Logan is hitting theaters this March, and it will be the ninth picture starring Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Can you believe it's been 17 years since the first X-Men movie? I think we can all agree that Jackman has perfectly embodied the character of #Wolverine, and been one of the most consistently great things about the films (although he might not be totally accurate to the comics). This is a look back on how his character evolved through franchise.
'X-Men' (Bryan Singer, 2000)
In a world where both Mutants and Humans fear each other, Marie, better known as Rogue, runs away from home and hitches a ride with another mutant, known as Logan, a.k.a. Wolverine. Charles Xavier, who owns a school for young mutants, sends Storm and Cyclops to bring them back before it is too late. Magneto, who believes a war is approaching, has an evil plan in mind, and needs young Rogue to help him.
In this film, Wolverine is shown as a tough guy who doesn't really want to help out, and is forced into a heroic role. Neither he nor the audience knows about his past, and he is more of a supporting role in this film. Still, Wolverine was a great character in his first outing.
'X2: X-Men United' (Bryan Singer, 2003)
Several months have passed since The X-Men defeated Magneto and imprisoned him in a seemingly impregnable plastic chamber. One day, a mutant by the name of Nightcrawler infiltrates the White House and attempts to assassinate the president, setting off a chain reaction of anti-mutant measures by the government. Meanwhile, Logan is trying to discover his past. As scientist named William Stryker discovers Professor X's secret school and Cerebro, Magneto's partner, Mystique, is planning to break her leader out of prison. But when Professor X's school is attacked by Stryker's forces, Logan, Rogue, Iceman and a few are lucky to escape. Those who remain meet in Boston, where they form an uneasy alliance with Magneto to stop Stryker and rescue Professor X.
In this film Wolverine is more of a main character, and we learn more about his past, as it seems Stryker had a part in his adamantium skeleton. We also see more of his fighting skills as he takes out numerous armed thugs who are invading the school. In the third act of the film, he has a great fight-scene against Lady Deathstrike (Kelly Hu). This film is a great emotional and physical outing for Jackman's Wolverine.
'X-Men: The Last Stand' (Brett Ratner, 2006)
When a cure is created, which apparently can turn any mutant into a normal human being, there is outrage amongst the mutant community. While some mutants do like the idea of a cure, including Rogue, many mutants find that there shouldn't be a cure. Magneto, who still believes a war is coming, recruits a large team of mutants to take down Warren Worthington II and his cure. Might seem easy for the X-Men to stop, but Magneto has a big advantage, which Wolverine doesn't have. Jean Grey has returned, and joined with Magneto. The Phoenix has woken within her, which has the ability to destroy anything in her way, even if that 'anything' is a X-Men.
This movie was disappointing coming off the previous two. It lacks the emotional depth that Singer managed to create in his films. Wolverine is still a main character, and has some sweet action sequences and one-liners throughout. After a few deaths of other #XMen, Wolverine takes on more responsibility and becomes a leader. In the end, Wolverine has to make the tough choice to kill Jean Grey, whom he had grown very fond of.
'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' (Gavin Hood, 2009)
Two mutant brothers, Logan and Victor, born 200 years ago, suffer childhood trauma and have only each other to depend on. Basically, they're fighters and killers, living from war to war through U.S. history. In modern times, a U.S. colonel, Stryker, recruits them and other mutants as commandos. Logan quits and becomes a logger, falling in love with a local teacher. When Logan refuses to rejoin Stryker's crew, the colonel sends the murderous Victor. Logan now wants revenge.
As you might have heard, this movie isn't very good, but I'll try to focus on the best parts. We finally learn more about Wolverine's past, and the war montage in the beginning of the film is awesome. His relationship with Sabretooth is also very interesting to watch. As always, Jackman nails the character.
'X-Men: First Class' (Matthew Vaughn, 2011)
This was just a cameo, but as usual, Jackman is amazing as the character. Though his screen time was limited to a single line, it was enough to become one of the most memorable X-Men moments ever.
'The Wolverine' (James Mangold, 2013)
In modern day Japan, Wolverine is out of his depth in an unknown world as he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal Samurai Steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.
This is the darkest version of the character we have seen so far, but I expect #Logan to be even darker. This is the first solo film starring Wolverine set in modern day. It involves an emotional story about him dealing with the death of Jean, we also explore more of his romantic relationships and learn more about his past adventures. As a bonus, this is the most ripped Wolverine yet.
'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' (Bryan Singer, 2014)
In the future, the mutants and the humans that help them are slaughtered by powerful robots named Sentinels. Professor Xavier, Wolverine, Magneto, Storm, Kitty Pryde and her friends meet at a monastery in China and Xavier explains that the invincible Sentinels were created using the DNA of Mystique that was captured in 1973 when she tried to assassinate their creator Dr. Bolivar Trask. Xavier tells that their only chance is return to 1973 using Pryde's ability to join Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr to convince Mystique to give up of her intention. However, only Wolverine can withstand the damages of the time travel. Will he succeed in stopping Mystique and the Sentinel Program and save the mutants and their human friends from annihilation?
This film shows us two versions of the character — one in the apocalyptic future, and one in the '70s. We see a mature Wolverine taking responsibility to lead Xavier back on the right path. The movie isn't filled with Wolverine action scenes, but he still kicks some ass. Even though Wolverine is a main character, the story still centered around Xavier, Mystique and Magneto.
'X-Men: Apocalypse' (Bryan Singer, 2016)
This was also just another cameo, but it showed us one of the most brutal Wolverine scenes yet. These are all the films we have seen him in thus far, all leading to his final appearance.
'Logan' (James Mangold, 2017)
In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hideout on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
I can't believe this is the last time we will see him take on the role. I have yet to see the film, but I have heard nothing but great things. It is going to be sad to say goodbye to . The movie will show an older and worn version of Wolverine, something we haven't seen yet. I can't wait for it to arrive!
Thank you, #HughJackman, for portraying such an awesome character all these years. You will certainly be missed!
What is your favorite Wolverine appearance?