Wolverine: Weapon X

Wolverine: Weapon X Wolverine: Weapon X

“When a man wants to murder a tiger, he calls it sport; when the tiger wants to murder him, he calls it ferocity. The distinction between crime and justice is no greater.” --George Bernard Shaw
A feature on Logan, The Wolverine. Answers the questions - Who he is? What are his abilities? What are the changes he underwent? Who has portrayed him in Comic Book Movies?

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By PollMaster - Mar 31, 2011 12:03 AM EST
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"Do one on the history of Wolverine."

Who is Wolverine?
Wolverine is considered by many to be the best-known member of the X-Men. While often shrouded in mystery, Wolverine's past is full of government secrets, traumatic events, and death.

Wolverine is a fictional character, a superhero who appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Born as James Howlett and commonly known as Logan, Wolverine is a mutant, possessing animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities, three retracting bone claws on each hand and a healing factor that allows him to recover from virtually any wound, disease or toxin at an accelerated rate. The healing factor also slows down his aging process, enabling him to live beyond a normal human lifespan. His powerful healing factor enabled the supersoldier program Weapon X to bond the near-indestructible metal alloy adamantium to his skeleton and claws without killing him.

What are his Powers and Abilities?
Note: Due to the nature of comicbooks being an on-going tale, the character's powers along with his appearance, is in a constant state of flux.

Regenerative Healing Factor: Wolverine's primary mutant power is an accelerated healing process that enables him to regenerate damaged or destroyed tissue with far greater efficiency than an ordinary human. Wolverine's accelerated healing powers have been commonly referred to as his mutant healing factor. The full extent and speed of Wolverine's healing factor isn't known. He has been shown to fully heal from numerous gunshot wounds, severe burns covering most of his body, and regenerate missing eyes within a matter of seconds. Among the more extreme depictions of his accelerated healing factor involves him having his skin, muscles, and internal organs incinerated from his skeleton only to fully regenerate the tissue within minutes. Adamantium plays a crucial role in the speed of Wolverine's healing as well because of the fact that it produces a poison that his immune system fights off regularly. It is said that without the adamantium his healing rate increases. This power even amends psychological wounds inflicted as a result of traumatic experiences. However, Wolverine's healing powers force his mind to suppress the memories, sometimes resulting in amnesia. Wolverine sometimes calls this his mental scar tissue.

Foreign Chemical Immunity: Wolverine's natural healing also affords him the virtual immunity to poisons and most drugs, except in massive doses.

Immunity To Disease: Wolverine's highly efficient immune system, which is part of his accelerated healing factor, renders him immune against all known Earthly diseases and infections.

Superhumanly Acute Senses: Wolverine possesses superhumanly acute senses that are comparable to those of certain animals. He can see at far greater distances, with perfect clarity, than an ordinary human. He retains this same level of clarity even in near total darkness. His hearing is enhanced in a similar manner, allowing him to detect sounds ordinary humans couldn't hear at a greater distances. He is able to recognize people and objects by scent, even if they are well hidden. He can track a target by scent, even if the scent has been greatly eroded by time and weather factors, with an extraordinary degree of success. Wolverine can also use his keen sense of smell to detect lies due to chemical changes within a person's scent.

Superhuman Strength: Wolverine's mutant healing factor enables him to push his muscles beyond the natural limits of the human body without injury, granting him some degree of superhuman strength. His natural strength is augmented by the demand placed on his musculature due to the presence of over 100 pounds of Adamantium bonded to his skeleton, which also removes the natural limitations of the human skeletal structure by allowing him to lift weights that would damage a human skeleton.

Superhuman Stamina: Wolverine's mutant healing factor grants him high immunity against lactic acid and other fatigue toxins generated by his muscles during physical activity. Wolverine can sustain himself at peak capacity for several days.

Superhuman Agility: Wolverine's agility, balance and bodily coordination are enhanced to levels beyond the natural physical limits and capabilities of the finest human specimen.

Superhuman Reflexes: Wolverine's reflexes are similarly enhanced and are superior to those possessed by the finest human specimen.

Insulated Weather Adaptation: Wolverine's body is highly resistant to certain elemental extremes, particularly cold, to the extent that he can sleep nude in subarctic conditions with no apparent injury.

Retarded Aging: In addition, Wolverine's healing factor provides him with an extended lifespan by slowing the effects of the aging process. Wolverine was born sometime during the late 19th Century. Although well over 100 years of age, Wolverine retains the appearance and physical vitality of a man in the physical prime of his life.

Animal Empathy: Wolverine has the ability to sense the emotional state of animals on a basic level such as fear, anger, happiness or pain. He can even communicate with them to make the animal aware of his actions and or his intent.

Bone Claws: Wolverine's skeleton includes six retractable 12-inch long bone claws, three in each arm, that are housed beneath the skin and muscle of his forearms. Wolverine can, at will, release these slightly curved claws through his skin beneath the knuckles on each hand. The skin between the knuckles tears and bleeds, but the blood loss is quickly halted by his healing factor. Wolverine can unsheathe any number of his claws at once, although he must keep his wrists straight at the moment his claws pass from his forearms into his hands. When unsheathed, the claws are entirely within his hands, allowing him to bend his wrists when they are extended.

Psionic Resistance: Wolverine reveals that his mind is highly resistant to telepathic probing and assault due to the high level psionic shields implanted in his mind by Professor Charles Xavier.

Master Tactician: Though seemingly brutish, Wolverine is highly intelligent.

Master Martial Artist: Wolverine has extraordinary hand-to-hand combat ability. Due to his extensive training as a soldier, a CIA operative, a samurai, a spy, and a member of the X-Men, Wolverine is an exceptional hand-to-hand combatant, having mastered virtually every fighting style on Earth and is also well versed in pressure points and the art of espionage.

Advanced Covert Ops Expert: Due to his experience traveling the world and working for various government agencies, Wolverine is also a trained expert in multiple types of weapons, vehicles, computer systems, explosives, and assassination techniques.

Skilled Mechanic: Wolverine has been the mechanic of the X-Men's Blackbird jet for a long time.

Multi-lingual: A polyglot; Wolverine is fluent in many languages including English, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Cheyenne, Lakota, and Spanish; he has some knowledge of French, German, Thai, Vietnamese, and Portuguese.

What are the changes he underwent?
1. 1st appearance

John Romita, Sr., would design the original Wolverine costume. The character's introduction was ambiguous, revealing little beyond his being a superhuman agent of the Canadian government. In these appearances, he does not retract his claws, although Len Wein stated they had always been envisaged as retractable. Wolverine's original costume introduced his signature blue and yellow color scheme and other apparel that would become hallmarks of the character's look. Featuring blue gloves, trunks, shoulder pads and winged-boots with a red belt over a yellow spandex body suit highlighted with tiger stripes, this would serve as the basis for most of Wolverine's future costumes. This costume also featured Logan's controversial "whiskers" mask, which contained thin lines above the mouth and very short "wings" above the cowl.

2. X-Men

Wolverine's next appearance was in 1975's Giant-Size X-Men #1, Wolverine is recruited for a new X-Men squad. Gil Kane illustrated the cover artwork but incorrectly drew Wolverine's mask with larger headpieces. Dave Cockrum liked Kane's accidental alteration and incorporated it into his own artwork for the actual story. Cockrum was also the first artist to draw Wolverine without his mask, and the distinctive hairstyle became a trademark of the character.

3. Fang

In X-MEN #107 (1977) Wolverine got a new outfit, the "Fang" costume, which is named for the Imperial Guard warrior it belonged to, who Wolverine took it from after victory in battle. Its a maskless costume featuring a collar, belt, and glove and boot cuffs made up of bony claws and skulls, it represented a steep departure from what came before. The costume lasted only for two issues.

4. Classic Brown and Tan

During the mid 70s Wolverine was considered to be dropped from the X-men roster but artist John Byrne, championed the character, later explaining, as a Canadian himself, he did not want to see a Canadian character dropped. Byrne created Alpha Flight, a group of Canadian superheroes who try to recapture Wolverine due to the expense their government incurred training him. Later stories gradually establish Wolverine's murky past and unstable nature, which he battles to keep in check. Byrne also designed a new brown-and-tan costume for Wolverine, but retained the distinctive Cockrum cowl.

5. Black

With a new ongoing series, WOLVERINE #1 (1988), Wolverine donned an all-black outfit, featuring shorter gloves than usual, and a netted mask over his eyes. This costume did not last long, but remains significant and fondly remembered for representing the character's stealth tactics, ties to Japan, and varied fighting skills.

6. Weapon X

In the "Weapon X" storyline, Wolverine gets abducted, tortured and brainwashed into a living weapon by the Weapon X Program. For Wolverine's field test training, Wolverine runs around essentially nude, short for spikes jutting out of his skin and a virtual reality helmet connected by cables to a belt containing various electronic gadgets. It's a relatively simple design, but has proved memorable. The helmet's red visor comes off threatening and conveys the blank slate that had become Wolverine's mind; the unnerving spike show the pain of the character; the cables illustrate the control and manipulation of his captors; the electronics show that Wolverine's close to becoming the machine that he would be as Weapon X.

7. Feral

After the event of Magneto ripping the adamantium out of Wolverine's body, this is the first time that we learn that Wolverine's claws were actually made of bone, and not surgical implants from the Weapon X program as long believed. Later, Cable's son, Genesis, hoping to make Wolverine into one of the Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, drew him into a trap designed to rebond adamantium to Wolverine's bones and ready him for Apocalypse. After Wolverine broke free during the bonding process, he had mutated into a grotesque feral-like form. Wolverine now had long forearms and legs, with animal-like nails and patches of fur, thick claws, and a deformed face. The most significant and remembered design change costume-wise, however, came with Wolverine's decision to wear a bandana to hide his mutated face.

8. Death

For a time being during the Apocalyse The Twelve storyline. Wolverine was captured by Apocalypse and turned into his horseman, Death

9. Fantastic Four

In a brief disturbance in the timestream after the previous storyline, we would see wolverine in one of the alternate universe of the "Ages of Apocalypse" as one of the New Fantastic Four. (There was an earlier New Fantastic Four story but they did not wore any Fantastic 4 costume).

10. Black Leather

During the time of the first X-Men movie the costume of the comics mirrored the black leather outfits and added a yellow day-glo X's. Wolverine looking particularly Hugh Jackman-esque: He got rid of the mask, his winged-hair got toned down, and he began sporting his military dog tags and a white ribbed undershirt. Decidedly non-super hero, this costume fit well with the more adult, sci-fi tone of Morrison's run on the title.

11. Astonishing

In a move to return them to superheroics, the X-Men returned to wearing costumes. A new costume was designed for Wolverine that blended elements of several of the character's previous outfits—the yellow-and-blue color scheme, a shorter mask recalling the original "whiskers" cowl, and yellow tiger-stripes similar to those worn by Ultimate Wolverine—with new alterations, such as striking blue paneling down the outside of the costume, visible stitching and zippers. The result: a costume that looked both current and retro, signaled the return of Wolverine the super hero.

12. X-Force

Aside from being a full time member of AVENGERS and X-Men, he is also the co-leade of the X-Men black-ops strike team, X-Force. He wears the same costume only with muted colors.

There are countless others of Wolverine costume in alternate realities, if I miss any that are part of the mainstream continuity note it down in the comment section below.

Who has portrayed Wolverine in Comic Book Movies?
Other than the younger self wolverine (which I won't include here) Hugh Jackman has been the only actor who has played the Canucklehead in live media.

seen in:
We first see Wolverine in the X-men movie (2000). He appeared first as a cage fighter, who met another mutant, then finds himself caught between a battle between two mutant fanctions. In the end he decided to fight with the X-Men.

Wolverine in X2 is still searching for his missing memories. He found someone who has some information about his past, but has to fight him to save mutantkind.

In the third part of the X-Men trilogy, Wolverine became a reluctant teacher in Charles Academy. He leads the X-Men to fight their biggest battle yet.

In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, we see Wolverine's Origin (Captain Obvious).

sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolverine_(comics) : http://marvel.wikia.com/Wolverine : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_versions_of_Wolverine : http://marvel.com/news/story/7814/wolverine_costume_guide : http://jimsmash.blogspot.com/2009/04/wolverine-week-other-garb-bub.html

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LEEE777 - 3/30/2011, 3:52 AM

It gets good till the FOXING END! : p
LEEE777 - 3/30/2011, 3:52 AM
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LEEE777 - 3/30/2011, 3:52 AM
Damn, I can't delete the DOTS lol?
BlackSands - 3/31/2011, 1:40 AM
Agreed, Wolverine Origins was enjoyable for a movie version origin - fits right in with Singer's X-Men 1 film until FOX and whoever wrote the damned ending gave us the biggest letdown EVER in a final villain showdown: BARAKAPOOL. What? Sabretooth wasn't enough of a bad guy to rate as the final showdown boss other than that idiot, Stryker? The whole movie was fine until Barakapool came along..... Grrrrrrrr

Barakapool wasn't needed at all....
frigidgiantinthe716 - 3/31/2011, 1:42 AM
.... cool article. But what about patch?
MaddMonkk - 3/31/2011, 1:57 AM
@ frigidgiantinthe716: Patch would be alter ego of 5. Black. these things are great, keep them comin!
marvelwienr - 3/31/2011, 2:00 AM
do one on daredevil!!! come on please!!! :D
marvelwienr - 3/31/2011, 2:00 AM
nice article btw as always!
whoa123 - 3/31/2011, 2:13 AM
Great article again, I agree with Ban do one with Daredevil.
Rendishen - 3/31/2011, 2:22 AM
I enjoyed reading this very much, my favorite comic book character. Keep up the good work!
ThePublicMessages - 3/31/2011, 2:23 AM

Can you do Luke Cage, Superman and Blade?

OdinsMissingEye - 3/31/2011, 2:48 AM
Do one on Squirrel Girl....PLEASE!!!!!
marvel72 - 3/31/2011, 4:30 AM
nice article apart from the fox section,did you miss the age of apocalyspe weapon-x ? he had a stump for a hand he lost it in a fight with cyclops.
Citizen - 3/31/2011, 5:05 AM
Another piece of trivia for ya:

It was originally thought that Wolverine's claws were part of his long gloves. I don't remember exactly which issue it was (but pre-100 I believe), but some of the X-Men had been captured. Wolverine was stripped down to his trunks, strapped to a table. He popped his claws to break free and Jean Grey freaked out, stating what everyone else (including us fans) thought...that his claws were part of his costume. In my mind, that's when he started getting real interesting.

Also, no one ever called him anything but Wolverine until around Uncanny X-Men #142 (I think). He and Nightcrawler take a trip to Canada and he visits his old friends, Alpha Flight, and Vindicator's wife calls him "Logan." Nightcrawler is caught off guard and asks Wolverine why he never told anyone his real name, to which Logan replies: "You never asked."

queenofdisaster - 3/31/2011, 5:29 AM
When I was a teenager he was my favourite comic book character ever. Now I've sort of grown out of him. Doesn't help that he's been way overhyped ever since the X-Men movies came out.
Reo5150 - 3/31/2011, 6:03 AM
Citizen@. Actually you're partially right. I believe that's the first time an X-Man ever heard him called that but the first time he actually got called Logan was in issue 103 when a leperchaun at the castle called him that.
Anarkhan - 3/31/2011, 6:14 AM
What about Wolverine First Class ?

MARV3L - 3/31/2011, 6:21 AM
Overhyped or not he is truly deserving of his bad ass status,

how can you not love Wolverine... he's jus too f*ckin cool!

I am loving these articles, they just make you realise how much you love these characters, especially Cap and Wolvie -
these 2 articles have been both nostalgic and heart warming.

He's the best there is at what he does, but what he does aint pretty.
Yet he makes look so much fun!

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The whole Weapon X programme is where it's at in terms of my childhood, two of the best!
MrReese - 3/31/2011, 6:29 AM
@pollmaster love reading these dude keep em comin
rea1dea1stee1 - 3/31/2011, 6:29 AM
history of batman would be cool and iron man! love reading these there bang on fella good work!!
Kishin - 3/31/2011, 6:32 AM
Very enjoyable, as have been the other entries in this series. I hope you keep it up for a long time. One thing I might have added, though you seemed to stick to the main continuity, is how he survived being ripped in half by Ultimate Hulk.

I'm sure you have lots of characters lined up for future installments, but I'd love to see one on my favorite, the Man-Thing.
MARV3L - 3/31/2011, 6:40 AM

Dude that's Ultimate Hulk where Betty turns into a She-Hulk and jumps out of a plane onto Hulk and they practically get jiggy while Wolvie's lying there in half watchin'.

Pretty messed up but funny!
marvel72 - 3/31/2011, 6:43 AM
i loved wolverine in the 80s & 90s,during the dark phoenix saga in the pages of the uncanny x-men.

there was a scene where the hellfire club had defeated the x-men & knocked wolverine into the sewers.

with claremont writing & byrne artwork the last pannel was wolverine looking hard & talking tough,after seeing that i was hooked.

the biggest downfall of wolverine nowadays is they've revealed too much of his origin,what made him cool was being a man of mystery & his featured in far to many books.

how many teams is he a member of these days x-men,x-force & the avengers.
Deadpool13 - 3/31/2011, 6:49 AM
Can you do 1 of Hawkeye please...btw you know your super heros keep up the good work
Reo5150 - 3/31/2011, 6:52 AM
Citizen. No worries! If I hadn't just read it the other day (literally), I would have forgot since it's so minor. Good call on the rest though. I had a blast rereading all the early stuff again.
nuck82 - 3/31/2011, 7:08 AM
@poll these articels are way better then your shitty vs polls, im just saying lol, your welcome ; )
TheGoshdarnRobin - 3/31/2011, 7:33 AM

That's one of the most iconic panels in X-Men history and was the moment when every fan knew that Wolverine was going to become an ultimate badass.

They also paid homage to that moment in the X-Men animated series in the episode titled "The Inner Circle" which was the pc/kid friendly name for the Hellfire club.
TheGoshdarnRobin - 3/31/2011, 7:39 AM

Excellent article. The one thing I think you could've added is references to the varying designs of his claws.
Citizen - 3/31/2011, 7:56 AM
I agree that Wolverine is being over used by Marvel. A great part of his appeal was being a loner that agreed to join the X-Men.

And as far as I'm concerned, they also screwed up the Avengers, which are supposed to be "Earth's MIGHTIEST Heroes," not "Earth's Most Diverse Heroes." (Palm slaps forehead)

Once Marvel started oversaturating their stories, looking for any excuse to put characters like Wolverine in another comic, I stopped trying to keep up. The early / original cross-overs were great, but mainly because they were rare. Then, sometime in the 90's as I recall, cross-overs became somewhat of a norm, and thus the novelty wore off pretty quick for me. But I still love me some Wolverine, even though I haven't bought a comic book in years. So it goes.
Citizen - 3/31/2011, 7:58 AM
And by the way, that shot up above of Wolverine in the sewers is absolutely one of the Top-10 highlight moments in his development as a badass!
marvel72 - 3/31/2011, 8:18 AM
@ thegoshdarnrobin

that single image,changed me forever.

thanks for posting that,brings back memories of reading my dads comics.

then about seventy-five issues later uncanny x-men 205 i started collecting.
TheGoshdarnRobin - 3/31/2011, 8:26 AM

You clearly haven't read an X-Men or X-Force comic in some time. Wolverine has resumed his epic badassery for some time now, particularly in X-Force and Uncanny X-Force.
GrayFox1025 - 3/31/2011, 9:28 AM
I want to see Wolverine on screen wearing the brown and tan costume, that one is my all time favorite for him
thewolfx - 3/31/2011, 9:56 AM
youknow who wolverine is ,,, i do

the baddest muthafawker in marvel thats who

and the movie version needs to have his astonishing suit asap
JackBauer - 3/31/2011, 10:40 AM
I love these articles, but you forgot this costume:

The X-men wore these uniforms from approximately #273-280 during a trip to the Shi'ar Empire and a fight against the Shadow King on Muir Island.

There was also this uniform from his Team X days, before the Weapon X program:

I would put the Weapon X "uniform" first if you're going to include it.

#5 is his Patch identity he used on the island of Madripoor when the world believed the X-Men were dead.

Also note that Len Wein originally intended for the claws to be part of the gloves during his first appearance in The Incredible Hulk.
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