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X-Men Origins: Wolverine
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Director(s) Gavin Hood
Producer(s) Hugh Jackman
Lauren Shuler Donner
Ralph Winter
Peter MacDonald
Richard Donner
Stan Lee
John Palermo
Louis G. Friedman
Marsha L. Swinton
Whitney Thomas
Kurt Williams
Avi Arad
Starring Hugh Jackman
Liev Schreiber
Danny Huston
Dominic Monaghan
Ryan Reynolds
Release Date(s) April 29, 2009
May 1, 2009 (USA)
Previous Film X-Men: The Last Stand
Next Film X-Men: First Class

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a 2009 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics' fictional character Wolverine. Directed by Gavin Hood, the film is a prequel to the X-Men film series, focusing on the violent past of the mutant Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and his relationship with his half-brother Victor Creed (Liev Schreiber). The plot details Wolverine's childhood as James Howlett (Troye Sivan), his early encounters with Major William Stryker (Danny Huston), his time with Team X, and the bonding of Wolverine's skeleton with the indestructible metal adamantium during the Weapon X program.

The film was mostly shot in Australia and New Zealand, with Canada also serving as a location. Production and post-production were troubled, with conflicts arising between director Hood and Fox's executives, and an unfinished workprint being leaked on the Internet one month before the film's debut. X-Men Origins: Wolverine was released worldwide on May 1, 2009 and their reviews were generally unfavorable, with critics considering the film and its screenplay uninspired, criticizing the poorly produced CGI but praising Hugh Jackman's performance. It opened at the top of the box office, and has grossed $179 million in the United States and Canada and over $373 million worldwide.

PlotEdit

In 1845, James Howlett (Troye Sivan), a young boy living in Canada, sees his step-father killed by groundskeeper Thomas Logan, his biological father. The trauma activates the boy's mutation: bone claws protrude from his hands, and he kills Thomas, who reveals that he is James' biological father. James flees along with Thomas' son Victor Creed, who is thus James' half-brother. They spend the next century as soldiers, fighting in the American Civil War, both World Wars, and the Vietnam War. In 1975, Victor kills a senior officer. James defends Victor and the two are sentenced to execution by firing squad, which they survive. Major William Stryker approaches them, now in military custody, and offers them membership in Team X, a group of mutants including Agent Zero, Wade Wilson, John Wraith, Fred Dukes, and Chris Bradley. They join the team, but the group's disregard for human life causes James to leave.

Six years later, James, now using the alias Logan, works as a lumberjack in Canada, where he lives with his girlfriend Kayla Silverfox, a schoolteacher. Stryker and Zero approach Logan at work. Stryker reports that Wade and Bradley have been killed, and he thinks someone is targeting the team's members. Logan refuses to rejoin Stryker, but after finding Kayla's bloodied body in the forest, Logan finds Victor at a local bar and loses a fight to him. Afterward, Stryker explains that Victor has gone rogue and offers Logan a way to become strong enough to get his revenge. Logan undergoes a painful operation to reinforce his skeleton with adamantium, a virtually indestructible metal. Once the procedure is complete, Stryker attempts to betray Logan by ordering that his memory be erased, but Logan escapes. A kind elderly couple take him in, but Zero kills them. Logan kills Zero and swears to kill both Stryker and Victor.

Logan locates John and Fred, Fred explaining that Victor is still working for Stryker, hunting down mutants for Stryker to experiment on at his new laboratory, known as "The Island" among them teenager Scott Summers. Fred mentions Remy "Gambit" LeBeau, who escaped from the island and therefore knows its location. John and Logan find Lebeau, then both fight Victor, who kills John and extracts his DNA. Agreeing to help release mutants that Stryker has captured, Gambit takes Logan to Stryker's facility on Three Mile Island. Logan learns that Kayla is alive, having conspired with Stryker to keep tabs on him in exchange for her sister's safety. However, Stryker refuses to release her sister and denies Victor the adamantium bonding promised for his service. Stryker activates Wade, now Weapon XI, a "mutant killer" with the powers of multiple mutants (Logan's healing power, John's teleportation, Bradley's electropathy, Summers' energy blasts, and Wade's swordsman skill) that obeys Stryker's command. Stryker refers to Weapon XI as the "Deadpool".

While Logan and Victor fight Deadpool, Kayla is wounded leading the Island's captive mutants to safety; the mutants are subsequently rescued by Charles Xavier. Logan decapitates Deadpool, destroying one of the containment buildings in the process. Stryker arrives and shoots Logan in the head with adamantium bullets, rendering him unconscious. Before he can shoot Kayla, she grabs him and uses her mutant power to persuade him to turn around and walk away until his feet bleed. Logan regains consciousness but has lost his memory; he sees Kayla's body but does not recognize her.

In a mid-credits scene, a weary Stryker is being detained for questioning by some MPs, in connection to the death of his superior, General Munson (whom Stryker did in fact kill earlier after Munson's declaration of his intent to shut down the former's project).

AppearancesEdit

FeaturingEdit

SupportingEdit

VillainsEdit

OthersEdit

  • Thomas Logan (only appearance) (death)
  • John Howlett (only appearance) (death)
  • Elizabeth Howlett (first appearance)
  • Scott Summers (first appearance chronologically)
  • Emma Silverfox (first appearance)
  • Professor Charles Xavier (cameo)
  • Jason Stryker (first appearance chronologically)
  • Travis Hudson (only appearance) (death)
  • Heather Hudson (only appearance) (death)
  • Dr. Cornelius (first appearance)
  • Dr. Carol Frost
  • General Munson
  • Union Army
  • Sudist Army
  • Second Reich's German Army
  • Third Reich's German Army
  • United States Army

CastEdit

The film includes numerous cameo appearances of younger versions of characters from the previous films, including Jason Stryker (William Stryker's lobotomized telepathic son whom he keeps in cryogenic suspension). There was a cameo for a young Storm, which can be seen in the trailer, but it was removed from the released film. A digitally rejuvenated Patrick Stewart also makes an uncredited cameo as a younger Charles Xavier who had not yet lost the use of his legs.

Asher Keddie played Dr. Carol Frost. Poker player Daniel Negreanu has a cameo. Phil Hellmuth wanted to join him but was unable because he committed to an event in Toronto. X-Men co-creator Stan Lee said he would cameo, but ended up not appearing in the film.

ReleaseEdit

X-Men Origins: Wolverine was released on April 29, 2009, in the UK, Denmark, South Africa, and Australia; April 30, 2009 in the Philippines and in the Dominican Republic; and May 1, 2009 in the United States and Canada. A contest was held on the official website to determine the location of the world premiere on April 27. In the end, the Harkins at the Tempe Marketplace in Tempe, Arizona won the premiere.

Home mediaEdit

On September 15, 2009, Fox Home Entertainment released X-Men Origins: Wolverine on DVD and Blu-ray disc. The two-disc Blu-ray includes commentary by Hood, another commentary by producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Ralph Winter, the featurette "The Roots of Wolverine: A Conversation with X-Men creators Stan Lee and Len Wein", the featurette "Wolverine Unleashed: The Complete Origins", 10 character chronicles, two more featurettes, a trivia track, deleted scenes with commentary from Hood, two alternate sequences, a Fox Movie Channel premiere featurette and imdb BD Live technology. Disc two of the set includes a digital copy.

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