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:

Death of Wolverine McNiven cover Marvel is Killing Off Wolverine in Comics

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. DoW is the number one selling comic/series this month:

    The top selling comic from DC Comics was “Batman (2011) Futures End” #1 (3D Cover) in slot 3 with an estimated 127,823 units and for Marvel Comics was “Death of Wolverine (2014)” #1 in rank 1 with an estimated 261,975 units.

    Just more proof of how popular Logan is; even fans who hate the idea of Marvel killing him off are still buying the DoW quartet.

  2. He’s already coming back! Secret Wars 2015! issue 7. NYCC Marvel revealed it. This Secret Wars will be Marvels version of Infinite Crisis, time and alternate dimensions will be torn apart and the Marvel Universe will be changed, and he will be back! I think they are going for a revamp, kinda like DC’s new 52. The firt art show’s Thor with his hammer against new female Thor with her Hammer, and Old Captain America against the new Captain America. What the 12 issue series will lead too is resolving what Marvel has changed and what needs to be undone. It’s there way of cleaning up whatever changes they made recently that don’t pan out. Wolverine was never going to be gone for good, very few out Marvel ever stay dead.

  3. Wolverine is dead, long live Wolverine. Really we’ll never be rid of him… Part of his folklore is that he can regenerate from a single cell. This being said, every time he sheds a drop of blood, a hair, a skin follicle, a new Logan should emerge, we should have hundreds if not thousands of him running around out there. Logan’s only however, he could never regenerate the Adamantium skeleton grafts.

    • Wrong. His mutation has allowed him to genetically map the adamantium. Meaning, if he had an arm cut off (completely possible if you cut at the joint) the arm and the adamantium bones would grow back. Yes, at one point this was not true but it was changed a few years ago.

  4. Bah.. Wolverine is:

    a) One of the most known Marvel characters.. his permadeath would affect negatively for the followers of the Marvel universe.
    b) His market value is high, he sells a lot..

    The only intelligent reason for killing the milking cow is to rise the market value even higher -> resurrection. Meanwhile the desperate readers buy magazines and try to search the hints for the return of their hero.

  5. This is really pathetic .
    he is immortal .
    he will live in everyones heart.
    if marvel tries to kill him they will suffer.

  6. Am sorry thy real s*** and marvel suck. To kill of wolverine

  7. If theyre not turning characters genders from to the other, now they want to get rid of such an iconic character like wolverine!!!!!all they want are short term sales as they no longer have any original ideas!

  8. say real talk dont kill logan I will forever hate marvel with a passion

  9. I hope that will be useful for someone))

  10. Are you kidding me? Ive been a wolverine fan since i was a boy. You are making a huge mistake. Wolverine is the character everyone thinks about when you say X-men. Its not like youre going to listen to my comments but just know when you kill off wolverine youre losing my respect and commitment. I hope 10 million other people feel the same.