Back in 1974, Marvel Comics introduced the world to a new character named Wolverine: “The world’s first and greatest Canadian Superhero.” Little did anyone know, at that time, that Wolverine would become much more than that silly title.

Wolverine is annually in the running for top comic book character and even top fictional character. Nearly 40 years after his first appearance Wolverine is as big as ever. When he is not busy with the X-Men and the students he is out with the Avengers or in the Savage Land. Now he finds himself in a feature film and a fifth volume of his own feature comic book.

This year is a very busy one for everyone’s favorite antihero as The Wolverine hits theaters in July and his solo comic book gets a fresh start. The movie, which releases in the U.S. on July 26th, is based on Chris Claremont and Frank Miller‘s four-issue mini-series which lead off Wolverine’s first feature comic book in 1982 and started his catchphrase “I’m the best there is at what I do. But what I do isn’t very nice.”

The story is centered on Wolverine heading to Japan to find the love of his life in an arranged marriage. The movie, which will take creative liberties, is outlined as:

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality.

While Wolverine has evolved immensely from the character he was in 1982, there is little denying that this story arc is one of the most important, if not the most important, to the development of who Wolverine is and was. Before this mini-series there was little known about Wolverine and his past and this series started opening pandora’s box into who Wolverine is.

Hugh Jackman, who will be playing Wolverine for the fifth time in a major role, says “I still don’t think we’ve seen the definitive Wolverine.” The same could have been said when Claremont and Miller started their mini-series and that is why this is the perfect story arc to feed from. Jackman realizes that the fans want Wolverine done right and so does he: “And the longer I play the character, the more the desire to get him right grows. The more I speak to fans and explore his world, the more it means to me. Look, there’s no question that it’s a great role.”

The first trailer is set to release within the next four weeks and I am as excited as ever to see this movie.

If you can’t wait for new Wolverine action and are tired of seeing him lead the X-Men or join the new Uncanny Avengers then wait no longer as his new solo series re-launches March 13th and will be written by Paul Cornell and illustrated by Alan Davis.

Cornell talks about taking Wolverine into new places yet not trying to do like every other writer and see how deep into death they can take him and his healing factor. He likes Wolverine with the people, on the streets, and he plans on “presenting him with something he can’t hack apart” before bringing in longtime foes. Oh, he still promises loads of action but there will be more depth and he will force Wolverine to use his intelligence over his claws.

Cornell also plans on changing Wolverine’s language a bit. He will be retiring the “bub” catchphrase while introducing some older language into the story. After all, Wolverine is over 100 years old and some of the old language he learned as a kid had to stick, right?

The Wolverine that will be coming out this year is not the watered down version we got in Origins, surrounded by as many characters the movie could put in despite not having any real tie-ins to Wolverine’s origin. I am hoping Jackman and Cornell give us something fresh yet classic, the way Skyfall did with James Bond, and I can’t wait to see where the new comic and movie take Wolverine’s character in the near future.



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