Is Wolverine Marvel or DC?

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We first saw Hugh Jackman take on the character in 2000’s rendition of X-Men, we then saw him play Wolverine in 9 more films including the odd cameo in X-Men: First Class and Deadpool 2. Needless to say, I don’t think a single person was disappointed! However, these portrayals of Wolverine from the softer in X-men to the downright brutal in Logan are producing new inquiring fans to ask if Wolverine is Marvel or Dc. 

 

Wolverines First appearance in Marvel Universe

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Wolverine first appeared in Marvel Comics The Incredible Hulk #181 in 1974. The character was created by Len Stein and John Romita Sr (who was also responsible for working on other famous Marvel characters like Spider-Man and The Punisher).  The character was created from the need to increase sales along the northern border of The US and therefore the team at Marvel believed this could be done with the introduction of a strong Canadian character.

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Wolverine is mostly associated with The X-Men, a group of mutants leads by Professor Xavier. It wasn’t until a year later in 1975 when Wolverine was first introduced into Giant X-Men #1 where he was recruited directly from the military where he was known as the alias Weapon X. 

 

Wolverines Powers

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Wolverine is a mutant himself and has a multitude of powers including increased strength, stamina, agility, heightened senses which allow him to be an expert tracker and huntsman. However, he is mostly known for his incredible healing ability which helps in slowing down his aging. 

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It was because of his healing ability that he was able to survive a deadly experiment in which his entire skeleton was covered in adamantium, the strongest metal in the Marvel Universe. It’s this adamantium skeleton that also gives him his famous animal-like claws.

 

Is Wolverine an Avenger?

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Despite more famously being linked to the X-Men with his mutant powers, frenemy-like relationship with Cyclops, and schoolboy lust for Jean Grey; Wolverine does also appear as one of The Avengers in New Avengers #6 due to the large offer made by Tony Stark’s wallet.

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Wolverine in DC?

There can often be confusion over whether Wolverine is Marvel Or DC as he doesn’t appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is due to Marvel having licensed the rights to X-Men characters like wolverine cyclops and Deadpool to 20th Century Fox before Disney bought Marvel Entertainment in 2009.

However, with the announcement in 2020 that Disney also purchased 20th Century Fox, this does mean that all the X-men including Wolverine can all appear in the Marvel universe in upcoming films. 

JLA comic book fans may have also seen a hint of Wolverine within the DC Universe as he was killed in JLA#1 as a cameo execution from writer Grant Morrisson, however, Wolverine is very much a character from the Marvel Universe. 

 

The Amalgam Universe – DC and Marvel Collide

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In 1996, DC Comics and Marvel comics came together to create a publishing imprint,  Amalgam comics. It was here that they merged some of their most loved characters into one. We saw Superman and Captain America merge to become Supersoldier, Wonder Woman and Storm from the Xmen became “Amazon”, and our favorite hunter was combined with Batman to become Dark Claw. Dark Claw, unsurprisingly became one of Amalgam's most popular characters!

In conclusion, despite these mini-series being popular among fans, Wolverine still belongs well and truly to Marvel Comics.

Related: Is X-Men Marvel or DC?