The Entire Wolverine Story Finally Gets Explained

  • Published: 29 November 2019
  • Making sense of the X-Men timeline can be complicated, but when you focus just on Wolverine, the story gets a little easier to follow. From his bloody origin tale to his fateful final movie, here’s Wolverine’s cinematic story explained.

    The first chronological glimpse we get of the boy who grows up to become Wolverine is in 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where we learn that his name isn't Logan at all. It's James Howlett. Logan is actually the surname of the man who murders James' father in 1845, which causes James' mutation to activate, pushing bone claws out from between his knuckles. Enraged, James kills Logan, only to almost immediately learn that the man was actually his biological father.

    Young James flees his home along with his half-brother, Victor Creed, who possesses the same mutant healing ability as James. That healing factor not only makes the boys practically impossible to kill, but also slows their aging, keeping them looking relatively youthful as they fight side by side through every major war over the next hundred years. In 2013's The Wolverine, we see that he spent some of this time in a Japanese POW camp in 1945. While he's there, James saves the life of Japanese officer Ichirō Yashida from the bombing of Nagasaki, an event which will prove important many years later.

    In X-Men: First Class, Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, soon to be known as Professor X and Magneto, find themselves up against Nazi mutant Sebastian Shaw and his team of superpowered henchmen. Realizing they'll need some help to bring Shaw down, the duo uses Cerebro to find new mutants and form a team of their own, so in a zippy montage set in 1962, they recruit a handful of young mutants who wind up as the, well, first class of X-Men.

    Not everyone is eager to join up, though. When Erik and Charles walk into a bar, a cigar-smoking James Howlett tells them that he's not interested, using some language that insured the movie would be a hard PG-13. Keep watching the video to see the entire Wolverine story finally gets explained!


    James Howlett | 0:14
    Hard pass | 1:23
    Team X | 2:05
    Becoming the Wolverine | 3:01
    A school for the gifted | 4:06
    The search for memory | 5:12
    The ultimate sacrifice | 6:21
    A trip to Japan | 7:30
    The timeline gets complicated | 8:31
    Still Weapon X | 9:48
    Last of the mutants | 10:44
    A vision fulfilled | 11:40
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Comments • 969

  • Looper
    Looper   2 weeks back

    Which movie with Wolverine do you think is the best?

    • Zach Fetters.
      Zach Fetters.  1 days back

      The one where he gets really mad after he gets really sad and then does it again.

    • Scott Coon
      Scott Coon  3 days back

      I think you need to watch Origins again. Logan wasn't in the bar until the post credits when Charles and Erik find him there. So as much as I would like to see what else you got wrong, I am just going to stop watching.

    • Everardo  Andrade
      Everardo Andrade  4 days back

      Looper all of them he’s the reason of X-men simple 🔥🔥🔥🔥👊🏻👊🏻👊🏻

    • Kerry Simpson
      Kerry Simpson  4 days back

      Wolverine origins or logan

    • C.David Sushanth
      C.David Sushanth  4 days back

      The wolverine
      The one in Japan is the best

  • Asgaiyawaya 397
    Asgaiyawaya 397  16 minutes back

    I was kinda half expecting him to crawl out of his grave but that's because wolverine was my favorite character.

    • Woody Jingo
      Woody Jingo  2 hours back

      Hugh Jackman was the best possible choice to play Wolverine. No other actor could have come close to what he achieved with the role.

      • Everyday Tech
        Everyday Tech  2 hours back

        12:45 Top 2 saddest moments in film history and it's not 2

        • popos kerokeros
          popos kerokeros  7 hours back

          Avengers=Ironman ::
          X-Men = wolverine

          • Emiliano Munoz
            Emiliano Munoz  18 hours back

            This is a summary not an explaination.

            • Robert Kolsin
              Robert Kolsin  22 hours back

              I liked the last movie, Logan. I hope they make another XMen movie with new chracters

              • Krishna Kanth
                Krishna Kanth  1 days back

                I cant see another person playing as Wolverine. Hugh Jackman forever..

                • 2phalanges
                  2phalanges  1 days back

                  sabre looks like conan the barbarian

                  • Ness
                    Ness  2 days back

                    wait what?

                    • sanjaysinh chudasama
                      sanjaysinh chudasama  2 days back

                      Logan 😭😭😭😭😭
                      I also love van Helsing movie

                      • Adventures of Frank and Tina

                        First rule of Marvel: No one ever stays Dead......

                        • Jordyn Findlay
                          Jordyn Findlay  16 hours back

                          @Adventures of Frank and Tina MCU is its own canonical universe, as is X-Men

                        • Adventures of Frank and Tina
                          Adventures of Frank and Tina  18 hours back

                          @Jordyn Findlay I know StarWars has a Cannon but I dont think Marvel does or well they never have. I think it just changes at their will. That's the way it's been for years of comics lol!

                        • Jordyn Findlay
                          Jordyn Findlay  19 hours back

                          @Adventures of Frank and Tina I didn't include Black Widow because her movie is set before her death. Canonically, she never came back from the dead.
                          Same with Tony Stark. He will be in the "what if" series. He has only returned from the dead in Avengers.
                          Thanos and Gamora didn't completely come back as their 2019 versions died and their 2014 selves came back.

                          I think the question is whether we're talking about canon or appearance in other movies/shows.

                        • Adventures of Frank and Tina
                          Adventures of Frank and Tina  1 days back

                          @Jordyn Findlay nope they all will be back in one form or another. I've been reading the comics for 45 years and Bucky was the only one who stayed dead but he even came back to life after 30 years! Every one some how comes back in one form or another even in the movies. In XMEN origins Wolverine, Deadpool got his head cut off then was back as Wade in the Deadpool movie. Jean Gray Killed Charles Xavier then in Logan it said he killed all of the XMen. Jean Grey was killed in the lake then came back and was killed again. Gamora died in Infinwar and came back in end game. And Black Widow is Dead but there is still a movie with Scarlet Johanson called Black Widow coming out now. Also Robert Downey Jr just signed another contract to play Tony Stark in upcoming films. And like you said Loki died twice and will return also the origin story of Cap, he was assumed Dead for 70 or so years. So in Stan Lee's World of Marvel the running theme since WW2 has been "No one stays dead in Marvel and I'm sure it will continue......people dont usually break an 80 year old tradition.

                        • Jordyn Findlay
                          Jordyn Findlay  1 days back

                          Loki (twice but arguably thrice), Gamora (technically), vision (either once or twice), every snap victim, Tony stark (Avengers, not Endgame), Thanos (technically), Bucky, Groot, The Black order (technically), Zola (technically),
                          Wolverine, Charles (because fuck his twin), Jean Grey, basically every 2023 DoFP mutant, cyclops, Deadpool.
                          I probably missed a handful too.
                          But all the X-Men died permanently prior to Logan

                      • MueedVI
                        MueedVI  2 days back

                        X-men Origins Wolverine is the most underrated and unjustly hated movie of all time.

                        • Dee Mac
                          Dee Mac  2 days back

                          Where's the scene with deadpool visited his grave?

                          • Dee Mac
                            Dee Mac  2 days back

                            Where's the scene with deadpool visited his grave?

                            • Necroitis The Risen
                              Necroitis The Risen  2 days back

                              Wonder if they are going to continue with her.

                            • mike losinger
                              mike losinger  3 days back

                              Logan was hands down the best.

                              • Rod De leon
                                Rod De leon  3 days back

                                Wolverine is xmen.

                                • Uchiha Ikoy
                                  Uchiha Ikoy  3 days back

                                  Man, the continuity was so bad.

                                  • CaEzy Tinik
                                    CaEzy Tinik  3 days back

                                    But deadpool came in and inject something on wolverine that might revive wolverine.. Anyway

                                    • Tristan Fry
                                      Tristan Fry  3 days back

                                      I welled up with tears watching this my whole childhood flashed before my eyes. He didnt have to go as hard as he did in these movies but he did that for US.

                                      • Lucian Starkiller
                                        Lucian Starkiller  3 days back

                                        Explained? Lol

                                        • Alexander Cruz
                                          Alexander Cruz  3 days back

                                          Great job 👍🏾 putting the movies' timeline in order 😁

                                          • knotkool1
                                            knotkool1  3 days back

                                   wolverine movie... wanna bet?

                                            • Young Reaper
                                              Young Reaper  3 days back

                                              He was always my favorite x men and always will be

                                              • 2Clarence47
                                                2Clarence47  4 days back

                                                That’s one crazy ass, not thought through timeline!!! Thank you for making sense of everything.

                                                • Juanita Ayala
                                                  Juanita Ayala  4 days back

                                                  Growning up seeing hugh Jackman play wolverine, still can't see anyone else playing wolverine.

                                                  • My Fat Pets
                                                    My Fat Pets  4 days back

                                                    The weird thing about days of future past is that in that time travel effects the future. In Endgame it doesn’t.

                                                    • KootenaiKing
                                                      KootenaiKing  4 days back

                                                      X-men movies..?
                                                      You mean, Wolverine and his bitches......?

                                                      • Kerry Simpson
                                                        Kerry Simpson  4 days back

                                                        Not looking forward to the mcu X-Men movie

                                                        • Thereal Brogers
                                                          Thereal Brogers  4 days back

                                                          Hugh jackman has been my favourite actor since van hell sing, still a great actor!

                                                          • C.David Sushanth
                                                            C.David Sushanth  4 days back

                                                            So this is what happens when you live for more than two hundred years

                                                            • Monabber Eaman
                                                              Monabber Eaman  4 days back

                                                              LOGAN VAI

                                                              • Samuraisahsah
                                                                Samuraisahsah  4 days back

                                                                I cried so fucking hard when Wolvy died at the end of Logan. I’m ashamed to say the actual deaths of relatives never even managed to illicit such an outpouring of tears...except when my childhood dog Kasha died, nothing can match how much I cried when that happened...but she lived til 17 1/2 so I can’t ask for much more than that...even tho I’d love to have been able to give her that nifty healing factor

                                                                Anyway, point is (sheesh went on one helluva tangent there lol) Logan was by far and away the best x men related film and by a wide margin

                                                                • SUJAN SHETTY
                                                                  SUJAN SHETTY  4 days back

                                                                  Charles killed X-Men??? what??😨😨

                                                                  • Jeffrey Javier
                                                                    Jeffrey Javier  4 days back

                                                                    In comics wolverine killed all his allied mutants becoz he was being brainwash.

                                                                    • Vassilios21
                                                                      Vassilios21  4 days back

                                                                      Wolverine=Hugh Jackman❗️

                                                                      • Rise Beneath
                                                                        Rise Beneath  5 days back

                                                                        Then who the heck is sabortooths father?

                                                                        • Papa Burgundy
                                                                          Papa Burgundy  5 days back

                                                                          Logan was easily the best movie in the X-men series. And the only one I could take seriously. The Wolverine (2013) would be a runner up.

                                                                          • Edwin Vs Gio
                                                                            Edwin Vs Gio  5 days back

                                                                            Just one more X-men movie with Hugh Jackman 🙏🏻🙏🏻

                                                                            • Tys[Frv]
                                                                              Tys[Frv]  5 days back

                                                                              This video literally blew my mind. All those movies. How did they do it? Somehow it all came together.

                                                                              • Kaizer-Man
                                                                                Kaizer-Man  3 days back

                                                                                They did it by making each film one at a time and writing another piece to the largely inconsistent timeline as they went along.

                                                                                It’s not that hard to do

                                                                            • boel kankwanda
                                                                              boel kankwanda  5 days back

                                                                              And then Deadpool saved him 🤔

                                                                              • PARWINDER SINGH
                                                                                PARWINDER SINGH  5 days back

                                                                                After huge Jackman only Karl Urban is perfect for logan

                                                                                • esoteric doctor
                                                                                  esoteric doctor  5 days back

                                                                                  hugh jackman should continue making wolverine movies

                                                                                  • De Evolve
                                                                                    De Evolve  5 days back

                                                                                    A HUGE BUZZ KILL ENDING. :( :( :(

                                                                                    • itz ratni
                                                                                      itz ratni  5 days back

                                                                                      Charles's xavier dies 2 times first in xmen 3?

                                                                                      • Bunny Bunny
                                                                                        Bunny Bunny  5 days back

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                                                                                        Rictor, Bobby, Jamaica, Rebecca, and Delilah

                                                                                        Rictor, Bobby, Jamaica, Rebecca, and Delilah