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 • 1 003

  • Looper
    Looper   2 weeks back

    Which movie with Wolverine do you think is the best?

    • PURE 9
      PURE 9  2 days back

      I didn't understand how did charles came back when jean killed him in x men last stand

    • Omar Mills
      Omar Mills  3 days back

      That is correct

    • elonewalker
      elonewalker  3 days back

      I will vote for wolverine in Days of Future Past

    • Zach Fetters.
      Zach Fetters.  5 days back

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

    • Scott Coon
      Scott Coon  7 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.

  • Robin_Lights
    Robin_Lights  8 hours back

    whats that song playing in the background?

    • Styder
      Styder  9 hours back

      The X-Men timeline is an absolute clusterfuck. It needs to be wiped clean and restarted under proper guidance. This shit didn't make any sense.

      • Cyber_Sparky _
        Cyber_Sparky _  18 hours back


        • S.D. Sanjaya
          S.D. Sanjaya  22 hours back

          no no, mother is the mutant!. father are normal people !!

          • Brandon C
            Brandon C  22 hours back

            Whatever happened to Yokio? She returned with him from Japan and just disappeared for the next what 3 movies, nothing explained?

            • Jiovanni Andrade
              Jiovanni Andrade  2 days back

              We can all agree wolverine is just the over all beat mutan in the world

              • Kevin Tom Joseph
                Kevin Tom Joseph  2 days back

                adamantium killed Logan..

                • Faisal Abdullah
                  Faisal Abdullah  2 days back

                  Hugh Jackman and Pearce Brosnan, one Wolverine and other James Bond. They will never be the same.

                  • 唐智余
                    唐智余  2 days back

                    there is no explanation at all that how could he joined the Allie to invade Normandy beach in 1944, but ended up in prison of Hiroshima in Japan in 1945? there is no way he could be dispatch to two totally different war zone in such a short time.

                    • subhan khan
                      subhan khan  2 days back

                      12:49 Then along come Deadpool with a syringe and sticks Logan with it bringing him back to life and simultaneously killing the parasite that was obstructing Logan's healing ability. Logan then continues to live for Hundreds of years, civilization is destroyed and Earth is a wasteland, he finally dies when he's covered in liquid Adamantium. THE END! Once can always trust Looper to rely on half-baked story telling movies and not the source on which movies are adapted on. Thanks a lot guys. Happy holidays.

                      • Narender pal Singh
                        Narender pal Singh  2 days back

                        When in wolverine movie his adamantium claws gets destroyed then from where he get his claws back ?

                      • Ladale Koehler
                        Ladale Koehler  3 days back

                        Great information I haven’t been able to go the movies in a long while I’m handicap and currently living in a small town that has only limited public transportation and there time schedules are before movie times so have missed a couple of these movies so getting the time lines is great so I can go out and buy these movies. I love the Wolverines ones the best in the X-men but still like all the X-men all together and all the other marvel movies too.

                        • hanten10
                          hanten10  3 days back

                          this is a great plot

                          • Chad Langlois
                            Chad Langlois  3 days back

                            Logan was a shit film

                            • Bykeryder
                              Bykeryder  3 days back

                              Wouldve been cool to see the X-men in the Avengers

                              • Jay Sain69
                                Jay Sain69  3 days back

                                They just be making up different stuff to make movies, mane there’s no explanation

                                • Dwaine Woolley
                                  Dwaine Woolley  3 days back

                                  Fox ruined X-men

                                  • Mr. DreamZ
                                    Mr. DreamZ  3 days back

                                    Somobody give me the movie list its too complicated

                                    • alex guadalupe
                                      alex guadalupe  4 days back

                                      He didnt add in the video the part where deadpool goes to logan and is about to bring him back to life

                                      • Asgaiyawaya 397
                                        Asgaiyawaya 397  4 days 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  4 days 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  4 days back

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

                                            • Emiliano Munoz
                                              Emiliano Munoz  5 days back

                                              This is a summary not an explaination.

                                              • Robert Kolsin
                                                Robert Kolsin  5 days back

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

                                                • Krishna Kanth
                                                  Krishna Kanth  5 days back

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

                                                  • 2phalanges
                                                    2phalanges  5 days back

                                                    sabre looks like conan the barbarian

                                                    • Ness
                                                      Ness  6 days back

                                                      wait what?

                                                      • dajjal lord
                                                        dajjal lord  6 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  5 days 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  5 days 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  5 days 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  5 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  5 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  6 days back

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

                                                          • Dee Mac
                                                            Dee Mac  6 days back

                                                            Where's the scene with deadpool visited his grave?

                                                            • Dee Mac
                                                              Dee Mac  6 days back

                                                              Where's the scene with deadpool visited his grave?

                                                              • Necroitis The Risen
                                                                Necroitis The Risen  6 days back

                                                                Wonder if they are going to continue with her.

                                                              • mike losinger
                                                                mike losinger  7 days back

                                                                Logan was hands down the best.

                                                                • Rod De leon
                                                                  Rod De leon  7 days back

                                                                  Wolverine is xmen.

                                                                  • Uchiha Ikoy
                                                                    Uchiha Ikoy  7 days back

                                                                    Man, the continuity was so bad.

                                                                    • CaEzy Tinik
                                                                      CaEzy Tinik  1 weeks back

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

                                                                      • Tristan Fry
                                                                        Tristan Fry  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

                                                                          Explained? Lol

                                                                          • Alexander Cruz
                                                                            Alexander Cruz  1 weeks back

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

                                                                            • knotkool1
                                                                              knotkool1  1 weeks back

                                                                     wolverine movie... wanna bet?

                                                                              • Young Reaper
                                                                                Young Reaper  1 weeks back

                                                                                He was always my favorite x men and always will be

                                                                                • 2Clarence47
                                                                                  2Clarence47  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                  • Juanita Ayala
                                                                                    Juanita Ayala  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                    • My Fat Pets
                                                                                      My Fat Pets  1 weeks 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  1 weeks back

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

                                                                                        • Kerry Simpson
                                                                                          Kerry Simpson  1 weeks back

                                                                                          Not looking forward to the mcu X-Men movie