Marvel is Killing Off Wolverine in Comics

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For those of you just in from distant lands, here’s a brief overview of Marvel’s seminal X-Men character Wolverine. Also known as Logan, also known as James Howlett, Wolverine was first introduced in the November of 1974, in issue #180 of The Incredible Hulk. Logan is a mutant who possesses animal-like senses and reflexes, extraordinary regenerative capabilities, a set of claws and skeleton laced with the indestructible metal adamantium, and a nasty temper.

Wolverine was immortal, or close to it thanks to his regeneration and slow aging. He has escaped certain death countless times, and not even writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven’s disturbing, future-set Old Man Logan could finish him off. Today, however, Marvel has announced that the Ol’ Canuknuckle Head’s final card will be punched this September.

EW reports that Wolverine will be killed off in an upcoming 4-part Marvel limited series, appropriately title Death of Wolverine. Issue #1 will premiere September 3rd, 2014. The series will be written by Charles Soule and drawn by Steve McNiven. The “3 Months to Live” arc of this June’s Wolverine solo series will culminate in the character’s demise on September 24th. According to Marvel executive editor Michael Marts:

“For a long time, no matter who Wolverine was battling, he’s been the eternal victor. He almost always comes out on top. Now he finally comes up against an adversary that he cannot win against, he cannot fight. What does that mean for this character who’s been around for hundred years?”

Check out the cover art for the first issue of Death of Wolverine, along with an official piece of art, courtesy of EW:

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Death of Wolverine art EW Marvel is Killing Off Wolverine in Comics

According to Soule, who has worked on Marvel’s new Inhumans line and Thunderbolts, the final act of Wolverine’s saga “is meant, in part, as a retrospective for both the character and the audience.” Soules went on to say:

“He’s reflecting on his own life as he’s reflecting on his own death. We wanted to have the reader do that at the same time. In each issue, we’re focusing on a different aspect, or a different quintessential Wolverine.”

So what does this mean for the movie version of Wolverine, who has been portrayed by Hugh Jackman since 2000′s X-Men? Well, in a development which echoes last year’s second solo cinematic outing for the character, director James Mangold’s The Wolverine, the comic book version of Logan will lose his healing powers in this summer’s “3 Months to Live” arc.

Coupled with Hugh Jackman’s recent remarks about the “inevitable” recasting of his signature character – along with Jackman’s remarks about who could play the character next in this Yahoo! Screen Q&A video alongside X-Men: Days of Future Past co-stars James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender – this news appears to something both Marvel and Fox have been building towards for some time. The comics unsurprisingly touch on or tease what’s happening in the films, hence properties like Guardians of the Galaxy getting pushed to the forefront when the film began development. It’s all in the marketing.

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How permanent will the Death of Wolverine prove to be? Could this be a Death of Superman-esque attempt to not only revamp the character but make him relevant to the comic book audience in a new way? As impermanent as comic book deaths has proven to be in the past, Marts asserts that Marvel’s creative team has made this decision “from a standpoint of finality, of closure.” He elaborated about the ripple effect this will have, saying:

“You’re gonna be entering into a world without Wolverine. That affects not only his teammates, but also the Marvel Universe at large. We’ve got a lot of things in the works already.”

Stay tuned for the inevitable developments on how this will affect the film series.

The death of Wolverine, Screen Ranters! What do you think this portends? Sound off in the comments!


Marvel will release Death of Wolverine #1 on September 3rd, 2014.

Source: EW

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  1. I am soooo glad I stopped reading Marvel. Somebody at Marvel has lost their damn minds. Killing off all the top name Heroes of that world, now Wolverine. It’s like shooting yourself in the foot. Not to mention changing Ms. Marvel’s ethnicity and making Thor a woman…Marvel has lost their damn minds and they will continue to lose fans. It’s okay, Marvel fans, come on over and read Justice League and Superman and Batman and even, yes, Supergirl. DC has been writing some awesome stories lately.

    • You need to read the marvel Now stuff, ok Xmen is rubbish as is the current Fantastic Four run, but a Rocket Racoon and Guardians of the galaxy are amazing, Captain Marvel is fantastic, the cross overs between Carol and the Guardians is brilliant.

      Ms Marvel is really original and possibly the best thing Marvel are making at the moment, Kamala Khan is really interesting, She Hulk is really good and nicely fills in the Marvel universe showing what happens behind the scenes with Dro Doom and next week Old Captain America.

      Hulks story is better then anything DC is doing, the whole Banner Builds, brain damage and now smart hulk stories are so good.

      I like DC but there is no way they are better then current Marvel stories, your just not giving them a chance.

      Well I find the current comics most excellent, maybe not the xmen but other Marvel comics are fab.

  2. Ok first has any Xman ever stayed Dead? Second if they are dead will you bet your house that they stay dead?
    third Wolverine Died HOW MANY TIMES!Talk about REDUNDANT!

    Wow it be like DC Announcing Superman going to Learn to FLY!

    Are they that Greedy and Stupid??

    Want do something New with the Character fine turn him into a Terminator. He got Alien and Sentinel Teck in him there Just Certain they got out (MAYBE)

    New Powers…Ability to develop Counters to any power! Wolverine Sentinel!
    With him Fighting his PRIME DIRECTIVE!

    Make him a Deathlok .Lots of things they could do…
    But Death??
    Its Like..
    Oh WOW Marvels decided to give Captain America a SHIELD!!

    • Wolverine has been to the brink of death countless times, yes. Every single time his healing factor saved him. He no longer has that saving grace. This will indeed be the first time he ever died. Check for yourself if you don’t believe me.

      • Dude not even the 17th time he lost his healing Factor.. And he Has Died as in Became a Ghost, He died once and fought death to come back to life.
        Crystal of Ultimate Brought him back from a Blood cell..
        When Lost his Adamantium he lost his healing factor as it had gotten tied to it..
        Bloody H#LL I LOST COUNT! And Yes he has both lost his Healing Factor and Life…

        Sorry kid not even Close..
        Sorry really am not trying to be rude but Wolverines kind of like Death’s Bimbo..
        Check for yourself if you don’t believe me.

        • In the 616 universe, he has had his healing factor increased and decreased, but it’s never been gone. Similarly, he’s been to the brink of death, bit it always lasted an issue. Here, he will cease to be in the 616 universe. That has never happened to him before.

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