- Everybody's a freak to somebody. You just gotta find your tribe and try to do right by them.
- -- Wolverine
- -- Wolverine
Born in Canada sometime in the early 1830's, James "Logan" Howlett's mutant powers had first manifested in the mid-1840's during a moment of experiencing wild, uncontrollable rage, after witnessing the death of his father at the hands of Thomas Logan. Grief-stricken, James impaled Thomas with his newly sprung bone claws; in his last moments, Thomas revealed that he was James' biological father.
Journey with Victor Creed
Fleeing with his closest childhood friend and his father's adoptive son, Victor Creed, the two spent the next several decades operating as soldiers. They fought together for the Union in the American Civil War, and with the Allied Forces in both World War I, World War II, and finally their final fight for the United States, during the Vietnam War.
During the middle of the Vietnam War, Victor and Logan were caught and were being sentenced to death and placed in front of a firing squad to be executed after decapitating a senior officer. They are shot by a firing squad but they didn't die, as their healing factors kept them alive, proved that it was hard to kill them.
Recruited by the Squadron X
After surviving the firing squad, they were recruited by Major William Stryker to join the black ops group Squadron X, consisting of Logan, Victor, John Wraith, Fred Dukes, David North, Chris Bradley and Mastodon.
During a mission in Africa, James left the team after realizing how willing the other members were to kill innocent people to achieve their goals and complete their mission, especially Victor, who had developed something of a blood lust personality. Due to unknown reasons, the Squadron X were finally disbanded by Stryker's orders, only a few months after Logan left the team.
Living a Normal Life
He returned to Canada six years later, eventually settling down into a quiet life as a lumberjack with a school-teacher named Kayla Silverfox, who was also a mutant. James, now going by the name of his real father, Logan, was lured back to Stryker after the apparently rogue Victor had apparently killed Kayla. This eventually lead into a fight in which Wolverine had almost won, almost killing Victor before he were knocked out and were captured and were taken by Stryker's men, alongside Kayla's body. Victor manages to wake up and escaped capture from Stryker's men, and fled into the forest. He has not been found or seen since until he eventually encounters Logan once again years later, during his X-Men days.
Logan was held by the US Army at Alkali Lake to be experimented upon under the classified program known as the Weapon X Program. Stryker who was now a Colonel, oversaw the several experiments done to them under the madman scientist Abraham Cornelius, who is working for the Canadian government assisting them in their attempts to create their own version of the Super-Soldier Serum, using Wolverine and other powerful mutants' blood. They coated his bone claws with Adamantium and wiped up his past memories. He then later met a fellow mutant named Cain Marko, who would later become the Brotherhood member known as the Juggernaut.
Escape from Captivity
A couple days after his experimentation, Logan and several mutant inmates of the Weapon X Program was set free from his cell at Alkali Lake by a few mutant teenagers, one of whom revealed to Logan a few fragments of his past via telepathy. Logan escaped the compound having to slaughter every single guard who tried to neutralize or even just subdue him, and ran off into the snowy forest, where he started his new life, still struggling to remember his past.
The following weeks since he escaped captivity, Logan had found a family of wolves in the wilderness and began running with their pack. By suppressing the man beneath the instincts of the animal, Logan found a manner of peace for himself, as he starts to move on from his past in this new life that he has now been relishing. Unfortunately, it didn't last too long. Eventually, the arrival of a large white bear, which recently came from the far north, could not adapt to its environment, but its strength and raw power was enough to overcome Logan's pack while he was away, killing and eating the wolves. When he returned to his pack's cave, Logan and the bear mortally wounded each other in a brutal struggle, but only one had a healing factor. Logan survived the slaughter, but he immediately realized, that he was still alone, all over again.
Brainwashed by the Brotherhood
At some point at his wild-like, animal life, a lonely Wolverine was found at the woods by a mysterious woman, who subsequencially tricked Logan into being captured by her fellow accomplices, and was slowly and painfully tortured by the rogue mutants, until he was finally brainwashed to join Magneto's notorious Brotherhood of Mutants, and eventually became one of Magneto's most elite assassins, right under his inescapable coercion.
Joining the X-Men
Eighteen months later, Logan was assigned to infiltrate the X-Men and assassinate Professor Charles Xavier. He was accepted into their ranks, and quickly seduced Jean Grey, (whom she had forgot to recognize, but remembers him at some point later on) in order to further entrench himself within the team.
Wolverine finally attempted to kill Xavier and attacked the team until Jean Grey read his mind, let him remember some fragments of his past once again and finally got rid of his coercion under Magneto once and for all. Wolverine eventually betrayed Magneto after his coercion was gone, abandoning his initial mission as a memeber of the Brotherhood and truly joined the X-Men after coming to understand and believe in Xavier's heroic cause.
As an X-Man, Logan remained as a well-respected, and sometimes even a beloved member of the team for quite some time, but a on-and-off rivalry grew between him and Cyclops, one of the reasons being that he had fallen for Scott's girlfriend, telekinetic telepath Jean Grey, who soon rejoined the group. Despite having several years of hard-earned cynicism and at first skeptical of Xavier's hope for mutantkind and humankind's peaceful coexistence, Wolverine began to respect his ideals, determination and goals, and eventually grew to be a loyal and a more trusted member of the X-Men. Wolverine also developed a strong friendship with a few of his teammates, especially to Rogue, whom he had a somewhat father-daughter relationship with, after knowing that they both had a previously traumatizing experience from the hands of Magneto and the Brotherhood.
The infamous and notorious villain of the X-Men known as Mister Sinister would intentionally led most of Magneto's loyalists into causing wreak and destruction on the city of Novi Grad, in Sokovia, without having any orders from Magneto, which immediately has gotten the attention of the X-Men. Little did the know, this strategy was one of the first known steps of Essex's plan as he would later unleash a larger event along with some the Earth's most powerful and villainous leaders, leading the Great Superhuman Movement.
After arriving at the scene, the X-Men somehow found Magneto standing on top of the ruins of the city, where they confronted him as they destruction continues to recommence. They argued against him, asking him why would he attack a city full of innocent people when they had done nothing wrong to them at all. Magneto strongly and angrily disagreed, implying that the very people of this city have said and have done enough to offend mutantkind for a very long time since then. According to him, Sokovia was the perfect city of how much humanity have been treating mutants like they don't belong in their society.
Having no other way to confront them in a more civilized manner, the X-Men had no choice but to apprehend the Brotherhood through force, as usual. As they face off, both the X-Men and the Brotherhood battle it out to prevent further destruction on the city. After a difficult and rough battle, the X-Men still won victoriously, apprehending several members of the Brotherhood with the exception of the man they thought was Magneto and the rest of his loyalists, who managed to escape their way back to Genosha, where they would later find another Magneto, the real one, who looked very furious at them for being so reckless on attacking the city without his orders.
Loss of a Loved One
After receiving Jean's telepathic cries to Professor Xavier, due to her pregnancy labor, the team immediately returned to the mansion, only to see her heavily mourn at the death of her and Scott's supposedly newborn child, Nathan, if it wasn't for (a clone of) Essex. Angered by the madman's sinister doings, the Professor and Logan decided to confront Magneto in his kingdom in Genosha, for holding the great responsibility of his organization's wrongdoings, especially for having one of his lieutenants, Essex, infiltrate the mansion just so he could assassinate the innocent unborn baby of Jean Grey, though all of this were later to be proven wrong, as Magneto had nothing to do with any of Essex's schemes with the Movement Alliance. As the five were on their way to the Citadel, the Brotherhood's hideout in Genosha, using the X-Men's Blackbird, only to be dragged by Magneto and some of his, who were hiding out across the rain forest landscape of the island.
At first, Logan was filled with fury and anger at Magneto and his mutant society, having the intent to mercilessly kill every single member of the Brotherhood that he encountered, wanting to have his vengeance after what Sinister has done to Jean and Scott's child. However, upon discovering Essex's ultimate betrayal against Magneto and his Brotherhood at the peak of the Movement's emergence, the X-Men eventually had no other choice but to have an alliance of their own by allying themselves with the remainder of Magneto's faction, where they would later join the ranks of Earth's other mightiest heroic forces to reform the Ultimates and stop the Movement Alliance from fully completing their goals on absolute world domination, once and for all.
Battle of Genosha
The rest of the X-Men later traveled to the deep forests of Genosha, meeting up with the four, Magneto and his Brotherhood, where they would briefly discussed their plan on how to deal with Essex and end his faction. Only not long after, Sinister arrived on the Citadel to find Logan waiting for him. The rest of the heroic mutants, who were supposed to use the element of surprise to surround and attack Sinister from the shadows, miserably failed to execute their plan, after Logan's attempt on stalling Essex was foiled by the villain, telling him that he knows mostly everything about his lost past, to which Logan, attacked and tried to threateningly question him to never remind him about his past ever again.
Logan brutally strangled Essex, with him suddenly changing his mind and started to interrogate the villain what else does he know about his past, seeing this as a last second opportunity to know it. Essex was flattered at first, having impressed by the strength of Wolverine, and was ready to tell him all what he know, starting by intentionally calling Logan by his real name, "James," along with Essex taunting Logan to remember the "military compound." Unfortunately, this unthinkable action of Logan has only slowly driven Essex out of their trap and release his clones, ruining the first step of their plan and Logan's chance of rediscovering his past. Having no other choice but to attack before, a pressured and nervous Mystique signals the hiding Brotherhood unit to come out of the forest and charge at Sinister, despite Charles and Magneto's orders on telling her not to.
Due to Logan and Mystique's unintentional mistake, the allied battle against Essex has started. As the battle wore on, the mutant heroes desperately tried to attack as Sinister and his men counteracted their offense, although miraculously enough, they were able to have him restrained, all thanks to their coordinated cooperation in taking the villain down, right until Sinister had the last second chance to obtain Rogue's DNA after taking a sample of her blood her during the battle, giving him the powerful ability to absorb the powers of every single mutant that tried to attacked him in the battle, killing them in the process of also taking away their life-force, most notably Archangel and Pyro. Luckily enough, Logan was one of the the few survivors whose healing powers was strong enough to save him from Sinister's newly-acquired powers.
Distressed and distraught after realizing that he was the one who's at fault for the deaths of his at the hands of Essex, Logan contemplated himself, questioning his true purpose as an X-Man, whether he's actually trying to redeem himself to be a better man, or he was just keep on bringing the team nothing but despair and disappointment. Thankfully, due to the convincing motivation of Cyclops and Rogue by the last second has given the mutant team a glimpse of hope, proving that none of its casualties has died in vain, and lastly, they could still defeat the evil schemes of Essex and conclusively end the Ultimate War, for sake of the greater good.
During the third and final battle on the Citadel, the joint mutant forces has Sinister inescapably surrounded, but not before using Rogue as somewhat of a bait, where she pretended to stall the villain, before Sinister himself realized that Rogue was the key into defeating him. After absorbing one of the powers from Essex's clones, Rogue started decimating most of his clones, signalling the others to help her deal with the clones while the other half attack the real Sinister. During the final battle, Logan had suddenly thought of all the unforgivable sins Essex has done towards him and the team, unleashing his uncontrollable power known as the "berserker rage," easily slaughtering every single clones tried to stop him, but miserably failed, before helping the others deal with Sinister himself. During the fight, Logan even has the rogue Brotherhood Hard-Drive accidentally killed, albeit his intention was to apprehend him without harm, all due to his berserker rage of shredding the villain into pieces, proving of how much more powerful Logan could potentially be, through the development of time.
In the end, Sinister was ultimately defeated and was apparently killed at the hands of the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants, after he was fully disintegrated into ashes by the latter, finally foiling Sinister's non-ending assault in Northern and Western Asia, some parts of the European continent, and Australia, followed by several victories done by the rest of the Ultimates all around the world, starting from the Avengers to the X-Men, that conclusively won the short-lived but devastating war from the schemes of the villainous Movement Alliance.
Confronting the Past
Only two days after the events of Ultimate War, Logan has decided to leave the X-Men temporarily, deciding to take a break from all the pressure and the depression that he somehow developed as an X-Men and find out more answers regarding his past, all by himself, the past he once tried to desperately forget for several years. Revisiting the ruins of the overly-damaged Citadel in Genosha, Logan persistently investigated the whole recently-abandoned kingdom, until he surprisingly discovered Sinister's secret lair located below the underground dungeon of the island.
Trying to find for more convenient answers, Logan unknowingly encountered several booby traps previously settled by Essex before his untimely death, albeit not every single one of them was able to penetrate through Logan's overpowered healing factor, but only slowed him down, barely, right until he reached the former main laboratory of the villain. Inside, Logan finds an old but functioning mainframe computer, to which he was able to use it in order to find out more clues regarding the old military facility he had kept on remembering on his head, right after Essex had reminded him of the specific place. Logan he found a folder named the "X-BASE," containing the files of the previous Weapon X experiments, which included Logan's information as the powerful and the closest example into being the Weapon X, along of where the location of his first experimentation was found, revealing to be the same military compound Essex tells him to remember, which was said to be located at Alkali Lake, in Canada.
Now arriving at Alkali Lake, in Canada, Wolverine was walking in the heavy snow after his motorcycle was unable to cross the rocky tundra landscape. He sees the military compound that Sinister's computer has given him. In the gate, he sees a white wolf that he easily scared. He entered the compound, but finds that nothing is left, but the walls that once surrounded the structure. It is now abandoned and demolished, much to his disappointment. However, Logan's hope was not entirely been obstructed, and just as when Logan was about to leave the area, Logan has unexpectedly stepped on an old land mine located right in front of a wall, which was revealed to be a larger trap, leading him to fall down, below the dark abyss.
Ghosts from the Past
Waking up in the dark basement, Wolverine used his superhuman night vision and walks down a mysterious stairway, finding the room of his nightmares, what seems to be a laboratory room. In the middle of the room, there a green tube of liquid of some sort. On the rooms, x-ray pictures of skulls and claws are hanged. Logan sees another flash from his past times in this room, of himself lying in the tube. He keeps looking around and finds a small bathtub-like pool of liquid adamantium. Wolverine then came across the part of the laboratory where he saw his claws' scratch marks on the walls. By the last moment, he started remembering what happened to him and how he was tortured and experimented upon with the adamantium element.
William Stryker arrived and cleared Wolverine's doubts, revealing that he had created the "animal within Wolverine." Stryker introduced another mutant with an adamantium skeleton and claws, Lady Deathstrike, who then attacked Wolverine as an act of keeping him away from Stryker, just as he was about to leave the abandoned facility. The fight lasted for about a short while, right until Logan was too furious and confused at the same time remembering his past, holding Yuriko's head and hitting her straight into a brick wall, unexpectedly getting rid of Stryker's mind control, along with knocking her down completely. Logan was into finding where Stryker actually went, albeit he was gunned down by Stryker's armed men, who took both him and Yuriko's knocked out bodies afterwards, dragging them into an unknown location inside the abandoned facility.
History Repeating Itself
In the aftermath of his defeat against the claw-powered mutant, he awakens inside the newly-established Weapon X complex inside the compound, which was under the experimentation by his "old friend," Dr. Abraham Cornelius, along with a fully unconscious Deathstrike behind him, who was also tightly-restrained in another stretcher.
Cornelius fully explained Yuriko's backstory to Logan, a Japanese claw-powered mutant (similar to Logan, although her claws were manipulated in her fingernails, rather than from her knuckles) who were sadly shunned from her family and country all due to her condition, where after migrating in the Great White North for her own good, where she eventually met Cornelius at a bar, who has offered to completely erase her mutation from her genes and give her a chance to and live her life as a normal person, though this was not the scientist's deal for her entirely. Cornelius had the help of Stryker to put her in a state of coercion as he continuously worked on her mutation as a part of the secretly-running Weapon X Program, explaining on how she (unwillingly) became both their most elite assassin and bodyguard for a few several years, without Yuriko even feeling and realizing her painless but somewhat tormenting torture of a lifetime.
After comparing her coincidentally similar story to his' origin, Logan was even more furious and acted more violent towards both Cornelius and Stryker for ruining a lot of innocent mutant lives, all because of their ruinous and life-threatening experiments of the Weapon X, and terrifying vowed to slowly and painfully kill Cornelius for what he did to him until he cries and bleed out to death, once he would be able to get off his current restraints.
Completely Moving On
Cornelius then collected some of Wolverine and Lady Deathstrike's DNA in an attempt to create an improved, better clone of the mutant as he combined both essence, but was only able to create deformed rejects that he released to wander off across the hallways of the compound, to try and keep Logan from ever escaping, if he ever gets out of the lab. To test the DNA, Cornelius grafted the DNA to himself, horribly mutating his body and driving him insane. After releasing Lady Deathstrike from captivity and quickly convincing her that the Weapon X's promises were been nothing but a big lie and was only using her for her mutant powers, the two had no other choice but to team up as they face Cornelius' abominations and kill the creatures out of their painful miseries. Wolverine and Deathstrike has then confronted Cornelius in his secret laboratory where after much effort, both the mutants has managed to kill Cornelius, as they have finally decapitated the recently disfigured madman who once had playfully tormentingly experimented with them that consequently scarred him once and ruined his entire life, forever.
After the destruction of his base as it slowly continuously burns down into the ground, all done by Lady Deathstrike, Stryker tried to flee using his helicopter but was caught and ultimately destroyed by an enraged Logan. Logan brutally impaled Stryker with his own adamantium claws, telling his last words to a dying Stryker that he has finally completed his act of vengeance against to those who were held responsible in ruining his life in the process, by only trying to make their self-motivated accomplishments be better. In his dying breath, Stryker was surprised to see Logan in disbelief, mounting the words that he has nothing to say but be proud to killed by the great monster that he was responsible in creating, distressing Logan, even at the pinnacle of achieving his vengeance. Stryker died from shock and blood loss, along with his death, the legacy of the Weapon X Program has finally ended for good.
Sitting at the helipad beside the wrecked helicopter and the bled out corpse of Stryker, Logan contemplated himself and suddenly realized that the only thing that's been dragging him down this whole time, was trying to remembering his past, despite discerning the fact that it is all in the past now, and recognizing all of it will bring nothing but burden in Logan's life, instead of having to fulfill it. Logan then only, has finally moved on from the ghosts of his past, one last time, before leaving his monstrous past behind as nothing but a savage beast, proving Stryker to be wrong eventually, thus starting a new one, beginning the first chapter in the story of his redemption.
Not long after the assault on the Alkali Lake had been a success, to the city of New York with his new companion, Deathstrike, as they ride his motorcycle, eventually arriving outside the X-Mansion. While still recovering from the attempted assault of the Shadow King and his nightmares through the usage of the addictive Banshee drug, Lady Deathstrike would only be introduced by Logan to the Professor later on, with the rest of the X-Mansion's residents welcoming her inside the mutant haven settlement, but not before they had seen on the television, that there has been currently a much larger issue, even larger than Logan's past, that they all have to deal with.
Powers and Abilities
Homo Superior Physiology: Wolverine was a mutant who has been given an unbreakable skeleton from Weapon X Program, after it's entire skeleton had been coated by Adamantium. Wolverine is a mutant who had been given an unbreakable skeleton by the Weapon X Program and augmented by Apocalypse. Nick Fury's intel classified him as Power Level 9, while the Brotherhood of Mutants has classified him as a Severe Threat.
- Regenerative Healing Factor
- Superhumanly Acute Senses
- Insulated Weather Adaptation
- Animal Empathy
- Contaminant Immunity
- Disease Immunity
- Delayed Aging
- Psionic Resistance
- Toxin Resistance
- Superhumanly Acute Senses
- Super Condition
- Enhanced Strength
- Enhanced Speed
- Superhuman Strength
- Superhuman Stamina
- Superhuman Agility
- Superhuman Reflexes
- Retractable Claws
- Adamantium Poisoning Immunity
|Power Grid |
- Master Tactician
- Master Martial Artist
- Expert Marksman
- Master Swordsman
- Skilled Acrobat
- Advanced Covert Ops Expert
- Skilled Mechanic
- Vulnerable Senses
- Decapitation/Severe Spinal Damage
- Adamantium-related Weaknesses
- Adamantium Allotropes
- Adamantium Laced Skeletal Structure
- Adamantium Beta
- Avengers Indenticard
- X-Men Blackbird
- A variety of bladed weapons
- Various firearms
- No special notes.
- ↑ Modern Comics: X-Men Vol 1 15
- No trivia.
- Appearances of James Howlett (Earth-61615)
- Character Gallery: James Howlett (Earth-61615)
- Quotations by James Howlett (Earth-61615)
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