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5 ‘Wolverine Vs.’ Battles I’d Pay To See in a Theater

He's the best at what he does. And what he does should be in IMAX 3D.

Duane Lester


July 19, 2013 - 1:00 pm
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Hugh Jackman owns the on screen role of Wolverine.  Next week, he dons the sideburns again, and with a “Snikt!,” The Wolverine takes on the Yakuza and the Silver Samurai.

In a recent interview, he told Collider he’d love to see all the movies in the Marvel universe start crossing over:

When speaking with Jackman, Steve asked him what it would take to get all of these characters together onscreen, and the actor noted that he’s been asking the same exact question:

“Mate, I ask the same question.  I literally asked the same question the other day to Tom from Marvel who works with all the other studios, he works with Sony and Fox, that’s his job to liaise.  I said, ‘Man, can this happen?’ and he goes ‘Look, it’s not gonna be easy because you’re working with different studios and they’re their properties.’  But I believe—maybe I’m optimistic, I understand at Marvel they’ve got The Avengers, they’ve got a lot of big things going on, but at some point I just find it almost impossible that there’s not a way to bring Iron Man, all the Avengers characters, Wolverine, the X-Men characters, Spider-Man, and somehow get them in together.”

Being the fan boy that I am, I’d just prefer Marvel took back the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Spider-man and rebooted them in movies more faithful to the comics, but that’s about as likely as Jackman’s wish coming true.

But, if Marvel hadn’t sold the rights to all its characters and could make crossover movies as frequently as they make crossover comics, there are a few people I’d love to see Wolverine battle on an IMAX screen.

Starting with…

Wolverine vs. The Hulk

Wolverine made his first appearance in “The Incredible Hulk #181.”

He looked a little different then:

"The World's First and Greatest Canadian Super Hero."

“The World’s First and Greatest Canadian Super Hero.”

Since his first appearance, Wolverine and the Hulk have squared off over and over again.

And yeah, I know they faced off in “Hulk vs.” but that was animation.

I want to see this:

I’d also like to see…

Wolverine Vs. Spider-man

One of my favorite comics from when I was a kid was Spider-man vs. Wolverine, starting with the cover:


Fighting in a graveyard? What’s that about?

There’s a great scene in this comic where these two heroes finally face off. Spider-man is on the bottom when he realizes there’s only one way to win this.

He has to kill Wolverine.

Wolverine’s response is unforgettable:


You can see Peter Parker’s eyes widening as he realizes Wolverine is the best at what he does.

This could be a great movie. Not necessarily this story, but another that pits these two against each other. You’d pull an eye muscle just trying to keep up with the fight scenes.

It would be almost as cool as watching…

Wolverine vs. Deadpool

Wolverine has fought Deadpool before. A couple of times.

The first time, he didn’t waste any time with him. He just cut his head off.



He got better.

In fact, in a future battle, Deadpool beats Wolverine, mainly because Wolvie’s healing factor wasn’t 100 percent.

You take the Merc with a Mouth and put him up against Wolverine and that’s a movie any fanboy would camp out to see.

Kind of like…

Wolverine vs. Captain America

These two are both heroes, but they go together about as well as oil and water.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:


While Captain America is a Super-Soldier, Wolverine is a genetic fighting machine.

The comic battles between these two have been epic:






Imagine a movie where the Canadian government and the American government are both after the same thing, and they send their best after it.

It’s a start, but imagine where it could go.

That’s a movie I’d want to watch.


Wolverine vs. The Marvel Universe


Yeah, Wolverine vs. just about everyone.

Here’s the lowdown:

Enemy or ally, Wolverine takes on all comers! Chaos washes over the streets of New York when the Amazing Spider-Man becomes patient zero in a global epidemic that turns its victims into predatory cannibals! One by one, the heroes of the Marvel Universe succumb to this incurable genetic mutation, and the brightest minds in the world – Reed Richards, Henry McCoy, T’Challa and Hank Pym – can’t stop the epidemic. Humanity’s last hope, Wolverine, races to find the key to the cure before the world is overcome with super-powered beings that crave human flesh.

That movie would rule.

Who would you pit him against?

I’ve named four big ones, but I know there’s more.

Who would you like to see Logan take on?



The Punisher?

Tell me in the comments. Let’s talk about who would win and why.

Duane Lester is a freelance writer and homeschool dad for his six children. He also blogs at All American Blogger.

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Ah Avengers... Emma Peel in leather, yowza! What? Different Avengers? Pretenders!
1 year ago
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Come on, why does it have to be non-stop violence all the time? How about a movie with actual nuance? You know, something where Wolverine gets in touch with his inner child or takes up needlepoint to calm his nerves? Or Thor could see a psychiatrist about his unresolved feelings of guilt over having been born a God? Or maybe the Avengers and the Justice League could start a weekly support group where they talk about their feelings and bemoan how misunderstood they are? I know, Batman would steal that last one out from under everyone else, but all it needs is a little work!
1 year ago
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Well, if the movie is true to the comics there could be a romance angle in this film. When Wolverine was with the Xmen he had a very serious Japanese girlfriend.Unfortunately she also happened to be the daughter of a man high up in the Yakuza, so you can guess how that ended up.

That said, the camera likes action. That's just the way the medium is. I do agree that they have gone heavy on action in the last decade or so though, particularly the freakish CGI stuff. I've read that the 1940's film makers were raised on books so they were better at plots. Today's movie makers are the second and third generation raised on movies. Each generation seems to have been more refined toward action and special effects and less on plot. The next generation will likely be even worse.
1 year ago
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Wolverine versus the Daleks. ;)
1 year ago
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I'd like to see:

vs. Cyclops because he's a twit.
vs. Daredevil because he's a good two-shoes and for the Ben Affleck movie.
vs. Reed Richards because he's a psychotic egg-head with a god complex (check the Civil War cycle).
vs. quite a few others.

What would be epic would be a Wolverine and Punisher team up. In addition to the killing power they'd have built in conflict between Wolverine's impulsive, close up style vs. Castle's methodical planning and guns.
1 year ago
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Good should be "goodie." This site really needs and edit feature.
1 year ago
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Wolverine vs. The Marvel Universe sounds a heck of a lot like Marvel Zombies.

Can't imagine there are many opponents left after Marvel's "All Wolverine, All the Time" stretch in the late '80s and '90s.

While it's not a "Wolverine vs. X" story, one that I'd enjoy on the big screen would be the mini-series "Havok & Wolverine". (Walt and Louise Simonson on writing, Jon J. Muth on the art (watercolor with a bit of oil)). Arguably more of a road or buddy movie than a superhero one.

The basic premise starts with the 2 of them on vacation in Mexico. Whoever uses their powers first has to buy the beer for the rest of the trip...

1 year ago
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Jed, Matt, Erica, Toni and Daryl vs a Hind helicopter.

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As I recall it didn't work out too well for Toni - but at least she went out with a bang.
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