7 things you didn’t know about Wolverine
With a smile and possibly a tear, comic fans are ready to witness Wolverine, aka Hugh Jackman, unleash his claws on screen for the last time. Logan is set to be the final adventure of the fan favourite and the ninth appearance of the iconic character on film. Who could have foreseen back in 2000 when X-Men heralded the beginning of the mutant series that Wolverine would “mutate” with three solo films including Logan?
Still, we bet you don’t know everything about Marvel’s animal action star who’s had many more adventures in the comic books than the films.
Here are some amazing facts about Wolverine:
- Team player
- Clint Eastwood
- Proud father
Fact # 1: Badger
It seems funny now, but Wolverine was almost a badger. Author Len Wein was given the task of increasing comic sales in Canada and in the end had these two beasts to choose from - both are native to North America. Fortunately, he opted for the wolverine, otherwise, we would have a very different hero today.
Fact # 2: Veteran
Given the ever-youthful appearance of Hugh Jackman, in Logan, Wolverine looks older because he is losing his powers. At the same time, it’s also worth remembering that the wild warrior is already ancient. His extreme self-healing usually prevents the ageing process and even death itself, meaning Wolverine has been through a lot in his lifetime. It is hardly surprising that he has participated in the American Civil War, both World Wars and the Vietnam War - and on the US side, although he is actually Canadian.
Fact # 3: Team Player
Wolverine is the quintessential loner and very often socially incompatible. So, would you believe that Wolverine has been a part of 30 different teams over the course of his comic career? This, in fact, makes him Marvel’s flagship team player.
The most prominent are, of course the Avengers, whom Wolverine has supported in various important story arcs in the comics. It’s too bad that the film rights prevent this on the big screen. The fierce hero has also joined up with the Defenders, the Fantastic Four and the X-Force, a subgroup of the X-Men. The grizzled tough man has even led some of the groups himself.
Fact # 4: Claws
It’s not only his opponents but Wolverine himself suffers from his characteristic claws, which are among the most powerful weapons in the superhero universe. If he pulls them out, the claws cut through his bare skin; a pain from which even Wolverine is not immune. The reason we hardly notice is because his rapid healing immediately closes the wounds. Besides, Logan is hardly the type of guy to whine.
Fact # 5: Alcohol
In various X-Men films, we see Hugh Jackman knocking back one glass after another. The tendency towards alcohol fits the destructive character of Wolverine, who is heavily burdened by his past. He could save himself the bother because his regenerative powers also prevent the alcohol from having a significant effect on his body. Every type of poison is immediately removed from the bloodstream.
Fact # 6: Clint Eastwood
While Wolverine remained masked in his first appearance in the comic book series The Incredible Hulk in 1974, he showed his true face soon after. Over time, his appearance became increasingly gloomy, especially when the legendary illustrator Frank Miller took the helm.
He, in turn, based Wolverine’s look on Clint Eastwood. Interestingly, Hugh Jackman even resembles the young Eastwood, as the Australian himself has acknowledged.
Fact # 7: Proud father
At least, in theory, he’s a proud father because in truth Wolverine and his son Daken never really come together. In fact, the mutant superhero believed his child was killed by the Winter Soldier while still in the womb. Instead, the offspring grew up with an irrepressible hatred for his father and becomes the “Dark Wolverine”. Equipped with very similar powers, he formed an alliance of clones and other figures to kill Wolverine. But in the end, the situation is reversed when Wolverine drowns his own son in a very tragic scene.