ByDarren Teo, writer at
Born in Vancouver, raised in Singapore. Screenwriting Major at LMU's SFTV. Part time Seth Rogen body double.
Darren Teo

This week, Marvel gave us our first look at the All-New, Female Wolverine!

For those who don't follow Marvel's Wolverine comics, the "Death of Wolverine" storyline debuted in September 2014.

In the arc, wolverine is infected with a virus that compromises his healing factor. Fast forward and, after fighting with his nemesis Dr. Abraham Cornelius, Wolverine is encased with Admanatium and allegedly suffocates to death.

Now, I say 'allegedly' because, as we all know, no one is really gone in the Marvel Universe. But in the mean time, Laura Kinney, who is better known as X-23, will take his place.

Kinney was cloned from Wolverine's DNA to become the perfect killing machine. She has all the same powers as Wolverine, give or take a blade (not that it makes her any less lethal).

Marvel released the following prelude to the series:

This November, Laura Kinney embraces her destiny. No longer X-23. No longer the weapon they built her to be. Here comes Wolverine! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look at ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #1 – the new ongoing series from writer Tom Taylor with art by David Lopez & David Navarrot! She was created to destroy. But with the help of her mentor and friend Logan – the original Wolverine – she has moved beyond her dark past. Logan may have fallen, but Laura will honor his memory by taking up the mantle and following in his footsteps as a hero. And she’ll stop at nothing to protect those around her from the forces of evil. She’s the best there is at what she does. She is the All-New Wolverine! And her story is just getting started. Witness the beginning in ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #1 – on-sale this November!

Here are some images from the first issue:

Since Hugh Jackman has stated that Wolverine 3 (set to premier March 3, 2017) will be his last turn as Logan, could the next screen incarnation be a woman as well?

This would depend on several factors. Mainly, how well the comic book itself is received by critics and fans alike. With a character like Wolverine, who is portrayed as an intensely masculine character, would people be able to adjust to the behavioral disparity?

And also, can female-led superhero films be as lucrative as their male-led counterparts? Such films in the past like Elektra and Catwoman were commercial failures, so it would depend on the success of female-led films in the future such as Captain Marvel (2019).

A female-led Wolverine film might be exactly what the franchise needs. Even Hugh Jackman agrees that his recent portrayals have underwhelmed.

'I ... I don't think all the 'X-Men' and 'Wolverines' have been great, and I'm not going to pretend ... the intention was always there and everyone worked super-hard and all of that...'I do think we're in a really great place with the character. This next one, from what I'm hearing, is going to be fantastic'

"This next one"...

Could he be referring to Laura Kinney?


What do you think?


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