10 Surprising Things You Might Not Know About Wolverine

Author Thumbnail BY Caitlin Donovan - April 29, 2017
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Logan wowed fans all over and showed new sides of Wolverine to many of them. We saw a Wolverine driven to the edge and pushed to his limits. We saw his vulnerabilities, his strengths, his struggles, and his legacy all on display. Wolverine has been an incredibly popular character for many, many years and throughout his endless media appearances, he’s developed a long and full history.

What are some facts that you might not know about the short, hairy grumpy Canadian? Check them out:

#1- Wolverine was almost called Badger

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Imagine a movie called Badger: Origins. Wolverine’s creation actually came about the request of Marvel’s editor-in-chief at the time, Roy Thomas. Marvel wanted to increase sales in the Canadian market and they thought a Canadian character would be a good way to appeal to Canucks. Wolverine’s creator Len Wein was torn between two possible names for this character- “Wolverine” and “Badger”. Both were creatures you could find in both Canada and the USA, making the character a bridge between the two countries. Sort of.

Eventually, he went with Wolverine because it sounds close to “wolf”. Funnily enough, a superhero called “Badger” WAS created just a few years later. Writer Mike Barron created the character for the short-lived company Capitol Comics and he had his own self-titled comic. He was a dude with multiple personalities, one of which happened to be a martial arts expert called “Badger” who talked to animals. He…wasn’t nearly as successful as Wolverine, to say the least. 

#2- Wolverine's original concept was a teenager with tricked-out gloves

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Wolverine debuted in The Incredible Hulk #180 in 1974. He antagonized the green giant and not much was revealed about him. It was evident that he was superhuman and an agent of the Canadian government but that’s about it. He didn’t even retract his claws, though artist John Romita Sr. said he always intended them to be retractable.

Wein also originally intended for Wolverine to be a teenager, but since his mask obscured his face, it was easy enough for Marvel to change their minds and reveal him to be an adult later on. The change came about when Dave Cockrum first drew Wolverine unmasked as a hairy forty-year old. Wein saw the concept art and liked it.

What’s more, Wolverine’s claws were originally just supposed to be part of his gloves. They were a simple weapon and his healing ability was his only power. But two years after his debut, Chris Claremont revealed in X-Men #98 that the claws were part of him. 

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Caitlin Donovan is a long-time nerd with a passion for superheroes and epic fantasy. She lives in North Carolina with her cat and wrestles with writing novels and doing editorial work when she's not ranting about pop culture online. She runs a blog at ladyloveandjustice.tumblr.com
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