10 Unpopular Opinions About Wolverine, According To Reddit – Screen Rant

Although Wolverine is one of the most beloved heroes in comic book history, some fans have controversial opinions about the clawed crusader on Reddit.
As a heavily featured member of the X-Men and one of the most popular superheroes of all time, it’s easy to see why so many fans have come to love Wolverine. Armed with poppable claws, an unbreakable skeleton, and a bad attitude, coming face-to-face with Wolverine is usually a recipe for a bad day.
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That being said, supervillains aren’t the only ones Logan is causing headaches for. Some fans online have voiced complaints about a variety of issues that extend from the hero’s appearances in comics, movies, video games, and animated series alike. While all opinions about the beloved character are subjective, Reddit is the perfect place to voice these otherwise unpopular opinions.
One of Wolverine’s defining traits is that he’s not a team player and he has to sacrifice his preferred state of minimal interaction in order to be an effective member of the X-Men. When Logan receives the opportunity to go out on his own, however, he’s able to embrace his true nature.
“I believe Wolverine works best in his own solo stuff,” says Reddit user Skylightt, “I think the X-Men are always much worse off when he is at the forefront which is part of the reason the movies struggled.” With such a large cast of characters in the X-Men, narrowing down stories to just one or two central characters can make for a much more concise story but most fans still love Logan with his team.
The X-Men are a team of dozens of unique mutants with extraordinary powers and abilities that traditionally rotates members in and out over the years. Despite this being the case in the comics, that effect has not translated to the films, where it often feels like Wolverine receives a disproportionate focus.
“He steals a lot of the spotlight from other heroes who frankly need it more,” says user Former-Inspector3755, “For an antisocial character he sure is given more attention than what he asks for.” It does seem strange that Wolverine is almost always the main character in the films, despite not even being the team leader of the X-Men.
Reddit user cobra1975 says, “I think Wolverine is a lecherous creep and I’d love a portrayal of a nice, boring Jean and Scott relationship.” This criticism may be a bit too harsh, as Logan is usually depicted as being relatively good-natured.
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That being said, it’s understandable that Logan and Scott constantly vying for Jean Grey’s attention may rub a lot of fans the wrong way. The relationship has been printed as especially ambiguous in recent years, so moving Wolverine from Jean as a love interest could provide some much-needed stability for the comics and movies alike.
With a 37% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s fair to say that X-Men Origins: Wolverine is far from a fan favorite. This movie is also most notorious for introducing the mouthless Deadpool that earned the ire of many fans of the comics.
User gesihafthestrike acknowledges some of the faults of the movie, but explains their reasoning, “I just think it’s fun as hell.” When so many superhero movies take on a darker and grittier tone, sometimes the fun factor is the best measuring stick of all.
Since Wolverine is considered too hot-headed and often impulsive with his actions, Cyclops is tasked with being the leader of the X-Men. Occasionally, Logan is given a leadership role, usually on special ops missions with the X-Force.
“My personal favorite Wolverine stories have largely been when he had to take the role Cyclops would traditionally take,” says user darkmythology. Knowing his teammates don’t have the ability to recover from every mistake, leadership puts pressure on Wolverine’s shoulders to keep his friends safe, a treat that viewers rarely get to see.
While Wolverine has captured the hearts of many fans in large part due to his interesting array of abilities, he’s not the only one with claws and regenerative powers. Other test subjects of the Weapon X program, Sabretooth, and even Logan’s daughter Laura Kinney share many of the same powers.
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The latter of which even features heavily in Logan, known under the alias X-23. Some fans appreciated a new spin on the character, as user tony1grendel says, “X-23 is more interesting than Wolverine.” Logan is nearly 200 years old by the end of his titular film, so there’s not a lot left to explore in his story when compared to a newer character like X-23.
As a top 10 superhero movie of all time according to IMDb — and by far the highest-rated entry in Fox’s X-Men franchise — Logan is a film that is held in high regard by most. Not all hold the movie in high regard though, as user gambitwoo says, “Logan (The Movie) is way overrated. Not that it wasn’t good but I’ve seen better.”
Logan’s slower approach to pacing may be jarring to some fans and serve as a distinct separation from earlier films. That being said, it’s hard to deny that Logan’s storytelling and the brutality of the action sequences were unmatched by other entries.
As Deadpool himself acknowledged in Deadpool Kills The Marvel Universe, Wolverine’s strongest ability isn’t his healing factor but instead the power of popularity. Wolverine has grown so massively popular over the years that it’s hard to write an X-Men story that doesn’t include him.
This especially applies when it comes to the movie series. “When I was young I was thrilled that the X-Men had a Canadian on the team,” says user Bleak5170, “But Marvel effectively made it so that I am completely sick of Wolverine and would not care if he disappeared forever.” It can be very difficult keeping a character fresh and interesting when it feels like they always have plot armor and distract from the bigger picture of a story arc.
Disney made waves in 2019 with their acquisition of 20th Century Fox, thus opening the door for Wolverine and the X-Men to join the MCU. Despite this, many fans online are hesitant to rush the beloved mutants into the story for now.
“Wolverine should not be introduced into the MCU until several years of X-Men have been in new movies, if at all,” says Reddit user TraptNSuit. While many fans are anxiously awaiting news of their introduction, allowing a few more years to pass before attempting to replace Hugh Jackman may be the best decision.
Through nine appearances as the character, Hugh Jackman solidified himself as the face of Wolverine and helped elevate Logan to becoming one of the most iconic superheroes in comic book history. User mrsunrider offers a dissenting opinion, however, “We only think of Jackman as the Wolverine because he’s been the first and only.”
Reddit user Vindicaddor adds onto that line of thought, “He is a likable actor who played a likable character but that character was nothing like Wolverine.” Similar to how fans have seen different characterizations of Batman over the years, the MCU could use this chance to cast a new interpretation of the character.
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