The death of Wolverine could be imminent with the news that Hugh Jackman might actually decide to stop playing the iconic X-Men character. With rumors pointing to the character being killed off as a way to avoid the most awkward recasting in the series history, and possibly bring some new excitement to it all, Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse could be where the character dies. This would tie it in nicely with the actual comic book event.
It seems that many X-Men characters have been rumored for death since the announcement of the title for Days of Future Past. If you look at the comic book covers alone, you’ll notice a lot of characters marked “slain” on a wall. It looks like one of the characters in front of that wall is the next to die.
For some fans, the death of Wolverine could mark a welcome change since Hugh Jackman’s berzerker has been the focus of all but one film in the series. First Class was the one to demote him to a cameo in a montage where Professor Xavier and Magneto seek out mutants to help them start a team.
If the berzerker is being planned to die in X-Men: Apocalypse, the biggest question is how they’ll manage to make that happen. Wolverine’s only original mutant power is his rapid healing, and being born with the claws. He has been through nearly every war in history according to the intro montage from X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and survived them all alongside his step brother.
To better predict how the death of Wolverine could happen, we need to look at who Apocalypse is and what Wolverine’s weaknesses are supposed to be.
According to the Marvel Wiki, Apocalypse was named En Sabah Nur in Egypt about 5,000 years ago. He was raised by his tribe to embrace the ideology of survival of the fittest, and earning his place at the head of the tribe, he outlived them all as the first mutant ever born. Originally possessing the gift of immortality, he came in contact with a Celestial virus that gave him incredible powers. Able to control his body on a molecular level, he can grow to undetermined size, mimic other mutants’ powers and strength, and even turn his own body into metal.
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Apocalypse may just be the only mutant capable of causing the death of Wolverine in combat. En Sabah Nur might just utterly destroy Wolverine by increasing his strength, tearing his head off, and destroying his body, since that is the most popular way the comics claim he can be killed.
How and when do you think the death of Wolverine might happen?