ASSEMBLING AVENGERS #18: Wolverine

by Ryan Rigley

With Bryan Singer now attached to direct “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” it seems like a lot of former “X-Men” stars are signing on to reprise their mutant roles in the upcoming “First Class” sequel; including the likes of both Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. As if that wasn’t exciting enough, last week it was revealed that Hugh Jackman is also currently in talks to reprise his role as everyone’s favorite madcap mutant: Wolverine.

In addition to being an essential part of the X-Men, Wolverine boasts a membership on the Avengers, the New Avengers and, most recently, the Uncanny Avengers. However, with the rights to “X-Men” belonging to 20th Century Fox and “The Avengers” belonging to Marvel Studios it doesn’t seem like those two worlds will be merging onscreen anytime soon. But we can dream, right?

Here’s what we think of Wolverine appearing in Earth’s Mightiest Sequel…

Who?
Born in Alberta, Canada in the late 1880s, a young James Howlett adopts the nickname “Logan” after killing his own father with new-found bone claws and escaping to a nearby mining colony. Because of his highly advanced mutant healing factor, Logan’s aging process has been slowed down tenfold; which accounts for his involvement in every major war since 1914. This also explains why he was selected for the Weapon X program, a cruel experiment in which Logan had unbreakable adamantium metal fused to his entire skeleton.

After escaping Weapon X and living in the wilderness for a time, Logan is eventually discovered by Department H, a branch of the Canadian Department of National Defense. Donning a bright yellow costume and mask, Logan becomes Wolverine; one of the very first Canadian superheroes. After several years of working for Canadian Intelligence, Logan is offered a position on Charles Xavier’s elite team of X-Men. Wolverine is now one of the most feared men in the entire Marvel universe, continuously struggling to do right despite his shadowy past and primal instincts.

Why?
Well for starters, he’s the best there is at what he does (even though what he does isn’t very nice). There’s no question that Wolverine is one of, if not the most popular Marvel character of all time. With that said, can you just imagine how awesome it would be to see Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine fighting along side, let alone existing in the same cinematic universe as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? We sure can! Adding Wolverine to the Avengers would also raise a couple of key questions amongst the superhero community. Should superheroes be allowed to kill? At what point does a man stop controlling his temper and start giving in to his berserker instincts? But most importantly, who would win in a fight? The Hulk or Wolverine?

How?
A while back, “X-Men” producer Lauren Shuler Donner made mention of whether or not the X-Men and the Avengers could ever appear onscreen together. Short answer: Absolutely. However, the question of when and in what capacity remains to be seen. Clearly, it’ll be some time before we get a full blown Avengers/X-Men crossover movie, but that doesn’t mean that a teaser and/or cameo isn’t possible now. After all, the Oscorp Tower from “Amazing Spider-Man” almost landed in “The Avengers.” The possibility of these different studio-owned universes crossing over, if only in cameos, already exists — why shouldn’t Wolverine and “The Avengers” make the first move?

In Assembling Avengers, we’re picking a new Marvel Comics superhero every week and arguing why they deserve a spot on the roster for Earth’s mightiest sequel. Let us know which heroes you want to see in the next “Avengers” in the comments or on Twitter!

Previous Assembling Avengers Candidates:
» Mockingbird
» The Sentry
» Hercules
» Wonder Man
» The Wasp
» Luke Cage
» Scarlet Witch
» Moondragon
» Nova
» Spider-Woman
» Iron Fist
» Ms. Marvel
» The Vision
» Black Panther
» Ant-Man
» Silver Surfer
» Doctor Strange