New ‘Wolverine’ Set Images Show The Viper

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 4:26 pm,

The Wolverine Viper New Wolverine Set Images Show The Viper

Since the news broke that Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova snagged the coveted role of Wolverine’s homicidal ex-wife Madame Hydra in the upcoming sequel to  X-Men Origins: Wolverine, titled The Wolverine (AKA Wolverine 2), fans of the film series have been eagerly anticipating what route director James Mangold (Knight and Day, 3:10 to Yuma) would be taking the serpentine seductress.

Khodchenkova was appropriately cast as the lethal femme fatale when preliminary talks with actress Jessica Biel fell through and today, the first set photos have popped featuring the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy actress in costume as Viper.

Released via HughJackMania, the new photos features Khodchenkova decked out in a classy black dress, long gold stunned gloves and yellow reflective sunglasses. Some comic book sticklers may be upset to see  that Viper’s trademarked emerald green locks are noticeably missing. What is also visible is that in one shot Viper is holding a green digital camera – perhaps doing some reconnaissance on her future love?





For those not so familiar with the Viper AKA Madame Hydra character – it’s time to brush up on your Marvel bad-guy back stories. Born Ophelia Sarkissian, the young Hungarian girl that would grow up to be known as Viper was taken by the terrorist organization Hydra at an early age after she was orphaned under mysterious circumstances. For twenty-two years, Viper excelled under the cruel tutelage of Commander Kraken and would quickly become his prized pupil.

Known for her expert marksmanship, keen martial art skills and unbridled brutality Viper quickly rose to become the leader of Hydra, taking up the moniker of “Madam Hydra.” During her time with Hydra, Viper frequently matched wits with the likes of Captain America as well as the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – but she would later battle both Wolverine and the X-Men when she aided her then- lover Silver Samurai in an attempt to assassinate his half-sister and Wolverine’s lover, Mariko Yashida.

Viper would later use the ancient code of “giri,” (or honorable debt), to blackmail Wolverine into marrying her. Although the marriage existed for political purposes and the two eventually divorced, it was hinted that they shared a strong mutual attraction (at least from Viper’s perspective).

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Of course, the Hydra backstory, the connections to S.H.I.E.L.D. and Captain America, and even the “Madame Hydra” moniker all cannot be used by Fox in this movie since Marvel Studios owns the rights to these characters and trademarks.

Not too much about the finer story details of The Wolverine adaptation outside of the obvious connections to the books. It will be a non-sequential sequel based on the fan-favorite Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s 1982 limited series and features Logan (Hugh Jackman) traveling to Japan. There Wolverine will encounter a mysterious figure from his past in a fight that has lasting consequences as “samurai steel clashes with adamantium claws”.

What exactly Viper’s role will be is still unclear, but with both Mariko Yashida (Tao Okamoto) and her yakuza half-brother Kenuichio Harada AKA the Silver Samurai (Will Yun Lee), both making an appearance it seems likely that events may go similarly to those of the comics.


The Wolverine hits theaters on July 26th, 2013.

Source: HughJackMania

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  1. That bathrobe doesn’t look like her costume, cue the complaints…..

  2. A little ify on this but I’m looking forward to it. I’m always optimistic toward comic book films.

  3. No green hair? Are you ******* kidding me. She looks more like a American super model now what the hell is this a Michael Bay flick. Well looks like one thing hasn’t approved, paying attention to the littlest of details that could have easily been fixed. Well let the butchering of characters once again begin all over again, I am so excited to see a maskless emo Silver Samurai in a silver leather jacket with some heavy biker pants.

    • What do you expect from Fox. All of Fox Marvel movies are horrible compare to Disney/Marvel.

      • Yeah ok… X-Men 1 2 and fc are better than Thor, cap, ironman 2 and any hulk film.

        • WTF are you talking about??

          X Men 2 and Siderman 2 are among the best super hero movies ever, as is
          X Men FIRST CLASS .

          • @ Roscoe

          • Yes , I know, Spiderman 2 was Sony. Still, the basic argument applies.

            ( When will Screen Rant implement a proper ” editing” reply service?)

        • In your opinion trey…

          • Exactly, and my opinion is Fox’s X-Men movies suck.

            I will say X2 was pretty good and First Class was alright. But to me the bad outweighs the good.

            • Saying they suck is showing yourself as a marvel fanboy… cause in no way do those X-Men movies suck. (Origins and the 3rd not included) just like Thor or cap they don’t suck. I’ve enjoy everything marvel has offered and love some things Fox offered. just cause you want the rights back doesn’t mean Fox has completely failed.

              • Are you forgetting X-Men IS Marvel?

                It’s not my fault Marvel Studios puts out a superior product. If it were the other way around, and Fox was making good movies and Marvel was making crap, I’d be praising Fox. But that definitely is NOT the case.

              • Just because someone doesn’t like a particular film, doesn’t mean they’re a “Marvel fanboy” (which in itself doesn’t really make sense since X-Men is a Marvel Comics team BTW)

                I happen to love XMFC and TASM, but I absolutely hate watching any of the Raimi Spidey movies and the first four X-Men/Wolverine movies.
                And even though Fox and Sony have a tenancy to screw up their superhero movies (in my opinion), I’m still looking forward to The Wolverine, TASM2 and XMFC2.

                … so again, just because someone doesn’t like a certain movie or franchise of movies, doesn’t mean that they can and will only accept one studio’s version (in this case Marvel Studios).

                I can’t speak for FILTHpig, but I myself just want to watch GOOD (comic book) movies – no matter what studio makes them.
                …It just so happens that Marvel Studios’ success rate is much better than Sony or Fox’s.

                • Hey, we just happen to feel the same way, Avenger :)

              • Personally X2 has been the only one of all of them I’d own. X1 was a newbie story and only mildly interesting. First Class isn’t a proper X-Men movie it’s an after thought. It relies on retconning wag the dog comic publishing, to make it fit or make sense in the comic universe. It shamelessly borrows the First Class title to SELL $$ the movie! Fox is running dangerously close to painting themselves into a corner story wise. Oh but they’ve got Millar now so that won’t be a problem anymore. Even if it turns 100% true they’ll find another way to mess it up. They don’t really care enough about comic properties and it totally baffles me why people defend Fox…

    • Kinda have to agree here too! It’s getting to be ‘just whatever’ and ‘use the name’. ~ Stark

  4. Look forward to this a lot.

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  6. Those sunglasses (?) look weird.

  7. This continues to look worse and worse. James “made for TV” Mangold… really? Someone needs a tax write off here – the reason 99% of movies get made. The movie doesn’t actually have to be any good, just not be bad enough to give the trick away.

  8. I want this film to be kick azz, I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

  9. Hate to say it, but I think this is gonna suck.

  10. I am not convinced on this casting choice. Its just not the right look, not at all.

  11. i don´t care for the female superheroes, as long wolv. and silver samurai make a cool show, and if wolv. wears this time his suit then i would be good with.

    • What’s wrong with female superheroes?