5 Insightful Wolverine Fan Theories That Make Sense

Wolverine is without a doubt one of the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe, and because of his mysterious origin, he’s sparked a plethora of fan theories throughout the years. After all, it took Marvel decades to disclose his true identity and origin, so the time between his introduction and the release of Wolverine: Origin is jam-packed with fantastic fan ideas. When it comes to Marvel’s deadliest mutant, fans have theorized about everything possible. The most intriguing fan theories are on this list, and they’re all from the Fan-Theories subreddit. Fans publish their theories on the website, and the most realistic and logical ones tend to stand out. Check them out below, and if you discover one you believe is actually credible, make sure to upvote it to see which one gets to the top.

5. Wolverine Wears Bright Yellow Spandex To Protect Younger X-Men:

From Redditor u/crime_thug:

I was reading an interview with “The Wolverine” director James Mangold on why they haven’t used Wolverine’s yellow superhero suit from the comics in any of the movies after teasing it in the trailers. He goes on to say: “Nothing seems less Wolverine-like than wanting to put on a branded suit, preferably canary yellow, and go about performing good things and having people exclaim, “Oh my God! It’s the X-Wolverine! ” Men’s That, at least as I view him, has always been a source of difficulty for me.” This, I believe, is correct, and it also applies to comic books. The austere, grouchy, serious Wolverine lacks the personality to go with his spectacular bright yellow suit. So why is he wearing it? Consider this: He appears to exclusively wear the yellow outfit while working with the X-Men. When he works alone, he normally wears his regular attire. Depending on the version of the squad, about half of the X-Men are adolescents. On most teams, there is at least one underage player. The X-uniquely Men’s reactive character as a superhero team comprised of persecuted minorities makes putting extremely powerful kids in dangerous circumstances appear somewhat justified. Wolverine is incredibly tough and, for the most part, resistant to injury. Wolverine is fiercely protective of the X-youth. Consider his fan-favorite mentorship arcs with Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, X-23, Rogue, and others. In Jason Aaron’s run, Logan establishes his own X-Men branch independent from Cyclops’, and one of the primary areas of conflict is Cyclops’ and Xavier’s employment of minors and teens on the X-teams. Divert attention away from the X-“kid Men’s soldiers,” who, absent the comic’s horrific circumstances, probably shouldn’t be battling enormous robots and future mercenaries in the first place, and towards a person who can’t be seriously hurt. Wolverine dons a stupid, bright yellow outfit (which completely contradicts his nature) so that Sentinels target him instead of the younger X-Men who should not even be present.

4. Wolverine Smokes Cigars To Mask Other Scents:

From Redditor u/twitchedawake:

It’s a rather easy and uncomplicated one. Wolverine’s mutation includes an exceptionally acute sense of smell. Logan smokes cigars, which have a strong odour, to help him cope with the millions of fragrances he encounters on a daily basis, which cause his mutant talents to overpower him. Imagine being confined in a new automobile for the whole day, after stepping in dog poop and driving through a freshly painted paper mill.

3. Wolverine Feels High When His Healing Factor Kicks In:

From Redditor u/greenteaarizona_:

We know from several comic book sources (as well as some confirmation from the Captain America film) that those who have healing qualities have a harder time feeling the effects of alcohol and other substances. So, in my opinion, Wolverine prefers the sensation of his body regenerating above anything else. That’s why he’s always smoking and drinking; the narcotics don’t give him as much joy as the natural healing aspect. It may also explain why he is so rash in combat. The higher the high from healing, the more severely harmed he is in battle.

2. Logan’s Memory Loss Is The Result Of His Own Attempts At Suicide:

From Redditor u/sonnytron:

Logan, unable to live with the shame and reality of the horrible things he had done or was subjected to, attempted suicide numerous times over his lengthy life, according to my theory. He is a healer… Even his brain, I suppose, recovers. It makes no sense that his “brain” would be injured and unable to recover when he really survived nuclear bombs and concussive strikes that would render others vegetative. However, even if the brain tissue recovers, memories do not return. Logan had lived through many generations of warfare, serving as an instrument for hatred of others even when he didn’t believe in the cause or want to participate. When he couldn’t take it any longer, he made terrible attempts to commit suicide, seeking to escape the tragedy and anguish, constantly jealous of others who could be free of their pain. The Adamantium or Logan’s wrath had nothing to do with Xavier’s inability to view those memories. It was because only bits and pieces of it remained in his brain, and Xavier could only see the bits and pieces that remained. I know it’s terrible or upsetting to think about, but the bond between Xavier and Logan in the movie was really intense and emotional. I believe Xavier was aware that he would never be able to retrieve all of Logan’s memories, but he utilized the repeated efforts to bring Logan back to the house so he could talk to him, have him connect with other mutants, and feel at home. In fact, the only time we saw Logan hesitate to agree to something in 17 years of appearances was when a passer-by mistook Xavier for his father…..Even wild cats will come to a household if they are loved and fed.

1. The Phoenix Force Lives Inside Logan’s Subconscious:

From Redditor u/theconstipator:

So, as shown in the post-credits sequence of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Apocalypse will be the next great enemy in the X-Men universe. It makes sense, given that the upcoming X-Men film is titled X-Men: Apocalypse. I have a notion regarding the climactic battle in X-Men: Apocalypse. According to the thread I cited, the most plausible explanation for Apoc’s appearance is that time travel messed up s**t in DOFP. What I think would be interesting is a huge awesome battle between Apoc and the X-Men after Apoc does his/her (really not sure) thing and f**ks up the planet. Here’s my prediction for how things will play out. My idea is that the Phoenix energy has been dwelling in Wolverine’s mind since Jean died.


The X-Wolverine. Men’s Jean Grey appears as Logan’s wife in Wolverine’s dream sequences. But, what if he’s only recalling the lady he once loved? Except he was recalling her in an odd way. Didn’t she give off the impression that she was blaming Logan for her death? Maybe it’s just a metaphor for Logan blaming himself. But don’t you think it odd that she seemed to be…inviting Wolverine to be with her? i.e., Will You Perish? Yes, it may be Logan’s self-pity for what he did, as well as a suicide notion. But I believe it was the Phoenix in the shape of Jean who was speaking bad things and such.


Wolverine, as we saw in Days of Future Past, does not have a typical brain. His healing factor prevents his soul from being swallowed by the Phoenix, just as it prevents his soul from being split apart by journeying 60 years back in time. His healing factor suppresses the Phoenix force sufficiently that it can only communicate with Logan in his deep, deep subconscious…i.e., his dreams.

A Still Of Hugh Jackman Playing Wolverine
A Still Of Hugh Jackman Playing Wolverine

So there you have it: 5 logical Wolverine fan theories. To be honest, Wolverine is one of the greatest X-Men of all time. He’s one of the most badass characters both in the comics and in the movies. Wolverine is the most renegade mutant of them all. He is played by Hugh Jackman in the X-Men franchise. Until then, we’ll see you guys in the next one, and don’t forget to keep reading Animated Times, your one-stop destination for learning more about the entertainment industry, new movies and TV series, celebrity gossip, and so much more. We’ve got your back on all fronts. Continue reading Animated Times for more.

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