Wolverine Will Die in Upcoming Marvel Comics Series... Maybe Permanently
When comics characters are killed off, fans are usually upset for a minute or so, but they know that beloved and/or important characters are almost always resurrected in some way, shape, or form. Now, classic X-Man Wolverine will die in an upcoming four-part series, and writer Charles Soule is assuring fans that his death will be permanent (or at least semi-permanent).
"The idea is not to bring him back," he said at this week's Fan Expo. "This isn't one of those stories where he's back in two weeks. The point is to tell an awesome ending story for Wolverine."
He clarified, however, that he can only personally attest to Wolverine's death lasting until 2016: "I'm not gonna say he will never be brought back. I'm very involved in all the Wolverine-related discussions at Marvel and the thing we have not talked about at all is how to bring him back, and I'm involved in discussions for stuff out into 2016 at this point."
In the upcoming issue, Wolverine is still infected with a virus which suppresses the healing power that renders him invincible. "Part of him might want to stop fighting but it's just not in his nature," said Soule. While he's in his vulnerable state, he will venture to the treacherous island of Madripoor, at which many past guest stars will appear, "any or all of whom could be Wolverine's murderer."
The decision to kill Wolverine comes at a time when it has become clear that his morality is questionable. In the 40 years that he has appeared in Marvel Comics, he has accidentally or intentionally hurt many people, to the point that an entire organization, the "Red Right Hand," was formed out of those who felt wronged by Wolverine.
"Logan's the cause of many of his own problems and I'm sure he would acknowledge that," said Soule.
"Wolverine's life is dotted with moments of incredible altruism and also moments he can't reconcile or justify," said Axel Alonso, Marvel's editor in chief. "He doesn't know if he's going to go to heaven or hell when it's over. We have a plan, obviously, as to what we can do to replace him – either physically or spiritually – in the Marvel universe. But it'll be fans who decide what works or not. Time will tell. We're about to find out."