 1977 movie Slap Shot, was his inspiration for his depiction of Wolverine during his run on X-Men with Chris Claremont.
Early Years of Wolverine
In 1910, Logan traveled to another frontier community in the Canadian Rockies and met a young Blackfoot woman named Silver Fox, with whom he falls in love. She reciprocates, and the two share a cabin together in the woods and live happily for a time. In late May, when Logan believed his birthday to be, Sabretooth tracks and murders Silver Fox after seeing her and Wolverine together, envious that Logan had found a measure of peace. Upon discovering the gruesome scene, Wolverine flew into a rage and battles Sabretooth, but couldn’t best his counterpart, who was able to keep his cool.
Sabretooth and a mysterious cloaked figure then manipulated the feral, mindless Logan to slaughter the inhabitants of the town he had been living in at the time.
Later, employed by The Hudson's Bay Company as a fur trader to the Blackfoot Indians, he defeated the demonic snake-worm known as Uncegila, a feat which earned him the Blackfoot warrior name of "Skunk-Bear." A broad, largely unseen conspiracy then began to shape Logan, robbed of his conscience and free will, into the perfect killer. Wherever Logan went, Sabretooth or one of his handlers, was not far behind.
World War I
In 1914, Logan joined the Canadian Army to fight during The Great War. During a battle in Belgium on April 22, 1915, Logan encountered Lazaer (anagram of Azrael, the Angel of Death) for the first time and a fight ensued. Lazaer got the upper hand and impaled Wolverine with his sword, but Logan pulled the sword from his body, and impaled Lazaer to defeat him. Since then, every time Logan has had a near death experience, he has had to battle Lazaer so that he is able to return back to the realm of the living and use his advanced healing factor to return to health.
When the authorities became aware of Logan's abilities, he was assigned to a special unit of the Canadian military, The Devil's Brigade, tasked with the most suicidal missions in the war under the command of the super-humanly strong Silas Burr (who later became the mercenary Cyber). After a falling out, Cyber murdered Logan's girlfriend and during the confrontation Logan was severely beaten and one of his eyes was removed, but he was able to escape. Cyber and Sabretooth tracked him at the bidding of Romulus and returned him to the squad where he was assigned to Madripoor.
Post-World War I
After a stint in the small nation, Logan traveled to China where he turned down an offer from the warlord Ogun to instruct him in the Art of War. But Logan was a man ever on the move, this time finding himself in South America where he ran across Mystique for the first time. The two of them were going to be executed by firing squad, but escaped using their abilities and formed a small criminal syndicate. Wolverine and Mystique became romantically involved, but the relationship was short lived as Logan reported on their criminal doings to the police, thus sending the syndicate to prison and returning to Canada to take part in the Weapon X program.
World War II
During World War II, Logan teamed up with Captain America and Bucky Barnes in Madripoor. The two were unaware of his mutation, believing him to merely be extraordinarily lucky, and dubbed him “Lucky James.” One of their first significant missions was to rescue Natasha Romanova, a young child at the time, from being brainwashed into an assassin by The Hand. Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker was also implicated, causing Cap and Bucky’s attention to shift to the fascist HYDRA organization. During this time, Seraph, guardian of Madripoor and another ex-lover of Wolverine, was killed by Sabretooth, presumably under the orders of a strange entity called Romulus. But whom he was would not be revealed until years later. Logan decided to officially get involved in the war and enlisted in the Armed Forces, joining the First Canadian Parachute Battalion. It was with this battalion that he first encountered Bloodscream, an immortal being with vampire-like qualities and powers. He fought in various missions, already soon making a name for himself as one of the best soldiers in the division. He ended his stint living in Japan and possibly training as a samurai.
After the War
After WWII, Logan returned to Japan, having remembered Ogun's offer to train him. Logan would soon develop a deep love of Japan, particularly samurai culture and code of Bushido, that would stand the test of time. His training complete, he journeyed across the nation until he met the beautiful Itsu, with whom he started a family. But Logan’s destiny was never one of peace, and after he accidentally killed a man during a disaster, he returned home to find Itsu dead and the child they conceived stolen by Romulus. Logan had nothing left in Japan and returned to Canada to once again join with Weapon X. It was then that he gained his trademark adamantium skeleton, but also lost his memory due to the trauma of the experiment before joining Alpha Flight and taking on the Hulk for the first time.
After his military duty and his return from Japan and his training there, Logan applied for the job of Special Agent for an American underground government organization. With extreme coincidence, Logan's mortal enemy Sabretooth turned out to have applied for the same 'job'. A fight erupted in the offices of the organization, but both were subdued. At this time it turned out, it was not just a normal organization where the two had come to. They were both given a memory wipe and had false memories implanted. All except for Logan's time in Japan was a complete mystery to him, and Logan had no recollection of his former feud with Sabretooth. He fought on various missions together with teammates Maverick and John Wraith. It was during one of these missions that Logan first met and fought Omega Red.
False memories were given to Logan and his teammates after most missions, so they would not, or only partly remember what they had done or what their objective had been. After some time, Sabretooth's brutal ways became an eyesore to the other team members and it was not before long that the team had an internal conflict, resulting in a breakup of the team and Sabretooth leaving. Logan's missions for Team X seemed done, but his long road of suffering would just be at the beginning.
Major Story Arcs
For full arc summary see: Weapon X
After Logan's missions with Team X, a few heads turned with interest to Logan. During some point in his career as a special operative, Logan was kidnapped by agents of the Weapon X (or Plus) Program, a joint U.S./Canadian program. He was taken to a facility in the Canadian woods where he was examined by Professor Thorton, Dr. Abraham Cornelius, and Carol Hines. The Professor learned that Logan possessed a mutant healing factor and would be able to sustain the installation of Adamantium onto his bones, as the procedure would kill any other person. In this, they attempted to build the perfect living weapon.
The procedure was performed, and Logan now had a skeleton completely laced with the hard metal. This included his claws, which were now razor sharp claws that could cut through anything. During his time with Weapon X, Logan was heavily sedated and controlled through a helmet, giving him false memories and turned him into sort of a puppet for the Program. He was even forced to kill an entire town, wanting to test if Logan would do any assignment. His abilities were put to the test. Eventually, Logan was able to resist the mind-control and broke free from the facility (with help from the Winter Soldier). Enraged and more beast then man, he killed nearly anyone who stood in his way. That was except for Professor Cornelius, Hines, and Malcolm Colcord. These persons would all spell more trouble for Logan while the years went by.
After his escape from the Weapon X program, Logan spent months in the Canadian wilderness until he was found by James Hudson (aka Guardian) and Heather Hudson (aka Vindicator). The two of them were scientist and super-powered humans who worked for a division of the Canadian Government named Department H. Logan was soon brought back to good mental health, and also started working for the government (not remembering much of his time in Weapon X or what happened before that period). He participated in a few missions for Department H and was even given a costume and secret identity; the Wolverine. Logan's most prominent mission was when he was asked to locate, and subdue the incredible Hulk. The Hulk was spotted in a Canadian forest, and Wolverine seemed to be the best operative to engage the "Green Goliath". He was dropped into the mission zone by Department H and soon found the Hulk, who at the time was fighting the Wendigo.
Wolverine, knowing it would be difficult to fight against both of them, first pretended to team up with the Hulk against the Wendigo, but turned on him the moment they defeated the creature. Logan started a brutal fight against the Green giant, and fought for a long period of time, but the two seemed evenly matched. When it took too long, Wolverine was told to abort the mission and return to the helicopter, his ride back to Department H. During this time, Professor Charles Xavier found out about Wolverine being a mutant and started to watch him more closely.
Wolverine in the X-Men
Wolverine first came into contact with the X-Men when Professor Xavier contacted the Canadian government to arrange a personal introduction. Knowing full well that Department H was exploiting Logan for their own purposes and that there was friction between Wolverine and his superiors, Professor X offered Wolverine a position with the X-Men on the spot. The Department official objected but Logan lashed out at him and accepted Xavier's offer to join his school and team. Unbeknownst to Logan, he had been released from the Department intentionally with implanted subliminal orders to assassinate Professor Xavier. Xavier was fully aware of this, however, and simply removed the implanted suggestion from Logan's mind. He promised to help Logan with his memory loss in exchange for his enrollment on the X-Men roster.
Logan joined simultaneously with a number of new X-Men from across the globe, including Nightcrawler, Banshee, Storm, Sunfire, Thunderbird, and Colossus. Scott Summers (aka Cyclops) was already established as the leader of the team, but Logan caused immediate problems in their working relationship by bucking his authority and questioning his leadership of the team. The mission for which Logan and his fellow team members were recruited was an attempt to save the original X-Men team from the living island of Krakoa. Following the successful mission, Logan (as well as many of the other new X-men) clashed with the original X-Men. In one such instance, Warren Worthington III (aka Angel) noticed Logan flirting with X-Man Jean Grey out in the yard. Feeling that Logan was out of line, a fight between the two X-Men almost ensued but Jean intervened. This was the beginning of a longstanding romantic tension between Logan and Jean Grey, although she remained in a committed relationship with Cyclops until her untimely death. Despite this tension with Logan, Jean and Cyclops were the only two original X-Men to remain with the team immediately after.
For full arc summary see: Phoenix Saga
In a later mission, Wolverine and the other X-Men were taken captive by the newly returned Sentinels, giant robots whose main objective was to capture or kill mutants. The captives were taken into outer space to be imprisoned on a space station but managed to escape and return to earth via stolen space-shuttle. This proved catastrophic when the shuttle began to break up and Jean volunteered to fly the space-jet back to earth, risking exposure to cosmic rays. The shuttle reached Earth safely and crash landed in the Hudson river. Wolverine and the other X-Men managed to get off the sinking space shuttle, but feared for Jean's life. She burst from the water in a fantastic display of telekinetic power, seemingly born anew.
At the time the X-Men accepted this person as their own Jean Grey, but in reality it was a cosmic entity known as the Phoenix who had taken her place, copying Jean's body, personality, and memories and leaving the real Jean comatose in a cocoon on the bottom of the Hudson river. After the incident, the X-Men and the ersatz Jean performed various missions together, including facing down the mad Emperor D'Ken of the Shi'ar Empire who sought to rule or destroy the entire universe. During this mission the X-Men fought the Shi'ar Imperial Guard on the surface of Earth's moon. In this fight, Logan faced and defeated a member of the Guard named Fang, briefly wearing the guardsman's costume after his own was torn. The X-Men defeated the Shi'ar, deposed D'ken, and put the fallen Emperor's sister, Lilandra, on the throne in his place.
After the team returned home, Logan's former friend and Alpha Flight teammate the Guardian turned up unannounced and attacked the team in an attempt to bring Logan back to Canada, no matter the cost. He was defeated and sent back to Canada empty handed. The Guardian would try to recapture Logan again, this time with the help of Alpha Flight, but once again Wolverine evaded capture and remained with the X-Men, seemingly unconcerned that he was wanted by the Canadian government. During this time Logan began to develop close personal connections with his teammates that were uncommon for him. He grew especially close with Colossus, Storm, and Nightcrawler.
Logan even seemed to develop a friendly relationship with Xavier whereas before he'd repeatedly rebelled against authority figures, although Logan still annoyed Xavier by insisting on referring to him with nicknames such as "Chuck" and "Charlie" rather than as "Professor Xavier" or even the more casual "Charles." However, his relationship with "Jean" remained at an impasse as she continued to be devoted to Cyclops. Logan and the X-Men faced numerous threats during this time, and on one of these missions they traveled to Japan where Logan met and fell in love with a young Japanese woman named Mariko Yashida, abandoning his pursuit of the unresponsive Jean. After this mission, Logan often returned to Japan to visit Mariko and continue their courtship.
Some missions later, disaster struck when the being posing as Jean, now openly calling herself the Phoenix, was manipulated by the Hellfire Club, a mutant organization bent on world domination. She was taken hostage and subjected to mental manipulation by Mastermind, transforming her into the Dark Phoenix, an entity with no remorse who fought with the Hellfire Club instead of against them. The X-Men tried to rescue her, but all were captured save Wolverine. Working alone, Logan fought his way through Hellfire Club soldiers, injuring many. Just as he successfully rescued the X-Men, the Dark Phoenix suddenly became extremely unstable. Now out of the control of even the Hellfire Club, she flew out of the Club's building in a rage and traveled to deep space, where she consumed an entire populated planet in her primal hunger.
After this horrific event, the Phoenix regained her normal "Jean" personality but remained highly unstable. This atrocity convinced the rulers of the Shi'ar Empire that the Phoenix, an entity that had been previously known to them, had to be destroyed, which meant killing Jean. The X-Men refused to surrender their teammate and fought for her life against the Shi'ar Imperial Guard once more on the dark side of Earth's moon. The Guard was winning the battle until the Phoenix fought back with her full might and in a burst of power knocked out almost the entire Guard, nearly killing them. After that, the "Jean" persona took control of the Phoenix and decided she was too far out of control and too dangerous to be left alive. She intentionally walked into the path of an automated laser cannon, allowing herself to be vaporized. The X-Men were devastated by her death, especially Cyclops and Logan, who had not moved past his desire for Jean as much as he'd let on. Cyclops decided to quit the team immediately after, leaving Storm to lead, but Wolverine stayed with the X-Men.
Further Adventures and a Marriage?
After Phoenix had died, hope came back to the X-Men and Wolverine in the form of young Kitty Pryde. An uptown girl with the mutant ability to phase through any solid matter. As time went on, Wolverine became somewhat of a mentor to her, although she first found him to be scary. Cyclops returned during this time, with a new girlfriend named Madelyne Pryor and took leadership of the X-Men once again. Logan and the X-Men soon found themselves in more trouble when space-pirates named the Starjammers (whom they had encountered during their mission against the Shi'ar) asked for their help. The team went into outer space to help, but where captured by the alien race known as the Brood. Some of the X-Men, including Wolverine, where implanted by a Brood egg, which would change it's host into another Brood. Logan managed to break free from captivity and his healing factor prevented the egg from hatching and killed the creature inside him.
After the X-Men defeated the Brood, they managed to return home once again. Only problem was that they had remained in space for a long time. During this time, Xavier thought the X-Men to be dead. Xavier, (whom himself also got infected with a Brood egg by a Brood whom had traveled to earth) assembled a new team of mutants calling them 'the New Mutants'. When the X-Men returned, they found strange people living inside their home, and a fight erupted until they found out that it where the New Mutants and that they where no longer the youngest team of X-Men. The Brood Xavier had however hatched by this time, and though the X-Men and the New Mutants. They did defeat it, but the transformation to Brood and back took its toll on Xavier, he became very sick. For Logan however, things looked brighter than it had been in a long time. He had recently proposed to Mariko, his girlfriend from Japan and she agreed to wed him.
Wolverine had invited all his X-Men friends on the day of the wedding, but just before they wanted to say the 'I do', Mariko walked up to Logan and told him she did not love him. Logan was stunned, and above all, heartbroken. It turned out that this was not Mariko's own decision, but Mastermind's manipulating her, he was an old enemy to the X-Men. Wolverine fell into a deep angry mood. He however found some new excitement when ex-criminal and former enemy Rogue joined the X-men. He had fought her once before in which she nearly killed him, but now she came to the X-Men in search of help to control her powers, and wanting to change her life. Almost nobody believed her, but Wolverine felt less mistrustful towards her and he took Rogue on a trip to Japan. There the two strangely enough soon become friends. She returned as a fully respected X-woman. Around the same time, the spirit of Wolverine's old Martial Arts trainer Ogun had taken an interest in Kitty Pryde. Kitty had gone to Japan in search of her father, but soon found herself mind-controlled by Ogun, whom trained and manipulated her from beyond the grave.
Eventually, Wolverine managed to bring Kitty out of her trance and together they managed to stop Ogun, after which they returned to America. Wolverine and the other X-Men then entered the Secret Wars. Upon their return they where teleported to Japan and opposed a huge green dragon who ravaged the city. A building came down and a woman was mortally wounded. Wolverine rushed to her, hoping to save her, but it was already to late. With her dying breath she asked Logan to look after her daughter Amiko, to which Logan gave her his promise. He became the foster-father to Amiko, and visits her as often as he can, but Logan gave her a home in Japan with his good friend and former lover Yukio. Back in the United States, things went downhill for Charles Xavier. With a body that had to get back to health, Xavier remained very fragile. During a court-session in which former arch enemy Magneto stood trail, Xavier collapsed during a fight and could only be saved if given medical care from the Shi'ar. Xavier left and Magneto became mentor to the New Mutants, and teammate to Wolverine and the X-Men at the same time. Many team-members did not trust Magneto, including Logan. Cyclops even left the team with his wife Madelyne Pryor and his newborn son, started X-Factor and left Storm in charge. However, they soon began trusting Magneto, becoming allies and even friends.
For full arc summary see: Mutant Massacre
Wolverine and the X-Men soon met their greatest threat yet, in the form of the mutant hunting Marauders. Under the tunnels of Manhattan lived the Morlocks, an underground civilization of mutants. Storm had become their leader after she had bested their former leader Callisto. The X-Men where alerted by a giant "mole like' Morlock whom stormed into the yard of Xavier' school. With his dying breath he told them of a slaughter going on in the tunnels by a group of hunters. The X-Men soon went underground and into the tunnels. What they found was a large number of dead Morlocks. It was not soon before they found the Marauders and fought them, with heavy casualties. Colossus could not change back to his human form, Kitty stayed in her phasing form (becoming much like a ghost) and Nightcrawler was injured as well.
The X-Men found out that they were not alone in the tunnels, Cyclops' team, X-Factor was also fighting the Marauders with their own dramatic consequences (the former X-Men Angel lost his wings). The X-Men returned to the school with their casualties, but Wolverine went back in to the tunnels to fight. There he first encountered the child super-team Power Pack. He was just about to tell them to leave the tunnels when he came eye in eye with Sabretooth. He noticed that Sabretooth had been slaughtering many more Morlocks, and was about to kill and old Morlock man with the gift to heal almost any injury, named the Healer. Logan knew how valuable the Healer could be in treating all the wounded Morlocks and got Sabretooth to let him go by saying "your fighting old men now, is that the best you can do or wanna try fighting against a real challenge" namely, himself. His plan worked and a brutal fight erupted with Wolverine coming out victorious.
The Morlocks seemed to be saved from more harm, but not a few days later, Sabretooth re-emerged. He fought against Elizabeth Braddock, known as Psylocke, a new recruit to the X-Men. She managed to hold him off long enough for Wolverine to arrive and finally making an end to the thread, pushing him of a cliff and into the water. For now, the mutants were saved. But the threat was far from over. While Cyclops seemed to have vanished, he left his wife Madelyne Pryor and his son unprotected for the Marauders who where now attacking there. The X-Men luckily were hot on their trail and saved Madelyne from certain death and they managed to defeat the Marauders at the same time. Madelyne then joined the team, she and Wolverine soon became good friends, with Logan calling her "Maddy". The X-Men's next mission was in Dallas, Texas. It ended with the X-Men giving their lives up in order to defeat an incredible thread called the Advisory. All the X-Men (except for the still injured and absent Kitty Pryde and Nightcrawler) seemingly sacrificed their lives. However, nothing was further from the truth. Roma, the omniversal guardian, saved the lives of the X-Men, because they still had great things to do. The X-Men however decided to keep a low profile, letting everybody think they had died, even to their own teammates Kitty and Nightcrawler.
Wolverine in Australia
Right after Wolverine's mission in Texas, they fought a criminal group of cyborgs called the Reavers out of their base, a deserted Australian desert town and made it their own headquarters. On top of a mountain near the village was an Aboriginal mutant named Gateway, whom teleported the X-Men to where ever they wanted to go. They had various missions, including a second encounter against the Brood and the team uncovered the horrible truth about mutants that were used as slaves on the island nation of Genosha. After this the events of Inferno took place. The leader behind the Marauders, Mister Sinister made himself known. He turned out be to be the creator of Madelyne, who was a clone of Jean Grey. Through mind-control and Madelyne's sincere anger towards Cyclops for leaving her and her baby, she became the evil Goblin Queen.
Although Logan tried to reason with Madelyne, the battle that followed left Madelyne dead, and the X-Men feeling defeated. Logan however did find out that Jean Grey, whom was believed dead for many years, was alive and working with X-Factor from the beginning. Upon completion of a mission the X-Men teleported to their headquarters but unbeknownst to everybody, a girl named Jubilee followed Wolverine into the portal and remained hidden in their headquarters for some time. Feeling lost and wanting to quit the lives they once led, the X-Men all went through a portal that erased their memories and scattered them around the earth. All except for Wolverine. He was attacked by the returned Reavers group whom tried to reclaim their base. Being the only X-Men member left, Logan was defeated, nailed to a cross and left for dead. It was not until then that Jubilee made herself known. She rescued Logan by helping him off the iron X-shaped cross and they fled.
With Jubilee as his only companion, Logan set out to search for the other X-Men. He did so with his undercover identity and alias known as "Patch". The first X-(wo)man he found was Psylocke. But not the British Psylocke Logan knew, now she was transformed into an Asian ninja by the cult known as the Hand. Logan helped her to get rid of the Hand influence, and although she did regain her own consciousness, she remained more aggressive then before and kept her Asian looks. They soon found other X-Men such as Dazzler, Colossus and Storm (whom had been reduced to a child and was under the guidance of a new mutant named Gambit), but many didn't return and so the team remained scattered for a longer period of time. The first real mission with a hand full of X-Men led by Wolverine, combined with X-Factor and the New Mutants, was against the Genoshian Government, which they then over-through.
During this fight, Logan was reunited with Jean in a holding cell and shared an intimate moment. The remaining X-Men were shocked when Professor Charles Xavier seemed to have returned to Earth after being away for many years with the Shi'ar. It however turned out to be an imposter and the real Xavier was being held prisoner by some rogue Shi'ar agents. Wolverine found out about this, but shocked teammates and enemies by stabbing the Xavier imposter in the chest. After the rogue Shi'ar had been defeated, the team went back home but encountered an evil entity known as the Shadow King fairly soon. He turned members of the X-Men against each other, resulting in a fight between Wolverine and Gambit. The situation resulted in the Shadow King being defeated, Xavier returning to the X-Men, as well as the X-Factor team of Beast, Cyclops, Jean, Iceman and Archangel returning to the fault. Although not credited, Wolverine had been the one main reason that the team survived this very difficult time.
Return of the Team
After Logan joined the newly reformed X-Men, things finally seemed to calm down. However, nothing was further from the truth. Old ally and friend, Magneto had gone back to his old ways, and when he brought up nuclear weapons from a submariner he once sunk, claiming to only use them for defensive purposes, the X-Men lost all trust in Magneto's good intentions. Magneto was furious that the X-Men did not understand that they were still his allies. A fight broke out and Magneto was defeated. After his defeat, he told his former team-mates that next time, they would meet as enemies. Sometime after these events, Wolverine's past finally came back to haunt him.
During a day off, Wolverine, Gambit and Rogue where attacked and captured by an old enemy of Logan's; Omega Red. He had met Omega Red during his a mission as a secret agent with Team X (which included Sabretooth, John Wraith and Maverick). Logan, however had no recollection of his past, and even when his former teammate Maverick came to help him and the X-Men break free, he still had trouble remembering who he was. This event however triggered Logan into looking into his past. He went back to the Weapon X labs with his X-Men friends. There, Logan started getting flashes of memories, re-living some of his most horrible memories. Logan was fully aware that not all of these memories where real, but he could not yet determine which was true, and which was false. During his visit at the laboratory, he even met a strange operative claiming to be Silver Fox, his former lover. She told him that she had not died when Sabretooth attacked her, but joined the Weapon X program years later. Whether this claim was true or not remains to be seen. Logan finally started making some sense out of the wasteland that was his memory and was now happy to let the past rest. However, more trouble rose on the horizon.
Losing the Adamantium
During an encounter with Magneto on the space station Avalon, Wolverine cut Magneto with his claws. In retaliation, Magneto used the power of the magnetic field in space to tear the adamantium that laced Wolverine's skeleton out of his body. This cause extensive injuries, which shortened out Wolverine's healing factor for a while, and also revealed that Wolverine's claws, which he believed was a result of the Weapon X program, where in fact part of his actual bone structure. During this period, Professor Xavier, Beast and Heather Hudson were conducting experiments on Wolverine. They discovered that Wolverine's mutation was actually ongoing and that whilst his healing factor and senses accelerated it would eventually cost him his humanity, for it would eventually change him into a feral, wild animal-like creature. It as also discovered that the presence of the adamantium slowed down his mutation as his healing factor was constantly trying to expel it.
For further details: Phalanx Covenant
Because of the injuries he received, Wolverine left the X-Men team for a while and was asked by Kitty to make a visit to Muir Island, where he was attacked by Cyber. During the invasion of the Phalanx, Wolverine and Cable were requested by Professor Xavier to find and rescue the captured X-Men team. They joined up with Cyclops and Jean Grey, who had just come back from their honeymoon (and secretly the future) and with their help managed to free the X-Men in Tibet. After freeing the X-Men, Wolverine was kidnapped by Tyler Dayspring, who was going by the name Genesis. Tyler wanted to make Wolverine one of his new Horsemen so he acquired adamantium by destroying the body of the mercenary, Cyber and tried to recreate the bonding process used on Wolverine years ago. However, this time around Wolverine's body rejected the adamantium and he became feral. Wolverine managed to regain himself however, and he made his way back to the X-Men.
Wolverine as Death, Horseman of Apocalypse
After re-joining the X-Men team, Wolverine was kidnapped by the mutant Apocalypse and was forced to participate in a fight against Sabretooth for the place as one of Apocalypse's Horsemen, Death. With the knowledge that he may be able to resist the Apocalypse's programming and that with Sabretooth on his side, he would become very dangerous, Wolverine fought and defeated his nemesis. As a result of the fight, Wolverine's skeleton was laced with adamantium again and he fell under Apocalypse's control and became the third incarnation of the Horseman Death. While under the spell of Apocalypse, Wolverine attacked his X-Men team-mates and fought ferociously under his Death persona. However, Wolverine eventually regained himself after his team-mates helped him regain control of his personality and he broke free of Apocalypse's control.
Weapon X Programm and the Director
When Logan was framed for the murder of Senator Walsh, Nick Fury could not bring him in due to a conflict of interests. Instead agent Brent Jackson was dispatched to organize the capture. Fury, suspecting Jackson would have Logan killed, hired a bounty hunter named the Shiver Man to capture Logan first. The Shiver Man failed, however, and Jackson managed to trap Logan with the help of a Nick Fury Life Model Decoy. An infuriated Fury decided to send the Shiver Man to monitor Jackson. Jackson was actually working for the renewed Weapon X program under new director Malcolm Colcord. Jackson's job was to retrieve Wolverine and imprison him in The Cage, a high-powered prison. Wolverine would then be handed over to Sabretooth, who was also working for Weapon X. Things however did not work out as they hoped since Wolverine managed to prove his innocence and had agent Jackson's cover blown. Jackson then had to flee SHIELD and started working permanently with the Weapon X program.
New X-Men and the Weapon Plus Program
Wolverine rejoined the X-Men as a faculty member of Professor Xavier's newly reconstituted School for Gifted Youngsters, settling into his role as the tough-but-fair mentor to a younger generation of mutants. This era was punctuated with intense conflict between the X-Men and a number of new threats, including the U-Men, a group of zealots who graft mutant body parts to themselves, and Cassandra Nova, a being of chaotic psychic energy and Charles Xavier's evil twin sister. The greatest of these conflicts for Wolverine came when he was contacted by Fantomex, also known as Weapon XIII, a later iteration from the same program that gave Wolverine his adamantium skeleton and false memory implants. Unwittingly aided in his earlier escape by Professor Xavier and Jean Grey, Fantomex had tracked the Weapon Plus program back to the place where he was created; a domed habitat known as the The World. The World was an experimental structure where the program operators could control the flow of time, allowing them to create a new breed of superhumans in the blink of an eye by introducing evolutionary factors into the environment and speeding up time within to reap the results. Seeking answers about their respective pasts, Wolverine and Fantomex set out for The World with Cyclops in tow.
As the came across the structure, it was in the midst of a siege from without by AIM, and from within by Ultimaton (Weapon XV), the latest product of the Weapon Plus super sentinel program. The trio found themselves at odds with both the AIM remnants and the bizarre machinations of the World itself. Following Ultimaton as he broke free from the World and headed into space, the team discovered the base of operations for the Weapon Plus program: an orbital station. It was here that Wolverine discovered how and why he was turned into a guinea pig all those years ago, as well as the lineage of the program going all the way back to the Super Soldier project that created Captain America. Faced with the truth of what he is, Wolverine set the station to blow up, taking the tragic legacy of the Weapon Plus project with it.
As the orbital station exploded, Jean Grey attempted to rescue Wolverine in a shuttle. Unfortunately for them, it was a trap sprung by the mutant known as Xorn, who was really Magneto in disguise. He had lured them to the Weapon Plus satellite, which turned out to be built using remnants of Asteroid M. With Wolverine and Jean trapped on board, Magneto flung the deteriorating station on a collision course with the sun. Wolverine was able to withstand the heat due to his healing factor, but Jean could not withstand the pain and asked Wolverine to kill her. In order to stop his love's pain Wolverine killed Jean with his claws. Jean's death unlocked the power of the Phoenix Force, which created a oxygen bubble around Wolverine, which helped him heal.
Wolverine and Jean returned to Earth and confronted Xorn, alongside the other members of the X-Men. However, when Jean confronted Xorn, he injected her with a lethal electromagnetic pulse and she died in Cyclops' arms. Wolverine mourned Jean's loss greatly and was displeased about Cyclops' new relationship with Emma Frost but still remained within the team, serving in many missions and even indulging in the occasional solo missions.
Agent of Hydra and S.H.I.E.L.D.
Wolverine is ambushed and attacked by the triumvirate comprising: the ninja group the Hand, the criminal organization Hydra, and a mutant cult called "Dawn of the White Light" (then led by Gorgon). He is then killed, resurrected by the Hand and reprogrammed by Hydra, where he is transformed into a killing machine and fitted with several upgrades. Wolverine battles many heroes who included Hornet and Northstar, whom he had killed. Wolverine is eventually stopped when the government organization SHIELD deprograms him, able to regain himself yet again.
Joining the New Avengers
While on a mission in the Savage Land, Wolverine meets the New Avengers team, who have recently reformed. Iron Man asks for Wolverine's membership within the team because he is 'willing to cross the line to get the job done' and after the events of Avengers Disassembled, Iron Man realizes that the team needs someone who is prepared to kill, should anything like what happened with the Scarlet Witch occur again. Wolverine agrees to work within the team and serves alongside Captain America, Spider-Man and Luke Cage.
House of M
For full arc summary see: House of M
As a result of House of M, all of Wolverine's memories are restored and he is able to distinguish what memories were implanted by Weapon X and what were real. As a result of the sudden return of Wolverine's memories, panic risen between the major powers and government across the world due to their involvement in Wolverine's past. The United States and Canada purge all of the records showing that Wolverine was
involved in their work in case he had a plan of revenge upon them. Their fears are proven when Wolverine visits Japan in search of knowledge of the mysterious sword called the Muramasa Blade. While in Japan, Wolverine seeks out the Silver Samurai, who is the bodyguard of Japan's prime minister. After they battle each other and Wolverine beats Silver Samurai by cutting off his hand, he explains that Wolverine did not escape the Weapon X program by himself as Bucky, Captain America's partner known as the Winter Soldier, helped him break free. Wolverine travels to Serbia to find and confront Bucky, where he comes across the site of the original Weapon X program. While there, he clashes with Captain America regarding his search for Bucky.
After defeating Captain America, Wolverine locates Bucky and it is revealed that Bucky murdered Wolverine's unknown pregnant wife, Itsu. Wolverine then recalls the time he had with Itsu. After Wolverine completed his training with Ogun, Wolverine was sent to another village, where another samurai master known as Bando Saburo taught young warriors how to regain their humanity. While there, he met and fell in love with Itsu and they were soon married and even conceived a child together. Suburo's village was surrounded by mountains which belonged to the demon sword-smith named Muramasa. When Bucky murdered Itsu, Wolverine believed that the people of the village were responsible for her death. To get revenge against the people, Wolverine joined forces with Muramasa who then made the Muramasa Blade, the only weapon capable of killing Wolverine.
After remembering what transpired, Wolverine returns to Muramasa's mountains to find and reclaim the Muramasa Blade to excite vengeance on those who were responsible for manipulating him nearly his whole life. While Wolverine is searching for those responsible for the horrors in his past, he encounters Nuke, who has been sent to stop Wolverine. Wolverine feels guilty for taking down Nuke as her remembers that he is partially responsible for Nuke's creation as he was part of the reason he was created in the first place. He battles Nuke in the jungles of South Vietnam with the aid of Captain America and Cyclops, Emma Frost and Hellion of the X-Men. After defeating Nuke, Emma reveals to Wolverine that she had visions of Wolverine's previously unrevealed son, Daken. Wolverine explains that Daken is under the control of the same men that controlled Wolverine previously. He gives Cyclops the Muramasa Blade and tells him to kill him if he should come under the control of another again. Wolverine sets out in search of his son in hopes of rescuing him from the clutches of the men who once controlled him.
Civil War and Skrull Invasion
For full arc summary see: Civil War
However, just as Wolverine was about to look for Daken, Nitro murders over 600 residents in Stamford, which triggers the Civil War between all superheroes. Wolverine goes on a mission to bring Nitro to justice and goes against Namor and a group of his double agents. After the events of the Civil War, Wolverine remains with the New Avengers, who remained underground after the surrender of Captain America. They are given two objectives, one to rescue people the way the want to and to find out why the world is in a state of chaos recently. After successfully rescuing Echo from Elektra and the Hand, the team find out that Elektra has been replaced by a Skrull some time previously. Wolverine is one of the first to suspect that his team mates are secretly Skrulls until he is proven wrong when Doctor Strange casts a spell revealing that no one in the team is a Skrull. In between missions with the X-Men and Avengers, Wolverine battles with the Hulk with the aid of the X-Men when the Green Goliath tries to kill Xavier.
Wolverine continues his search for his son, Daken and searches for the carbonadium synthesizer, which is capable of disabling Daken's healing factor, should Wolverine need to defeat him. While in search of the synthesizer, Wolverine comes across Omega Red, who is also searching for it. He attacks Wolverine, but is easily defeated. After retrieving the synthesizer from Omega Red, Wolverine travels to Berlin, where he finally encounters his son. However, Daken is under control as Wolverine predicted and he attacks his father. While fighting Daken, Wolverine also comes across his old foe, Cyber who joins in the battle and manages to break Wolverine's bone claws. After the battle is over, Daken manages to escape, but is later punished by his masters for going after Wolverine without their permission. After Daken escapes, Wolverine tracks down Bucky Barnes and gives him three carbonadium bullets to use in the future, should he come across Daken.
Wolverine takes a break from his mission in finding Daken and visits Captain America's memorial site, where he recalls his history with the super-soldier. After paying his respects to his old friend, Wolverine begins to experience strange dreams about two battling feral armies, which he referred to as Lupines. While in Madripoor, Logan learned from Gambit that Sabretooth was at Xavier's school. Logan returned to confront Sabretooth, and in the ensuing battle, chained him to a jet. Sabretooth survived and ended up in Wakanda, only to be controlled by Romulus. Wolverine interrogates Sabretooth about a being from Logan's dreams called Romulus, but Sabretooth refused to give him any information. The Black Panther tells Logan of a theory that many animal-like mutants may have evolved from canine roots and not primates. He also told of a graveyard of these canine-descended beings Eventually, Sabretooth broke free and butchered Feral. Logan returned to the Xavier school to seek the Muramasa Blade from Cyclops, retrieved it. Logan then tracked Sabretooth to the cabin that Logan had shared with Silver Fox. Sabretooth felt himself losing control and returning a wild state. After he was defeated, Sabretooth requested for Logan to end his life. His request was granted.
For full arc summary see: Messiah Complex
Again in the company of the X-Men, Logan went on a mission to find a baby mutant that was thought to be held at Mister Sinister's base by Mister Sinister and the Marauders. Cable was discovered to be the one that had the baby after Logan stabbed Gambit through the stomach and interrogated him. Logan was ordered by Scott Summers to gather his fellow X-Force members X-23, Wolfsbane, Warpath, Hepzibah, and Caliban and recover the child from Cable at any cost. They tracked Cable down and Logan attempted to apprehend him. As Logan, Caliban, and Warpath raced after Cable, a bullet heading directly for Warpath was stopped by Caliban, who sacrificed his body to do so. In the meantime, Cable stole the Blackbird jet and escaped. Logan then led the X-Force in battle against the Marauders. Logan was swallowed by Predator X in this battle, and sliced his way out from the inside.
Scott Summers made the decision to reassemble X-Force with the intent of permanently eliminating the threat posed by key enemies, even after the events of the Messiah Complex. Their first mission was against Matthew Risman and the Purifiers. It was then discovered that Vanisher made an attempt to steal a sample of the legacy virus. X-Force was relieved to find that he had been unable to make off with the sample. While at Sinister's lab, Vanisher had come under attack by a pack of Marauder clones and dropped the sample.
He lead his first X-Force team until Second Coming, when the other X-Men found out the existence of the group. After that, he assembled a new secret X-Force group.
Schism - Wolverine and the X-Men
For full summary see: Wolverine and the X-Men
Through the events of Schism, The X-Men have split apart. There were two teams resulting from the split. Wolverine is leading one of this two Teams and build the Jean Grey Institute for higher learning while Cyclops remained in Utopia with another team of X-Men. He is the official headmaster of the school and takes his role as a leading person really serious. When the school got attacked for the first time, Logan did not want his students to fight. Wolverines new school is located on a Krakoa which is an actual living island. The school itself is formed from Shi'ar technology and even has some parts of it that are floating in mid air. In the beginning of this series Wolverine and Kitty Pryde or attempting to get it as ready as possible for an inspection that will determine whether or not the school can remain open. Professor Xavier makes his first appearance after Schism and tells Logan that even though he never would have imagined that he would open his own school for mutants he could not think of anyone else better suited for the job and gives him his blessing. The master architect of Wolverines new school is none other than Beast himself. The major staff of the school includes Wolverine, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey, Iceman, Beast, Wolverine, Rogue, Chamber, Husk. The main goals of Wolverines new school is to keep the children away from the fighting at all costs and not turn them into living weapons but unfortunately a number of things occur that gets the children directly involved in a number of problems. Apparently, The new Hellfire Club was fully aware of the fact that Wolverine had built his school on top of a Krakoa. The new leader of the Hellfire club told Wolverine that he was the cause of the Sentinel attacking Utopia and driving the final wedge between his relationship with Cyclops. He also tells Wolverine that he will make it his personal mission to destroy the school. At that very moment the Krakoa begins to attack the students and to destroy a major part of the school.
Fortunately, Wolverine and his team were able to put it down after a great showing of ability by Iceman's part who created ice clones of himself in order to combat the monstrous living land. Reconstruction of the school beings soon after as Wolverine and his staff are able to come to an agreement with it.
Avengers vs X-Men
For full arc summary see: Avengers vs X-Men
With the Phoenix Force on its way to Earth, Cap asks Wolverine for assistance. He joins the battle on Utopia after Cap demanded Cyclops turn over Hope and he gets shot at by Cyclops. Wolverine and Spider-Man go off on their own as Wolverine is hell bent on killing Hope but gets burnt by her Phoenix flames. Later on when on the jet with Captain America, Captain America questions Wolverine disobeying orders and attacks him. Wolverine and Cap fight which ends in Wolverine getting blinded side by Giant-Man and kicked out of the jet into a frozen tundra. Wolverine catches up with Hope and is about to kill her but she asks for his help to get to the moon which Wolverine accepts. They reach the moon and are in crossfire of the Avengers vs X-Men fight as Phoenix Force is broken and the shards sent into five X-Men. Wolverine and the Avengers try their best to stop the Phoenix Five. They attempt various fights and lose the majority. When Cyclops becomes the Dark Phoenix and final avatar, Professor Xavier dies in the midst of battle. Cyclops is eventually defeated thanks to Scarlet Witch and Hope along with the mutants being repopulated and re-powered. Wolverine delivers Xavier's eulogy. In prison he attempts to try and kill Cyclops, but Scott seeks that as his mission is done. Wolverine decides not to and eventually tells Scott he was a role model for him.
Back in School
Wolverine also decides to employ the services of Matt Murdock in order to sue the Hellfire Club for 879 million dollars worth of damages that they inflicted on the school during the attack. As things begin to go back to normal the school receives another instructor; Deathlok.
Deathlok foresees that Apocalypse (the child version who is currently attending Wolverines school for gifted youngsters) is going to be the cause of his own death as well as the death of many others. He tells Wolverine that his capacity for good is immeasurable and that he will either be their greatest savior or he will be their undoing. Wolverine and the school go through various fights from the school having a Kitty Pryde infested by brood, to the current Hellfire club still wishing them harm. Wolverine's school has also gathered new mutants since the population has been restored. Recently, Storm has become a new teacher. Also, Wolverine and the teachers were brainwashed by a traveling circus that houses Frankenstein and will attack the students. Eventually the teachers regain control of themselves and Wolverine is able to easily defeat Frankenstein and all returns to normal when the circus leaves.
Wolverine decides to teach a survival lesson to the kids and dumps them in Savage Land while he watches over them from above. While contemplating his decisions and quality of headmaster, Wolverine is attacked by his half-brother, Dog.
All New X-Men
For full summary see: All New X-Men
When Hank brings in the original five X-Men to the future from the past to prevent Cyclops' revolution, Wolverine smells them and attacks past Scott. The young mutants down him quickly in self defense. He eventually awakes and finds the mutants with the rest of the staff in Beast's lab. He tells the mutants he will send them back but Jean puts him to sleep. The young X-Men take the blackbird and escape the school with Wolverine, Storm, and Kitty run out of the school and see it taking off with Wolverine mentioning it really is her in reference to Jean. The original X-Men return after their encounter with the modern Cyclops and his team. Beast's continuing mutation takes a drastic toll on him and Wolverine and the others leave the room with Hank finally coming out just fine and in a completely new form. Young Cyclops takes off into town and Wolverine traces him. Cyclops blasts Wolverine across the city and manages to escape. Wolverine eventually finds him again and brings him back to the institute. After encountering the real Cyclops, the school loses the original Angel and Stepford Cuckoos. Wolverine, Kitty, and the remaining mutants of the original team end up tracking Mystique and halting her plans of buying Madripoor.
Wolverine mysteriously wakes up in the Savage Land and is immediately attacked by a small dinosaur which he kills quickly. As he traverses the jungle, he stumbles upon a group of savages carrying an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Wolverine attacks them and manages to kill them quickly as well. The agent tells Wolverine all he can like his name and where their fort is. Logan stumbles upon it and is attacked by Shanna the She-Devil when she didn't know it was him. She explains she was on expedition with S.H.I.E.L.D. to map the Savage Land and that there is an ancient machine that is producing a dampening field around the island. Logan and Shanna fight off the threats of the Savage Land, like the super strong natives and various creatures that live there. TAs they continue their journey, they continue battling the natives and Shanna even dies but is soon revived to prevent Wolverine from blowing up the dampening field which would end up releasing an ancient alien creature. The Hulk and Amadeus Cho appear and due to a fight from the Hulk and a Great Ape, the prison is broken and the alien creature is freed and flies off.
Wolverine is currently on a mission with Elektra, whom has been hired by the Kingpin to find the body of Bullseye. Wolverine and Elektra infiltrate the Hand hideout and begin decimating the ninja forces. After they brutally slaughter them, Elektra heads on by herself while Wolverine combats the behemoth known as Shikaru the Mute, only to end up losing to him in the end.
Loss of Healing Factor
As Logan goes to grab a cup of coffee, he encounters a an intelligent, sentient virus from the Microverse. This virus is trying to take control of the world to ensure it's survival. They possess some S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in order to take a hellecarrier in order to do so. Wolverine infiltrates the hellecarrier to stop them. Once the virus realizes Logan will succeed they possess him and shut down his healing factor. Despite this Logan stops them but he is left without his healing factor for good. Now Kill-able Logan has to face hi mortality, and isn't taking it easily. He then goes to back to Canada to face Sabretooth and his faction of Hand ninjas along with other enemies of his including Mystique and the new Silver Samurai. trapped in a mall with Kitty Pryde and civilians, Logan encounters Creed and suffers a crushing defeat. Wolverine still learning to deal with life without his healing leaves the X-men and Avengers to go undercover, leading his former allies to believe he has gone rogue. Wolverine is undercover working for a man called Offer who is looking to find an ancient artifact that can alter reality to make Sabretooth an offer he cannot refuse. Sabretooth is also on the hunt for this artifact to change the world to his liking, a primitive society where it is survival of the fittest. Logan cover is blown when he needs to be healed after suffering another loss at the hands of Creed. While the rest the team that was working under Offer is captured, Logan sets out to rescue them and stop Sabretooth. Wolverine succeeds and gets redemption by defeating his nemesis.
Death of Wolverine
Wolverine still without his healing factor consults Reed Richards to find a way to restore it. Reed responds saying he needs more time. Even with this news Logan goes to Canada to invite all mercenaries and assassins, who have taken the job to bring him in, to fight him there. Nuke and his team go to capture Wolverine only for his team to get killed and himself severely beat. Wolverine agrees to let Nuke live if he warns anyone else they will die if they come after him or anyone he cares for and the name of the person with the bounty on his head. Nuke reveals it was Viper who called the bounty, so Logan goes to Madripoor to see her himself. Upon arriving he finds that Sabretooth is there as Viper's lap dog and they begin to fight. Viper reveals she is not the one who wants Logan but that she was hired to capture him. Viper escapes an Logan is rescued by Lady Deathstrike right before Creed finishes him off. Lady Deathstrike reveals that Logan isn't the only one being hunted, and that it is members of the Weapon X program who have healing factors. She offers Wolverine to team up, but once she realizes Logan isn't healing she changes her mind and decided to capture Logan herself and bargain for her own life. Just before the fight can happen Logan is saved by Kitty Pryde. Upon reaching Japan, Wolverine discovers Kitty is possessed by their former master Ogun. After a brief fight, Kitty fights to regain control of her body and Ogun escapes to take control of an innocent bystander. Logan corners his adversary who threatens to kill his current host if Wolverine does not take the information he has and leave him alone. Logan agrees and Ogun reveals Dr. Abraham Cornelius is the man behind all this. Wolverine pays the former Weapon X scientist a visit and finds that Dr. Cornelius is experimenting with humans, trying to recreate Weapon X's success. The Dr. needed Wolverine to try and unlock the secrets of his healing factor, but upon hearing Logan no longer has it , he begins the adamantium bonding to his patients which will kill them, and proceeds to escape. Logan is left with a choice, capture Cornelius or save the test subjects. Wolverine slashes at the container holding the melted adamantium and it pours and hardens on his body, leaving him completely encased in adamantium.
The most savage member of the X-Men known as Wolverine is a gruff loner with a immense sense of honor. Even though Wolverine is very honorable, brave and noble, he is also one of the most dangerous men in the world, mostly because he always tries to control his berserker and more savage side and most of the times doesn't even mind dealing with his adversaries permanently for the greater good. Wolverine is seen as a father figure by Black Widow, Jubilee, X-23, Armor and Shadowcat. Furthermore, Wolverine's love life has not been very successful, he has loved many woman but most of them died, his love interest includes Rose, Itsu, Viper, Silver Fox, Phoenix, and Mariko. Wolverine doesn't trust many people, but he completely trusts Captain America, Nick Fury, Spider-man,and Jean Grey.
Powers and Abilities
Regenerative Healing Factor
Wolverine's most prominent power is his healing factor. This allows Wolverine to heal from virtually any injury at an incredibly fast rate. This allows him take hits from class 100+ characters and continue fighting. He can regrow missing limbs, organs and has even regenerated his entire skeleton. His healing factor grants him a high resistance to toxins and poisons- he was one able to consume enough Blowfish poison to kill 20 men with no discomfort. Large enough doses have proven effective at bypassing his healing factor. His healing factor prevents nerve strike attacks from working effectively on him as his healing factor bypasses the effect virtually instantaneously. His healing factor also grants him immunity to all Earthly diseases and it extends Wolverine's lifespan. Wolverine's healing factor depends on his body's state. So if Wolverine lacks sleep and proper nutrition for a time, it slows his healing abilities drastically.
Wolverine Possess Superhuman Durability. This is mostly because of his healing abilities and Adamantuim Skeleton, which redistributes the force of blows dealt against. He has taken blows from Spider-Man on multiple occasions showing less than minimal discomfort, as well from a host of other much stronger characters such as Wonder-Man, Thor, Hulk, Thing, Skaar, Sebastian Shaw, and Kid Gladiator, who also had the advantage of have spiked knuckles. However, even without his Adamantuim Skeleton, Wolverine does display a degree of Superhuman Durability. For example, he was hit by a jeep, which was completely written off. He however, was unharmed.
Superhuman Acute Senses
Another one of Wolverine's prime abilities is his acute senses that are many time greater than that of a human being and even surpass that of most animals on Earth. Wolverine has the ability to see vast distances with complete clarity. This advanced eyesight also allows Wolverine to see in almost complete darkness. Wolverine's hearing is also enhanced allowing him to hear from great distances as well as hear pitches that ordinary human beings cannot and even fight blindfolded.These abilities also allow Wolverine to recognize people by their scent even if they are in a shape shifted state like beings such as Mystique and Morph. Wolverine is also one of the best trackers in the Marvel universe as he is able to track objects as well as human over very great distances. Wolverine has also been seen to be a human lie detector as he can hear a person’s heartbeat increase when they lie and also identify certain changes in their body such as increase in perspiration. Wolverine's sense of taste is also enhanced, allowing him to not only smell, but taste pheromones in the air such as when he made mention of training with Jean Grey in the Danger Room.
Wolverine is superhumanly strong. His strength easily ranges from beyond 800 pounds, but probably no more than 2 tons. Wolverine has swung tree trunks around like baseball bats, held an elevator with one hand, punched into steel while weakened and his blows have knocked out super durable foes like Roughhouse, Caliban and Spider-Man, although he caught the latter with a sucker punch. He has also thrown and lifted several men using on hand with minimal effort. He has also lifted Ursa Major and threw him across a room with little effort.
Wolverine's balance and agility as well as his body coordination is beyond the capabilities of a human being at its peak and is well into the superhuman range. Wolverine has also been seen to jump nearly 30ft in the air unassisted.
Wolverine is able to move at low level superhuman speeds. He has attacked faster than the eye could follow and even Spider-Man briefly thought Wolverine was faster than he was in their first fight. His combat speed seems more enhanced then anything else, as he has frequently kept up with Spider-Man in combat, and blitzed people before they pull their trigger fingers.
Wolverine possesses enhanced reflexes. He has dodged bullets point blank, machine gun fire and even Cyclops' optic blasts. Most impressively, he was able to tag Speed-Demon in combat before.
Wolverine's healing factor is able to fight off fatigue toxins allowing Wolverine to exert himself for a long period of time before fatigue builds up. He has been able to fight in Omega Red's death spores for over 17 hours- though he needed medical intervention afterwards.
Wolverine has been seen to be able to understand the emotions of animals around them and communicate with them on a very basic level. Wolverine has been seen to be able to show animals his intentions and actions so he would not be perceived as a threat to them.
Wolverine possesses 6, 12 inch retractable bone claws. 3 are in each arm and are housed in his forearms. When extended they tear through the flesh in his knuckles but his healing factor heals the injuries virtually instantaneously. The bone claws are able to tear through most types of flesh and have been able to cut through stone and even steel. Combined with the adamantium, Wolverine's claws are capable of cutting through virtually anyone and anything. He claws has penetrated the most durable of foes, including Thor, Hulk, Gladiator and perhaps most impressively Thanos, during the the Infinity Gauntlet Saga.
Wolverine has level 9 psi shields implanted in his brain and combined with his own will power it makes Wolverine highly resistant to mental assaults. However, they were unable to prevent Gorgon from finding out his most unpleasant memories or a young Jean Grey from lobotomizing him.
Wolverine has displayed an uncanny ability in preparing for an upcoming battle. He is highly intelligent although at times he can come off to be more animal like than most. Forge once referred to Wolverine's brain functions while in a training room session to be beyond that of a human athlete. His brain function in combat has also been compared to a highly advanced computer.
Master Martial Artist
Wolverine has been able to learn virtually every form of fighting style on Earth, mastering 28 forms of Kung-Fu alone, as well as the pressure points located not just on the human body, but also on some alien and Supernatural bodies as well. He demonstrated such knowledge when he performed a pressure point attack to defeat Kid Gladiator and when he crumbled the Black Dragon's stone minion with one well placed blow. Wolverine has also been shown to stop the negative effects of Chi based attacks by controlling his thoughts and emotions. Wolverine has defeated some of Marvel's best hand to hand combatants such as Iron Fist, Shang-Chi and Deadpool. He has also trained or partially trained a number of Earth's heroes in various forms of hand to hand combat, including Black Widow, Storm and Shadowcat.
Super Strength able to lift 4 Tons
Wolverine is a master swordsman and was described as having nearly flawless technique by the Silver Samurai. His swordsmanship technique include Kenjutsu.
Covert Ops Expert
Wolverine has acquired and demonstrated advanced covert abilities during the years he has worked with the C.I.A., Canadian Intelligence and S.H.I.E.L.D. He has trained in the use of and is familiar with many weapons, vehicles, aircraft and computer systems. Wolverine is also a highly skilled assassins.
Wolverine has been seen to be able to speak many languages because of his vast travels around the Earth that his longevity has been able to grant him. Wolverine has been seen with the ability to speak Russian, Arabic, English, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, French, Thai, German, Vietnamese, Lakota as well as Portuguese. While learning these languages Wolverine has also been seen to understand the culture these languages belong to and has much respect for their beliefs and customs.
Wolverine is a highly skilled mechanic and has been the mechanic for the X-Men's Blackbird for a long time along with Nightcrawler.
Wolverine's direct weakness is a magical blade that has been endowed with the ability to halt accelerated healing factors. This blade has the ability to reduce his healing factor many times and when he received a very minor cut from the blade it took days for it to heal when in normal circumstances it would have healed within a matter of moments.
Wolverine's senses can be overloaded as seen when he has stated whispers hurt him and when Hulk used his thunderclap to overload Wolverine's hearing sense. Despite this weakness, Wolverine's pain tolerance and healing factor have allowed him to push through attacks that should overload his senses like withstanding thunderclaps on multiple other occasions to the point that they don't even seem to effect him.
Decapitating Wolverine would be a direct way in killing him but due to the fact that the adamantium that is laced around his body would prevent him healing, however this end is a high improbability. It is unknown however what would occur if Wolverine were to be decapitated and his head would be reattached to his body.
Wolverine is vulnerable to certain amounts of adamantium poisoning which has the ability to stun his healing factor to a very minor degree. If Wolverines healing factor were to be completely shutdown it is possible that over a large amount of time that the adamantium poisoning would kill him. If the adamantium that is laced throughout Wolverine's body were to every be removed it is believed that his healing factor would be increased exponentially though it is unclear how powerful it could become seeing its current possibilities.
The element of adamantium has been seen to have thirteen different allotropes because of the different molecular configurations. Wolverine has been seen to experience a type of dizziness when he comes into contact with the different elements of adamantium.
Carbodium is a poisonous substance to Wolverine and could be potentially lethal.
Adamantium Laced Skeleton
Wolverine's entire skeleton is laced in adamantium. This makes his bones virtually indestructible. Wolverine's adamantium is a unique type to him. When the metal was grafted to him his healing factor altered the properties of the metal infusing it with the bone without inhibiting any of his skeleton's functions. The new metal was dubbed adamantium beta.
Earth-295 - Age of Apocalypse
Logan in the Age of Apocalypse reality goes by the code name Weapon X. Weapon X is recruited by Magneto’s X-Men, though he’s reticent to at first. Jean Grey convinces him, however, as their legendary romance begins. When Mr. Sinister abducts Jean, Weapon X is furious to learn that Magneto and the X-Men find it too dangerous to rescue her. Angered, Logan leaves the X-Men and goes after Sinister and Jean all by himself. He is however stopped by Cyclops, one of Sinister's most loyal soldiers. Cyclops and Weapon X start a brutal fight, in witch one of Logan’s hands is obliterated by Cyclops' force-beam. Logan however manages to gouges out one of Cyclops’ eyes. After the fight, Wolverine managed to rescue Jean from Sinister and the two made their escape. They however did not return to the X-Men, still angry about not coming to Jean's rescue. Weapon X and Jean become somewhat of a fighting duo, still fighting against the hordes of Apocalypse, but more stealth and only on some occasions working together with the X-Men.
Weapon X and Jean came into contact with the Human Council, located in a war torn London. There they where thinking about the possibilities of nuking New York City, the strong hold of Apocalypse. A mayor fleet of airships eventually set out to New York. The Human Council however knew that this would not go unnoticed and they asked Weapon X and Jean to accompany the fleet. Weapon X and Jean however got separated during an evacuation. They promised each other to meet again, back in New York. Logan went his way and accompanied the fleet. This was not for no reason, as the ships where soon attacked by some of Apocalypse's soldiers. One of them was Carol Danvers, a former close friend to Weapon X, but she was changed into something less then human. Weapon X killed her, the fleet went on and he managed to return to New York City, right at the moment when the final battle against Apocalypse went on. During this time, Jean and former archenemy Cyclops, whom had changed sides and was now pro-human, had found each other and had become uneasy allies.
They tried to help humans escape the city, until Havok, Cyclops brother, seemingly first killed Jean, and then Cyclops. Weapon X was just about to meet Jean on the rendezvous point when he saw this scene happening. Weapon X lashed out at Havok, killing him instantly. He then ran up towards Jean, telling each other how much they loved one another. At that point, the reality known as the Age of Apocalypse seemingly dissolved, right at the moment that the nukes where about to be dropped. A great big white flash was seen and the reality seemed to vanish. This, however turned out not be the end. The reality remained and Jean had somehow managed to stop the bombs from going off. She even revived and turned into a strange Phoenix like entity. Weapon X recently is seen when the 616 Uncanny X-Force team travels to the Age of Apocalypse reality. He had taken the place of Apocalypse, wearing similar armor and replacing his missing hand with an energy cannon.
Earth-1610 - Ultimate Universe
In this reality, much similar to Earth-616, Wolverine suffered from amnesia, so little was known about his life other than he had a wife and child that were supposedly murdered by Sabretooth. As both Wolverine's and Sabretooth's memories had been tampered with by Weapon X, it is unknown whether this was true a true memory or not. However, Wolverine did posses a wedding ring that was the only link to his past. Wolverine knew Captain America, who recognized him as James Howlett who was a paratrooper in the World War 2. He was known as 'Lucky Jim' during this time as no matter how far he jumped, he always survived.
Wolverine was brought into the Weapon X programme by John Wraith, who kidnapped him, erased his memory and gave his the fake name 'Logan'. It was around this time that his Adamantium skeleton was fitted. Wolverine managed to escape Weapon X a couple of years later, with the help of Nick Fury and joined Magneto's Brotherhood of Mutant Supremacy and became his elite assassin. Eighteen months later, Wolverine was assigned to infiltrate the X-Mansion and assassinate Professor Xavier. He was accepted into their ranks and seduced Jean Grey in order to get himself deeper into the X-Men's ranks. However, he ended up falling in love with Jean, but she left him when she found out about his connections with the Brotherhood. Wolverine eventually betrayed Magneto and abandoned his mission to truly join the X-Men as he grew to believe in Xavier's vision.
The team travelled to the site of the Weapon X Project to find answers on Wolverine's past. While there, they encountered Wraith and Sabretooth, who burned Wolverine files containing the only link to his past to the ground. Wolverine attacked Sabretooth and threw him off a cliff and dismantled the Weapon X Project. However, by this time Jean had started a new relationship with Cyclops, which caused a rift between the two. Their rivalry grew when Xavier sent the two of them on a mission to the Savage Lands, hoping for them to resolve their rivalry. Wolverine allowed Cyclops to fall down a cliff, hoping to then start a relationship with Jean. However, Cyclops survived and revealed Wolverine's hand in his disappearance and shocked everyone when he let him remain on the team. This experience changed Wolverine's ruthlessness and he realized how he betrayed his friends. He gained a sense of responsibly and eventually formed a friendship with Cyclops.Later, Sabretooth joined Magneto as his assassin in replace of Wolverine and attacked him.
However, Wolverine managed to defeat him once and for all by cutting off his head. Wolverine then began a half-hearted relationship with Storm, which finished quickly, However, the pair still had feelings for each other and while on a date, the couple were attacked by a revived Sabretooth Storm tried to separate the two, but ended up being kept hostage. Sabretooth explained that he did not come here to fight and that his memories had returned. While on a mission to the Savage Land to find Jamie Madrox and stop his duplicates sending bombers world-wide, and vowed to do the same to Magneto. Wolverine charged at his enemy, but Magneto destroyed all of his cells by ripping the adamantium from his body, killing him.
Earth-2107 - Cable (Ultimate) future
The Ultimate version of Cable is a future version of that universe’s Wolverine. When he arrives in the “present” timeline, he kills Professor X, believing that his death will stop his horrific future from occurring. This Wolverine has aged to the point that his healing factor no longer functions, though he does still have his three of his six adamantium claws as one arm is now cybernetic.
Earth-2149 - Marvel Zombies
For full arc summary see: Marvel Zombies
In the Zombiverse, Wolverine is turned into a zombie like almost all of Marvel’s heroes. He is also one of the only zombies to feed on the Silver Surfer, thus gaining his power cosmic and using it to bring down Galactus, whom he also helps consume.
Earth-6195 - Divergent Zombieverse
A similar version of the Zombie Wolverine is drawn onto a failed team of Exiles comprised entirely of various Wolverines from different realities.
Earth-12 - Mimic's Reality
A friend and teammate of Mimic of the Exiles.
Earth-1081 - Morph's Reality
A friend and teammate of Morph of the Exiles.
Earth-9997 - Earth X
For full arc summary see: Earth X
In Earth X, Earth-9997, James Howlett was not the biological son of the Howletts. In fact, the Howletts' second child had died in childbirth. The Howletts decide to adopt a new son and end up adopting a baby from the Moon Clan. The Moon Clan were a bestial race that was able to co-exist with normal human beings. Wolverine still has his burning hatred of Sabretooth, who comes from the rival bear clan.
Earth-811 - Days of Future Past
For full arc summary see: Days of Future Past
Wolverine is one of only a few mutants left, along with Storm, Colossus, and Kitty Pryde, in this alternate reality, the X-Men fail to stop the assassination of Senator Robert Kelly. In retaliation, the Sentinels soon help in a pogrom against mutants and Logan has become an old man leading the resistance against the government.
Earth 5700 - Alternate Days of Future Past
Continuing Earth-811. Shortly after his death, his remains are recovered by X-51 (Machine Man) of Earth-9997 (Earth X). X-51 revives Wolverine using technology used by Merlyn to revive Captain Britain, and Wolverine joins X-51's group of Heralds.
Earth-58163 - HoM
In the House of M reality, Wolverine is an elite Red Guard Unit S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. He is the second person, after Layla Miller, to discover that reality has changed as he remembers his original 616 life.
Earth-2182 - Nocturne's Earth
In Nocturne's home reality Wolverine is known as Professor W. He is crippled after a fight with the Shadow King, and acts as the leader of the X-Men.
Earth-20051 - Marvel Adventures
In the Marvel Adventures reality Wolverine is a member of the Avengers alongside Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Spider-Man, Storm, Giant Girl, Tigra, and Luke Cage.
Earth-1298 - Mutant-X
Wolverine is a member of the Pack group, consisting of feral superheroes, that also consists of Sabretooth and Wildchild. All three of them are savages, driven insane by Weapon X and roam the Canadian wilderness like a pack of wolves.
Earth-9602 - Amalgam Universe
In the Amalgam Universe Wolverine merges with Batman and forms the new character Dark Claw.
Earth-982 - MC2
For full summary see: MC2
In the MC2 reality Wolverine has a daughter, named Rina, and a son named Hudson - Wild Thing and Sabreclaw respectively, with Elektra.
Earth-42777 - Iron Doom
James is a part of Magneto’s Mutant Resistance, who begin the Great Mutant Wars against humans, and prompt the invention of the Iron Man armor by Tony Stark.
Before the Zombie virus spread, Wolverine fought against The Hand in Asia. When the zombie virus broke out, he joins the zombie Spider-Man's New Avengers against Sentry and his zombie "Avengers".
Wolverine is represented by a baby named “Wolvie.”
Earth-891221 - Agent of SHIELD
Wolverine became an agent of SHIELD instead of a member of the X-Men. After Nick Fury’s death, Wolverine becomes the director of SHIELD and rids the world of the threat of Sentinels forever.
Earth-9811 - What if Starring Secret Wars 25 Years Later...?
In this reality, also called Battleworld, Wolverine and Storm have a daughter called Torrent.
Earth-9927 - Wild Weapon X
In this reality, Logan has become a wild killer.
In this reality Wolverine remains a member of the new Fantastic Four, along with Spider-Man, the Hulk and Ghost Rider.
Earth-311 - 1602
For full arc summary see: 1602
Wolverine is considered a witchbreed, the 1602 equivalent of a mutant.
In this reality Wolverine is an agent of HYDRA and lover of the Invisible Woman, who is Madame Hydra. He and his lover, along with Slaymaster left their reality and sought to conquer the Multiverse. Wolverine was later ultimately (and gruesomely) killed by Shadowcat.
In this reality, Wolverine is a member of the Avengers, but is killed on the mission to stop Charnel.
Earth-9140 - Lord of Vampires
In this reality, Wolverine becomes the Lord of Vampires.
Earth-691 - War of the Worlds
In this reality, a decree is passed against mutants, forcing Magneto to take as many mutants as he could off-world to find a more suitable home. Wolverine is among those that left with him and after Magneto is killed by Apocalypse, Wolverine leads the future generations to a new world which they named Haven.
Earth-7085 - Marvel Werewolves
Wolverine is one of those who became infected with a werewolf virus and became a werewolf.
Earth-8545 - Legacy Virus merged with Warlock
Wolverine is one of the superheroes converted into a Vi-Lock Prime by the mutated Legacy Virus.
Earth-9200 - Dystopia
Wolverine was killed during the Maestro's rise to power. His adamantium skeleton is placed on display in Rick Jones' trophy room.
This Earth is not in an alternate reality, but was located within the Earth-616 reality and was created by Franklin Richards and Wolverine has been masquerading as Hawkeye.
Earth-2301 - Marvel Mangaverse
For full summary see: Marvel Mangaverse
In this reality, Wolverine is the one that formed the X-men composed of himself and Cyclops. He is depicted with only his left arm having adamantium claws, while his right arm is robotic, projecting laser claws.
Earth-9590 - What if Storm absorbed the Phoenix instead of Jean Grey?
Wolverine is the only survivor when the spaceship explodes before Phoenix-Storm reveals herself. Wolverine helps T'Challa to save all mutants before Kitty meets Ororo.
Earth-1007 - Wolverine Earth X Big X Change
Wolverine, Rogue, Angel, Nightcrawler and Storm were converted into their opposite genders during one of their missions.
Earth-4011 - Wolverine - The End
In this alternate reality, Logan was living in the Canadian wilderness, waiting to die. When he received a mysterious letter, he set out for Japan to investigate. He later found out that he was lead there by his older brother, (John Howlett Jr., who was also a mutant), who planned to blow up Las Vegas and then take over the country. Logan stopped his brother but accidentally killed him and John died in Logan's arms.
Earth-1008 - By the Maker
Wolverine gains godlike fighting abilities.
Earth-91172 - Earth-Hulk Annihilation
Wolverine is killed by The Hulk.
Earth-3071 - Snikt!
In the year 2047, the Mandate attacked and killed most of the population. Eleven years later, a small group of people bring Wolverine forward in time to kill the Progenitor and stop his wicked reign.
Earth-90210 - Old Man Logan
For full arc summary see: Old Man Logan
The villains of the Marvel Universe unite under the iron fist of the Red Skull and kill the heavy-hitting heroes. Fifty years later Wolverine, now an pacifist, old farmer, lives on property owned by the Hulk gang and must travel cross-country with a now blind Clint Barton to get enough money to make rent before the Hulks kill his family. Wolverine says he doesn't fight anymore because of what the villians did to him. It is later revealed that Wolverine killed a majority of the X-Men because Mysterio made them look like supervillians. After that tragic moment, Wolverine swore to never pop out his claws again. He and Clint take the Spider Buggy, once owned by Spiderman, to get the money Clint will earn when he delivers a mysterious package. During their journey, they encounter a symbiote t-rex, save Clint's daughter who is also the granddaughter of Spiderman, and face the Kingpin. When they finally reach their destination, Clint delivers his package to an underground resistence, and it was a case of Super Soldier Serum. Unfortunately, the clients that hired Clint turned out to be working with the Red Skull. They shoot at Wolverine and Hawkeye, killing Clint. However, Wolverine's healing factor saves him and he awakens at the Red Skulls trophy room. The room is full of torn apparel and belongings of fallen superheroes, like Iron Man's armor and Captain America's shield. Wolverine uses Cap's shield to kill the Red Skull and he uses the Iron Man armor to fly home with the money. But when he arrives home, the Hulk's grandchildren had already killed his family, and their lifeless bodies lay motionless on the floor. This causes Wolverine to finally use his claws once more. He finds and kills the entire Hulk clan before encountering Banner himself, who displays extraordinary strength even in his human form. When he turns into the Hulk, Banner consumes Logan. But hours later, Logan heals inside Banner's stomach and kills him from within him. he later discovers the Hulk's own bay son, Bruce Banner Junior. A month later, Logan and his neighbors hold a small memorial for Logan's family. Logan and Bruce Banner Junior ride into the sunset after he tells them that he plans to defeat all the new world villains and thereby bring peace.
Earth-3515 - Thor: The Reigning
Wolverine is one of the many heroes who die fighting Loki as The Reigning begins.
Earth-8101 - Marvel Apes
For full arc summary see: Marvel Apes
An ape-version of Wolverine exists in this reality.
Earth Last Man Standing
Gene Wars were produced out of the death or desertion of the entire team of Avengers, where the M Toxin is released into the atmosphere, killing a sixteenth of the population of the planet. Shortly thereafter, nuclear war breaks out, and Wolverine awakes having been the only person who survived. He sets out to find any other living soul on the planet.
Earth-1005 - X-Men: Millennial Visions
The year 2035, an elderly Kitty Pryde leads the X-Men, with Wolverine, Gull (daughter of Archangel), Medea (daughter of Storm and Gambit), Salamander (son of Nightcrawler), Lockheed (All grown up), and Metallique (daughter of Colossus).
Earth-15104 - Here Comes Tomorrow
For full arc summary see: Here Comes Tomorrow
In this timeline alongside Cassandra Nova, the three remaining Stepford Cukoos, Tito Jr, and No-Girl form the X-men to fight against Sublime.
Earth-948331 - Mutant Destruction
Wolverine follows Magneto’s Brotherhood and is killed defending him from Hyperion.
Earth-901237 - Earth Hulk Rampage
Part of the large team of Alpha Flight who were trying to capture the Hulk, who was raging across Canada.
Earth-3470 - Heather Hudson's Earth
Howlett is discovered by Heather Hudson in the wilderness, where he becomes a permanent member of the much stronger Alpha Flight.
This story arc is set in the Noir Universe where there are no superhumans, and the Logan in this story isn’t the same one who appears in X-Men: Noir. Jim Logan is a small-time private detective down on his luck with a bad luck streak a mile wide, but a dishy new dame aims to turn his fortunes around.
Earth-208 - X-Treme X-Men
Scott Summers of 616 encountered this Wolverine while he was imprisoned by the Savior after being abducted from his own world. He is called General Howlett, and represented his world's version of Canada on a long voyage to the forgotten city of Shangri-La for the British empire. He is currently part of a new version of the X-Treme X-Men, aiding in eliminating alternate 'evil' versions of Charles Xavier.
For full arc summary see: Heroes Reborn
In the Heroes Reborn continuity, Hawkeye is revealed to be Logan, explaining their similar costumes.
Wolverine appears with Angel, Professor X and other X-Men in an episode that tells the history of Firestar. He also is part of the team in the episode "The X-Men Adventure". He is voiced by Neil Ross, who gives him an Australian accent, as he was unaware Wolverine was Canadian.
In this incarnation of the X-Men Wolverine is depicted again with an Australian accent. It was also one of the few times he has been animated in his classic brown & tan costume. Wolverine was once again voiced by Neil Ross.
In this series Logan is a member of the X-Men. He only remembers a small part of his past and is immediately drawn into a love triangle between Jean Grey and Scott Summers. A few episodes have depicted portions of his history. He is voiced by Cal Dodd, who is considered the definitive voice of the character.
X-Men: Evolution also involves Wolverine’s past being shrouded in mystery and him being something of an imposing figure, though his good-nature eventually shines through. In this reality, Wolverine is one of the founding members - alongside Professor X, Storm, Jean Grey, and Cyclops. He mentors the younger mutants alongside Prof. X and Storm. This is also the first universe depicting his clone, X-23. He starts off with a orange and black costume before switching to a ultimate styled one during the third season. His second costume resembles the costume of Ultimate Wolverine. In the finale, he is not seen with the future X-Men in Xavier's vision, meaning he might leave the team at some point. He is voiced by Scott McNeil.
Wolverine is the center of this series, which also features the rest of the X-Men’s supporting cast. He is voiced by Steven Blum.
Marvel motion comics (2009)
Wolverine is voiced by Marc Thompson in the ones based on Astonishing X-Men and Jeffrey Hedquist in the ones based on Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D.
In this series Wolverine is a main character and serves as Second-In Command next to Iron Man. Steven Blum reprises his role. His depiction with an Australian accent is spoofed in the second season episode "Too Many Wolverines!", which also spoofs how Wolverine is exaggerated as the "busiest character in the Marvel Universe", and indeed he mentions having teamed up with many - including the Easter Bunny.
Wolverine has a cameo appearance in a flashback, in a 'micro series' episode of the show, as a member of Steve Rodger's WW2 platoon. In the episode Captain America leads an assault on a HYDRA facility where Logan participates. He is once again voiced by Steven Blum. He is also shown to be still alive as when Captain America found himself in the realm of the dead, where his WW2 platoon confronts him, all but Logan and Bucky, who had been shown to be revived due to the Cosmic Cube.
He also appeared in the second season as a member of the New Avengers alongside Spider-Man, the Thing, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and War Machine. Unlike the others, though, he was not chosen by Iron Man in the event the Avengers were lost - he was simply with Spider-Man when he got his message. Again, Wolverine is voiced by Steve Blum.
Black Panther (2010)
Wolverine is voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson in an episode where the X-Men guest-star.
Marvel Anime: Wolverine (2011)
This anime focuses much more on Wolverine’s time in Japan with the Yashida family. He is voiced by Milo Ventimiglia.
Marvel Anime: X-Men (2011)
Steven Blum once again voices Wolverine alongside fellow Wolverine and the X-Men co-stars Fred Tatasciore (Beast) and Jennifer Hale (Jean Grey).
Wolverine also appears in episode 10 of Ultimate Spider-Man, named "Freaky". Like his incarnation in Wolverine and the X-Men, he is voiced by Steve Blum. In this episode, Spider-Man and Wolverine work together to defeat Mesmoro. However, before he is taken into custody, he switches the minds of Spider-Man and Wolverine. Wolverine and Spider-Man, in eachother's bodies then have to work together to defeat Sabretooth. Spider-Man, in Wolverine's body, then threatens Mesmoro to change them back using his claws, which works.
He returns in the Season 2 episode "Game Over," where he helps Spider-Man and Captain America battle Arcade.
Wolverine appears in the Japanese anime as a guest-star. He initially appears to help the kids in their battle against Sabretooth, and is revealed to have been sent to find Noriko Ashida, a young Japanese mutant. He is voiced by Kenji Nomura.
In all these films (sans Hulk Vs. Wolverine), he is played by Hugh Jackman.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
For full summary see: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The film begins with the same story of the Wolverine: Origin miniseries, but then changes to show Wolverine and Sabretooth side-by-side across several different historical wars. The two then fall in with the Weapon X program and become part of a black-ops squad of killers.
The film was poorly received by critics and fans, and was later retconned out of the series canon.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
For full summary see: X-Men: First Class
Wolverine appears in a brief cameo in the movie in a bar smoking a cigarette when Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr are recruiting mutants from around the globe.
For full summary see: X-Men
Logan is one of the protagonists, though when the audience first meets him, he’s in a cage fight in a sleazy bar. It’s not until he runs afoul of a runaway Rogue that he meets up with Charles Xavier’s X-Men.
He also develops an attraction to Jean Grey, as well as a rivalry with her boyfriend, Cyclops.
X2: X-Men United (2004)
For full summary see: X2: X-Men United
Wolverine is the protagonist of this movie, focusing on recovering his past and battling against the mysterious anti-mutant militant Col. William Stryker.
Stryker offers to tell Logan about his past, but Logan instead chooses to remain with the X-Men, who have become a family to him.
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
For full summary see: X-Men: The Last Stand
Wolverine takes a bit of a backseat role in this movie, but is instrumental in uncovering the Dark Phoenix force as well as battling it. In the finale, he is forced to kill Jeanto prevent her from destroying the world. The choice proves emotionally devastating for Logan.
Hulk Vs. Wolverine (2009)
For full summary see: Hulk Vs. Wolverine
This animated film tells of Wolverine’s first outing as a superhero, battling the rampaging Hulk. He is voiced by Steven Blum.
The Wolverine (2013)
For full summary see: The Wolverine
Taking place a number of years after the events of The Last Stand, the film depicts a bitter, broken, and weary Logan who no longer has any interest in being a hero. After being invited to Japan to witness the last days Ichiro Yashida, a man whose life he saved during World War 2, Logan becomes caught in a complex conspircy to steal his healing factor.
During the course of the movie, he befriends Yukio and falls in love with Ichiro's granddaughter, Mariko, and eventually resolves to become a hero again after getting over Jean's death.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
For full sumary see: X-Men: Days of Future Past
In the near future, Wolverine is shown as one of the last surviving X-Men in a world dominated by the Sentinels. Professor X devises a plan to send Logan back in time from 2023 to 1973 in order to prevent Mystique from assassinating Bolivar Trask, the act that led to the creation of the Sentinels. After Kitty Pryde sends Logan back into his younger body, he recruits a young Charles Xavier, Beast, Magneto, and Quicksilver to stop Mystique.
Logan is betrayed and nearly killed by Magneto, but the plan succeeds when Mystique is convinced to spare Trask of her own volition. Upon waking up in the new future, Logan is overjoyed to discover that all of his dead friends, including Jean, are once again alive.
The Uncanny X-Men
Wolverine appears in his brown and tan costume in this NES game.
X-Men: Madness In Murderworld
Wolverine is a playable character in this game that takes place in Murderworld.
X-Men 2: Fall of the Mutants
Wolverine appears in the PC version of the game.
X-Men arcade game (1992)
He is a playable character in both the arcade and home editions.
Spider-Man/X-Men: Arcade's Revenge
He makes an appearance in the fourth level of the game and is also a playable character.
X-Men: Children of the Atom
Wolverine appears as a playable character in the Savage Land stage.
X-Men vs Street Fighter
He is a playable character in this game.
X-Men: Mutant Academy 1 and 2
Wolverine appears in both installments of the game and he voiced by Tony Daniels.
X-Men: Next Dimension
Wolverine is a playable character in this game and is voiced by Steven Blum.
X-Men Legends 1 and 2
Wolverine is a playable character in the game and is played again by Steven Blum.
Wolverine treks across an island.
Wolverine: Adamantium Rage
In this game, Wolverine is trapped in a lab and must escape.
X2: Wolverine's Revenge
Magneto has made a weapon so powerful it can even melt Wolverine’s adamantium skeleton! He must stop him across several different locations. Hugh Jackman does not reprise his role here, and Wolverine is instead voiced by Mark Hamil.
Ultimate Spider-Man (2005)
He appears in the game voiced by Keith Szarabajka.
Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects (2005)
He is a playable character in this game. Cal Dodd reprises his role.
X-Men: The Official Game (2006)
Hugh Jackman reprises his role for this game.
X-Men: Wolverine's Rage
Wolverine is subjected to his adamantium treatment by Weapon X, but he’s also infected with a slow-acting virus. In the present, Wolverine must seek out a cure or die in 48 hours.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
The game switches back and forth between flashback and current timelines in which Wolverine and the rest of Weapon X must complete various missions. This game stands out from the others because of the graphic violence, earning it an M-rating. Hugh Jackman reprises his role.
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 1 and 2
Wolverine appears in both installments of this game and is one of the main characters, along with Thor, Captain America, and Spider-Man. He has special dialogue with Nick Fury and Captain America. He is voiced again by Steven Blum.
Marvel vs Capcom
Wolverine appears in this video game as a playable character. It is a fighting game.
Marvel vs Capcom 2
Wolverine appears in this video game as a playable character. It is a fighting game.
Marvel vs Capcom 3
Wolverine appears in this fighting game as a playable character. He is voiced by Steve Blum.
Marvel: Avengers Alliance (2012 - )
Wolverine appears as an unlockable character in the Marvel: Avengers Alliance video game on Facebook. He is a Scrapper Class character by default, but his alternate costume also allows him to become an Infiltrator Class character.
Marvel Heroes (2013 - )
Wolverine is one of the major playable characters in the game, once again voiced by Steve Blum. He sports his Astonishing X-Men outfit as a default uniform, but has multiple costumes to choose from.
Marvel Contest of Champions (2014)
Wolverine is a playable fighter in this mobile app game from Kabam.
As one of Marvel's most popular and iconic characters, Wolverine has long been a popular choice for merchandise. After making his toy debut in Mattle's Secret Wars line, Wolverine went on to appear in statues and toys produced by Toy Biz, Hasbro, Hot Toys, and many other manufacturers. Toy replicas of Wolverine's claws have also long been hot sellers, especially among children.