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Old Man Logan is a crucial part of Secret Wars

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Wolverine is the best there is at what he does, but he ain’t exactly great at aging gracefully. That was the setup back in 2008 in the Wolverine story “Old Man Logan”. Simply put, it was the story where the bad guys had won, carving a conquered North America into several kingdoms to rule, leaving Logan as a battered and broken superhero who was trying to make ends meet for his family decades after the superheroes had all fallen in battle. What Mark Millar and Steve McNiven created is one of the defining Wolverine stories. And it’ll play a crucial role in the upcoming Secret Wars event.

With the territory of Old Man Logan part of the various realities that makes up Battleworld in Secret Wars, it looks like Logan’s quest to restore some law and order to his universe isn’t over just yet. “”Old Man Logan’s” place and importance in “Secret Wars” is very unique and the effects will be felt long after the event,” Secret Wars writer Brian Michael Bendis said to CBR, revealing that there would be consequences to deal with after Logan had (SPOILER MASSIVE SPOILER SERIOUSLY STOP READING WHY ARE YOU STILL READING SPOILER!) killed the Red Skull, who effectively ruled over the cabal of conquered states in America.

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I thought about that a long time, because there’s something interesting about skipping a bunch of years. I don’t think much time has passed, though. If he’s on a quest, I think we want to see him on that quest. As a reader, when a character says that they’re going to go do something at the end of an issue, I like to see them doing that thing when I pick up the next issue.

It’s more than a revenge tale because he got his revenge in “Old Man Logan.” At the end of that story, though, he got off his ass. He said that he was going to go fix things, and we’re going to see him try to do that in a world that looks very broken. It’s almost 50 years broken.

With the Red Skull dead, a power vacuum has been created in Logan’s world. And someone has to pick up the pieces and take over:

Yes, there was Banner and there was quite a few characters we bumped into along the way, like Emma Frost and some others. A lot of those people didn’t make it out of the book alive, but some did, and there were hints to other characters that were talked about, but never seen. There were some hints about character that disappeared and weren’t part of what happened to the heroes — the Fantastic Four was talked about. So there’s quite a lot of doors opened for “Old Man Logan” to walk through that will be both surprising to him and to readers.

All of this will however, some sort of an impact on the Marvel Universe going foward when Secret Wars wraps up. And as Bendis explained, Old Man Logan is but one crucial piece of a very important puzzle:

I’m not saying this lightly and I’m not trying to give anything away, but I think what people are most excited about with “Secret Wars” is that they know something big is happening and something even bigger is coming out the other side. A lot of these stories are going to have something that pops out the other side. “Old Man Logan” absolutely, 100 percent has a couple of things that will pop into the Marvel Universe, whatever shape it takes, after “Secret Wars” is done. In fact, every single one of the stories I’m doing during “Secret Wars” has a big piece that is coming forward into the new Marvel Universe, and “Old Man Logan” is right there at the forefront of that.

The audience is really going to decide, at the end. We have a very strong idea of where we’re going, but they’re going to be reading, buying and letting Marvel know what’s of interest. It’s certainly not going to be a “Choose Your Own Adventure” kind of thing, but there’s a lot of fun elements that are being brought back and there are characters that are debuting here that may or may not find their way forward.

It’s exciting how much people are buying into the ride. They’re not exactly sure what kind of ride they’re buying into, and that’s kind of cool. They like the mix of Jonathan Hickman’s insanity blended with all of our dream lists of things to do. I think about it, and I think, if I was just a reader and I heard that this writer with this grand vision was getting Marvel to shut down their line for the summer, which is crazy, and all of the other writers and artists are getting to roll up their sleeves and be so additive with bringing things into the Marvel Universe that weren’t there before, and the end result is something that wasn’t there before — I would be fricking excited! That sounds great to me!

Secret Wars is easily Marvel’s biggest event, ever. Far bigger than Secret Invasion, Age Of Ultron or Civil War. And that’s because there’s a reboot on the way for that line of comic books. It’s easy to see it as a way for Marvel to clean house and future-proof their comics for eventual big-screen adaptations. I’m just curious to see if Marvel can successfully pull off what their Distinguished Competition have been doing for years already.


Last Updated: March 19, 2015


  1. Did some1 say secret wars


  2. Ryanza

    March 19, 2015 at 19:16

    Did some1 say secret wars


  3. Ryanza

    March 19, 2015 at 19:16

    Did some1 say secret wars


  4. Ryanza

    March 19, 2015 at 19:18

    This image of Logan I have always liked.



  5. Hammersteyn

    March 19, 2015 at 19:37

    I just don’t get it. Why’s he so popular? The movies for instance aren’t X-men movies. It’s Hugh Jackman and the X-men :/


    • Brady miaau

      March 20, 2015 at 07:27

      Even in the late 80’s Xmen cartoons, it sort of coulda been the Wolverine Show at times


    • Ross Woofels Mason

      March 20, 2015 at 07:52

      Everyone loves the Anti-hero. Why is batman the most popular out of the Justice league and arguably the most popular DC character, because he is the good guy who is still a bad ass with marginally dodgy morals.

      Same for wolverine, he was the original bad ass x-men. Probably also because for a long time until the origin of wolverine comics, his exact origins were questioned and made him mysterious.


      • Hammersteyn

        March 20, 2015 at 08:06

        It’s just that there are other X-men not just Wolverine. But it’s like he’s to be all and end all for the series.


        • Ross Woofels Mason

          March 20, 2015 at 08:22

          Hahah yeah for sure but that’s virtually everything, there will always be the one character that is just insanely popular.

          I agree with you, but end of the day these guys know wolverine will pull more readers and more money in that roll than say beast or gambit.

          And money is their goal.


        • Matthew Holliday

          March 20, 2015 at 09:31

          he is the most compelling mutant out there though.
          his powers, given his skillset, are perfect and overpowered.
          his popularity has given him major success in his solo and avengers comics, while his personal storylines are suuuuuuuuuuper compelling.
          and he had a really cool yellow lycra suit with spikey ears on the mask, when the other xmen all boring blue.

          with his healing factor, when it comes to these end of the world scenarios, where everone is dead, its always either hulk, deadpool or wolverine left alive, because you cant really kill them.
          so he literally is the be all and end all for the mutants.


          • Hammersteyn

            March 20, 2015 at 09:57

            Yeah it’s true, I’ve just had too much Wolverine lately.

          • 40 Insane Frogs

            March 20, 2015 at 12:45

            You mean, you’ve reached… “Peak Wolverine” hehehe!

          • Hammersteyn

            March 20, 2015 at 12:52


    • 40 Insane Frogs

      March 20, 2015 at 12:44

      Men of a certain age prefer Batman over silly furry characters with metal claws protruding out of their fists.


  6. Admiral Chief

    March 20, 2015 at 08:13

    How old is he in this comic? Since he ages differently


    • Matthew Holliday

      March 20, 2015 at 09:25

      its decades after all the other heroes die or get killed.
      but he loses his healing factor and gets demutanted etc etc several times throughout his lifespan, so that might have something to do with it, since decades dont really mean anything to a man thats 300 years old.


  7. Anthony Smith

    July 15, 2015 at 11:06

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