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Sharp Wolverine Fan Theories That Actually Make Sense

December 29, 2020 1.5k votes 310 voters 36.9k views15 items

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Wolverine is easily one of the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe, and because he has a murky past, he's attracted plenty of fan theories over the years. After all, it took Marvel decades to reveal his real name and true origin, so the time in between his debut and the publication of Wolverine: Origin is filled with tons of great fan theories. Fans have speculated about everything imaginable, where Marvel's deadliest mutant is concerned.

The most interesting of those fan theories are on this list, and they've all been taken from the FanTheories subreddit. Fans post their theories on the site, and the most plausible ones that make a lot of sense tend to stand out. Check them out below, and when you see one that you think is truly believable, be sure to give it an upvote to see which one rises to the top.

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    Wolverine Wears Bright Yellow Spandex To Protect Younger X-Men

    From Redditor u/crime_thug:

    I was reading this interview with "The Wolverine" director James Mangold, on why after teasing Wolverine's yellow superhero costume from the comics they have not put it in any of the movies. Specifically, he says:

    "Nothing seems less Wolverine-like than the desire to put on a trademarked outfit, particularly canary yellow, and kind of prance about doing good deeds and have people go, “Oh my God! It’s The Wolverine!” At least as I see him, that’s a real struggle for me and always has been."

    I think that this is true, and carries over to the comics. The stoic, grumpy, serious Wolverine doesn't really have a personality to match the flamboyant bright yellow costume. So why does he wear it? Consider:

    1. He only seems to wear the yellow costume when working with the X-Men. When he is working on his own, he usually wears his everyday clothes.
    2. Practically half the X-Men are teenagers, depending on which version of the team. There's usually at least one underager on the team. The particularly reactive nature of the X-Men as a superhero team made up of oppressed minorities makes putting insanely powerful teenagers in harmful situations look somewhat necessary.
    3. Wolverine is ridiculously tough and for all intents and purposes impervious to harm.
    4. Wolverine is extremely protective of the young X-Men. Consider his fan-beloved arcs mentoring Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, X-23, Rogue etc. Also, in Jason Aaron's run Logan starts his own branch of X-Men separate from Cyclops' and one of the main points of contention is Cyclops' and Xavier's use of children and teenagers on the X-teams.

    So, my theory is that Wolverine wears a canary yellow suit to draw fire. To draw fire away from the X-Men's' "child soldiers" who outside of the comic's dire circumstances probably shouldn't be fighting giant robots and future mercenaries anyway and towards a guy who basically cannot be seriously harmed.

    TL;DR: Wolverine wears a dumb bright yellow costume(that completely does not suit his personality) so that Sentinels will attack him and not teenage X-Men who really shouldn't even be around.

    Sharp theory?
  • 2

    Wolverine Smokes Cigars To Mask Other Scents

    From Redditor u/twitchedawake:

    Pretty simple and straightforward one. Part of Wolverine's mutation is an extremely heightened sense of smell.

    Logan smokes cigars, known for their pungent odor, to help cut down from being overwhelmed by the thousands of smells he interacts with every day that his mutant powers crank up to 11.

    Imagine being stuck in a new car, after stepping in dog s**t, driving through a paper mill that was freshly painted... all day.

    Sharp theory?
  • 3

    Yukio Was Right All Along In 'The Wolverine'

    From Redditor u/Cwade03:

    I recently watched Logan at the cinema and made a connection between it and The Wolverine. My theory is that after everything that happened in The Wolverine, Yukio was actually right all along.

    In The Wolverine, Yukio says she saw Logan's death. She says, "I see you on your back. There's blood everywhere. You're holding your own heart in your hand. It's not beating." In The Wolverine, Logan obviously doesn't die, however, unlike in the bar scene near the beginning, she isn't clear on when he will die. She also claims to see the deaths through a keyhole. This suggests she doesn't see the whole thing and so the location of Wolverine's death is also unclear.

    At the end of Logan, after his fight with X-24, Wolverine is on his back, there's blood everywhere and he's holding hands with his daughter who is his metaphorical heart (this heart isn't beating because it's a person).

    Sharp theory?
  • 4

    Wolverine Feels High When His Healing Factor Kicks In

    From Redditor u/greenteaarizona_:

    We know from various comic book sources (as well as some corroboration from the Captain America film) that those with healing factors struggle to feel the effects of alcohol and other drugs. So my theory is that Wolverine enjoys the feeling of his body healing above all else.

    That's why he is always smoking and drinking; the drugs don't affect his pleasure as much as the natural healing factor. It can also explain why he's entirely reckless in battle. The worse he gets injured in a fight the better the high from healing.

    Sharp theory?