Wolverine is one of the most iconic Marvel heroes there is and it’s easy to see why. He has a awesome power set, he’s got a great costume, his no B.S. attitude always livens up a situation, and he’s Canadian. What’s not to love?
With the release of the third solo Wolverine film Logan this week, now is the perfect time to look back at some of Wolverine’s best on-screen moments. Now for this list we’re only looking at Wolverine’s best film moments. His best TV and comic book moments are being saved for another day.
1 – Wolverine through the centuries – X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Now this may be a controversial first pick but hear me out. While the film, as a whole, is terrible. Just god-awfully terrible. The opening title sequence that sees Wolverine and Sabretooth battle as brothers throughout centuries of war is truly something to behold. The sequence perfectly encapsulates all you love about Wolverine. You see his bad-ass nature as he fights his way through dozens of enemy combatants. You get a sense of just how much history someone with Wolverine’s abilities would have experienced. Finally, you see how a long life of fighting wears Logan down to the grumpy reluctant anti-hero we all know and love. Those opening three and a half minutes promise to dive deep into Logan’s mysterious past and show us all his incredible adventures we had collectively imagined in our heads. Which is why the rest of the film is such an utter disappointment.
But hey, we get to see Wolverine get shot point blank with a cannon ball so that’s pretty good.
2 – Wolverine vs. Shigen Yashida – The Wolverine
Now this is a much better Wolverine movie with an equally good Wolverine moment. I was tempted to go with Wolverine’s fight with the ninjas in the snow but I realized that scene is only truly great in the director’s cut version of the film. However, the fight between Wolverine and Shigen Yashida is excellent no matter which version of the movie you see.
This scene is great not only because it’s the moment Logan gets his healing factor back but it’s also a chance for us to see just how much Wolverine cares for his friends. One of Logan’s best qualities is his loyalty, but it’s often overlooked in favour of his more aggressive or devil-may-care personality traits. Logan is the type of guy who would go to the ends of the Earth for someone he cares for. This scene captures that mentality perfectly. You see Logan as this unstoppable machine as Yashida hacks-and-slashes against Wolverine but to no avail. Yashida tries everything he can but Logan just keeps coming. But in a true showcase of the character, Logan doesn’t initially kill Yashida. He’s willing to let him live with his sins. But Logan rethinks this decision once a katana is plunged through his chest. The scene ends on what’s probably the most bad-ass line it could. Yashida asks “What kind of monster are you?” and Logan simply responses, “The Wolverine.”
3 – Little Boy makes big splash – The Wolverine
Another moment from the Wolverine should tell you how good a representation of Wolverine it is. The film opens with on a seemingly quiet Japanese army camp. All seems well until the airhorns start sounding and people look to the sky. An American bomber is moving over the city, readying to drop the most powerful weapon humans have ever created. The terror of the moment is seen though a young Japanese soldier’s eyes, as his fellow soldiers runs for their lives and his commanders commit ritual suicide. The solider would have done the same had he not been interrupted by an imprisoned Logan. Logan takes the solider into his underground prison cell and the two survive the drop of the atomic bomb together.
This moment shows just how strong Logan’s healing factor really is by brining to life one of Wolverine’s most iconic comic book moments. Even more than that though, this scene shows just how compassionate Logan can be, even to those he considers to be his enemy.
2 – Go f**k yourself – X-Men: First Class
It almost doesn’t seem fair to include a scene that barely lasts 20 seconds in a film that’s over two hours long but damn it if this scene doesn’t just capture everything about Wolverine.
The backstory of the scene is Professor Xavier and Magneto are traveling the country to search for mutants to help them on their mission to stop the big bad of the movie. Along the way, they walk into a bar and attempt to speak to man who sits alone, smoking a cigar. I say attempt because before they can make their pitch, Logan swiftly tell the pair to go make love to themselves. Xavier and Magneto take the hint and walk away.
This little cameo is meant to be a fun little treat for the X-Men fans but in just a few seconds and one line of dialogue, you understand everything you need to know about Wolverine. He’s a loner and doesn’t care about your problems. Just leave him be.
1 – Berserker rage – X-Men: Apocalypse
Now the best on-screen Wolverine moment has only come about fairly recently. In X-Men: Apocalypse, the X-Men are kidnapped and taken to Alkali Lake. Fans of the series would recognize this as the location where Logan becomes Wolverine. The scene begins with Cyclops, Jean Grey, and Nightcrawler stumbling upon a cell with a prisoner inside. They open it up and Logan steps out, decked out in his comic-accurate 90s look. What follows is Wolverine at his most feral. He tears through the soldiers on the base like they were tissue paper and proceeds to prove why he’s the deadliest mutant there is.
Watching Wolverine tap into his primal side is a delight to watch and seeing his iconic berserker rage on-screen makes my inner-nerd jump for joy.
So, there you have it. My picks for Wolverine’s best film moments. These are just my opinion so I’m sure your list is very different from mine. Sound off in the comments down below or find me on Twitter and tell me what your favorite Wolverine moment is.