For the last 20 or so years I have been hearing about how one of Wolverine's nicknames is Weapon X. Then I was told that he was part of a program called Weapon Plus that had labs all over the world. That made me wonder just exactly who these subjects who were turned into weapons were, and if they were good or bad. I spent a day and a half researching all I could on the subject and have come up with the 10 most likely Marvel characters to fit the criteria according to the Weapon X and Weapon Plus wiki pages. They are as follows:
1. Weapon I a.k.a. Captain America (Steve Rodgers)
The Captain America wiki has him listed as Weapon 1 and it states that Project Rebirth is where he became Captain America. He is good, that is a fact.
2. Weapon II a.k.a. Hunter In Darkness
According to the Project Plus wiki, the next experiment after Steve Rodgers successfully became Captain America was on animals, since the doctor who created the Super Soldier Serum used on him had been murdered shortly afterward. Some people believe that We3 from the Vertigo comics are part of that phase of the program. Since they are part of DC and not Marvel, I believe after looking over almost all of Marvel's animal wiki pages that it is more likely that Hunter in Darkness is part of the program. According to his wiki, he is from the part of Canada where the facility that created Wolverine was located, knows and has fought Wolverine, and his origin and background are unknown at this time (sound familiar?). It is also stated that he is in fact a puppy, not a hybrid or a werewolf. He is neutral, but this is open to interpretation.
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3. Weapon III a.k.a. Skinless Man
His real name is unknown and his wiki has him listed as Weapon 3, and an affiliate of the weapon plus program. He is bad. That is a fact.
4. Weapon IV a.k.a. Patriot or the Black Captain America (Isiah Bradley)
I know a lot of comments will disagree with this one, but I am going off of his wiki page. It clearly states: "After losing the secrets of the Super Soldier Serum with the death of Dr. Erskine, the United States Army still wanted to produce more like Steve Rogers. Col. Walker Price and Dr. Wilfred Nagel forcibly recruited Isaiah and 300 other African-American solders to serve as test subjects to recreate the Super Soldier Serum." Since the animals were Weapon 2 (whichever ones they were) and The Skinless Man was No. 3 according to Marvel itself, Isiah has to be weapon 4. He is good. That is a fact.
5. Weapon V a.k.a. Warhawk (Mitchell Tanner)
According to his wiki page, "After being critically wounded in Vietnam, Dr. Burstein used his variation of the Super-Soldier Serum on Tanner to save his life. The result was granite-likeskin and super-strength. In some regard, Burstein sees Tanner as an 'older brother' to his later test subject Luke Cage." He is bad. That is a fact.
6. Weapon VI a.k.a. Power Man (Luke Cage)
According to his wiki page, "Dr. Noah Burstein recruited Lucas as a volunteer for experimental cell regeneration based on a variant of the Super-Soldier process he had previously used to empower Warhawk." He is good, this is a fact.
7. Weapon VII a.k.a. Nuke (Frank Simpson)
According to his wiki page, one of his alias is Weapon 7 and "Nuke was a test subject of the Weapon Plus program, the super-soldier program that had created Captain America and would later transform Wolverine into a killing machine." He is bad. That is a fact.
8. Weapon VIII a.k.a. Justice (Josiah X)
According to his wiki page, Josiah is the "genetically engineered son of Isaiah and Faith Bradley via a surrogate mother." His surrogate mother helped him escape being experimented on at least twice. Since he is the son of Isiah and has his enhancements, I have him listed as Weapon 8. He is neutral, but is open to alternatives since he could be Weapon 9 as well, see below.
9. Weapon IX a.k.a. Romulus (John Howlett)
According to his wiki, Romulus's real name is unknown at this time. According to Wolverine: The End, he is Wolverine's older brother who was presumed dead. However, Romulus's wiki has his origin listed as Lupine (dog, wolf, etc.). We do know that he is a manipulator and is associated with the Weapon X program. Therefore, he could be Weapon 9 — as was speculated on the Weapon Plus wiki — or he could be Weapon 2 instead of Hunter in Darkness, or even actually be Hunter in Darkness. He is bad, but it's open to alternatives.
10. Weapon X a.k.a. Wolverine (James Howlett)
We all know James Howlett's story about his origin and how he was part of the Weapon X program and later learned about many of the characters listed above. He is listed on his wiki as Weapon X. He is good. This is a fact.
There you have them, folks. My list of the first 10 weapons of the Weapon Plus program. Most of these are fact, according to Marvel's own wiki page, however there are three that are open to speculation.
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