Who is Wolverine these days, anyway? Carla Hoffman runs through the ways in which everyone’s favorite X-Men/Avenger/stand-in Fantastic Four member has changed throughout the years:
No longer the “lone wolf,” he’s joined the Avengers, the X-Men, led X-Force and might even take Alpha Flight up on an offer. His teeth-gritting tough-guy persona has cracked to reveal a more sorrowful man underneath, showing a lot more feeling on the page than he did in years past. A teen-girl sidekick from time to time has given way to running an entire school full of children. A traditionally short-and-hairy little man is more commonly known to the public as looking like Hugh Jackman. His sparse and mysterious background has had a ton of blanks filled in and more answers seem to show up every year and — wait. Can we go back to the fact that short, squat, hairy Canucklehead is now more commonly visualized as Hugh Freakin’ Jackman? An actor who oozes charisma, dances on Broadway and was 2008′s Sexiest Men Alive? Urban, middle-aged housewives dream of Wolverine, you guys.
I’d ask how long before today’s Wolverine becomes another mythical “Genie to Put Back in a Bottle” for Marvel, but let’s face it; the new sexy Wolverine is far more in tune with the desires of current Marvel (and particularly, the desires of the current Marvel audience) than the old one could ever be.