Now, here’s the key to it all…

Coming back full circle, if they did go with a storyline where Wolverine encounters Omega Red, in the comics Wolverine was sent on a mission with Maverick and Sabertooth (!), to steal the Carbonadium Synthesizer from Omega Red. It was the last mission where they worked together as part of Team X.

Heard of them?

Team X is the team of mutants we saw Wolverine and Sabretooth working for in the early parts of X-Men Origins: Wolverine. In the comics, its roster is very similar to the film adaptation, including Maverick (who is Agent Zero in the movie), Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson in the movie), Silver Fox (Wolvy’s girlfriend in the movie post-Team X), and John Wraith (Will.I.Am’s teleporting mutant).

They’ve introduced all of those folks already, so they could do something with Omega Red. All they’d need to do is show flashbacks in the sequel and bring back all the actors for a few scenes. In my mind, that’d be something really cool to see, since we barely got any screen time for Team X in this summer’s Origins film.

In the Marvel continuity, that mission against Omega Red was their last as Team X, which could be simply altered in the movie. In the comics, Sabretooth and Wolverine steal the Carbonadium Synthesizer from Omega Red, causing the big Russian to continually hunt them down over the years, leading to multiple violent encounters.

Sounds like a good idea to me. As Screen Rant Editor, Kofi Outlaw, suggested a long time ago, he could see Wolverine being sent by S.H.I.E.L.D. for a covert mission in Russia where he would go up against Omega Red.

I don’t know if S.H.I.E.L.D. can be used by Fox Studios, but tying my idea into this, we could get an intro through the use of flashbacks, bringing back the Team X characters from X-Men Origins: Wolverine where we could meet Omega Red back in the Soviet Russia days. Then in the present time period of the sequel, Wolverine could encounter Omega Red again not remembering who he is, or like Kofi suggests, Wolverine could be tasked on a mission which leads to that encounter.

With the timelines as they are in the films, they could substitute stories and it could be S.H.I.E.L.D. sending Wolverine and Victor Creed (and others) together for this mission after the events of the first movie.

Logan and Victor, together again…or not?

That would be an easy way to bring Schreiber back, but it doesn’t come close to addressing the Tyler Mane issue. How Victor would act around the amnesia-ridden Wolverine would be strange, to say the least. I can’t think of a good way to bridge the gap between X-Men Origins: Wolverine and the first X-Men.

But wait, what does any of that have to do with the Japanese storyline? Well, guess who revived Omega Red from his long cryogenic sleep? That would be Matsu’o Tsurayaba, a member of the ninja group, The Hand, based out of Japan – The same criminal underworld group who sought after the Silver Samurai in the comics to lead and unite them.

The Hand and Matsu’o were also suggested by our own Kofi Outlaw to be secondary villains for the sequel.

Is this all coming together for ya?

What Wolverine stories, villains and other characters would you like to see in the sequel(s)?

Wolverine 2 is in planning for a possible 2012 release date.

Sources: Cinema Blend, Omega Red artwork by Ben Shore

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