10 Facts You Need to Know About Wolverine

8. HIS REAL NAME IS JAMES HOWLETT

Wolverine’s origins were left intentionally vague for years after his first appearance, undergoing a couple of slight changes in the process. In Wolverine’s first appearance, the creators just assumed that his retractable claws were actually just attached to the character’s gloves. His original power set was limited to agility and his healing ability.

Over the years it was revealed that the claws were a part of Wolverine, but the character remained in flux. Rumors suggested Wolverine was originally an actual wolverine that had mutated enough to look and act human, though Wein denies these rumors. For a period, Wolverine nemesis Sabertooth was intended to be Wolverine’s father, but a S.H.E.I.L.D.-conducted DNA test proved there is no relationship between Wolverine and Sabertooth.

Wolverine’s official backstory finally appeared in Origins, a six-issue series written by Paul Jenkins, and it has been further explored in countless comics. Born James Howlett, he was a sickly child who discovered his powers after a man named Logan (who also happened to be his real father) shot and killed the man that James thought was his father. After he was driven into a rage that caused him to lose control, he adopted the name Logan.

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