Savage Wolverine //artwork by Richard Isanove (2013)
Cover art for Savage Wolverine #14.
The Wolverine: Promotional Posters // artwork by 20th Century Fox (2013)
So I Just Watched… The Wolverine (20th Century Fox/ Marvel Studios, 2013)
So! I took my time with this one mainly because this movie took his time to get here. The Wolverine was released in July 25 over the good ol’ USA, but we got it here in Latin America around August 25 (with a better name than you guys! “Wolverine Immortal” does sounds better!) by then I had read multiples reviews (good and bad) I though for a moment “what’s the point?” but there might be a few of you out there waiting on the fence to know if this is good or a total bust. Let’s be blunt to begin with so we can follow with the details: Wolverine is an AWESOME film!!!.
A direct follow up of X-Men: The Last Stand, this film has nothing to do with X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Thanks God for that and lets give a round of applause to whoever though that was a brilliant move, because you know… it actually was). Although we saw Logan with the best disposition at the end of X3, It appears his remorse over killing Jean Grey has gotten the best of him. He has since retired to the wild mountains of Canada to live like a homeless under a cave with no will to go on. He’s even pals with a grizzly bear (?) after the mandatory badass intro scene enters Yukio a character that will be mighty familiar for comic fans. She’s coming on behalf of Lord Shingen an old friend of Logan whom he saved from the Nagasaki atomic blast (yup Wolverine was there bub!) and who wishes to say goodbye before passing away. When Wolverine gets a hold of the old man’s granddaughter Mariko Yashida things get a little bit complicated.
Before this release most of the people involved in the film offering interviews said this was gonna borrow heavy from the Frank Miller story published in 1982. And they were right and wrong at the same time. Yes, there is a lot of Ninjas. Yes, the whole tale is set in Japan. Yes, Wolverine does get involved with Mariko. Yes, Wolverine battles Lord Shingen to the death. That’s where the coincidences end. The struggle that Logan suffers when he loses his ability to heal, Jean Grey invading his dreams perpetuating his suffering, Viper, The Silver Samurai. All these new elements make the story feel familiar and within the loose continuity established by the past 4 films (I’m not counting Wolverine Origins, you can’t make me).
All in all, The Wolverine is a solid film. It fulfills his purpose of entertaining fans and casual viewers alike. Most hardcore audiences should be pleased now that we got a Wolverine film that actually does justice to the character. Following this trend of adding a bonus scene in the end in every Marvel film coming from whoever has the rights to them, we get a glimpse of Xavier and Magneto recruiting Wolverine back in the fold and building expectations for next year’s X-Men: Days Of The Future Past. Now that the team it’s back into Bryan Singer’s hands I can’t hardly wait!
The Silver Samurai // artwork by Josh Nizzi (2013)
Savage Wolverine // artwork by Joe Madureira (2013)
Phoenix & Wolverine // artwork by Gabriele Dell’Otto (2009)