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 • 942

  • Looper
    Looper   1 weeks back

    Which movie with Wolverine do you think is the best?

  • mike losinger
    mike losinger  3 hours back

    Logan was hands down the best.

    • Rod De leon
      Rod De leon  3 hours back

      Wolverine is xmen.

      • Uchiha Ikoy
        Uchiha Ikoy  5 hours back

        Man, the continuity was so bad.

        • CaEzy Tinik
          CaEzy Tinik  9 hours back

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

          • Tristan Fry
            Tristan Fry  13 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  15 hours back

              Explained? Lol

              • Alexander Cruz
                Alexander Cruz  16 hours back

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

                • knotkool1
                  knotkool1  18 hours back

         wolverine movie... wanna bet?

                  • Young Reaper
                    Young Reaper  18 hours back

                    He was always my favorite x men and always will be

                    • 2Clarence47
                      2Clarence47  1 days back

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

                      • Juanita Ayala
                        Juanita Ayala  1 days back

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

                        • My Fat Pets
                          My Fat Pets  1 days 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 days back

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

                            • Kerry Simpson
                              Kerry Simpson  1 days 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  2 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  2 days back

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

                                        • Jeffrey Javier
                                          Jeffrey Javier  2 days back

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

                                          • Vassilios21
                                            Vassilios21  2 days back

                                            Wolverine=Hugh Jackman❗️

                                            • Rise Beneath
                                              Rise Beneath  2 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.

                                                    • Kaizer-Man
                                                      Kaizer-Man  6 hours back

                                                      They did it by making each film one at a time and writing another piece to the largely inconsistent timeline as they went along.

                                                      It’s not that hard to do

                                                  • 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  3 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  3 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  3 days back

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

                                                                    • Anthony Bautista
                                                                      Anthony Bautista  3 days back

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

                                                                      • Alyssa Dyer
                                                                        Alyssa Dyer  3 days back

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

                                                                        • Thomas Lowery
                                                                          Thomas Lowery  3 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.