5 Moments When Wolverine Really Kicked Butt On-screen


A scene from "Logan," the final film where Hugh Jackman will play Wolverine EPK.TV/20th Century Fox
A scene from "Logan," the final film where Hugh Jackman will play Wolverine EPK.TV/20th Century Fox

As long as there's been a Wolverine on the big screen, Hugh Jackman has played him. He made his debut in the 2000 film "X-Men," directed by Bryan Singer and, with the release of "Logan," he'll have appeared as the character nine times.

Wolverine, of course, is a loner by nature, but always seems to gravitate toward the X-Men and their struggle to prevent the oppression of mutant-kind at the hands of bigoted and fearful humans.

Hugh Jackman has vowed that "Logan" is his last bow as the character, and it's been a great run, so we're highlighting some of his arguably best moments across his tenure with the character.

1. His Introduction in "X-Men"

When the young mutant Rogue, played by Anna Paquin, comes into a seedy trucker bar, a cage match is in progress. The Wolverine is earning money with his mutant abilities by competing in no-holds-barred matches against unsuspecting humans who think they can take him on. His fight in the cage is almost as good as the tense standoff afterward when the man he beat realizes Wolverine's a mutant.

2. The Invasion of the X-Mansion in "X2: X-Men United"

It wasn't until the second film in the X-Men saga was released that we were finally able to see a completely unrestrained Wolverine. When William Stryker (played by Brian Cox) invades Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters with a paramilitary force, the only thing standing in their way is the Wolverine.

3. The Fight Against Hundreds of Ninja in "The Wolverine"

After the abysmal (in this writer's opinion) 2009 film "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," it wasn't clear that we'd ever get a good film starring Wolverine. But then director James Mangold came along and gave us "The Wolverine" in 2013. He brought to stunning life some of the best moments from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's landmark graphic novel "Wolverine," including his fight with hundreds of ninja and a moment where they've shot him with no less than a dozen arrows trying to stop him.

4. The Escape From the Weapon X facility in "X-Men: Apocalypse"

Though 2016's "X-Men: Apocalypse" wasn't the most well-received film in the franchise, it offered us one of Wolverine's best moments. When the young X-Men find themselves in a strange room inside of the Alkali Lake Weapon X facility with a feral beast yearning to be free, we were treated to one of the most incredible reveals in any of the films. Wolverine, in a total berserker state, is let loose to do what he does best. And what he does best isn't very nice.

5. "Logan" in Its Entirety

The best moment of Wolverine through Hugh Jackman's entire tenure as the character is the "Logan" film itself. From the first moment of "Logan" to the last, this film is the perfect encapsulation of what we love about the character: the warm heart beneath the gruff exterior, the most capable killing in comics, and that strong sense of needing to do what's right, even if he doesn't want to — and it will kill him to do it. 

Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine A LOT on-screen, and the 2017 film "Logan" is an arguably awesome way to end that stint.
Hugh Jackman has played Wolverine A LOT on-screen, and the 2017 film "Logan" is an arguably awesome way to end that stint.
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