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Wolverine 8The next big phase for Wolverine starts today, considering he only has “3 Months to Die.” As we have discovered, Wolverine has lost his healing factor and he is mortal. I have not been following Wolverine at all, so there are details that I’m not aware of at this point.

Published: June 11, 2014
Rating: Parental Advisory
Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Kris Anka

Here’s what I know, Wolverine quit the X-Men and the Jean Grey school to join S.H.I.E.L.D. to search for the crime boss, Offer. While undercover in the Offer’s gang, he was sent to Madripoor to retrieve a mysterious sphere. During the mission, Wolverine and Pinch, a member of Offer’s team, involves themselves romantically. Pinch took that sphere from Logan and was promptly captured by Sabertooth. Sabertooth wants the sphere and kidnaps Pinch’s daughter as a bargaining chip.

“3 Months to Die” follows two story lines. The first is Sabertooth and Offer both attempting to get a hold of and use the sphere and they use each other in order to get what they want. The second story finds Wolverine on Miyajima with Danny Rand (Iron Fist) and Shang-chi. They were requested by Wolverine to help him cope with his new mortality and prospects of death. An interesting story is being told as Wolverine approaches Death’s Place of Relaxation.

“Wolverine #8” is a good start to an interesting story. The issue is written well by Paul Cornell and drawn with a comic book caricatures by Kris Anka. Nice solid story and worth picking up if you’re interested to see Wolverine die in 3 months…if that, in fact, really happens.

The Verdict


The Good: Solid start to the next big phase of Wolverine’s life.

The Bad: Death’s Place of Relaxation…really. Does this make the magic realm of the MU comedic?

The-WolverineFox said tonight that Fantastic Four 2 — the sequel to its reboot of the comic book quartet that doesn’t hit theaters for another 15 months — will bow on July 14, 2017,  and the next Wolverine pic will arrive March 3, 2017. The studio also booked July 13, 2018, for an undisclosed Marvel film.

Wolverine and the X-Men #39

2013-12-11 22.18.27The effects of BATTLE OF THE ATOM continue to be felt! WOLVERINE AND CYCLOPS VS. SENTINELS! What does this have to do with SHIELD?

Published: December 11, 2013
Rating: Rated T+
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Pepe Larraz

Two stories are running parallel in Wolverine and the X-Men. The first is the beginnings of a battle between the X-Men and S.H.I.E.L.D. We learned in the Battle of the Atom, that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been developing a sentinel program and they, of course, never intend on using.

Maria Hill and Dazzler (Mystique in disguise) have set a trap for both Cyclops and Wolverine by luring both to the secret facility. In what should be a big event, Cyclops and Wolverine have an opportunity to confront and help each other. In all honesty, this confrontation seems a little flat. You would expect more out of this encounter, but its clear that Cyclops is more interested in unifying the X-Men and getting along more than Wolverine, who just wants Cyclops in jail.

Both heroes soon learn…a little too late, that their powers have been damaged. Cyclops is still trying to figure out what went wrong with this optic blast and Wolverine’s healing ability is not working. Now, they must face S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Anti-Mutant protocols…the Sentinels. Wolverine believes that S.H.I.E.L.D. is after Scott, but that is not the whole picture.

The second story involves two orphan siblings who have been recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D. named Tri-Joey and Squidface. They are forced to pose as mutants to not only scout and report on the more dangerous students at the Jean Grey School, but also to eliminate the threat. Tri-Joey has become friends with many of the students but Squidface sees the other side of the coin and sees deadly assassins and terrorists in the same students. This story is much more interesting at the moment. First, we discover that Eye-Boy is learning to use a gun and is becoming quite an assassin. Second, we are not sure who has sent these two faux students into the school.

Wolverine and the X-Men issue 39 is a continuing story from the last issue setting up what seems to be a war between Wolverine’s X-Men and S.H.I.E.L.D.

The Verdict


The Good: S.H.I.E.L.D. operative reports of the Jean Grey Students

The Bad: Cyclops and Wolverine confrontation was a let down.

The-WolverineA Hollywood Reporter exclusive has The Wolverine’s Hugh Jackman and James Mangold in negotiations with Fox to reteam for a third solo Wolverine project.

This comes after The Wolverine played very strongly overseas, enough to now sit as the second highest grossing X-Men film of all time. The film has grossed $413 million worldwide, with $132 million domestic and $280 million in international revenue.

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In the latest Empire Magazine podcast, James Mangold talked about the Wolverine.

He spoke about wanting to make a different type of superhero movie by not necessarily making a superhero movie. Shooting in Japan helped accomplish this. He was also hesitant about making a superhero movie, but it was his friendship with Hugh Jackman and his trust in him that help make the decision easy.

Regarding the absence of a Stan Lee cameo, Mangold is so focus on making his movie that he didn’t want to add elements that would take you out of the movie, even for a second. He did not want to worry about where and how Stan would appear without appearing to be just a moment of stunt casting.

Empire Comics

Empire Comics

From Marvel.com, when asked what attracted him to the project.

“When I read this script, what struck me was that the product was so different than anything else out there,” recalls Mangold. “Not because it was a Wolverine picture, but because of where Wolverine was going. The setting that Wolverine was being plunged into and the fact that we’re basically making a kind of international picture, maybe the only one you’ve really seen where you’ve got [one of the] super mainstream, pantheon comic book heroes who is, in the movie sense, kind of in a completely foreign setting.”

How did Mangold relate to Wolverine?

“He’s a real mythological hero,” relates the director. “What I mean by that is that there’s such resonance to his struggle, to his sense of immortality, to his sense of pain, to the world-weariness to keep having to help us with our screw ups and our hurting ourselves, and also having to say goodbye to so many people. One of the first things I said to Hugh and one of the first things I brought to Fox about it was just that, that everyone I love will die. I thought that tone, the idea for Wolverine that everyone he’s loved has died, [worked as an entry point] into the [Chris] Claremont [story and] the saga that exists. My whole feeling was just to be really sure that we understand that we’re landing with him at the tail end of the sagas we’ve seen in which he’s lost everyone and everything.”

Issue 1

Issue 1

What was the influence of the original Wolverine Limited Series by Claremont and Miller?

“I think everything has always been guided and inspired by Miller and Claremont,” elaborates the director. “And I think that all we’re ever trying to do is make the most kick-ass film that actually maintains suspense, that enlivens and inhabits all the characters and is completely loyal to the underpinnings of this universe, and at the same time not turning into an endless libretto where every character arrives stating twelve pages of backstory. For me, the real thing was to make a great film. The goal was always to make a great film. I’m a real genre-hopper, and I feel like I learn from each genre and try to bring whatever I’ve learned from one genre to the next. I learned a lot on ‘Walk the Line’ that really helped on ‘3:10 to Yuma.’ And so there’s a lot you can keep learning from how to regenerate it.”

The Wolverine

The Wolverine 2The Wolverine is an interesting take on the classic Wolverine Limited Series by Dave Cochran and Frank Miller. While Wolverine Origins dealt with government espionage, The Wolverine focuses on the curse that is being Wolverine. A messed up killing machine who could never die. That is the focus of this film…is the gift of living forever a gift or a curse?

The Wolverine primarily takes place in Japan. Logan is a U.S. Prisoner of War in World War II Japan. As the city of Nagasaki is about to be bombed by the Americans, Logan saves the life of a Japanese officer, Yashida, as this officer attempts to save the lives of everyone, including American prisoners from the bomb blast.

The Wolverine 3Cut to today and Yashida creates the largest tech company in Japan, but he is now dying of cancer. He sends for Wolverine and offers Logan something no one could ever give him and that’s mortality. Mortality would let Logan live a normal life and end the nightmares of a lost love, whom he may or may not have killed in a previous movie.

Once Yashida dies, Wolverine is caught up in a corporate thriller, as he now must protect the Yashida’s grandaughter, Mariko from the Japanese crime organization, Yakuza. It is Mariko, who will inherit the entire Yashida Corporate Empire and that makes a lot of people angry, including Mariko’s father. Also, there is the scientist, Viper, who was hired to prolong the life of Yashida has managed to suppress Wolverine’s healing abilities. Now through most of the movie, Logan is unable to heal himself. Bullets and swords cause him to bleed and wounds won’t seal.

One of the things about the original comic book that I liked was the fact that Wolverine is the only person with powers in the entire story. Yes, some people are highly skilled ninjas but that’s a skill that can be learned. The Wolverine has people with powers but that portion of the story is less interesting than the moments that it’s just him and normal people.

The Wolverine also succeeds where a lot of good action movies fail. The action sequences are amazing, especially the high speed rail fight sequence. It’s puts Tom Cruise from Mission Impossible to shame. But it’s the down times and there are a lot that are equally fascinating. The scenes with Mariko are intriguing and somewhat romantic. The other scenes with his bodyguard, Yukio, are interesting but can border on cheese.

It’s when we get to the story of Viper and what will happen to the Yashida Corporation and the inevitable appearance by the Silver Samurai, that the movie reverts into a typical superhero movie. Many of the corporate intrigue plot points are predictable and will come as a surprise to no one, especially the big reveal. Believe me, I don’t need to spoil this one, because you’ll figure it out.

All this to say that the middle of the movie is the best part of the movie. Also if you’re a fan of the X-Men, you must stick around for the post-credit scenes. It’s the best one ever, overtaking the ending of Avengers. Iron Man may still be the best Marvel movie but The Wolverine is a very close second.

The Verdict


The Good: Best Post Credits Sequence Ever | Engaging Story | Good treatment of the Japan saga of Wolverine

The Bad: Too Much Shaky Camera | A Little Too Predictable | Viper was a little lame