James Howlett, more commonly known as Logan or by his superhero moniker Wolverine, is a popular character in Marvel Comics. A Canadian man born with a mutant healing factor and a vicious, bestial disposition, Wolverine has endured a long, tortured life of violence. He has been a part of many conflicts and killed many people, whether on the orders of others, to settle personal grudges, or to protect the people he cares about. Throughout Marvel lore, Wolverine has been a member of numerous superhero teams, most notably the X-Men. In the X-Men film franchise, Wolverine has been consistently portrayed by Hugh Jackman and has made an appearance in every film in the series.
Wolverine is a gruff loner who prefers to keep his distance from other people. He is known for his savage temperament and may fly into a state of homicidal rage when angered. In this state of berserk fury, Wolverine is uncontrollable and cannot be easily calmed. Though certainly a violent man, Wolverine is by no means evil. He values human life and distances himself from others for their benefit, fearing that he may hurt someone undeserving if he goes berserk. He does not often show his softer side, though he is considerably more caring towards women and children.
While mostly a loner, Wolverine has forged several relationships. He views Charles Xavier as both a mentor and father figure and has been romantically involved with Kayla Silverfox. Since joining the X-Men, he has also developed feelings for Jean Grey, though has not attempted to engage in a romantic relationship with her due to her existing relationship with Cyclops.
Powers and abilities
Wolverine is an exceptionally brutal fighter, due both to his strong, feral instincts as well as military training. He fights using a set of mutant claws that emerge from his hands which he uses to slash and stab enemies with animal-like ferocity. He also possesses heightened strength, endurance and agility. He has a particularly keen sense of smell which allows him to easily track others in any environment or sense when danger is approaching. His most remarkable power, however, is his regenerative healing factor that allows him to rapidly heal any wounds, regrow or reattach severed limbs, makes him immune to disease and stunts his ageing process, making him virtually immortal.
As well as these natural abilities, Wolverine has also been augmented through scientific means. An indestructible alloy known as adamantium coats his entire skeleton, making it all the more difficult for anyone to kill or even incapacitate him. The metal also covers his claws, fashioned into fine blades that cut more cleanly than they did before. Though the adamantium reinforced Wolverine's body, it also poisoned him over time, debilitating his healing factor and allowing him to physically age. This adamantium poisoning ultimately caused Wolverine's death in Logan.
James Howlett was born in the 1830's as the son of John Howlett and an unknown mother who is believed to have died in childbirth. He was a sickly child who was often bed-ridden, though this would change when his dormant mutant genes activated,granting him his healing ability and his bone claws. One night in 1845, James' father was murdered by his friend and neighbour Thomas Logan. James saw this and lashed out in vengeful anger, bringing out his claws for the first time and using them to stab Thomas. As Thomas lay dying, he told James with his last words that he was his father.
Horrified by the sight of his claws and the revelation that he had used them to kill his own father, James fled the house. He was met by Thomas' son Victor Creed, now revealed to be his brother, and the two ran away as a torch-wielding mob advanced on the house.
A Life of Violence
Few details exist regarding James' and Victor's early lives, but since the night their fathers died they had presumably lived a rough, nomadic lifestyle in the wilds of Canada, having little contact with other people over the years. As adults, the two half-brothers made a living as mercenaries, using their mutant abilities to fight and survive in numerous wars, including both World Wars. With their keen animal-like senses and feral instincts as well as their near-limitless regenerative abilities, James and Victor survived conflict after conflict.
In 1962, during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Logan was sitting in a bar in an unspecified part of the United States when he was approached by a young Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr who were seeking out mutants to join Division X. Without even hearing them out, Logan said to them "Go fuck yourselves" and continued drinking.
During the Vietnam War in the 1970s, the last war Logan and Victor participated in, Victor attacked and attempted to rape and kill a young Vietnamese village woman. But when soldiers from his platoon and commanding officer tried to stop him, Victor killed a senior officer, and then brutally attacked the soldiers who tried to stop him. Logan came to his aid and reluctantly assisted Victor, releasing his claws and preparing to defend his brother, ready to fight as they promised, revealing their gifts to the other men in their unit. For their grave insubordination, this incident led to Victor and Logan being sentenced to death and placed in front of a firing squad to be executed after decapitating a senior officer. Due to their healing factors, however, Logan and Victor survived their execution. Unsure of how to kill them, the Army had the two mutants locked up.
A short time into their imprisonment, Logan and Victor were brought the attention of Major William Stryker. Stryker offered the brothers a chance to redeem themselves by joining Team X, a covert ops unit consisting entirely of mutant criminals and mercenaries. Victor and Logan accepted and joined other mutants - Wade Wilson, Agent Zero, Chris Bradley, Fred Dukes, and John Wraith - on covert missions throughout the world.
During one of their missions, while under Stryker's command, Team X was sent to search for and retrieve a mysterious meteorite - later discovered to be adamantium - from a diamond trafficking operation in Lagos, Nigeria. They attacked a compound there and after defeating the compound's security forces, they obtain the mysterious fragment.
Upon arriving at the village where the meteorite was first discovered, Stryker and the team then interrogated nearby villagers to see if there were any other meteorites like the one they had acquired. Stryker wanted more information and had Wade interrogate in his place because he spoke the language. When they threatened the village as to where the meteorite came from, the village chief refused to cooperate, stating that the meteorites were regarded as sacred. After receiving no further answers, Stryker ordered his team to attack the villagers by first ordering Victor to kill the chief. The whole village descended into chaos as Stryker's team started killing the civilians. Disgusted by Stryker's callousness toward the villagers and willingness to kill innocents, Logan stepped in to stop the slaughter. After a brief argument with Victor and Stryker, Logan decided to leave Team X and walked away into the night. With the exception of Agent Zero and Victor, the rest of the group went their separate ways after this.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Six years after leaving Team X, Logan was living in western Canada, residing in a cabin high in the Canadian Rockies, working as a lumberjack and living with a school teacher named Kayla. After many years of participating in warfare, Logan desired a more quiet and tranquil life. Kayla manipulated him into a state of complacency with her mutant power of suggestion, calming him through the nightmares of the past.
One day, Agent Zero and Stryker visit Logan while at work to inform him that Bradley and Wade were killed recently. As Stryker tells Logan he has a job for him, Logan tells Stryker he already has a job. Zero humorously questions Logan's job payment as a lumberjack by asking if it pays 18 grand a year. Logan corrects him by saying his pay is actually 18.5 grand a year, before saying he hasn't had to kill anybody lately. Zero asks if Logan is starting to miss it, Logan, getting irritated, says now he is, before Stryker breaks them up, ordering Zero to the car.
One night, Kayla told Logan about a spirit who was tricked into being parted forever from his lover, the Moon. Stemming from her Native American ancestry, she recites a story to Logan about a spirit named Kuekuatsheu (pronounced in the movie as koo-ay-koo-aut-soo and translates into 'Wolverine') who fell in love with the moon but was fooled by the Trickster into stepping foot in the mortal world from which he could never return. Thus, the spirit, Kuekuatsheu was parted forever from the moon, was subsequently forced to look at the Moon forever and never be with her again, howling at her whenever he saw her.
One day, while Logan is at work, Kayla is attacked by Victor. Sensing Victor's presence in the area, he rushes to Kayla's abandoned car but finds that he is too late for any kind of rescue. Kayla is dead and understands that this is Victor's doing.
That evening, he finds Victor in a bar and, in a state of rage, lunges at him. After a brutal fight, Victor snaps off Logan's bone claws on his left hand before leaving. The next morning, he wakes up in an emergency room, where Stryker happens to be present. Stryker tells Logan he can help him exact revenge on Victor with an experimental procedure. Logan agrees to go through with it, but also warns that he is bent solely on revenge.
Prior to the adamantium procedure, Logan asks for new dog tags with the name "Wolverine" on them - a reference to the story Kayla told him. Stryker binds Logan's bones with adamantium, and he flatlines afterwards. After a few moments, though, he resuscitates and escapes the facility after overhearing Stryker order that his memories be erased for so that his DNA could be used for an upcoming project. Logan continues to flee until he finds a barn and hides in it.
The elderly couple who own the barn offer him food and shelter. Although wary of him at first, they soon warm up to him, even giving Logan a jacket which belonged to their son and allowing him to take their motorcycle for a spin. However, just before offering him breakfast, Agent Zero arrives and kills the couple. The barn is bombed as Logan escapes on the bike. After a long and daring chase, he attacks Zero's helicopter and takes it down.
After killing Zero, Logan attempts to locate the two remaining members of Team X and finds John Wraith and Fred Dukes in Las Vegas. Intent on killing Victor in revenge for Kayla's death and Stryker for his betrayal, Logan tries to inquire Dukes about Stryker's activities. A misunderstanding ensues, leading to a boxing match between the two. Logan ends up beating Dukes and interrogates him until he is told about a mutant and former prisoner named Remy LeBeau, or as most people call him, Gambit. Logan and Wraith find Gambit in New Orleans and asks him about Stryker's island, where mutants are being held hostage for Stryker's new project, Weapon XI.
Gambit, believing that Logan wants to take him back to the Island, attacks him. Soon, Logan sees Wraith's dead body with Victor crouching next to it, collecting samples of Wraith's DNA. Enraged, after knocking out Gambit, Logan engages Victor. While the brothers battle, Logan gains the upper hand and nearly prepares to kill Victor. However, Gambit, who regained consciousness during the battle, attacks Logan from a rooftop, allowing Victor to escape. After defeating Gambit, Logan clarifies his intentions and convinces him to take him to the Island.
With Gambit's help, Logan arrives at the Island, which turns out to be Three Mile Island. After Logan arrives on the Island, he finds Stryker, who tells him about Deadpool, and reveals that Kayla (present on the island) wasn't really killed; as Silverfox is revealed to be alive and was reluctantly working for Stryker. As Victor is watching through the window from a nearby room, Wolverine was told that Victor and Stryker were subsequently working together to capture various mutants, culminating in tricking Wolverine into agreeing to have adamantium bonded to his skeleton by claiming that Victor had gone rogue and had killed the woman Wolverine loved. She had at some point been recruited by Stryker for the purpose of seducing Logan and creating an incident where he was compelled to join the Weapon X program and participating in the adamantium procedure - in this case, her faked death. After Logan discovered that Kayla is not only alive but also working for Stryker, he likens her to the Trickster who played Logan as the fool. This hurt Logan deeply, and feeling betrayed after learning this, he decided to leave the facility and move on with his life.
Wolverine, having heard Kayla's screams and calls of distress, rushes back to her rescue and returns to engage and fight Victor yet again. Wolverine attacks Victor and they battle each other, with Logan ultimately gaining the upper-hand, and after defeating him in combat, Wolverine manages to pin his half-brother down and is in a position to kill Victor. When Logan, finally having the chance to decapitate and kill Victor, he doesn't when Kayla then intervenes and talks Logan out of it; as she had convinced him that he would be no better than Stryker, saying that Logan was not an animal while Victor taunts him. Logan, listening to Kayla's pleas, chose not to give into his animal instincts, instead punches and knocks out Victor instead.
Following the fight between Victor and Logan, Kayla said that she only did what Stryker wanted her to do because of her sister, Emma, is being held hostage on the island. Kayla then told Logan that she faked her death in order to help release her sister, but Stryker broke his promise to release her. Despite taking part in faking her death as a way for Stryker to copy Wolverine's powers and test the adamantium, Kayla assures Logan that her feelings for him were genuine and their love was real and explains that Stryker has her sister in custody along with various other mutants, some of whose powers were pooled into the Deadpool project. He agrees to help her as Logan and Kayla then proceed to free the mutant prisoners.
After freeing the imprisoned mutants, while leading them out of the facility, Logan, and the mutants are stopped and confronted by Weapon XI, Deadpool - revealed to be Wade Wilson, now controlled by Stryker. Logan ordered the others to find another way out so that he could engage this new abomination on his own. They clash as the other mutants flee. Using Chris Bradley's power, Stryker was able to control Deadpool and commanded him to kill Wolverine. They fight as the other mutants flee. With the other powers he had from several other mutants (including Cyclops' optic beams, Wolverine's healing power, John Wraith's teleportation, Chris Bradley's technopathy, and Wade's prized blades used as two retractable arm blades) he was ready to fight and kill Wolverine.
Logan climbs one of the nuclear reactor's cooling towers, with Deadpool in pursuit. Weapon XI follows in an instant using Wraith's teleportation ability. Logan puts forth his best effort but is pinned down. Just as Deadpool is about to decapitate him, Victor shoves Deadpool away, and both of them fall into the reactor. Victor catches Logan, explaining to Logan that the only reason he saved him was so he could kill him himself.
Logan and Victor eventually tag team and end up back to back with Deadpool teleporting in front of each of them back and forth, eventually catching and stabbing him. However, Deadpool manages to teleport to the other side of the reactor. As Deadpool fires his optic blasts, Victor attacks Deadpool as he fires on Logan. Logan falls over the edge of the reactor as Victor is caught jumping at Deadpool and shot back. Logan climbs back onto the reactor and just as Deadpool is blasting Victor into the ground, Logan runs, jumps and slashes him through the neck, successfully decapitating him. Deadpool holds his neck as Logan kicks him into the nuclear reactor's cooling tower, his head falling off as he tumbles below, with his optic blasts still firing and tearing through the structure of the tower.
After defeating Deadpool, Logan helps Victor out of the hole, and coldly informed Victor that, despite his help, their relationship was over, and tells him that they're done; with nothing being changed, as Logan states he wants nothing more to do with him. Victor said they can never be finished and simply reminded Logan that they are still brothers, and tells him that brothers should always still look out for each other. Victor then jumped off the side of the reactor cooling tower.
As the reactor starts to tumble, Logan follows, collapsing as he lands. Just before a piece of the reactor lands on Logan, Gambit saves him by breaking up the piece. Gambit and Logan then briefly split up, with Gambit going to help the children and Logan attending to Kayla. Logan carries her a few steps before Stryker shoots him in the back. In a feral rage, he turns and sprints at Stryker, eventually jumping after him.
As he is in mid-leap, Logan is shot in the head by Stryker with adamantium bullets, and falls to the ground, unconscious - damaging his brain and losing much of his long-term memory. Just as Stryker is about to kill Kayla, she grabs his ankle and, using her power, orders him to walk away before dying. As Logan awakes, he has forgotten everything and everyone, including Gambit and Kayla. However, when he sees Kayla's corpse, he shuts her eyes. Gambit and Logan soon go their separate ways.
By the early 2000's, Wolverine was wandering across Canada trying to make a living as a cage fighter. With his adamantium bones and healing ability as well as his natural fighting prowess, he was unbeatable in the arena. After winning a cage match in Lawson City, he retired to a bar only to be confronted again by his last opponent who demanded money from him. The wrestler noticed Logan's lack of bruises from the match and had sussed that he was a mutant, but Logan refused to pay up. A moment later, a girl in the bar cried out to warn Logan as the wrestler attacked him. Logan fought back and unsheathed his claws in anger, though restrained himself from hurting his attacker. The bartender then intervened and forced Logan to leave at gunpoint.
When Logan left the bar in his RV, he found that he had taken on some extra weight. He checked the trailer on the back of the RV to find the girl from the bar hiding under a tarp and told her to get out. The girl, who would introduce herself as Rogue, argued that she needed a ride and that she had saved his life back in the bar. Logan ignored her and drove off, but had an attack of conscience and stopped, letting the girl in. While driving, Logan and Rogue talked briefly about themselves, alluding to their mutations. Before long, the RV crashed into a tree that had fallen over the road and Logan, who wasn't wearing his seatbelt, was sent flying through the windscreen. A normal human wouldn't have survived this, but Logan soon got up from the snow-covered ground and turned back to the RV and called out to Rogue. As Rogue watched Logan, she saw a bloody gash in his head rapidly heal and close. Rogue was stuck in her seat and a fire had started in the back of the RV. As Logan went to help Rogue, he was suddenly ambushed by a feral-looking mutant who leapt out from the woods. Logan didn't remember him, but the mutant attacking him was none other than his wayward brother Victor, now known by the name "Sabertooth". Wolverine and Sabertooth struggled briefly and Logan was incapacitated, but before Victor could threaten Rogue, the X-Men Cyclops and Storm arrived. Sabertooth withdrew and the X-Men rescued Rogue and Wolverine, taking them back to the Xavier Institute in Westchester, New York.
Wolverine awoke within the hi-tech facility located beneath the Xavier Institute, just as he was being examined by Dr. Jean Grey. He fled the infirmary, wandering through the facility's halls while being guided by a mysterious voice in his head, which he would soon learn was Professor Xavier communicating with him through telepathy. Taking an elevator that brought him up to the mansion, Logan would meet Xavier face-to-face just as he was finishing a class. The Professor introduced himself and the X-Men Scott, Ororo and Jean, and offered Logan and Rogue sanctuary at the school. At first, Logan had a difficult time believing what Xavier was telling him, but the Professor had looked into his mind and knew about his broken memories, offering to help piece his past back together.
One night, Logan was suffering from terrible nightmares relating to his past. Rogue had entered his room after hearing him cry out in his sleep, but as she stood over his bed Logan suddenly woke up screaming and lunged forward, unsheathing his claws and stabbing Rogue. Logan then came to his senses and saw what he had done, retracting his claws and calling out for help. The wounded Rogue reached out with her hand and touched Logan's cheek, using her mutant power to absorb Logan's life force and his healing factor, quickly closing the stab wounds caused by Logan's claws. Logan was rendered unconscious after Rogue broke contact with him and when he awoke, he found Charles sitting beside him who explained what had happened.
The following morning, Rogue ran away from the school after a student (who was actually Mystique in disguise) encouraged her to do so, telling her that the other students were frightened and angry with her. Using Cerebro, Professor X located Rogue at the train station and Wolverine decided to go after her, stealing Cyclops' motorcycle to do so. After finding Rogue already aboard a train, Wolverine managed to convince her to come back to the school, but before they could head back, they were confronted by Magneto and the Brotherhood of Mutants. While the other Brotherhood members fought against Cyclops and Storm in the station, Magneto fought Wolverine and was easily capable of immobilizing him by using his power over magnetism to manipulate the adamantium inside Logan's body. Wolverine believed that Magneto was after him, but he actually wanted Rogue and soon captured her after incapacitating Logan. Despite the efforts of the police and Professor Xavier, Magneto and his followers escaped after Magneto used his powers to seize the police force's firearms, holding all of them at gunpoint.
Later, Senator Robert Kelly arrived at the Xavier Institute seeking medical attention. Having escaped from Magneto, Kelly informed the X-Men that the Brotherhood had kidnapped him and turned him into a mutant using a strange machine. Reading the Senator's mind, Xavier learned that the machine triggered unnatural mutations in humans and that it as operated by Magneto's own magnetic powers. However, Magneto was severely weakened by using the machine and had kidnapped Rogue in order to transfer his power to her and use her to power the machine in an attack on a United Nations Peace Summit taking place on Ellis Island.
With some convincing, Wolverine decided to join the X-Men as they went to rescue Rogue. The team fought against Toad and Mystique within the Statue of Liberty, seemingly killing them both. As the heroes reached the top of the statue, Magneto manipulated the metal beams within the head of the statue and incapacitated the X-Men, taking Cyclops' visor and forcing Wolverine's arms into a position where he would stab himself if he unsheathed them. Magneto then left the X-Men to tend to Rogue, leaving Sabertooth to guard the heroes. Wolverine was able to free himself from his restraints, though he wounded himself in the process but quickly recovered. Now free, he fought against Sabertooth on top of Lady Liberty's head and seemingly killed him after hurling him into the Hudson River, though not before taking back Cyclops' visor. Storm then used her weather-control power to create a tornado that elevated Wolverine towards the statue's torch where Magneto had set up his mutation device. Wolverine attacked Magneto, but the Master of Magnetism suspended him in the air. Fortunately, Wolverine had returned Cyclops' visor to him and he struck Magneto with a concussive energy blast. With Magneto knocked out, Wolverine forced his way through the magnetic field of the machine and shattered it, freeing Rogue before the device could kill her and mutate the UN summit members.
Following the incident on Ellis Island, Wolverine left the Xavier Institute and headed for Alkali Lake in Canada. Charles had informed him that there was a military facility located there that may have been connected to the experiment that gave Logan his adamantium skeleton. Logan spent months searching for the facility, but after arriving at Alkali Lake he found nothing. He returned to the Institute and asked Charles to read his mind once again, but Charles told him that the results would only be the same as before. This was not the case, however; Charles knew more than he was letting on, but felt it best that Wolverine discover the answers on his own.
One night, Charles and Scott left the Institute to visit Magneto in prison. While they were gone, the school was attacked by a military team led by none other than Colonel William Stryker, the man responsible for experimenting on Wolverine. Stryker's men broke into the mansion and abducted several students, though most were able to escape when the more powerful students fought back alongside Wolverine. During this incident, Logan came face-to-face with Stryker, but he didn't remember the connection between them and Stryker mocked him because of it. Logan attempted to force some answers out of Stryker, but Bobby Drake (Iceman) created a thick wall of ice between them, giving the remaining mutants time to escape.
Fleeing from the mansion in Cyclops' car, Wolverine, Iceman, Rogue and Pyro traveled to Boston. They arrived at Iceman's family home while his parents were out and decided to lay low there until they could figure out their next move. While there, they were contacted by Storm and Jean who had attempted to call the mansion only to get no answer. Not long after they had arrived at the Drake household, the Drake family came home and Logan attempted to explain why they were there. During this awkward reunion, Bobby demonstrated his mutant powers to his parents, but this only disturbed them. The police soon arrived after Bobby's brother Ronnie called them, claiming that the mutants were holding his family hostage. When the X-Men attempted to leave, an officer shot Logan in the head. Of course, Logan's adamantium-plated skull protected him and he was only briefly stunned, but the actions of the officer provoked Pyro and he used his power of fire manipulation to destroy the police cars. Rogue was able to stop Pyro by touching him, absorbing his energy before he could severely harm anyone. Just then, Storm, Jean and newcomer Nightcrawler arrived in the Blackbird and the mutants departed.
Shortly after the X-Men fled Boston, they were pursued by two USAF fighter jets and fired upon. Jean used telekinesis to destroy one missile, but a second struck and the Blackbird went down. The X-Men survived and the Blackbird landed safely thanks to Magneto, who had escaped from prison with Mystique's help and used his magnetic powers to prevent the Blackbird from crashing. That night, Magneto told the X-Men about Colonel Stryker, how he had tortured Magneto in his plastic prison and had abducted Charles. He also explained that Stryker had invaded the Xavier Institute to steal Cerebro, at least enough of it to build his own. With Charles in his custody, Stryker planned to use him to operate his Cerebro device and psychically target and kill the entire mutant population of the planet. Magneto mentioned that Stryker had a method of controlling mutants and had manipulated Nightcrawler into attacking the U.S. President, so Jean probed Nightcrawler's mind to see if he had any memory of where Stryker was based. She discovered that Stryker was operating out of Alkali Lake, the same location that Wolverine had searched to find answers to his past. While Logan hadn't found anything on the surface, Jean learned that Stryker's base was underground.
With Magneto and Mystique accompanying them, the X-Men infiltrated Stryker's base in order to rescue their captured mentor and students. During this mission, Wolverine learned that Stryker was indeed responsible for giving him his adamantium bones, discovering the device used in the bonding process. Here, he also fought against Stryker's brainwashed bodyguard Lady Deathstrike, a mutant who, like Logan, also possessed healing abilities and adamantium claws. The two mutants fought a brutal duel with neither side having any real advantage, except that Logan could still think for himself. Grabbing the pump for the adamantium feed, Logan stabbed Deathstrike in the stomach with it and filled her body with the liquid alloy until it bled from her eyes. The adamantium cooled and solidified within Deathstrike's body, immobilising her if not killing her.
Shortly after the fight, Logan followed after Stryker, who attempted to flee the base after it had been heavily damaged by Cyclops' optic blasts. Logan caught up to Stryker and stabbed him, then proceeded to chain him up to a damaged wall and left him there while he went back inside to help with the rescue. The X-Men succeeded in rescuing Charles and all the captive students and also stopped Magneto from using Stryker's Cerebro to kill all humans on Earth. With the base on the brink of collapse due to the dam being ruptured, the heroes had no time to stop Magneto escaping and had to focus on their own escape. The dam gave way before the Blackbird could take off, but Jean used her advanced telekinesis to hold back the wall of frigid water long enough for her friends to escape. Unfortunately, Jean sacrificed her own life in the process and was crushed by the wall of water. All of the X-Men and students at the Xavier School were devastated by Jean's loss, but none more so than Cyclops and Wolverine.
X3: The Last Stand
Some time after the incident at Alkali Lake, Wolverine had taken on more duties at the Xavier Institute, most notably training some of the older students into becoming full-fledged X-Men. At this time, the U.S. Government had sanctioned a new solution to the mutant issue: a "cure" for the mutant X-gene developed by Worthington Pharmaceuticals. This cure would completely eradicate the gene that gave mutants their powers, making them normal humans. Some mutants would view this cure as a miraculous solution to the problems they faced due to having powers that couldn't be controlled, while others feared that the authorities would attempt to force this cure upon all mutants whether they wanted it or not. Magneto believed the latter, thinking that this was the beginning of all-out war between humanity and mutants and he began recruiting as many mutants as he could into the Brotherhood in preparation for the struggle to come.
While all this was happening, Cyclops - still distraught over Jean's death - travelled to Alkali Lake where Jean had died. To his amazement, he found that Jean had somehow returned to life, more powerful than she had ever been before. However, Jean had become corrupted by a dark aspect to her psyche: the Phoenix. As the Phoenix, Jean had become driven by unbridled passion and fury, and her powers had magnified to a staggering degree. In this state, provoking Jean could result in her unleashing incredible destruction upon everything around her. When Jean first emerged from Alkali Lake, she embraced Cyclops, but in the throes of passion she unleashed her destructive power and killed him, her psychic powers destroying his body at the molecular level.
Not long after, Wolverine and Storm arrived at Alkali Lake looking for Cyclops, but the area was blanketed by thick fog. Storm's power cleared the fog and the two X-Men were astonished to find rocks and globules of water suspended in mid-air, along with Cyclops' ruby-quartz glasses, but no sign of Cyclops himself. Of greater surprise to Wolverine was the appearance of Jean, who lay unconscious beside the lake. Wolverine and Storm took Jean back to the Xavier Institute where Professor Xavier treated her and soon realised that the Phoenix within her had awoken.
Jean would wake up in the X-Men's infirmary to find Wolverine standing over her. Logan asked Jean what had happened to her, but Jean seemed more interested in indulging herself, throwing herself against Logan and kissing him passionately. While Logan had harboured feelings for Jean, he was concerned by her behaviour and asked her what happened to Scott. Upon being questioned, Jean's true personality resurfaced, displaying fear and guilt. She pleaded to Logan for help, but her Phoenix personality reasserted its dominance at the sight of Charles entering the room. Charles tried to reason with Jean and asked that she let him rebuild the psychic blocks he had established in her mind when he first met her as a child, but the Phoenix wasn't having any of it and tore apart the infirmary with her telekinetic powers. Jean then fled the mansion, but Charles would try to find her again using Cerebro, but the Phoenix had grown so powerful that Jean was capable of blocking Charles' attempts at locating her.
The X-Men soon learned of Jean's whereabouts via a news bulletin: she had returned to her old family home and her telekinesis was raging out of control to the point where everything surrounding the house was levitating in the air. Charles, Logan and Ororo arrived at the house to try and reason with Jean, but Magneto and his new henchmen Callisto and Juggernaut were there too, hoping to recruit Jean into the Brotherhood. While Xavier and Magneto meet with Jean inside the house, the other mutants stand watch outside. When noise is heard from inside the house, Wolverine reacts and tries to rush in, but Juggernaut attacks him while Storm contends with Callisto. Wolverine and Juggernaut's brawl takes them into the house where they witness the unthinkable: Charles is killed when the out-of-control Jean uses her power to atomize his body. The Grey residence is destroyed and Jean leaves with Magneto and the Brotherhood while Wolverine and Storm are left reeling from the professor's sudden murder.
The next day, a funeral service is held for Charles and the X-Men are wondering what will become of the school without the professor. Despite the loss of both Charles and Scott, and the increasing tension between the government and the Brotherhood regarding Worthington's mutant cure, Storm is ultimately convinced that the school should remain open and continue to provide a safe haven for mutants. Meanwhile, Logan searches for Jean and finds her in the woods where Magneto and the Brotherhood have established a camp in preparation for an attack on Alcatraz Island, where Worthington is developing the cure. Logan believes that Magneto is somehow holding Jean against her will, but when he confronts the Master of Magnetism himself, he realises that Jean went willingly and is far too powerful at this point for Magneto to control.
As Magneto marshalled his forces for their assault on Alcatraz, Wolverine mobilised a team of X-Men consisting of Storm, Beast, Iceman, Colossus and Kitty Pryde. Together, they travelled to Alcatraz and offered their support to the military, helping them to fight off Magneto's army. During the fight, Wolverine attacked Magneto directly, but the mutant terrorist used his magnetic powers to manipulate Wolverine's adamantium skeleton, immobilising him. However, Wolverine had acquired a gun from one of the Alcatraz soldiers that was made of plastic and ceramics, immune to Magneto's power. Logan fired the gun, which was loaded with a syringe filled with the X-gene cure. The needle struck Magneto and he was injected with the cure, which completely de-powered him in seconds. Horrified and outraged, Magneto turned to Jean, who had thus far hung back from the battle, warning her that the humans intended to force the cure on all mutants.
Witnessing what had become of Magneto and many of his followers, the Phoenix unleashed her full fury, creating a storm of telekinetic energy that destabilised the molecular bonds of everything on the island. The human soldiers, the buildings, vehicles and even the ground began to violently disintegrate and everyone started running for their lives. Believing he had the best chance of stopping the Phoenix, Wolverine walked towards Jean, calling out to her and begging her to stop. The Phoenix would not stand down and struck Logan with multiple telekinetic blasts, but Logan's healing factor repaired his wounds as fast as the Phoenix inflicted them. Wolverine eventually reached Jean and embraced her, at which point Jean briefly came to her senses and begged Logan to kill her. Logan sobbingly confessed his love to Jean before unsheathing his claws and stabbing her in the heart, killing her and stopping the Phoenix's wave of destruction. Wolverine cried out in anguish, falling to his knees and weeping over Jean's body.
After the battle at Alcatraz, Jean was buried on the grounds of the Xavier School beside Scott. As of then, he and Storm were responsible for running the school.
Sometime after 2006, Logan returned to the Canadian wilderness; in addition, he also regained his lost memories he lost in 1979. Living in the forest, he only visits the town for necessary supplies. Haunted and guilt-ridden by Jean's death, as well as the memories of the deaths and war he encountered in his past, Logan again seeks the quiet life, attempting to renounce his life of violence. After getting into a fight with some men at a bar, Yukio tracks his whereabouts and takes him to Japan to see the man he saved from the Nagasaki bombing in 1945, Ichiro Yashida, now the head of the Yashida Corporation.
Logan meets Yashida, who wants to return the favour by taking his immortality away from him and giving it to himself, who is dying of cancer. After Logan refuses, he meets his son Shingen Yashida and his granddaughter Mariko Yashida - whom he saves the life of following a suicide attempt.
That night, while Logan dreams of Jean, Viper injects a robotic parasite into his body, affecting his healing ability. During the night, Yukio informs him of Yashida's death.
The next morning, he attends the funeral of Yashida, where he saves Mariko from Yakuza assassins with the help of Kenuichio Harada. Wolverine gets shot multiple times and finds he is not healing as quickly as before.
After getting Mariko to safety, Wolverine follows her onto a bullet train, where he encounters more Yakuza assassins and kills them before they hide in a local motel. He stands guard in the rain while Mariko sleeps and soon passes out from his injuries after having a hallucination of Jean. He awakens to find Mariko getting the motel owner's grandson, a veterinarian, to stitch him up.
Logan and Mariko then hide in Yashida's house in southern Japan, and as they start to fall for each other, Logan reveals moments from his past such as the war and Jean. Yukio then has a vision of Logan dying with blood everywhere and his heart in his hand, not beating. She attempts to warn him but is too late, as Mariko is captured by the Yakuza who, after intimidating him, revealed to be hired by Mariko's fiance - the corrupt Chief of Justice Noburo Mori. After Logan and Yukio confront Noburo at his luxury apartment, he reveals that Shingen had hired the kidnapping before being thrown off by Logan, landing in a pool.
Wolverine and Yukio arrive at the Yashida home in Tokyo, where he finds the parasite on his heart. He starts to extract it when Shingen enters, with Yukio defending Wolverine. He dies in the process but has his healing ability restored and, after returning to life, eventually kills Shingen. Yukio and Wolverine then follow Harada and Viper to the Yashida Research Center in northern Japan to find Mariko, where Wolverine is attacked by Harada and the Yashida family's ninja clan.
He is then placed in a machine created by Viper, where she reveals the plans of extracting his immortality and introduces her associate, the Silver Samurai, who cuts through Wolverine's claws. Mariko escapes from Harada and manages to direct the machine Logan is in into the Silver Samurai's sword strike, breaking it and freeing him. The Silver Samurai, who revealed as Yashida, drills through his adamantium claws and extracts his immortality. Mariko then stabs him as Wolverine's bone claws start to grow back. Yashida takes a final stab at Wolverine and falls to his death. After passing out, Wolverine had one more hallucination of Jean and moves on from her death.
Logan says goodbye to Mariko, now CEO of the Yashida Corporation, and boards a plane with Yukio, who reminds him that she is still his bodyguard and they depart.
Two years later, in 2015, Logan is at an airport and is approached by Magneto and Charles Xavier (who, upon his previous death had transferred his consciousness into the body of a mutant with no mind of his own) about a new threat to wipe out all mutants. In some point between 2015 and 2023, Logan's bone claws were once again coated in adamantium, presumably with Magneto's help.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
By 2023, mutantkind was on the verge of extinction. The world had been brought under the control of a sinister regime that had called for the complete extermination of all mutants and any humans who sympathised with or helped them in any way. Carrying out the eradication was a series of highly-advanced robots known as Sentinels which were capable of not only detecting the mutant X-gene in human subjects, but were capable of adapting mutant powers to their own arsenal. As the war between the mutants and the machines had raged on, the Sentinels had 'evolved' to the point where they could mimic virtually any mutant ability, making them all but invincible.
A group of mutants consisting primarily of former X-Men had managed to survive and were resisting the Sentinels, but their numbers and resources were too few to threaten the regime. Kitty Pryde, having developed the power of 'chronoskimming', was capable of sending a mutant's consciousness back through time, allowing them to alter past events. Professor X and Magneto devised a plan to prevent the Sentinels from ever being developed by changing the past and Wolverine's healing factor made him the only one strong enough to physically and mentally survive the transition. Wolverine was tasked with going back to 1973 and preventing Mystique from assassinating Bolivar Trask, the man responsible for inventing the Sentinels. Shadowcat sends him back to his younger body and he wakes up in 1973 next to a woman where three men shoot at him. Wolverine then kills them and goes to find Professor X.
Wolverine then goes to the X-Mansion where he makes a rough encounter with Hank McCoy. Wolverine finally sees Charles and asks his help, who reluctantly agrees. They plan to break Magneto out of prison for killing President John F. Kennedy. The three first head to Peter Maximoff's house and asks him to help. At the Pentagon, Charles, Wolverine, Quicksilver and Hank sneak into the facility and free Erik.
While pursuing and capturing Mystique, Wolverine sees William Stryker and has traumatic flashbacks. In 2023, Wolverine starts violently shaking and stabs Shadowcat with his claws. Back in 1973, he briefly does not know why he’s there and who young Charles is. Later, when a depressed Charles is unable to use Cerebro to find Mystique, Logan has him use his mind as a "bridge" to his future self, allowing the two Charles Xavier's to communicate through him. The future Charles Xavier convinces his past self not to give up and he is able to use Cerebro once more.
As Wolverine, Professor X and Hank go to the unveiling of the Sentinels to find Mystique, the Sentinels begin attacking the public. Magneto lifts an entire stadium and transports it to surround the White House and puts all but one Sentinel on lookout and makes it go after Wolverine and Beast. Wolverine attacks it but Magneto stabs him with reinforcement steel then drowns him in a nearby river. While Wolverine is incapacitated, his actions lead to the past Charles Xavier finishing what he started and changing the future. Back in 2023, the Sentinels are close to firing upon the X-Men but everyone disappears after Shadowcat finally breaks the connection, causing Wolverine's changes to the timeline to take effect.
Having successfully altered the timeline, Wolverine awakens in the Xavier Institute in the new future at precisely the same time he was sent back in time, to find Shadowcat, Rogue, Iceman, Colossus, Beast, Professor X and to his shock, Cyclops and Jean Grey alive again. Wolverine visits Professor X and reveals he has just finished time traveling and asks what happened in the last fifty years, apparently possessing no memory of the events of the new timeline. A delighted Professor X tells him they have a lot to catch up on.
As a result of his tampering with the past, Wolverine found himself falling into Stryker's custody earlier than he had done in the original timeline. While the full details of his transition into the Weapon X Program are unknown, it is believed that he suffered a longer period of experimentation and torture as Stryker attempted to fashion him into the ideal weapon.
By 1983, Wolverine had undergone the adamantium bonding process and the extensive experiments Stryker had conducted had reduced him to a feral state. Following the destruction of the Xavier Mansion by Apocalypse, many of Xavier's students had been captured by Stryker and taken for interrogation. However, Cyclops, Jean Grey and Nightcrawler manage to follow Stryker back to Alkali Lake in an attempt to rescue their captured friends. During this time, they discover the holding cell where Wolverine is caged and Jean reaches out to him telepathically, learning of his condition. She uses her telekinesis to release him from the cell, leading to the savage mutant going on a killing spree throughout the base, slaughtering all of Stryker's troops. Thanks to Wolverine's rampage, Cyclops, Jean and Nightcrawler are able to rescue the captive students with minimal opposition.
Upon reaching the exit, Cyclops confronts Wolverine, as the two are about to engage, Jean stops them and telepathically tells Wolverine she can help him. Jean takes off the helmet and puts her hands on Wolverine's head, and partially restores his memories, which makes him remember his first name is "Logan". With no words, the mutant acknowledging her, then removes his additional gear and flees into the wilderness.
Logan's activities following his escape from Alkali Lake are largely unknown, but years later he would go on to join the X-Men and aid them in their efforts to build peace between humans and mutants.
In 2028, Professor Xavier had developed Alzheimer's Disease. The degenerative brain condition was not only deadly to the professor but also to the world around him as it caused him to lose control of his psychic abilities. He suffered a psychic seizure that affected the minds of hundreds of people in the Westchester area, causing many to fall ill or suffer injury. Others still were killed by this psychic storm, including most of the X-Men. Logan had survived the incident and from then on took it upon himself to take care of Charles both for his protection and others.
By 2029, Logan was working as a limo driver, but otherwise living off the grid. He, Charles and the mutant Caliban had taken up refuge in a dilapidated factory, during which time Logan used the money he earned as a chauffeur to buy medication for Charles in order to numb his psychic powers. Charles was not the only one who had taken ill, however, as Logan's healing factor was starting to fail him; his body had been slowly poisoned by the adamantium present within his body, causing his healing ability to diminish and his body to age.
One day, Logan is approached by Gabriela, a nurse for Transigen, who asks him to escort her and an 11-year-old girl, Laura, to a place in North Dakota called "Eden". Logan is later met by Donald Pierce, Transigen's cybernetically-enhanced chief of security, who offers him a job to find Gabriela and Laura for him, but he refuses him also.
After some time Logan decides to reluctantly accept the job for Gabriela, only to find out that she has been murdered. Returning home and intent on getting Charles to safety Logan is met by Pierce but is knocked out by Laura who snuck into his car on the way back. Logan gives Caliban the responsibility of dropping Pierce off on the side of the road as he gets Charles ready. However, Pierce returns with his cybernetic-enhanced enforcers, the Reavers – and Caliban is captured. Logan and Laura manage to escape them however and later Logan and Xavier learn through a video on Gabriela's phone that Transigen was breeding mutant children with DNA samples from several mutants for the "X-23" project, but found they were difficult to control as they grew up. Upon completion of the "X-24" project, the children were deemed unnecessary and were to be put to death. Gabriela helped several children escape from the Transigen compound before smuggling Laura across the border. Furthermore, Laura is revealed to be Logan's "daughter", as she was bred with his DNA from when he escaped from Alkali Lake in 1983.
The group decides to stay at a hotel in Oklahoma City. While there, Logan discovers that Eden doesn't exist, and is just a place referenced in one of the many X-Men comic books that Laura brought with her. While Logan is out, the Reavers find their whereabouts, and Xavier suffers another seizure and freezes everyone in the hotel with a psychic blast, forcing Logan to power through the hotel. Making his way up Logan kills the several Reavers surrounding Charles and injects Xavier with a suppressant before they leave the city, with the overall ordeal leaving hundreds injured and dozens dead. The trio is given shelter by a local family, the Munsons, after helping them round up their horses during a highway incident. When a pipe burst on the family's property, Logan and Will Munson go to fix it where Logan drives off some harassers of the Munsons. While they are out X-24, a feral clone of Wolverine without his own healing factor and a weaker adamantium skeleton stabs Xavier through the chest fatally wounding him and slaughters Will's wife and son, and when they return Will himself is mortally wounded, X-24 then captures Laura. Logan arrives and finds the injured Xavier, who dies shortly after.
Logan battles X-24 but is unable to overcome X-24's youth and savagery and Caliban blows himself up to let Laura and Logan escape by setting off two grenades which destroys the van he is in and Will appears and impales X-24 on the forepart of a combine harvester with his car and then keeps shooting X-24 in the head with a shotgun before dying, allowing Logan and Laura to escape. After burying Xavier, an emotionally devastated Logan passes out and wakes up in a clinic with the doctor attempting to convince him to get some treatment for his condition, but Logan refuses. Laura convinces Logan to take her to Eden and after a loud argument Logan gives in to show her it is not real. On the way there, Laura convinces Logan to sleep and she drives them the rest of the way to Eden.
Logan and Laura arrive at Eden, a safe haven run by Rictor and the other Transigen test subjects who managed to escape. Logan then learns that the children plan to make a journey across the forest to the Canadian border and entrusts Laura to them. During their journey, the children are located and captured by the Reavers. Logan knowing the children need his help makes the fatal decision to use the serum left to him by Rictor to restore his healing factor which rapidly heals all his past scars and injuries but also has dangerous side effects once it wears off. He makes his way to the children and begins slaughtering the Reavers, but the serum quickly wears off as he meets Zander Rice, the head of the Transigen project. Rice reveals that the destruction of mutantkind is due to a virus created by the Transigen Project, as an effort to control the mutant population and create their own for weaponization. He also mentions that Logan killed his father during his escape from the Weapon X program in Alkali Lake. Logan shoots Rice dead and Pierce releases X-24 on him, while the children wipe out the remaining Reavers before overwhelming Pierce and killing him. Logan and Laura proceed to fight X-24, with Rictor using his seismic powers to lift the earth under an armoured truck and slam it on X-24.
However, X-24 lifts the truck off of him and catches Logan off-guard, fatally impaling him on a tree stump, before Laura is able to kill X-24 with an adamantium bullet Logan had been holding on to if he ever wanted to kill himself. Now dying, Logan with his last breaths tells Laura to not be the weapon Transigen wanted her to be before dying in her arms. Laura and the children mourn his death, and later they bury him. Laura tearfully adjusts the cross on his grave, and places it on its side creating an "X" to honour her father as an X-Man and the Wolverine.