Marvel is killing off Wolverine

Marvel has announced plans to kill off one of its most iconic characters – Wolverine. The X-Man with the adamantium claws first appeared 40 years ago in The Incredible Hulk #180, and was introduced to The X-Men universe in 1975. The mutant, who has a healing factor that makes him virtually immortal, will meet his end in a four-part comic book miniseries called Death of Wolverine. Written by Charles Soule and drawn by Steve McNiven, the first part of Death of Wolverine will appear September 3, 2014. The next three issues will follow every week, concluding on September 24, 2014. “For a long time, no matter who Wolverine was battling, he’s been the eternal victor,” said Marvel’s executive editor Michael Marts in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “He almost always comes out on top. Now he finally comes up against an adversary that he cannot win against, he cannot fight. What does that mean for this character who’s been around for one hundred years?”

Marts also said Marvel approached Wolverine’s death “from a standpoint of finality, of closure.” The hero’s death will have ramifications throughout Marvel’s entire comics’ line. “You’re gonna be entering into a world without Wolverine. That affects not only his teammates, but also the Marvel Universe at large. We’ve got a lot of things in the works already.” ~Alexandra Sharova

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  1. Danielle • April 29, 2014 @ 12:49 PM

    No thanks. Not interested. Will not be watching. I would rather see a good closing storyline then have the character revamped like other hero stories, than to watch such an awesome character die. Especially knowing it’s coming. No Thanks!

  2. Obvious • April 29, 2014 @ 1:31 PM

    Watching Danielle?

    This is the comic they are talking about. It’s not a show or movie.

    If Marvel does this right this could be huge. Or they could do it like Captain America and it’s no big deal. Or worse like the Death of Superman.

  3. TheTruth • April 29, 2014 @ 4:49 PM

    I like how the news is told to us in advance to lessen the shock/blow back of the fans. We all know he won’t be dead forever anyhow (i.e. Wolverine is a cash cow) and in the meantime it will give the writers some *cough* new stories *rolling eyes* to write about.

  4. Craig • April 29, 2014 @ 4:50 PM

    He is arguably marvels most popular character who is currently starring in 3 monthly books that I can think of off the top of my head. Do you really think he will stay dead? I’m willing to bet my first born that the answer is no.

  5. Satan • April 29, 2014 @ 7:49 PM

    Craig, I accept your bet.

  6. Roxtaf • April 29, 2014 @ 11:55 PM

    Well at least now we have an option for the last Wolverine movie Hough wants to make ;P

  7. Lucifer • April 30, 2014 @ 2:17 PM

    Craig, Don’t listen to him, he is an imposter. I shall take your bet.

  8. Paul • April 30, 2014 @ 5:55 PM

    this person dose not read comics cause everone dies in comics and they do not seem to stay dead

  9. Akira • May 2, 2014 @ 12:28 PM

    This reminds me of an expression from TV Tropes: “Like you would really do it.”

  10. Ryan • May 2, 2014 @ 12:56 PM

    You would kill a 100 year hero to many just for money that sickens me you lose more than you will lose more than you will gain

  11. Rikel Wirkkunen • May 3, 2014 @ 9:13 AM

    I personally think this is a great idea. People have gotten so used to the idea of Hugh Jackman playing Wolverine and his time as the icon is coming to a close. While Hollywood can always replace him, it would be awesome to have a comic that Hugh’s last Wolverine movie can follow. Then for the comic universe, rebirth him much later looking like the top 25ish aged actor to play him in movies. This is how you milk the cash cow

  12. doompeon • May 4, 2014 @ 11:51 PM

    @Paul: House of M

  13. Chris • May 5, 2014 @ 9:29 AM

    First off if I was a big comics reader, I would seriously consider quitting right now. How stupid to announce the death of one of the most iconic and recognizable characters in comic history 4 months ahead first off! Also, are they trying to cut the momentum on the upcoming movie??? I know how stupid most of those comics “death” turn out to be since they keep coming back anyway but frankly one would think that those who let this leak might have a little more brains…

  14. Anymouse2 • May 7, 2014 @ 12:10 AM

    So, they want to kill their most famous, most successful cash-cow?

    He’s already died a few times in the comic, each one so ridiculously over-the-top that this “last time” wont just jump the shark, but also the whole ocean it swam in. 🙄

    Telling us 4 months in advance to avoid nerd-rage? Not gonna help those who would actually rage, and everyone else simply quits reading that much sooner.

    Kills most the momentum for the films as well.

    In all, a really dumb marketing move. But then, the comic companies have been making nothing but dumb marketing moves for decades now; why expect anything different?

  15. Christopher King • May 8, 2014 @ 11:01 AM

    @Obvious:
    The Death of Superman was one of the best handled media events imaginable and generated tons of mail, media stories and sales of both comics and merchandise.
    Seriously, would help if you were old enough to actually knew what what you were talking about before deriding it.

  16. Rosco • May 8, 2014 @ 11:28 AM

    NO NO NO HELL NO S**T NO F**K NO!!! This is the STUPIDEST idea I have ever seen and I hope Marvel changes its mind because Wolverine has become Marvel’s cash cow. Superman dying had repercussions for DC, but the brought him back. DC also has many many other characters that can support the company. Marvel has Hulk and not many other people. Even the Avengers are pretty bland on their own. Marvel kills off Wolverine. . .Rosco is a DC fan.

  17. Taylor • May 8, 2014 @ 8:51 PM

    They’ll bring Wolverine back. Wolverine is a very popular character. Popular characters don’t stay dead in the comic book universe.

  18. Juan Carlos Montiel • May 11, 2014 @ 1:14 PM

    Wolverine is my favorite comic character of all. I think The House of Ideas has come up with another pointless story line so they can sell more comics. Anyone remember the Clone Saga in the Spider-Man comics in the ’90’s? Totally dumb idea there. Well, DC Comics killed off Superman in ’92, and brought him back in ’94. Pretty sure if Wolverine is killed off, he won’t stay dead for long.

  19. j castle • May 16, 2014 @ 5:40 AM

    One its a stupid idea love wolverine two how do kill him he can heal from any thing hes been ripped apart by magneto fougt hulk turned inside out even cutting his head of won’t work rember deadpool got his cut of anf stuck it on again part of his charm is you can’t kill him he can be beaten but he comes back you cannot kill of such an iconic comic hero

  20. Noelle • May 23, 2014 @ 5:13 AM

    Mabye they kill him, because Hugh Jackman can’t play him forever and by now it’s basically impossible to re-cast that role. So in order to “explain” future X-Men Movies without Wolverine/Jackman they have to kill the Character. Or .. maybe not. Who knows.

  21. MizterGray • May 28, 2014 @ 2:53 AM

    They have “killed” Wolverine in the past. When the Skrulls invasion, which it turned out to be a Skrull-Wolveirne; the Gorgon killed him, just to be brought back to life by the Hand; Wolverine died and went to hell, and came back; in the ultimate Universe Wolverine was killed off, he hasn’t returned till this day. Wolverine has been dying for a long time ever since marvel succumbed to the haters saying that wolverine was too powerful. They replaced the character with the dumb brawler we have today, with a juiced up healing factor. Wolverine was created to fight and kill characters like the hulk. He was really fast, just a little slower than Spider-man; He was one of the best, if not the best, fighter in the Marvel Universe; His senses were better than DD’s; He almost killed Spider-man, and the Black Panther when they first fought, and Captain American couldn’t beat him (never understood how a brawler like Sabretooth could beat him.) Superman is the most recognizable super hero there is, followed by Spider-man and then Batman. Killing off Wolverine ( which is the only comic book I buy, still hoping he would go back to his greatness) won’t have the effect they hope ( and I sure hope so.) Without Wolverine, I’m not interested in any other character, nor back stories of him. I hope they lose a lot of money. But in reality, I don’t think they would kill him off. They could have a greater impact killing Spiderman.

  22. MizterGray • May 28, 2014 @ 3:07 AM

    Another thing, now that Wolverine lost his healing factor, he’s afraid of everyone (which what made wolverine, wolverine, was that he was fearless no matter what)and he’s not the fighter he used to be, who can kill wolverine? Anyone! But the one man he wasn’t able to beat, and the one man he was afraid of, should kill him. A man with a minor healing factor and unbreakable skin… Cyber!

  23. Grim316 • June 1, 2014 @ 1:55 AM

    When they kill off wolverine and stop putting him in comics then the movie studio will stop making movies and the rights will revert back to marvel. Or Disney, or whoever.

  24. the Cart-man • June 5, 2014 @ 5:42 PM

    The only problem with that announcement is that Wolverine’s already been declared in the comics. Only to be revealed a few months later that he had been replaced by a skrull, as he reappears as death, one of the four horsemen of Apocalypse. I hope they don’t do that in the next x-men movie as it would mean I have just spoiled you.
    But as far as comics go he has even been sent to hell and he fought his way back slaying demons.
    Add to this the comic book called Wolverine: the end.
    Bottom line: one of the most uninteresting non-event of the year.

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