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

TAGS: death of wolverine, the wolverine, x-men


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  1. I read through all of the above, seems fairly split that people hate and love the idea of the Wolverine dying. Well, needless to say life comes in cycles as seen with every movie and comic made in both america, japan, britain, etc. The afterlife of the characters depends on the viewers and reader’s comments and reaction to them. However, it is also the author’s idea behind the character and no author goes in, or at least good author goes in, without knowing how that character will die. It is beneficial that the death we will see upcoming will indeed be iconic, but it will also have the fundamental explanation required for why wolverine died, if he dies at all. Regeneration power and such can only go on for so long, eventually everything about Logan will end and if he comes back, more power to him, stronger fan-base, and maybe even more money for Marvel/Disney in the long-run. Overall, I can definitely say it will be good to read.

  2. There is no way he stays ‘dead’ for more than a year

    • A year tops
      Another way for Marvel to goad us into paying $4.99 for comics that will be worth about a nickel.
      Didn’t he just crawled out of Hell recently

  3. Captain America’s death, which made way for Bucky to become Captain America, was permanent. Peter Parker’s death, which made way for Otto Octavius to become Spider-Man, was permanent. The Human Torch’s death was permanent. Nightcrawler’s death was permanent. Colossus’s death was permanent. There definitely isn’t a regular phrase in Claremont written comics about how death isn’t usually permanent for the X-Men.

    So, my conclusion is that this will be permanent, too.

    • I’m not sure if you’re being sarcastic but both Spiderman’s and Captain America’s deaths weren’t permanent. I’m pretty sure that they’re both Steve Rogers and Peter Parker again.

  4. Hi guys someone please telll me they wont kill him of for ever?:..(

  5. Get real Marvel no way wolverine stays dead, as stated above DC said the same thing about Superman it was “the end” Batman when Bane broke his back “he is Done” just to get tons of new readers then wow he comes back. Marvel without Wolverine yeah right even if they think X-23 will step up to fill in his shoes she’s not Wolverine but a carbon copy or Daken same thing not Wolverine. With the Xmen movies and Wolverine spinoff’s marvel grabbed tons of new fans solely on Wolverine it would be silly of them to completely kill him off when he has a large following that jumped aboard marvels ship just for Wolverine. I like Wolverine he is not my number 1 character but one last point how is he going to stay dead when in future story lines he’s alive in kicking butt just a thought.

  6. I’ve been a comic/superhero fan since 1983, and all I have to say is…Did you guys see what happened to Transformers for years after they killed Optimus Prime! What about when DC tried killing Superman. Peoples pockets ran thin for awhile. Try learning from others mistakes for once. There are better ways to re-energize/reform characters that work. Pokemon had it down for years, they maintained interest/phat pockets by evolving their famous characters, not killing them! That’s what mutants do anyways. Bottom line…If you want to be a millionaire, who should you hang with…Just sayin’.

  7. Anybody remember “Wolverine: The End?”

    • That happens to take place in 4011… They’d have to bring him back so not to ruin continuity. I remember a little movie called Highlander 2. Connor lives into the future where he grows old then gets “reborn” into his younger self. Fast forward a couple movies and he dies in present day by getting his head chopped off by Duncan. It’s almost like the second movie didn’t exist. Marvel, please don’t pull that stunt. This is happening because Marvel writers have lost the imagination to think of new story lines. Boring.

  8. If Wolverine doesn’t come back I won’ be reading anymore Marvel comics. He is my number 1 favorite hero in Marvel. This will be the dumbest thing they could do. What did the writers sit around and go hey I’m tired of making money. Lets kill Wolverine and call it a day. Has Marvel not learned for past mistakes. STOP KILLING OFF YOUR MONEY MAKERS!!!! Even if you bring them back the comics are never the same without them.

  9. I wonder if this is some scheme to get the film rights back…

  10. He’ll just be dead in that universe
    But will be somehow ressurected when fans start asking for it

  11. I used to follow comics back in the day, but (Marvel especially) the labor of following multiple “universes” of re-imagined characters eventually became too much for me. So Wolverine dies… in which continuity? All of them? Cuz we have MC, Ultimate, and even (possibly) MC2 universes where Wolvie could die… And his death in any of those universes ruins the continuity of that universe unless it is placed WAY into the future (just like other story-based publicity stunts). And unless Wolvie is dead in ALL of the continuities, he’s still alive in some way and will surely make appearances.

    I actually appreciate that superhero movies are being made because, for the most part, the continuities are consistent per studio (with the exception of Spider-Man) if you set a start-date for canon at 2000 (first X Men movie).

    Anyway — don’t know why I’m rambling anymore. Peace out.

  12. Marvel killed off Wolverine in their Ultimate line. The comics sold poorly afterwards and were eventually cancelled.
    You’d think they’d learn from their mistakes.

  13. Well; im going to be the first one to say tis but…
    Step aside Wolverine
    The light is shining on ol’ Deadpool.

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