Sharp Wolverine Fan Theories That Actually Make Sense

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Vote up the most interesting (and believable) fan theories.

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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    656 VOTES

    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.

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    453 VOTES

    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).

  • 3
    389 VOTES

    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.

  • 4
    209 VOTES

    'Logan' Takes Place In A Timeline Where Logan And Yukio Flew Back To The X-Mansion Immediately After 'The Wolverine'

    From Redditor u/Animation_Bat:

    In the final scene of The Wolverine (2013), Logan tells Mariko that he can’t stay in Japan because he’s a soldier that’s been away too long, implying he’s going back to the X-Men. Yukio tells Logan that she’s his bodyguard and that they can take the private jet to wherever he wants to go. The final dialogue between them is:

    Logan: “Let’s just start with up.” Yukio: “And then?” Logan: “We’ll see.”

    The mid-credit scene, written by Simon Kinberg, takes place 2 years later. It has Wolverine in an airport without Yukio when Magneto shows up with Professor X (who Logan hasn’t seen alive since X3).

    In James Mangold’s alternate ending to The Wolverine (2013), after Wolverine says, “We’ll see.” Yukio gives him his classic Wolverine costume. He looks at her and then back at the costume before the scene ends.

    This is where the timeline splits, James Mangold only deleted the part where Wolverine gets his costume because it didn’t line up with Singer’s Days of Future Past. So Simon Kinberg wrote the mid-credit scene, that takes place 2 years later in the airport.

    In the “Wolverine costume” timeline, Logan decided to go back to the X-men with Yukio, and their adventures with the team inspired the comics that Laura and the mutant kids read in Logan (2017). Public opinion changed on mutants, and Trask Industries never gets the chance to build Sentinels.

    In the “2 Years Later” timeline, Logan tells Yukio to drop him off somewhere, and he continues to be a lone drifter for 2 years until Magneto and Professor X recruit him to fight the Sentinels.

    Note: In the Days of Future Past timeline, Yukio’s prediction about Logan dying covered in blood with his heart in his hand refers to the scene where Logan temporarily dies pulling off the healing suppressing robot from his heart.

    In the Logan timeline, it refers to him dying covered with blood while holding hands with Laura.