Ask any 90s kid who their favorite superhero is; one will undoubtedly say the clawed hothead Wolverine.
He might not be as popular as Iron Man, the Hulk, or Captain America these days, but he’ll always have a special place in our hearts.
If you’re a true Wolverine fan, you know he’s more than just a grumpy face, so challenge yourself and see how many of these facts you already know!
Wolverine started as a villain. Yes, you heard that right; before he was a beloved member of the X-Men, Wolverine was the enemy of The Hulk. His first appearance was in issue #180 of The Incredible Hulk, where the Canadian Government sent him to take down the lovable green giant.
Wolverine’s real name is not Logan. It was revealed that his real name is James Howlett in the comic book Origin and that he grew up a spoiled rich kid. What a twist!
Hugh Jackman was a last-minute replacement to play Wolverine in the first X-Men. Initially, the role went to Dougray Scott, who left the shoot after three weeks due to a scheduling conflict. Jackman played the titular comic book hero for seventeen years.
Wolverine’s iconic bright yellow costume from the comics has never been featured in any of the movies.
In Wolverine’s first comic book appearance, he was named “The world’s first and greatest Canadian superhero!”
Wolverine was almost called the Badger. Ultimately, Wolverine was chosen, as it was similar to a wolf.
Wolverine’s badass catchphrase, “I’m the best there is at what I do, but what I do isn’t very nice,” first appeared in the 1982 miniseries Wolverine by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller.
Logan was the most successful of the Wolverine movie trilogy, making $619.2 million at the box office.
Meanwhile, the first of the Wolverine trilogy, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, was so hated that even Hugh Jackman loudly criticized it and said everyone in the film could have done better.
Wolverine’s healing factor makes him virtually almost immortal. Besides quickly healing from even the most threatening wounds, it also makes him immune to ailments and has allowed him to live for more than 100 years.
There was a comic where Spiderman and Wolverine woke up in each other’s bodies. Jean Grey caused the Freaky Friday scenario because she grew tired of Logan hitting on her.
Claremont named Logan after the tallest mountain in Canada, Mount Logan. This was made to be an ironic joke since he is one of the shortest heroes in the Marvel Universe.
At first, comic book Wolverine’s claws weren’t a part of his body. Instead, he wore gauntlets with retractable claws.
The adamantium that makes up Wolverine’s claws is just one of ten unique forms of the rare fictional metal.
He is most famously known to be a member of the X-Men, but Wolverine has also been a part of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fantastic Four, The Avengers, and about thirteen other superhero teams.
Wolverine had an Australian accent in two different animated series. Fortunately for everyone (except maybe Hugh Jackman), the Aussie accent was dropped.
As silly as it might sound, and it is, Spock once fought with Wolverine and won. This was in a one-off crossover X-Men/Star Trek comic made for fans of both franchises.
In Marvel Universe canon, Logan has fought in both World Wars.
Wolverine is fluent in seven languages: English, Japanese, Russian, Chinese, Cheyenne, Lakota, and Spanish. He also speaks a bit of French, Thai, and Vietnamese.
There is a female Wolverine named X-23. She is a clone made by the US government program Weapon X from a damaged sample of Logan’s DNA.
Glenn Danzig, the controversial frontman of the Misfits, was also considered for the role of Wolverine but turned it down. He then criticized Hugh Jackman’s acting and performance.
Wolverine has had a pretty wild ride since he first appeared in The Incredible Hulk! He’s been Australian, Canadian, a hero, an anti-hero, and at first, even his claws weren’t real.
Of all the versions of Wolverine, we can’t help ourselves from loving the adorably grumpy version played by Hugh Jackman.
What about you? Which Wolverine is your favorite?