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 • 922

  • Looper
    Looper   1 weeks back

    Which movie with Wolverine do you think is the best?

  • Tristan Fry
    Tristan Fry  3 hours 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  4 hours back

      Explained? Lol

      • Alexander Cruz
        Alexander Cruz  6 hours back

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

        • knotkool1
          knotkool1  8 hours back

 wolverine movie... wanna bet?

          • Young Reaper
            Young Reaper  8 hours back

            He was always my favorite x men and always will be

            • 2Clarence47
              2Clarence47  14 hours back

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

              • Juanita Ayala
                Juanita Ayala  17 hours back

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

                • My Fat Pets
                  My Fat Pets  18 hours 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  18 hours back

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

                    • Kerry Simpson
                      Kerry Simpson  23 hours back

                      Not looking forward to the mcu X-Men movie

                      • Thereal Brogers
                        Thereal Brogers  1 days back

                        Hugh jackman has been my favourite actor since van hell sing, still a great actor!

                        • C.David Sushanth
                          C.David Sushanth  1 days back

                          So this is what happens when you live for more than two hundred years

                          • Monabber Eaman
                            Monabber Eaman  1 days back

                            LOGAN VAI

                            • Samuraisahsah
                              Samuraisahsah  1 days back

                              I cried so fucking hard when Wolvy died at the end of Logan. I’m ashamed to say the actual deaths of relatives never even managed to illicit such an outpouring of tears...except when my childhood dog Kasha died, nothing can match how much I cried when that happened...but she lived til 17 1/2 so I can’t ask for much more than that...even tho I’d love to have been able to give her that nifty healing factor

                              Anyway, point is (sheesh went on one helluva tangent there lol) Logan was by far and away the best x men related film and by a wide margin

                              • SUJAN SHETTY
                                SUJAN SHETTY  1 days back

                                Charles killed X-Men??? what??😨😨

                                • Jeffrey Javier
                                  Jeffrey Javier  1 days back

                                  In comics wolverine killed all his allied mutants becoz he was being brainwash.

                                  • Vassilios21
                                    Vassilios21  1 days back

                                    Wolverine=Hugh Jackman❗️

                                    • Rise Beneath
                                      Rise Beneath  1 days back

                                      Then who the heck is sabortooths father?

                                      • Papa Burgundy
                                        Papa Burgundy  2 days back

                                        Logan was easily the best movie in the X-men series. And the only one I could take seriously. The Wolverine (2013) would be a runner up.

                                        • Edwin Vs Gio
                                          Edwin Vs Gio  2 days back

                                          Just one more X-men movie with Hugh Jackman 🙏🏻🙏🏻

                                          • Tys[Frv]
                                            Tys[Frv]  2 days back

                                            This video literally blew my mind. All those movies. How did they do it? Somehow it all came together.

                                            • boel kankwanda
                                              boel kankwanda  2 days back

                                              And then Deadpool saved him 🤔

                                              • PARWINDER SINGH
                                                PARWINDER SINGH  2 days back

                                                After huge Jackman only Karl Urban is perfect for logan

                                                • esoteric doctor
                                                  esoteric doctor  2 days back

                                                  hugh jackman should continue making wolverine movies

                                                  • De Evolve
                                                    De Evolve  2 days back

                                                    A HUGE BUZZ KILL ENDING. :( :( :(

                                                    • itz ratni
                                                      itz ratni  2 days back

                                                      Charles's xavier dies 2 times first in xmen 3?

                                                      • Bunny Bunny
                                                        Bunny Bunny  2 days back

                                                        Rictor, Bobby, Jamaica, Rebecca, and Delilah

                                                        Rictor, Bobby, Jamaica, Rebecca, and Delilah

                                                        Rictor, Bobby, Jamaica, Rebecca, and Delilah

                                                        • QuickSaaand
                                                          QuickSaaand  2 days back

                                                          I know in Logan it was mentioned the rest of the X Men were dead ,but I was wondering what happened.
                                                          I didn't know that Professor X had killed the rest of the X-Men with his powers I totally missed that part in the movie.
                                                          You JUST KNOW know they going to make a movie out of that storyline though!💰

                                                          • Deepak Kumar Singh
                                                            Deepak Kumar Singh  2 days back

                                                            Gets explained????? Where in the video you explained what everyone was confused about? Like how he got admantium claws back, how he got capture. You basically told what everyone already knew.

                                                            • Adventures with Frodo
                                                              Adventures with Frodo  2 days back

                                                              The witches and wizards of Harry potter are far scarier and should be destroyed.

                                                              • Anthony Bautista
                                                                Anthony Bautista  2 days back

                                                                What’s the sequence? Can somebody give the movie sequence. Thanks!

                                                                • Alyssa Dyer
                                                                  Alyssa Dyer  2 days back

                                                                  Wait, if Logan already had metal claws why did he need that atamantium procedure done?

                                                                  • Thomas Lowery
                                                                    Thomas Lowery  2 days back

                                                                    You forgot you forgot wolverine in the second fc movie

                                                                    • Deepak P
                                                                      Deepak P  3 days back

                                                                      Wow , thats nice explanation , now please someone please list all the movies in same chronological ordered as explained .
                                                                      Respect to Hugh Jackman. You Sir are a legend.

                                                                      • leb316
                                                                        leb316  3 days back

                                                                        This video does a pretty good job explaining Wolverine's timeline. Lots of people still don't know that Wolverine's death was prophesized in The Wolverine. Even though they never make it clear, I believe Logan takes place in the same timeline as Days of Future Past several years after Wolverine regains his memories.

                                                                        • Emanuel Esteva
                                                                          Emanuel Esteva  3 days back

                                                                          How is Xavier alive?

                                                                          • Anubhav Kesarwani
                                                                            Anubhav Kesarwani  3 days back

                                                                            I could never be so thankful.

                                                                            • st ch
                                                                              st ch  3 days back

                                                                              They couldn't figure out the anti gravity hair though in X24

                                                                              • ntrovRT Hemi
                                                                                ntrovRT Hemi  3 days back

                                                                                "Do you know what happens to a toad when it gets struck by lightning?
                                                                                Same thing that happens to everything else"

                                                                                10% chance of death and some badass scars?

                                                                                • Kevin Mobley
                                                                                  Kevin Mobley  3 days back

                                                                                  Wolverine can't die.. Not a fan of the last one.. so because he lives for two centuries of whatever he got old and his power stopped working because it a man to him Wolverine's power prevents disease anything like that he doesn't age you stopped aging at the age of 35 I think it was I hate how they Twisted Logan round and how you got like poison from them antium that's crazy if you look up his stats that would never happen but I guess it's the movies and I got to change it over to somebody else but not a fan of Logan

                                                                                  • Kris Weng
                                                                                    Kris Weng  3 days back

                                                                                    Great video!

                                                                                    • Paulo Casco
                                                                                      Paulo Casco  3 days back

                                                                                      How is this an explanation. Complete 10 min waste.

                                                                                      • PaPiRiCoSuAvE
                                                                                        PaPiRiCoSuAvE  3 days back

                                                                                        can't we just resurrect logan and have hugh jackman play him until he dies? :( .... i know wolverine will lijkely return but not played by jackman.....hugh jackman owned that role hands down

                                                                                        • Two Eyes
                                                                                          Two Eyes  3 days back


                                                                                          • tt9 yi
                                                                                            tt9 yi  3 days back

                                                                                            NightCrawler opening X2 was Epic...

                                                                                            • Ran Atash
                                                                                              Ran Atash  3 days back

                                                                                              But wolverine never died, because there is a lot of timeline. Especially that maybe in this timeline that wolverine died someone from another timeline rivive him or help him to live again