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|Alternate versions of Wolverine|
|First appearance||The Incredible Hulk #180 (October 1974)|
|Created by||Len Wein|
John Romita, Sr.
|See also||Wolverine in other media|
As a fictional character, Marvel Comics's Wolverine has appeared in a number of media, from comic books to films and television series. Each version of the work typically establishes its own continuity, and sometimes introduces parallel universes, to the point where distinct differences in the portrayal of the character can be identified. This article details various versions of Wolverine depicted in works including Marvel Comics Ultimate line, What If?, television and film.
In the "Age of Apocalypse" story arc, the Wolverine/Logan character is again a member of the X-Men, this time using the code-name Weapon X rather than Wolverine. In this reality the events which saw the character's Adamantium ripped out have never occurred, and it is Magneto that helps him to control his feral rages. Most significantly, Wolverine is missing a hand, cut off by Cyclops (who in turn is missing an eye thanks to Wolverine). The claws on this hand still exist, however, which appear by piercing through the metal stump covering the break. Consistent with the main characterisation, this version is also shown to be a loner, his back story presenting him as an unwilling recruit to the X-Men.He and Jean Grey are lovers in this reality.
In this alternate reality the X-Men fail to prevent the assassination of Senator Robert Kelly, which results in Sentinels ruling the United States of America by 2013 AD. Mutants fall one by one at the hands of the Sentinels, until only Wolverine, Storm, Colossus and Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat) are left. They are confronted by a group of Sentinels and Wolverine lunges at one, ready to slice off the Sentinel's head, but his flesh is burned off by the Sentinel's hand laser. Wolverine seemingly dies and his charred Adamantium skeleton falls onto the ground. Later on in the Earth X: Heralds storyline, Wolverine is revived by X-51's machine.
According to the information in the Earth X miniseries Paradise X: Heralds, the second child of the Howletts died in childbirth and the Howletts found and adopted an infant member of the Moon Clan, a bestial race which has co-existed with humanity for hundreds of thousands of years. This Clan, which is also dubbed wolf clan, were mortal enemies of the Bear Clan, to which Sabretooth belongs. Supposedly, it is this Moon Tribe child who was named James Howlett and would grow up to become Wolverine explaining the enmity between Wolverine and Sabretooth in this alternate reality.
It is also revealed that this seemingly divergent sub-species is in fact what the "true" human species would have become if not for the Celestials' intervention and genetic tampering.
Another version of Wolverine, originating from Earth-172, was revealed by Sabretooth to have joined an alternate, more sinister version of Weapon X in the Exiles series. At some point in Weapon X's travels, this version of Wolverine was killed. Like other fallen members of the Exiles and Weapon X, his body was stored in a stasis wall inside the Timebreakers' crystal palace before he was sent home to his own timeline to be cremated by his loved ones.
Issue #85 and #86 followed the adventures of several Wolverines from different timelines gathered in an attempt to stop a mutant known as Brother Mutant, a being with the combined powers of Wolverine, Magneto, Quicksilver, Scarlet Warlock (a male version of the Scarlet Witch) and Mesmero. Different teams of Wolverines were gathered and each fell to the hypnotic powers of Brother Mutant. The last team of Wolverines was comprised of Patch, an alternate version of the zombie Wolverine featured in the miniseries Marvel Zombies, Albert & Elsie-Dee, Weapon X, a young James Howlett and the Days of Future Past Logan. When most of this team fell before Brother Mutant's followers, Logan and James Howlett were able to contact the Timebreakers and convinced them to gather the original Exiles to help defeat Brother Mutant.
Numerous other alternate reality versions of Wolverine appear in those issues as well, some of them being hybrids between Wolverine and main Marvel continuity characters (Thing/Wolverine, Hulk/Wolverine, Deadpool/Wolverine, etc).
In the alternate future of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Wolverine's adamantium skeleton is reanimated and controlled by the brain of Doctor Doom. Additionally, one of the villains appearing in the series, in which Wolverine is still remembered with awe as "the Brood Slayer", is his great-great-granddaughter Rancor, who is obsessed with her ancestor and owns one of his broken off claws. Rancor comes to rule a human colony, which had been founded by Wolverine and other mutants, hundreds of years ago. She came from a long lineage, all claiming ruler ship by relation to Wolverine. Most were murderous tyrants.
Although another reality, the Wolverine of House of M is the 616 Wolverine, retaining his memories from the old reality, including his untampered past. After the House falls, he retains these memories. The House of M Wolverine was a head operative of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Red Guard, and had an affair with Mystique.
In Here Comes Tomorrow, set 150 years in an alternative future, Wolverine is part of group fighting against a version of Beast possessed by Sublime. This version of Wolverine is killed when Beast artificially gives himself the powers of the Phoenix Force and turns off Wolverine's healing factor, before beating him to death. This future is averted by Jean Grey.
Wolverine has one set of long metal claws--most likely adamantium and shaped like katanas on his left hand, and another set, on his right hand, composed of red energy (like Cyclops's optic beams) and shaped like lightsabers. Wolverine has incredible strength (He is clearly stronger than the Spider-Man of the manga reality who is not even superhuman). He has white hair (it is later changed to black in the new mangaverse) and a strange tattoo on his face, possibly meant to be the Greek symbol Omega.
In this reality, he and Cyclops are brothers. Wolverine cost Cyclops one of his eyes, while it is hinted that Cyclops cost Wolverine one of his hands. (This seems to be why one of Wolverine's sets of claws is energy while the other is metal. Throughout this story with the exception of a pair of panels, Wolverine was depicted with two flesh and blood hands, but his right hand had claws of energy, not adamantium. The flesh and blood appearance of both hands continued in the final issue of the first arc of Mangaverse). He is also hinted to have had a relationship with Jean Grey, who had begun to favor Cyclops.
In the New Mangaverse, Wolverine is one of the only mutants to survive the Hand / SHIELD bio-engineered virus targeting mutants thanks to his healing factor. Jean Grey's rejection of him has clearly left him with some issues since he said he had a thing for redheads and flirts with Spider-woman (Mary Jane Watson) in New Mangaverse #2. It is clear that his advances are unwanted and that Mary Jane is scared of him. When Logan grabs her, Spider-man becomes angry and tries to fight him but proves to be no match for Wolverine and it is ultimately the Black Cat that stops him. He flirts with the Black Cat throughout the New Mangaverse miniseries, saying "I've always been a sucker for a girl with a nice set of... CLAWS." It is also hinted that at some point in the past he was Lady Deathstrike's lover.
In the New Mangaverse, Wolverine teams up with the Black Cat, Captain America (Carol Danvers), Iron Man, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman (Mary Jane Watson), and The Torch (Jonatha Storm, Sioux Storm's half sister, this reality's Human Torch) to fight the Hand (some of the organization's more prominent members being Lady Deathstrike, Elektra, Silver Samurai, Sunfire, and a (brainwashed) Sharon Carter).
In X-Men Noir, set in the Marvel Noir reality, "Captain" Logan is a heavily scarred bootlegger operating in the New York Chinatown and adept at defending himself with a metallic claw. Wolverine Noir, which presents a different characterization, presents Jim Logan, private investigator along with Dog Logan, whom he claims is his brother. He uses similar sets of Metallic claws.
In the alternate Marvel Zombies universe, Wolverine is one of many heroes who become infected by the zombie virus. He is infected when Colonel America and Hawkeye bite him on the arms. For reasons unexplained, the virus prevents his healing factor from working. He, along with other zombies, attempt to slay the Silver Surfer. Wolverine attacks the Surfer but his body is decayed so much that his arm is torn apart, as his adamantium bones are a lot stronger than his rotting flesh. Eventually, Wolverine and the other zombies are successful in killing and eating the Surfer. As a result, he and the others gain the Silver Surfer's cosmic power and devours Galactus, becoming one of the creatures collectively known as The Galacti.
Currently, the Marvel Zombies are attacking a Skrull planet, only to encounter the Fantastic Four of the 616 reality - currently consisting of Black Panther, Storm, the Thing and the Human Torch, leaving the Zombies eager to capture the FF and transport back to their reality.
In Marvel Zombies 2, Wolverine's lost arm has been replaced with a cybernetic arm with claws and he has taken off his mask, he is loyal to Henry Pym (Giant-Man) and willingly attacks the defecting Spider-Man ("Kinda always knew it would come to this eventually, Pete."). When the others realize that the hunger is fading, he initially refuses to let go of a survivor in his grasp until Henry Pym tells him to stop, he seemingly loses his hunger.
In the cross over comics Marvel Zombies Vs. Army of Darkness. Ash uses a transported to go to a safe universe. Unfortunately for Ash he encounters Wolverine and all of the other marvel characters as Werewolves.
In the alternate future known as MC2, Wolverine and Elektra are married and have a daughter named Rina Logan, who inherits her father's healing factor and senses and possesses "psychic claws" which resemble Psylocke's telepathic "psychic knife". She becomes a superheroine called Wild Thing. Wolverine also has a son, Sabreclaw (Hudson Logan), with another woman.
During the events of Last Hero Standing, Wolverine is among the heroes kidnapped by Loki as part of his plan to bring about the end of the Age of Heroes.
This version of Wolverine is a member of the Pack.
"Old Man Logan" is a character in an eight-issue story arc in ongoing comic book series Wolverine by the writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven that debuted with Wolverine #66 in June 2008. Set more than fifty years in the future, it features a similar set up to another Millar book, Wanted, in which the world's supervillains ganged together to finally destroy almost all superheroes.
In this future, Logan lives with his wife Maureen, his son Scotty and daughter Jade on a plot of land in Sacramento, California, now part of land known as "Hulkland". He requires money to pay his rent to the landlords of this territory: the descendants of Bruce Banner, the Hulk, who are a product of years of incestuous procreation. He refuses to sell his children's toys to pay for the rent. Logan is shown as a broken old man, refusing to fight anyone and living peacefully; he realizes that he will be unable to pay the rent, and that the Hulk family will not accept a plea to pay double next month on its own.
The Hulk gang arrives the next day to confront Logan on his lack of payment, and violently beat him, deriding his inability to fight back despite once having been the most violent of superheroes; though Logan entertains visions of gutting the eldest Hulk brother, he remains calm and takes his beating, to the disappointment of his son, Scott. While healing from the injuries in bed during the night - though very slowly due to his age - he is confronted by a blinded, elderly Hawkeye. In order to pay off his rent, Logan accepts a job from Hawkeye: help him navigate across the country and deliver a secret package, possibly illegal.
The next morning Logan says goodbye to his wife and children. They leave in the vehicle once known as the Spider-Mobile, newly customized by Hawkeye for a long trek. Hawkeye is in the driving seat; despite his being blind, the vehicle is still his, and Logan's purpose along the journey is to help him stick to the right direction.
Turning on the car's Satnav, Logan (and the reader) sees a map of America, now a land dominated entirely by super-villains, who have renamed cities and areas in America for themselves, with names such as Lair of the Creel Gang, The Lizard King, Paste Pot Creek, Hammer Falls, Osborn City,The Kingdom of the Kingpin, and Doom's Lair. The route plotted for the two old men goes straight through neo-America.
They pass San Francisco, where Mole Man's moloids have devastated the area. A biker gang, calling themselves the "Ghost Riders", attack the two partners and try to see what Hawkeye/Clint Barton is carrying in the Spider-Mobile's trunk. Logan takes a beating from the gang, and Hawkeye kills them all. When asked why he didn't defend himself, Logan has a brief flashback which reveals a massive beating from a being strongly resembling Wild Child or Sabretooth, Apocalypse, Omega Red, and Mr. Sinister. The pair then travel to Hammer Falls, formerly Las Vegas, where people gather to pray for the return of the heroes. There, an Ultron robot tells Clint his third wife, who is Spider-Man's youngest child, is waiting for him: their child got the idea of assuming the mantle of Spider-Girl and went to confront the Kingpin, where she will soon be executed.
Logan and Hawkeye head for the Kingpin's headquarters to rescue Spider-Girl who attempted to defeat the Kingpin with the help of Daredevil and The Punisher. In an arena filled with cheering spectators, the new Kingpin (after stating that he killed Magneto because he got too old, and took his turf) has the two executed by feeding them to dinosaurs.
After crashing the Spider-Mobile through the side of the building holding Spider-Girl, Hawkeye kills all of the guards without the help of Logan. The Kingpin arrives as Hawkeye frees his daughter. But upon being freed, she slays Kingpin and turns on Hawkeye, revealing that she is in fact only interested in ruling over the Kingpin's turf. As Spider-Girl prepares to kill Hawkeye, Logan looks on. Having only accompanied Hawkeye to the end of helping his family out their financial rut and taken a vow of pacifism (refusing to so much as pop his claws for the last several decades) Logan reluctantly prepares to step into the conflict, saying before he does, "Damn you to Hell for making me do this, Hawkeye."
Wolverine then proceeds to drive the Spider-Mobile through the site of the brawl, grab Hawkeye, and crash out the side of the building, the two making a break for it. Spider-Girl then orders her new minions after them, and, soon, Logan and Hawkeye are being chased down by at least fifty cars, some with dinosaurs. Before they can gain on the two heroes, the Moloids collapse the ground around them, swallowing them into the Earth.
Logan awakes a few hours later, completely underground thousands of feet. Logan activates a glow-stick, and sees that the Moloids have devoured everyone except Logan and Hawkeye. He then helps Hawkeye out of an overturned Spider-Mobile, then get in, and use the Spider-Mobile to drive up the wall underground and out of the chasm. They then proceed to drive cross-country, back on their route. On their way, they pass through Paste Pot Creek, Wyoming (home to dinosaur imports from the Savage Land), Electroville (where a collapsed Baxter Building lies over the giant skeleton of Loki), and through South Dakota, where the Red Skull, the new President of the United States, has his face on Mount Rushmore (also home to a host-less Venom symbiote).
They make their way to Iowa, where the two stop at a bar for a drink. It is here that Wolverine reveals that he's only doing this for the money to pay the rent for his family. He says he doesn't get excited by death anymore, and doesn't want to go back to the way he was - that he says he's afraid to. That statement triggers a flashback to Wolverine, costume torn and bloodied, standing over the dead bodies of Omega Red, Mister Sinister, and Lady Deathstrike. A man then comes over and is about to joke about the two heroes' "heart-to-heart" when Wolverine tackles him and puts his fist under his jaw, tempting him to make a joke. He then storms out of the bar, after being stopped by Hawkeye. Hawkeye, frustrated and curious, begs Logan to tell him what happened to him. Logan then agrees to tell him his story about what happened to him on the night the heroes fell.
Wolverine recounts to Hawkeye the tale of the night the heroes fell after a group of supervillains (many of whom were already dead) seemingly invade the mansion. Wolverine begins to evacuate the younger students while the rest of the X-Men had mysteriously vanished since the onslaught began. Finally the fight comes down to Wolverine and Bullseye. After finally killing him off, Bullseye is revealed to be Jubilee. Mysterio appears and the illusion is swept away: Wolverine had slaughtered the X-Men. Stricken with grief, Wolverine runs into the wilderness and is unable to account for his time there. He then tries to kill himself by laying his neck on the train tracks as a train approaches. The act doesn't kill Wolverine but he decides that "Wolverine" is dead, puts the violence of his past behind him and goes simply by Logan. Wolverine hasn't used his claws since that night 50 years ago. After the flashback, Wolverine and Hawkeye set out back on their journey. They come across a young boy named Dwight wearing Ant-Man's helmet and asking for a toll of 80 cents to cross a bridge. If they don't pay he will have the ants take care of them to which Logan replies "Is this a joke?" Hawkeye pays the toll and tells Logan the kid was serious and that it's 80 cents well spent. As they drive over the bridge several corpses are seen under it. They continue on past a herd of dinosaurs while a Venom symbiote-controlled Tyrannosaurus rex follows behind them.
They notice the T. rex and attempt to shoot at it while being monitored on a security screen by Emma Frost. She sends Black Bolt to stop the Venom T. rex with his vocal powers. After repairing the Spider-Mobile, Emma allows Logan and Hawkeye to continue with their journey.
Upon reaching their destination of New Babylon, (formerly New York City, and now covered in all areas with propaganda by the Red Skull), Hawkeye reveals that the box contains 99 samples of the super soldier serum to be used by members of an underground resistance to form a new group of Avengers to tackle the villains. Hawkeye's price for delivering the package is that he wants to be given one of the samples so that he can join the new Avengers. Unfortunately, the resistance movement is a hoax and the whole deal was part of a sting operation by S.H.I.E.L.D. Logan is gunned down by the undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. operatives and Hawkeye is then killed.
Logan is stuffed into a body bag and taken to the Red Skull's trophy room. Once inside, his wounds heal and he bursts out of the body bag and takes out Skull's goons, declaring that the Red Skull is "going down". Red Skull seals the room, and then laughs and mocks him, pointing out that Logan has never popped his claws in fifty years. The two fight and throw each other into the trophy case, causing hero memorabilia to fall onto the floor. Red Skull grabs the Ebony Blade while Logan takes hold of Captain America's shield. After a short duel between them, Logan gets the best of the Red Skull and pins him. After the Red Skull mocks him again, Logan decapitates him with the shield. As guards attempt to break into the room, Logan quickly dons Iron Man's armor and escapes. A few days later, he at last reaches his farm and meets up with his neighbor Donovan, who leads Logan to his house. Once they arrive, Donovan reveals that the Hulk Gang "got bored" and killed Logan's family while waiting for him as Logan himself looks over their broken corpses. Donovan believes that Logan should bury his family's bodies, as he sees it as the right thing to do. Logan, however, responds by saying "The name isn't Logan, bub...it's Wolverine" and then pops his claws for the first time in fifty years.
The story is to be concluded in Giant Size Old Man Logan (September 2009)
Spider-Man Unlimited (a comic based on the Spider-Man Unlimited animated series) introduces a bestial version of Wolverine in #6 .
This version of Wolverine comes from hundreds of years into the future. He is part of a group called "The Last Defenders", who, led by a future version of Sue Storm, have come back in time to save the last of humanity. This future Logan later briefly encounters his younger self at the future Sue's funeral, telling him, "Don't even ask."
Wolverine appears in comics published under the Ultimate Marvel banner, particularly Ultimate X-Men. Within this continuity the character is depicted as an assassin for Magneto's Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. The character is shown within the series as being assigned the task of infiltrating the X-Men to assassinate Professor Xavier. As the series progresses, Wolverine discovers acceptance, purpose and love as a member of the team.[volume & issue needed] The character enjoys a sexual relationship with team-mate Jean Grey, which she dissolves upon discovering his connection to the Brotherhood. Wolverine eventually betrays and attacks Magneto, abandoning his initial mission and joining the X-Men outright.[volume & issue needed]
The most visible difference between the Ultimate Wolverine character and that of the character in the Marvel Universe continuity is physiological. The Ultimate Wolverine is shown to be taller, with a leaner muscular build. The character has also been presented as immune to mind-reading abilities, his back story involving brain washing which the creators have used to establish this immunity.[volume & issue needed] His personality differs from his mainstream counterpart in that he is most commonly represented as amoral; whereas Earth-616 Wolverine is shown to follow a strict code of honor.
Much of this version of Wolverine's history is still unknown. It has been revealed in the Ultimate X-Men/Ultimates crossover miniseries through claims made by Captain America that Wolverine serves in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II as Corporal James "Lucky Jim" Howlett. This storyline also establishes within the continuity the character's invisibility to radar. This is shown to be due to the modifications made by Weapon X. The Weapon X records on Wolverine have been shown to have been destroyed by Sabretooth, the writers presenting these as being the only record of his past.[volume & issue needed] However, in Ultimate Origins #1, it was revealed that this version of Wolverine was originally a normal human who was used as a test subject in Weapon X's attempts to create a super-soldier. When his DNA was altered, he was turned into the very first mutant.
Wolverine also recently teamed up with the Ultimates, in "Ultimates 3." In this series he travels to the savage land with the Ultimates to try to stop Magneto.
Further changes within this continuity include the character of Cable being established as a future version of Wolverine. He has lost his healing factor and sports a bionic arm. He travels from approximately 30 years in the future to the past in order to kill Professor Xavier.
After the X-Men team is disbanded, Bishop invites Wolverine to join a new team of X-Men focusing on taking the fight to the enemy. Wolverine accepts, but during the course of the storyline it is revealed that Bishop is working with Cable. Wolverine stabs Bishop and leaves him for dead. In the Apocalypse arc (Ultimate X-Men #91), Wolverine's arm is ripped off and his healing factor was apparently absorbed by Apocalypse. He regains both his healing factor and his arm as a result of Phoenix's reality reboot following the defeat of Apocalypse.
In Ultimate Fantastic Four/X-Men it is revealed that in a possible future a severed Wolverine is used as an original template to create an army of sentinels which share his and personality traits. Toward the end of the issue present day Rogue and Wolverine discover the mutilated body and he asks them to kill him in order to cease the production.
During the events of Ultimatum, Wolverine is forced to travel to the Savage Land to find the brainwashed Jamie Madrox and eventually kill him, to stop the waves of Madrox suicide bombers worldwide. He then vows he'll do the same thing to Magneto.
Ultimate Wolverine makes an appearance in the video game Ultimate Spider-Man, as the first boss faced by Venom.Template:Fact
This version also possesses a much greater healing factor, allowing him even to survive decapitation. Nick Fury notes that while speaking to his head that Logan is breathing through his skin since he was lacking lungs, hinting that his mutation might not be about healing but rather surviving.
In an alternate reality, Genesis is successful in his attempt to re-implant Adamantium into Wolverine's skeleton, and Wolverine becomes Apocalypse's Horseman of Death. He kills Apocalypse and every single supervillain. Death is hunted by superheroes when he begins to kill common criminals. When Wolverine disappears, a superhuman police force called the War Watch forms to protect the public from The Enemy, as Wolverine is now dubbed, while the Wolf Pack, a gang of criminals, becomes a cult of sorts, inspired by Wolverine's violent tendencies. Secretly, Wolverine seeks redemption and calls himself Brother Xavier.
In What If?' #74, Wolverine also becomes lord of the Vampires while battling Dracula. Only Frank Castle, the Punisher, can vanquish these undead beasts.
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In this non-canon series by writer Paul Jenkins and artist Claudio Castellini purporting to be Wolverine's last adventure, Logan is an old man living in the Canadian wilderness making a modest living selling animal pelts. His only friend is a sixty-one year old man called George, who has been delivering Logan's groceries since he was a child. Though Logan has aged incredibly slowly, it seems that the long, long years have finally started to catch up with him. Though still faster than a normal man, he isn't as fast as he used to be and has trouble keeping up with the animals he hunts due to arthritis in his hands. His claws no longer work properly and one of them has even been broken off. Logan knows that, despite his healing factor, he will die soon. He doubts his own sanity and his memories, including the Weapon X program. This doubt is exacerbated by the spirit of Professor X, who lives on (in diminished capacity) in Logan's mind.
One day, Wolverine is invited to the funeral of Victor Creed, also known as Sabretooth. After denouncing Sabretooth's faith in God as a fear of death, Wolverine receives a letter from Creed's attorney. He has George drive him to an ancient and destitute mansion in Alberta. After quickly walking through the mansion, George notices that a crest above the fireplace is the same as on the letter given to him by Creed. Wolverine finds the grave of John Howlett and a book entitled Ghosts of Japan: Lost Rituals of the Kanaguri. Someone had left the book on the grave earlier that day, knowing that Wolverine had lived both in Japan and in that region of Alberta. Paranoid, Wolverine goes to a port on the West Coast and stows away on a ship headed for Japan. Before he leaves, he has George go back to his home, asking him to check a stack of magazines in his cabin, saying "one of them ain't right. It ain't...me, if ya follow".
While working as a galley assistant on the voyage to Japan, Logan reads Lost Rituals of the Kanaguri, and learns that it is a factual account of a supposedly extinct evil Shinto sect. When he arrives at his destination, he breaks up a Kanaguri ritual. He asks the participants if they are working for Weapon X. The leader of the group declares his allegiance to the White Ghost, before being killed by a shadowy figure. Logan follows the figure up the mountain, where he is attacked and left for dead. Just before Logan passes out, the White Ghost says, "I could have killed you, old man. Any time in the last two hundred years, I could have killed you."
Back in Canada, George sifts through the magazines. Among Popular Mechanics and Custom Bikes, he finds an issue of Wine Lover. George recognizes the title is an anagram of "Wolverine". A note in the magazine gives George the login information to access Logan's computer. George finds instructions from Wolverine and is given the location of a large amount of cash, which he is to use to purchase a list of items. He is told to keep whatever money is left over as a tip (a joke that refers to a conversation in the first issue of the series, in which George complains that in fifty years of grocery deliveries, Logan has never given him a tip).
In Japan, Logan awakes. He discovers that the White Ghost is none other than John Howlett III, his brother, presumed dead during Logan's childhood. He is a mutant, with Logan's claws and healing factor, but also the power of invisibility and intangibility (similar to Shadowcat). He used these in a successful career as a spy, which in combination with his share of the Howlett fortune, has made him rich. He became involved in the Weapon X program and watched Logan all through his life. He promises to tell Logan everything as soon as he completes his scheme: to teleport an atomic weapon into the atmosphere over Las Vegas. With this act, the American economy will collapse, and mutants will ascend in the resulting chaos. They struggle, falling out of a window. As they land, John is impaled on Logan's claws. With his dying breath, he tells Logan he's sorry that he doesn't have enough time to tell him about Rose. John dies in Logan's arms, just as Japanese attack helicopters arrive with orders to destroy the compound and all its occupants, Logan included.
In this comic by Tsutomu Nihei, Wolverine is sent into an alternate future, arriving there by the hand of the humans of that age in need of a weapon to fight against a race of engineered viruses that grow up to be sentient beings, and who can only be destroyed with adamantium. Though whether this is the future of the Marvel universe or whether it is a crossover into another universe is not completely made clear. This is mainly because Marvel has so many alternate futures and universes, making it difficult to place this particular world within them.
In the alternate future of X-Men: The End, Wolverine is caring for a crippled Storm and has given up his life as an X-Man. However after being attacked by a Warskrull, Wolverine and Storm return to the X-Men only to find a crater where the mansion stood. Wolverine along with Rachel Summers, X-23 and a few others were sent to find out what happened to Cable and his team. Wolverine and Jean Grey/Phoenix meet up again. Jean helps Logan break free of the Lady Mastermind and later helps him heal.
In a dystopic future depicted in the final two issues of "Young X-Men," an aged Logan is one of only four remaining mutants on "Xaviera," a former mutant safe-haven independent state and utopia. Anole, Emma Frost (now calling herself "Diamondheart"), Graymalkin, and an incapacitated and greatly aged Ink. Dust suddenly appears, now greatly changed in her appearance and persona with altered powers. Wolverine firsts catches her scent in the building after a mission causing her to reveal herself. He offers no resistance against her, stating that he can't promise the same from the others. Asking her why she's "doing this," Dust responds that it is because mutants allowed her to die. Wolverine tells her to "get bent," and she immediately kills him, leaving nothing but his adamantium skeleton.