Your guide to the current state of Wolverine

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He’s the best there is at what he does, and what the Wolverine does is appear across multiple realities and identities while fans scratch their heads in befuddlement. Once one of the most popular comic book characters of all time, Wolverine’s been through the ringer and then some. Subjected to horrific experiments, murdered several times over and then getting back up for another fight and more beer, it’s a little bit confusing trying to figure out who the real Wolverine really is these days.

Fear not, because we’ve got the cliff notes version below of who’s who in the mutant zoo.

The original

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Ol’ Logan has had a tough time over the last couple of years, what with him being dead and all. The best there is at what he does, Wolverine found those talents of his severely diminished when his healing factor was compromised by a Microverse virus that stripped him of his mutant gift to bounce back from an injury.

Killable for the first time in a long time, if scores of henchmen and villains looking to make a name for themselves weren’t ready to finish the job, then the adamantium poisoning infecting him thanks to that metal being bonded to his skeleton, certainly would. Wolverine would eventually go down in a blaze of glory as he rescued lives and stopped the man who made him the weapon that he was, once and for all.

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That final adventure came at a high price, as Wolverine was covered in liquid adamantium and died within an unbreakable shell as the sun dipped below the horizon one final time for him. Some time later, Wolverine’s healing factor would eventually reactivate, with the adamantium shell around him splitting in half and allowing the X-Man to walk free again.

The rest of the X-Men are still unaware of Wolverine’s return, as the Canadian berserker has embarked on a secret mission that has already seen him take control of an Infinity Gem.

The successor

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With Wolverine seemingly dead, it was time for a new hero to inherit his mantle. That successor would be none other than the clone of Wolverine, Laura “X-23” Kinney. With a healing factor comparable to the original and claws in her feet, Laura embarked on a quest to remind the world that a Wolverine was still active and still the best there is at saving the day.

Laura’s adventures would see her adopt a younger clone of herself as a surrogate sister, while also tangling with SHIELD in a conspiracy that had her framed as an enemy of the state.

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The survivor

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The Secret Wars may have given birth to a new omniverse of realities, but amongst all those possible new worlds there was no sign of the Ultimate Universe that had preceded it. A scant few heroes and villains survived the annihilation of that reality, such as Miles Morales AKA Spider-Man and a more twisted version of the Fantastic Four leader Reed Richards.

The son of the Wolverine of that Universe, Jimmy Hudson found himself stranded in our reality after the Secret Wars. Possessing a regenerative healing factor and bone claws like his father, Jimmy is also able to coat his claws in a biological metal housed within his bones. After being discovered by a younger team of X-Men following a battle against the Marauders, Jimmy is currently a member of that team.

The old man

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In a distant future, the Wolverine is dead thanks to a cataclysmic event that saw an army of supervillains conquer the planet. Old Man Logan still lives, but he’s a shadow of his former self and no longer the berserker that he once was thanks to the machinations of Mysterio that saw the X-Man responsible for killing an entire generation of children of the atom.

While this version of Logan would eventually regain his fighting spirit when a tribe of Hulks pushed him too far and killed his family, he’d also eventually end up on Earth-616 of the prime Marvel universe. First setting up shop and attempting to kill future threats before they could become too powerful, Old Man Logan would eventually start a search for redemption after a run-in with the new Wolverine.

Last seen organising a new team of mutants, this version of Wolverine is currently on the hunt for Weapon H, a hybrid of the Hulk and with the lethality of the Weapon X program’s “enhancements”.

Last Updated: November 22, 2017

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