Anyone who’s read the comics, seen the movies or tuned in for the cartoons knows that Wolverine’s greatest enemies fall into three categories: Victor Creed (Sabretooth), corrupt government officials and his own inner demons. All three of those will be making appearances in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," which premieres this week.
But what about the future? What other baddies from the comics should be brought in to fight the clawed Canuck?
Here's a list of villains Logan has crossed claws with at one point or another (and in some cases, quite often) who we'd like to see brought to life on the big screen in a potential "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" sequel.
OMEGA RED: Arkady Rossovich was a deadly and remorseless killer in the Soviet Union who later became a test subject to create a super-soldier. After much experimentation, Arkady was transformed into Omega Red.
With incredible strength, advanced healing, and bionic tentacles, Omega Red became a deadly warrior. But due to a side-effect of his transformation, he is forced to feed on the life force of others in order to survive. With the fall of the Soviet Union, Omega Red is on the loose, pursuing his own agenda.
Audiences might find it fun to see Wolverine face an enemy who literally lives only to kill.
SILVER SAMURAI: Ken Harada was the illegitimate son of Shingen Yashida, a Yakuza crime lord, and half-brother to Mariko Yashida, whom Wolverine fell in love with. An expert in hand-to-hand combat born with the mutant power to charge any object with energy (such as the sword he wields), Ken became the mercenary warrior known as the Silver Samurai.
With his martial arts skills and light-weight armor protecting his entire body, the Samurai could be a difficult enemy for Logan in a film.
THE REAVERS: Logan’s sliced up more than a few henchmen in his day. So it was quite a rude awakening when a few of those henchmen had themselves remade into cyborg warriors dedicated to killing mutants and Wolverine in particular.
The Reavers once ambushed Wolverine when he was alone and actually crucified him for his crimes against them, a scene that would definitely be shocking to see on the big-screen.
CYBER: The man called Cyber was initially Wolverine’s commanding officer in World War I. During that time, he became a hated enemy, taking one of Wolverine’s eyes and killing someone he cared about. When they met again years later, Cyber now inexplicably had telepathic powers and adamantium plates fused to his body, making him largely invulnerable to Wolverine’s claws.
It’s rare to see Logan actually fear someone, so a battle with Cyber would be a new experience for movie-goers.
DAKEN: At one point when Wolverine lived in Japan, he had a wife named Itsu. Itsu became pregnant but was later murdered and Wolverine left the village in grief. What he didn’t know was that the child had survived and was taken in by enemies who warped him, convincing him that Logan had killed his mother.
Called “Daken” (a slur on his illegitimacy), the boy grew to be a man with Wolverine’s incredible healing, heightened senses and retractable bone claws. He also had the added ability of being able to manipulate the emotions of others. Though he later learned that Wolverine hadn’t killed his mother, Daken has lived all his life training to be a killer and his darker morality still puts him at odds with a father he can’t help but hate.
Audiences might find it interesting to see Wolverine forced to battle the child he was never given a chance to raise, the boy he still loves no matter what.
So, who did we miss? Any Wolverine villains you think should be on the list? Let us know in the comment section!