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?