Wolverine: From Beginning To End?
17 years bub! 17 years is a long time for anything. If one man plays the same character for that long, he isn’t just an actor playing a role, he is an institution.
This article is to honor the legend that is Hugh Jackman and the simply amazing job that he has done playing one of Marvel’s most iconic heroes.
When the 21St century rolled around, came with it a new dawn being ushered in for superhero movies. OK, they were strangely leatherclad, but they were also blockbuster hits. It’s pretty safe to say that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine was part of the reason that made the X-Men universe what it was and is to this day. He wasn’t entirely comic book accurate, nor the first choice for the role, but man this guy made his mark.
In just a few weeks, Jackman will snikt his claws into cinema’s with Logan. So let’s take a look back at his appearances over the years.
As I said, this movie kicked it all off. Hugh Jackman was an unknown when he landed the role of Logan, but he quickly established himself as the star. He embodied the character so much so that it went fairly unnoticed that he was taller than the comic book version.
There was obviously going to be a sequel and this one out Jackman front and centre. Building on the father figure dynamic established with Rogue in the first film, he is left to guard and guide the next generation, all while searching for answers himself.
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
A new director along with a full, messy script. It has elements of The Phoenix Saga, but with Logan in place of Cyclops the main focus of the love story. Wolverine steps up, does what needs to be done (killing Jean Grey to save everyone) and gains some much needed peace.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
What were they thinking?? Wolverine being the obvious choice to base a solo series on, they went for it. Brilliant idea, terrible execution. Leas said about this mess, the better.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
This was a very, very good movie. Half reboot, half prequel. Out of nowhere, a minute cameo from Wolverine, delivering the best line of the entire film.
The Wolverine (2013)
A chance of solo movie redemption here. The stoey took a lot of liberties with its inspiration, with a host of ridiculous moments, but it outshone the first solo effort. Set in Japan, it’s as much a martial arts movie as it is a superhero story. If only Origins had got it this right.
X-Men: Days Of Future Past (2014)
Taking the best parts of First Class (the amazing young cast) and the best of the X-Men franchise (Wolverine) and splicing them together. You end up with a superb time travel battle to save the universe. Logan even manages to get himself a happy ending, of sorts.
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
Once again, a blink and you’ll miss it cameo. Completely ignoring the continuity of Origins, we see Weapon X escaping Stryker and helping the young X-Men along the way. Oh and he’s nude, again.
With only the trailers to go by, I’ll keep this one brief. I’m going to predict that this will be the best Wolverine movie to date. Sadly, it is rumoured to be Jackman’s last. But fingers crossed he has a speedy recovery and gets his claws back into the role just one last time.