So far, there have been multiple actors who portrayed Super-Man, James Bond and Batman but the same cannot be said about Marvel’s Wolverine. With Hugh Jackman being synonymous with the acclaimed X-Men role since 2000, it is a sad spectacle to see him lacing up the boots for the final time in the recently released Logan. Following his retirement as the clawed mutant, let’s take a look at 15 best Wolverine movie moments of all time:
15. Cage Fight (X-Men)
Then a rookie, there was legitimate doubt whether or not Hugh Jackman could pull of a physically demanding role of famed X-Men, Wolverine. In the very first installment of the franchise, the audience gets the chance to see the mutant in the most suitable situation to showcase his animalistic nature, a cage fight.
Surrounded by a beer-drinking audience who are thirsty for a fight, Wolverine easily defeats his opponents and it is here for the first time we get to see his claws coming out from his hand. At this precise moment, a star was born.
14. Wolverine’s Comic Book Costume (The Wolverine)
Die-hard comic books fans are saddened to realize that Hugh Jackman will never get the chance to wear his iconic yellow armor. However, they were in for a surprise because of one of the deleted scenes of The Wolverine.
When Wolverine is about to depart Japan, he is given a briefcase by his self-appointed bodyguard, Yukio. As he opens it, his iconic costume of the comic books is shown.
13. The Escape (X-Men: Apocalypse)
When Jean Grey, Cyclops and Nightcrawler embark on a rescue mission to save Beast, Mystique, Quicksilver and Moira MacTaggert from Colonel William Stryker, they meet Wolverine as Weapon X. Broken free and proceeding to unleash a venomous rage on whoever comes across his path, Wolverine gave a sneak preview of his bloody rampage in then-upcoming rated R Logan.
Though his appearance was not confirmed until the final trailer of X-Men: Apocalypse, fans had their fingers crossed as far as the character was concerned and got more than they bargained for as Wolverine’s extended cameo was simply amazing.
12. Opening Sequence (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
As the weakest X-Men installment, the movie did manage to have a few worthwhile moments and the opening montage showcasing Wolverine and his brother Sabretooth stands out as the best of them.
Wolverine has often been a subject of mystery due to his unknown past but the movie gave an answer by showing glimpses of him fighting in the American Civil War, World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War.
11. What Do They Call You? Wheels? (X-Men)
Wolverine’s first interaction with Professor X and his team of X-Men is anything but friendly. After being introduced to Scott Summers and Ororo Munroe as their codenames Cyclops and Storm, respectively, Wolverine cannot help himself but laugh.
As a moment that was insulting yet undeniably funny, Wolverine proceeds to address the wheelchair-bound Professor X:
“What do they call you? Wheels?”
Proving how the mutant can provide comic relief apart from some hard-hitting action sequences, it is surprising to know that Hugh Jackman improvised the line.
10. Comforting Rogue (X-Men)
Underneath the rough exterior, Wolverine actually has a heart of gold as evident from the scene in which he engages in a heart to heart talk with fellow X-Men, Rogue. The mutant knows what it feels like to be lost and alone so he offers her a friendly advice after she ran away from Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.
Despite all the pain and turmoil he has experienced throughout the years, Wolverine has not lost his fatherly stature to the younger generation and proves that he is more than mere claws.
9. Wolverine vs. Lady Deathstrike (X2: X-Men United)
A brainwashed secretary of Colonel William Stryker, Yuriko Oyama aka Lady Deathstrike seems a far cry from being sinister yet in reality, she is much similar to Wolverine himself. With an adamantium skeleton and long retractable fingernails, she gives the beloved mutant a tough time while engaged in a battle.
Despite being a PG-13 movie, Wolverine and Lady Deathstrike bring the house down due to being evenly matches and pulling off a fight that keeps the audience glued to their screens.
8. Weapon X (X-Men Origins: Wolverine)
After reluctantly agreeing to be a part of Major William Stryker’s Weapon X program, Wolverine gets his trademark adamantium skeleton and becomes more powerful. The audience gets the chance to see the new and improved Wolverine firsthand when Stryker attempts to erase his memory.
With hardly any difficulty due to his adamantium reinforced claws, Wolverine manages to break through the operational facility while making his mark on the very person who gave him new skeleton.