Hugh Jackman’s final appearance as the beloved mutant calls for some memory-jogging.
Logan is out on theaters today. It is, as many describe it, the antithesis to what Bryan Singer thinks an X-Men film is. In the new movie, directed by James Mangold, “a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border”. That sounds depressing as shit, and it is, a pretty accurate depiction of what good ol’ man Logan (a.k.a Wolverine) is really about. But what is ol’ man Logan really about?
Here’s a brief rundown.
Blame Bruce Banner.
The reason why Wolverine exists at all is because of a cameo in the original The Incredible Hulk comics. The clawed X-Man first appeared in Issues 180 and 181 of the comic in November of 1974. Wolverine’s created by Roy Thomas, Len Wein, and John Romita, Sr.
Hugh Jackman’s body isn’t right for the role.
I know. That statement makes me want to puke too, because Jackman is jacked as shit and physically he’s a great Wolverine. But think about this. His creators intended him to be short and stocky, at least in the comics. And of course Jackman is, like everyone in Hollywood (except Kevin Hart and Tom Cruise), tall as hell. Whether his Aussie-ness helps his case is beyond me, though.
Shockingly, Logan is Canadian.
Put aside whatever the movies told you, Logan’s origins point to a different story. First off, Logan isn’t really his name. It’s James. Logan is merely an acknowledgement of his dad, Thomas Logan, a drunkard who gets murdered early in the comic. He hails, out of every place in the world, in Canada. Perhaps the baddest Canadian I know, metal claws and all that.
He wasn’t born with Adamantium steel. But you already know that.
He was, just like Deadpool, a subject in the cruel Weapon X program, where they did all bunch of stuff to non-humans. Like Deadpool, Logan also developed regenerative abilities, making him, in essence, immortal. But not all the time…
Wolverine is immortal. Sometimes.
There are plenty of times when Wolverine’s life was put through the line. Like really put through. That’s until the events depicted in the film Logan, of course. Oh, did I forget to tell you you can kill him by drowning?
Being an X-Man wasn’t the only job in his resume.
Wolverine wasn’t always a “mutant”. He worked with the Avengers, Department H., the Secret Defenders, and a few others in several missions (which, I know, it’s confusing, but bear with me). That’s not a surprise, too. Logan has a pretty convoluted origin. Doesn’t explain, though, how they effed-up that generally derided origin movie. Anyway…
Professor Xavier poached Logan from Department H.
During Logan’s time working for the government-funded Department H, Professor X was already by the sidelines closely watching. He, of course, was one of the X-Men’s earliest recruits, and became essential to many of the roster’s missions, including that time-traveling hoopla, and that will-they-won’t-they vibe he always had with Jean Grey.
There. Now you’re all caught up. Have you watched Logan yet? Let us know in the comments below.