Wolverine Movie Characters
The Wolverine movie promises to deliver several superheroes from the pages of Marvel comics. Of course, they can’t possibly fit them all – there are simply too many heroes, nemeses, and allies in 30 years worth of comics to fit into one two-hour movie. Here are the top characters you can expect to see X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
It’s a Wolverine movie, so obviously Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman, will be on-screen for the majority of the movie. Look for more buff chest, angry stares, and overgrown sideburns, along with both metal and bone claws.
Liev Schreiber plays Wolverine’s sometimes nemesis, sometimes ally. Sabretooth is responsible for a tragedy that befalls Wolverine, but later teams up with him to hunt other evildoers. Wolverine doesn’t remember what Sabretooth did to him, but you can expect all hell to break loose once his memories return. Sabretooth is complex, just like most Schrieber characters, but this time with claws and fangs.
She’s Wolverine’s one true love (before he meets Jean Grey). He meets Silver Fox while living with the Blackfoot Indians and they live together on the frontier quite happily for a time. She’s played by Lynn Collins of True Blood fame.
“Young” William Stryker is played by Danny Huston. The first three X-Men movies credited him as Wolverine’s creator, but also a tormented father of a mutant son he keeps locked up. His character will most likely be even more conflicted in this movie. He doesn’t actually create Wolverine, so much as wipe his memories and attach Adamantium to his skeleton. Wolverine is a natural mutant like Stryker’s son.
Ryan Reynolds took the role of Deadpool because the comic books said Deadpool thought that he looked like the actor. He once tried to develop the character as the lead of his own movie, but jumped at the chance to play him in the Wolverine movie. He’s a tech-heavy mercenary known for his wisecracks, perfect for Reynolds. He also happens to have a healing factor, thanks to Wolverine’s involvement with Weapon X.
One of the hobbits/tragic heroes of Lost steps up as a semi-hero in this movie. Dominic Monaghan will play this conflicted bird-man. Although he originally had the power to fly, he lost those powers in the comic books. It’s unclear whether he’ll be able to fly in the movie. He’s also one of the X-Men, or was for a time.
Taylor Kitsch of Friday Night Lights takes on the role of Gambit. Gambit, in addition to being a card-thrower, has the power to control kinetic energy. That makes ordinary playing cards into weapons. Think about that next time you hit the poker tables. He’s one of the X-Men, even though he hasn’t appeared in any of the previous movies with Wolverine.
Kevin Durand, whom you may recognize from several episodes of Lost, plays the Blob, a villian not related to the 1950s horror movie. He’s so big that he has his own gravity field, has superhuman strength, extreme endurance, and so much fat that most weapons can’t hurt him. He uses these talents for petty crime, although he’s also a member of the Freedom Force, which opposes the X-Men. At some point, he also loses his powers.
Daniel Henney is a newcomer to the American screen, although he has appeared on South Korean television. His power is absorbing kinetic energy (convenient for battling Gambit.) Agent Zero also loses his powers at some point, but due to his training by Weapon X (which also modified Wolverine), he’s an excellent gunsmith. He later regains his powers due to a mutant virus that destroys his appearance.
Various other characters from the Marvel universe will make brief appearances in the Wolverine movie, but these are the major characters. Given the selection of powers, we can expect some pretty epic fights and deeply tormented heroes and anti-heroes. It should be a great action movie, or at least a movie with a lot of great action.