X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Question: Given that Logan's body (skin, bone, muscle, etc) is what "regenerates" quickly, and Adamantium is absolutely fixed once it is solidified, Logan would now have two permanent holes in the front of his skull from the bullets fired into his brain to destroy his memories at the end of the film? Unlike the skin, muscle, bone and brain tissue, the Adamantium would not "heal over" or regenerate, so the two vulnerable bits of bone would remain, a bit of a vital vulnerability in a dangerous area of the body.

Chosen answer: That would indeed seem to be the case. Granted, it would have to be an extremely lucky shot to find one of those holes under his flesh, but, yes, it is an apparent vulnerability.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Near the end, in the lab, Victor Creed tells Kayla that her powers of persuasion will not work on him. Why is that?

Allister Cooper, 2011

Chosen answer: Her power works by manipulating parts of the mind. Since Victor and Logan both regenerate her power can't affect them because they essentially "heal/regenerate" the part she is manipulating. Granted Prof. X threatens Logan with this in the original movies, but he is much more powerful, or could have been bluffing.

Question: Does Colonel Stryker have more than one son? Assuming he is the same character played by Brian Cox in X-Men III, he has another son in a wheelchair that can't be Wade.

Allister Cooper, 2011

Chosen answer: First of all, Stryker was in "X2", not 3. Secondly, Wade was never his son. Stryker only has one son, named Jason. In this movie he can be seen encased in ice (to protect people from him), but it is obviously him (note his eye colour - one brown, one blue). It's far from unthinkable that sometime between this movie and "X2", his father's experiments on him put Jason in a wheelchair.

Twotall

Question: Toward the end, in Stryker's island compound, Logan is astonished to see Kayla still alive. Kayla explains that Victor only gave her an injection that simulated her death, and we then see a flashback clip of Victor sloshing a container of blood on Kayla's unconscious body to complete the illusion that he had murdered her. What did Logan do with Kayla's body after discovering it? Did he take her body to a hospital or at least to local authorities, where it would certainly be determined that she had no wounds? Being so much in love with her, why wouldn't Logan himself inspect Kayla's body for actual wounds? How is it possible that Logan was fooled by a little spilled blood on her clothing when he had personally witnessed Victor's savage work many times in combat settings over the previous century? Is there any official explanation for this glaring plot-hole?

Charles Austin Miller

Chosen answer: There's enough in the film to give a number of plausible reasons for Logan's action, however, the film makers wanted to move the plot along and not exploring a side story isn't a plot hole. First, it was more than simple spilt blood that tricked Logan. Victor gave her an injection that simulated her death (although one could take issue with the fact they used hydrochlorothiazide to achieve this). We know Logan has hyper senses and the simulated death could have been enough for him to think she was beyond help (i.e. He couldn't hear her heartbeat). Second, his first thoughts were revenge, so rather than tend to the body, he immediately sought after Victor, which led directly to him becoming Wolverine. But we also know Kayla (Silver Fox) is a mutant who can manipulate people's minds, so she could have manipulated him into the actions he takes, or doesn't take (although it could be debated if she could fully manipulate Logan, we know she had some effect on him and was able to calm him). Additionally, since she was a mutant, Logan may have also been skeptical about bringing her to a hospital.

Question: What is the other short scene, involving Wolverine, at the end of the movie?

newtrekkilover

Chosen answer: Logan is sitting in a bar in Japan, drinking. The bartender asks him if he's drinking to forget. Logan replies that he's drinking to remember.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Where exactly does Wolverine's Adamantium procedure take place? is it the same place we see in the second X-Men movie? because they both seem a little different.

LazyBoy09

Chosen answer: Its supposed to be the same place. Namely Alkili Lake, British Columbia, Canada. It's Stryker's base of operations for his Weapon X Program until Wolverine escapes and he is forced to shut down. He then moves to 3 mile Island to complete Weapon XI, where he keeps the rest of his captured Mutants. He obviously continues to use the Lake base off the record, likely changing and adapting the interior as time goes on, which would account for differences between Origins and X-Men 2.

Question: In the opening credits, do Victor and Logan fight in both World Wars as Americans or Canadians?

Chosen answer: In WWII they are fighting for the Americans for sure, you can tell by the uniforms they are wearing. I am not sure about WW1, it was hard to tell the uniforms apart. But since they are fighting for the Americans in all of the others, it is probably a good bet they where in WW1 as well.

pross79

Question: How much time passed from the time Wolverine left the team in Africa till Silverfox was "killed"?

Chosen answer: Six years.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Was the scene of a naked Wolverine arriving at the elderly couple's farmhouse supposed to be some kind of a reference to Superman? The couple seemed to resemble Ma and Pa Kent, the house and farm looked identical to the ones in the Superman films and Logan turning up naked seemed to mirror the fact that baby Clark was naked when he first arrived. So was it intentional?

Gavin Jackson

Chosen answer: There is nothing that the filmakers have said to indicate that this is a reference to Superman. In addition, since this is a Marvel comic, and Superman was was/is a DC comic, it's unlikely.

wizard_of_gore Premium member

Question: Have the filmmakers offered any explanation as to why they used CGI for Wolverine's claws in the bathroom scene? As has been pointed out numerous times, the CGI is very poor. Given that the previous three X-Men films used practical claws that looked just fine, this seemed like a very impractical thing to do, especially considering the extra time and money going with CGI would require.

Phaneron Premium member

Chosen answer: While it's not a definitive answer, the practical claws were still dangerous and several stunt people, and Hugh Jackman himself, have been injured during filming of the X-Men films. I don't know if they simply wanted to try to be safer or if there was a request made. Plus, the other films still used CGI claws for certain scenes, so perhaps they thought they could pull it off. It should be noted that Hugh Jackman went back to practical claws during filming of The Wolverine.

Bishop73

Question: There is a deleted scene where Stryker erases Logan's memory so he would not remember Kayla betraying him, but did Logan not think that Stryker might make him work for him again? I know Logan doesn't want that.

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Answer: Logan doesn't care about whether or not he works for Stryker anymore. He just wants to get Victor. He's driven completely by revenge, which as it turns out is exactly what Stryker thought would happen.

BaconIsMyBFF

Question: Why did Stryker bother using the adamantium bullets in Logan? Logan was never coming back.

THE GAMER NEXT DOOR

Chosen answer: Wolverine was in the middle of laying waste to Stryker's facility, releasing his mutant prisoners and battling Deadpool/Weapon XI. Wolverine is a big liability to Stryker at this point and he wants to eliminate him.

Phaneron Premium member

Question: What is the age difference between Victor and Logan?

Chosen answer: This is hard to definitively say. In the comics, Victor is never the half-brother of Logan. This movie is based on a 6-part comic book series called "Origin" (also known as Origin: The True Story of Wolverine). In it, Logan/Wolverine is revealed to be James Howlett. Dog Logan (yes, Dog as in the animal) is Thomas Logan's son (Thomas Logan being a groundskeeper for the Howletts). It is then revealed Thomas Logan is James Howlett's father as well. In the comics, Dog was born 1882. Wolverine's actual birth year is never definitive, but said to be between 1882-1885. However, Dog Logan is not Victor Creed/Sabertooth in the comics (as of yet). So the film turned Dog into Victor. So in this film, Victor is probably 1 or 2 years older than Logan. In the film, the actor who portrays young Victor is only a year older than the actor who portrays young Logan.

Bishop73

Question: What year does this movie's climax take place in? Because a mutant wearing a mouth gag with ginger hair can be seen as one of Stryker's prisoners, and this prisoner is meant to be Banshee. However, in Days of Future Past, it is mentioned that Banshee died at some point before 1971 due to experimentation, I realize there are other continuity issues within this "canon" and that some of them have been rectified if not completely erased from the timeline, but I love Banshee and am just trying to connect each of his appearances. It makes sense that he would be a prisoner of Stryker's since Stryker and Trask were working together in 1971, but only if the end of Origins takes place before then.

Chosen answer: The climax took place on 3 Mile Island which had a partial meltdown at their #2 reactor in March of 1979. This meltdown could be cover in the story for the damage to the island.

Question: I don't know if this was answered in the comic books, but here goes. Wolverine's claws were irregularly shaped before the bonding. So, how could they become perfectly razor shaped after the procedure all by themselves? I don't think that adamantium itself would perfect the shape of the claws all by himself, so how it is possible? And how come his teeth remained unchanged?

Domagoj Rimac

Chosen answer: The claws could have been "pre-installed" before the skeletal bonding process, as simply as Wolverine extending his bone claws into blade-shaped moulds of liquid adamantium. Teeth aren't actually made of bone but enamel, so the bonding process may have been specific to bone.

Sierra1 Premium member

Question: What kind of car is it that Logan and his wife are driving in?

Chosen answer: A 1965 Chevrolet El Camino.

MasterOfAll

Question: How does the adamantium bullet erase Wolverine's memory? They say in the movie that it wouldn't kill him just erase his memory, I don't understand how.

pepino81

Chosen answer: The bullet pierces his skull and tears up his brain. He can heal from the wound, but the memories that were held in those sections of the brain are not restored because there's no record of them in his DNA.

Garlonuss Premium member

Question: When Zero shoots Wolverine's forehead in the lab, the bullet only penetrates the skin and not his skull, we can see his metal skull. In X-Men 2, the police shoot Wolverine's forehead and the bullet penetrate his skull. It's like the adamantium skull become can be penetrated. Well, it's different from X-Men Origin. Why?

Chosen answer: It doesn't penetrate his skull in X-Men 2 - the bullet simply flattens against the adamantium and it takes his healing factor a few moments to heal the wound enough to force it out. When Zero shoots him, the bullet doesn't lodge in the wound, so we can see the metal through the hole.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: Did Patrick Stewart physically perform for this film as Charles Xavier, or was the scene with him either computer-generated or shot with a look-alike?

Chosen answer: Yes, that was Patrick Stewart, digitally de-aged in post-production to look younger than he does in the later-set X-Men films.

Tailkinker Premium member

Question: How come Wade has to take out all those guards, and why not his teammates? Agent Zero, Wolverine, Sabretooth, Wraith, and the big guy can easily take them out as they are powerful mutants.

rockmandrum

Chosen answer: Stryker simply knew that they were all eager to show their skills and knew that wade wouldn't have any trouble doing it. He wanted to see how good his team was and this was a good way. Anyhow given how eager Wade was, he probably let him just to shut him up.

Gavin Jackson

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