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Wolverine (birth name: James Howlett; alias: Logan and Weapon X) is a character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, mostly in association with the X-Men. He is a mutant with animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities, a powerful regenerative ability known as a healing factor, and three retractable claws in each hand. Wolverine has been depicted as a member of the X-Men, X-Force, Alpha Flight, the Fantastic Four, and the Avengers.
The character first appeared in the last panel of The Incredible Hulk # 180 before having a larger role in # 181 (cover-dated November 1974). He was created by Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, writer Len Wein, and Marvel art director John Romita Sr. Romita designed the character’s costume, but the character was first drawn for publication by Herb Trimpe. Wolverine then joined a revamped version of the superhero team the X-Men, where eventually writer Chris Claremont, artist Dave Cockrum, and artist-writer John Byrne would play significant roles in the character’s development. Artist Frank Miller collaborated with Claremont and helped revise the character with a four-part eponymous limited series from September to December 1982, which debuted Wolverine’s catchphrase, “I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn’t very nice.”
Wolverine is typical of the many tough antiheroes that emerged in American popular culture after the Vietnam War. His willingness to use deadly force and his brooding loner nature became standard characteristics for comic book antiheroes by the end of the 1980s. As a result, the character became a fan favorite of the increasingly popular X-Men franchise,: 263, 265 and has been featured in his own solo Wolverine comic book series since 1988.
He has appeared in most X-Men adaptations, including animated television series, video games and film. In live action, Hugh Jackman portrayed the character across ten installments of the X-Men film series produced by 20th Century Fox between 2000 and 2018, and will reprise the role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film Deadpool 3 (2024). Troye Sivan portrayed a young version of Logan in the 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The character has often been ranked as one of the most popular characters of the X-Men, as well as one of Marvel’s most popular superheroes.
James “Jimmy” Howlett, also known as Logan or by his codename, The Wolverine, (named after the mammal/mustelid) is a fictional character originating as the primary protagonist of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men film series, and appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) media franchise produced by Marvel Studios. He is portrayed by Hugh Jackman and based on the Marvel Comics character Wolverine, created by Roy Thomas, Len Wein and John Romita Sr.
Logan has been the central figure of the film series, having appeared in nine films since his introduction in X-Men (2000). The character and Jackman’s performance have been credited with helping to cement the series as a multi-billion-dollar franchise, with Logan’s appearance often being considered the face of the X-Men.
For his portrayal of Logan, Jackman held the Guinness World Record of the “longest career as a live-action Marvel character,” alongside Patrick Stewart, until this was later surpassed by Tobey Maguire and Willem Dafoe who reprised their roles of Peter Parker / Spider-Man and Norman Osborn / Green Goblin from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy in the MCU film Spider-Man: No Way Home in 2021, though Stewart alone would retake the title later in 2022 following his appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Jackman is set to return to reprise the role in Deadpool 3 (2024), produced by Marvel Studios and set in the MCU, surpassing Stewart yet again.
Many actors were considered for playing the part of Wolverine in a film adaptation of X-Men. Viggo Mortensen was offered the role but turned it down as it conflicted with another role he was scheduled for. At one point in the 1990s, Glenn Danzig was approached for the role due to a slight resemblance, however, Danzig declined as the shooting would interfere with his band’s nine-month tour. Bryan Singer spoke to a number of actors, including Russell Crowe, Keanu Reeves and Edward Norton, for the role. Fox ruled out Mel Gibson as being too expensive. Though Dougray Scott was cast but was forced to drop out due scheduling conflicts with Mission: Impossible 2 and was injured in a motorbike accident, the role went to Hugh Jackman. Despite what was thought to be a highly controversial move due to his much taller stature than Wolverine’s comic depictions by a nearly full foot of height, Jackman’s actual performance was well received; Wolverine’s original depiction is said to be 5 feet 3 inches (160 cm) while Jackman is at 6 feet 3 inches (191 cm) and thus stands 30 cm taller.
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