Wolverine

Wolverine/Logan, is a mutant from the X-men Trilogy who possesses tremendous regenerative powers, with a few extra tweaks. We first meet him in Part One in a...cage. An apt place, some might say. He's just won a fight, and there's another challenge coming.

Wolverine

This huge guy enters the cage, and starts to rain blows on Logan. He throws him down and makes a big mistake, he goes for his family jewels. Wolverine gets really angry - which I can perfectly understand - and creams the guy. Then he goes back to smoking a cigar, like nothing happened. Scary.

A little later the guy who took the beating comes up to him and calls him out - some people never learn. As he tries to run a knife into his back, Wolverine grabs him by the collar and spins him around like a twig. And, hey, three nasty-looking steel claws come out from between his knuckles and he points them to the attacker's throat.

Another guy sneaks up from behind and puts a gun to his head, and, what do you know, Wolverine, shoots out his other hand and with the claws cuts the gun in half - pellets spill out of the shells, which are halved, too. As he does that he growls, literally.

That's Wolverine. Right there. Ferocious, powerful, dangerous. Like his animal namesake. Lots of facial hair, wicked sideburns. Proverbial cigar and scruffy leather jacket. You can detect from miles away that he's no-nonsense guy, and that you want to stay out of his way.

For fifteen years Wolverine has been roaming the Canadian countryside in a truck, with no memory of his previous life except for a dog tag with the word Wolverine inscribed in it.

He reluctantly joins Professor Xavier, who promises to help him find the answers about his past, and his team of the X-Men. His relationship with the others is always a tenuous one since he is by nature a gruff loner, reluctant to accept anyone's authority, even Professor Xavier's. There is also a personality clash between him and Scott Summers, Cyclops, over the affections of Dr. Jean Gray, Phoenix.

We learn that was subjected to an experiment involving grafting adamantium skeleton to his bones, a trauma he sustained only thanks to his regenerative powers. There is evidence that the experiment was conducted by the military.

Professor and the others realize that, due to his capacity for regeneration, there is no telling how old he is, so he could very well be over a hundred though he looks like thirty-something.

In spite of his maverick trait, he forms a strong bond with the young mutant named Rogue, who is shunned by people and mutants alike because she is capable of stealing life force, she can absorb other mutants' talents and thus kill them.

Wolverine

He acts like a father figure to her, while she, on the other hand, has quite a crush on him. He goes to great lengths to protect her, risking his life in confronting Magneto, very powerful mutant bent on pushing his pro-mutant agenda to the extreme - though in his case, you could argue that he might have pretty good reasons for that - and his team of baddies (again, you might argue that there are no classical villains in a Bryan Singer movie, they are more like different points of view).

In the aftermath of the final battle he does what a guy like him will do - he rides out into the sunset, well, not exactly, but he does ride out on a bike he "borrowed" from Scott. However, before he hits the road he leaves his dog tag to Rogue with a promise that he'll come back. And by now we know that we should trust his promises.

Later in the Trilogy Wolverine becomes more reliable. He learns to trust the others and work with them, but there's always a touch of wilderness to him. You get the impression he is never quite comfortable about being a team player.

He also turns into something of an authority figure for young mutants. He watches over them and is ready to sacrifice himself to keep them out of harm's way. He is at his deadliest when he defends the innocent and the weak. This is when he unleashes his rage. Ever impetuous, he is the first to charge into battle slashing at his enemies.







He still doesn't know how mince words. He simply is a guy who knows what he wants, and he wants it now. Yet for all his tough guy's veneer he can turn on the charm when he wants to. He is still big on Phoenix, and though his advances remain unrequited, it is clear that she is by no means unimpressed.

However, the toughest of all ordeals is coming his way. He still hasn't got the answers he has been looking for. And now he must confront his past.

He crosses paths with Colonel Stryker, sinister high-echelon government executive, who was in charge of a clandestine military project. It turns out that Logan was involved in the project, and was transformed into what he is now. But was he forced to do it or could the truth be even more disturbing?

Much to Logan's dismay, Colonel Stryker tells him that he actually volunteered for it. Later on Colonel Stryker delivers a crushing comment, "You always were an animal, and always will be. I just gave the claws."

In a way, Wolverine resembles many of those reformed alcoholics, drug addicts, former convicts, all of those who were given a second chance. He, too, learns the hard lesson that you cannot eradicate your past, you must learn to live with it.


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