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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

This article is about the lm. For the video game, see
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (video game). For the related
toyline, see X-Men Origins: Wolverine (toyline). For
other uses, see Wolverine. For the 2013 lm, see The
Wolverine (lm).

The trauma activates the boys mutation: bone claws protrude from his knuckles, and he kills Thomas, who reveals that he is Jamess real father. James ees along with
Thomass son Victor Creed, who is thus Jamess halfbrother. They spend the next century as soldiers, ghting in the American Civil War, both World Wars, and
the Vietnam War. In Vietnam, Victor attempts to rape a
Vietnamese woman, and kills a senior ocer who tries to
stop him. James defends Victor and the two are sentenced
to execution by ring squad, which they survive. Major William Stryker approaches them in military custody,
and oers them membership in Team X, a group of mutants including Agent Zero, Wade Wilson, John Wraith,
Fred Dukes, and Chris Bradley. They join the team for
a few years, with James now using the alias Logan, but
the groups (especially Victors) disregard for human life
causes James to leave.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a 2009 American


superhero lm based on the Marvel Comics ctional character Wolverine, distributed by 20th Century Fox. It is
the fourth installment and the rst spino in the X-Men
lm series. The lm was directed by Gavin Hood, written by David Benio and Skip Woods, and produced by
and starring Hugh Jackman. It co-stars Liev Schreiber,
Danny Huston, Dominic Monaghan and Ryan Reynolds.
The lm is a prequel/spin-o focusing on the violent past
of the mutant Wolverine and his relationship with his
half-brother Victor Creed. The plot details Wolverines
childhood as James Howlett (Troye Sivan), his early encounters with Major William Stryker, his time with Team
X, and the bonding of Wolverines skeleton with the indestructible metal adamantium during the Weapon X program.

Six years later, James (now using the name Logan) is


working as a lumberjack in Canada, where he lives with
his girlfriend Kayla Silverfox. Stryker and Zero approach
Logan at work. Stryker reports that Wade and Bradley
have been killed, and he thinks someone is targeting the
teams members. Logan refuses to rejoin Stryker, but after nding Kaylas bloodied body in the woods, Logan
realizes Victor is responsible. He nds him at a local bar,
but Logan loses the subsequent ght. Afterward, Stryker
explains that Victor has gone rogue, and oers Logan a
way to become strong enough to get his revenge. Logan
undergoes a painful operation to reinforce his skeleton
with adamantium, a virtually indestructible metal. Once
the procedure is complete, Stryker attempts to betray Logan by ordering that his memory be erased, but Logan
overhears this and escapes to a nearby farm, where an elderly couple take him in. Zero kills them the following
morning and tries to kill Logan. Logan takes down Zeros
helicopter, killing him, and swears to kill both Stryker
and Victor.

The lm was mostly shot in Australia and New Zealand,


with Canada also serving as a location. Filming took
place from January to May of 2008. Production and
post-production were troubled, with delays due to the
weather and Jackmans other commitments, an incomplete screenplay that was still being written in Los Angeles while principal photography rolled in Australia, conicts arising between director Hood and Foxs executives,
and an unnished workprint being leaked on the Internet
one month before the lms debut.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine was released worldwide on
May 1, 2009, the lm was a nancial success, opening
at the top of the box oce and grossing $179 million
in the United States and Canada and over $373 million
worldwide. The movie received generally negative reviews, with critics considering the lm uninspired, criticizing its screenplay and poorly-produced CGI, though
praising Jackmans performance. Jackman himself was
unhappy with the lm. Another Wolverine lm titled The
Wolverine was released in 2013 to positive reviews.

Logan locates John and Fred at a boxing club. Fred explains that Victor is still working for Stryker, hunting
down mutants for Stryker to experiment on at his new
laboratory, located at a place called The Island. Fred
mentions Remy Gambit LeBeau, is the only one who
escaped from the island and therefore knows its location. John and Logan nd LeBeau in New Orleans, then
both ght Victor, who kills John and extracts his DNA.
Agreeing to help release mutants that Stryker has cap1 Plot
tured, Gambit takes Logan to Strykers facility on Three
Mile Island. Logan learns that Kayla is alive, having been
In 1845, James Howlett, a boy living in Canada, witnesses coerced by Stryker into keeping tabs on him in exchange
his father being killed by groundskeeper Thomas Logan.
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for her sisters safety. However, Stryker refuses to release her sister and denies Victor the adamantium bonding promised for his service, claiming that test results revealed Victor would not survive the operation. Stryker
activates Wade, now known as Weapon XI, a mutant
killer with the powers of multiple mutants, who he refers
to as the Deadpool.
While Logan and Victor join forces to ght Weapon XI,
Kayla is mortally wounded leading the Islands captive
mutants including a teenager named Scott Summers
to safety. The mutants are subsequently rescued by
Professor Charles Xavier. Logan decapitates Weapon
XI, destroying one of the cooling towers in the process. Stryker arrives and shoots Logan in the head with
adamantium bullets, rendering him unconscious. Before
Stryker can shoot Kayla, she grabs him and uses her mutant power to persuade him to turn around and walk away
until his feet bleed. Logan regains consciousness but has
lost his memory. He sees Kaylas body, but does not recognize her, and leaves the island.
In a mid-credits scene, Stryker is detained for questioning
by some MPs in connection with the death of his superior, General Munson, whom Stryker did in fact kill after Munson declared his intention to shut down Strykers
project. In a post-credits scene, Logan tells a Japanese
barmaid hes drinking to remember. In another, Deadpool is shown to still be alive.

Cast

Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch, Liev Schreiber,


Lynn Collins, and will.i.am at the premiere in Tempe, Arizona.

Hugh Jackman as James Logan Howlett / Wolverine:


A Canadian mutant and future X-Men member
and often referred as Jimmy by Victor Creed.
Jackman, who played Wolverine in the previous lms, has also become producer of the lm
via his company Seed Productions, and earned
$25 million for the lm.[4] Jackman underwent

CAST

a high intensity weight training regimen to improve his physique for the role. He altered the
program to shock his body into change and also
performed cardiovascular workouts. Jackman
noted no digital touches were applied to his
physique in a shot of him rising from the tank
within which Wolverine has his bones infused
with adamantium.[5]
Troye Sivan as young James Howlett:
Casting directors cast Sivan as the
young Wolverine after seeing him
sing at the Channel Seven Perth
Telethon, and he was accepted after sending in an audition tape.[6]
Kodi Smit-McPhee was originally
cast in the role, when lming
was originally beginning in December 2007,[7] but he opted out
to lm The Road.[8] Smit-McPhee
was later cast as Kurt Wagner /
Nightcrawler in the 2016 lm XMen: Apocalypse.
Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed:
Logans mutant half-brother and fellow soldier, who would later become his nemesis
Sabretooth. Jackman and Hood compared
Wolverine and Sabretooths relationship to the
BorgMcEnroe rivalry in the world of tennis:
they are enemies but they can't live without
each other. Sabretooth represents the pure animal and embodies the darker side of Wolverines character, the aspect Wolverine hates
about himself. These characters are two sides
to the same coin.[9] Tyler Mane, who played
him in X-Men, had hoped to reprise the role.[10]
Jackman worked with Schreiber before, in the
2001 romantic comedy Kate & Leopold and
described him as having a competitive streak
necessary to portray Sabretooth. They egged
each other on on set to perform more and more
stunts. Schreiber put on 40 lb (18 kg) of muscle
for the part,[11] and described Sabretooth as the
most monstrous role he ever played. As a child,
he loved the Wolverine comics because of their
unique urban sensibility. Schreiber had studied to be a ght choreographer and wanted to
be a dancer like Jackman, so he enjoyed working out their ght scenes.[12]
Michael James Olsen as young Victor
Creed
Danny Huston as Major William Stryker:

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Huston was originally in negotiations for the
part,[13] while Brian Cox, who played the character in X2, wanted to reprise the role. He
believed computer-generated imagery, similar
to the program applied to Patrick Stewart and
Ian McKellen in the opening ashback of XMen: The Last Stand, would allow him to appear as the younger Stryker.[14] Huston liked
the complex Stryker, who both loves and hates
mutants because his son was a mutant and
drove his wife to suicide. So he understands
what they're going through, but despises their
destructive force. He compared the character to a racehorse breeder, who rears his mutant experiments like children but abandons
them when something goes wrong. His son is
shown to be frozen at the Weapon X facility
and the reason Stryker starts the Weapon XI
program.[11]
will.i.am as John Wraith:
A teleporting mutant. It is will.i.ams major
live-action lm debut. Although he initially did
not get on with the casting director, he got the
role because he wanted to play a mutant with
the same power as Nightcrawler. He enrolled
in boot camp to get into shape for the part.[15]
When lming a ght, he scarred his knuckles
after accidentally punching and breaking the
camera.[16]
Lynn Collins as Kayla Silverfox:
Wolverines
native-American
(Blackfoot/Niitstapi) mutant love interest and
pawn of Stryker. She has the powers of tactile
telepathy and hypnosis which allows her to
control or convince others to do the things she
wants them to by physical touch.[11] However,
Victor is immune to telepathy. Describing her
role, Collins said I had to play o all the guys
and their testosterone-heavy abilities. But I
learned that the female powers of persuasion
easily trump fangs and knives and guns.[17]
Michelle Monaghan turned down the role
because of scheduling conicts, despite her
enthusiasm to work with Jackman.[18]
Kevin Durand as Fred J. Dukes / The Blob:
A mutant with a nearly indestructible layer of
skin. In the lms early sequences, he is a
formidable ghting man, but years later, due to
a poor diet, has gained an enormous amount of
weight.[11] A fan of the X-Men movies, Durand
contacted the producers for a role as soon as

news of a new lm came out.[19] The suit went


through six months of modications, and had a
tubing system inside to cool Durand down with
ice water.[20]
Dominic Monaghan as Chris Bradley:
A mutant who can manipulate electricity and
electronic objects.[21] It was originally reported
that Monaghan was going to play Barnell Bohusk / Beak.[22]
Taylor Kitsch as Remy LeBeau / Gambit:
A Cajun mutant thief who has the ability to
convert the potential energy of any object he
touches into kinetic energy, forcing it to explode. The size of the object determines the
magnitude of the resulting explosion.[11] He is
also skilled in the use of a sta, and happens to
be very agile. Due to the nature of his power,
he displays supernatural durability, being able
to take Wolverines elbow to his face and return
to ght moments later. When asked about his
thoughts on the character, Kitsch had said, I
knew of him, but I didn't know the following
he had. I'm sure I'm still going to be exposed
to that. I love the character, I love the powers, and I love what they did with him. I didn't
know that much, but in my experience, it was
a blessing to go in and create my take on him.
I'm excited for it, to say the least.[23]
Daniel Henney as Agent Zero:
A mutant member of the Weapon X program and a superhumanly accurate mercenary
with expert tracking abilities and lethal sniper
skills.[11] An X-Men fan, Henney liked the role
of a villain because there are no restrictions
playing it, allowing you freely to express it, so
you can act how you want to.[24] He described
the lm as more realistic and cruder than the
X-Men trilogy.[25]
Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson:
A wisecracking mercenary with lethal swordsmanship skill and athleticism, who later becomes Deadpool. Reynolds had been interested in playing the character in his own lm
since 2003.[26] Originally, Reynolds was only
going to cameo as Wilson but the role grew after he was cast.[27] Reynolds did sword-training
for the character, and also worked out to get his
physique comparable to Jackmans.[28]

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Scott Adkins as Weapon XI / Deadpool:
Weapon XI is a genetically altered
mutant killer. He has powers taken
from other mutants killed or kidnapped in the lm, as well as retractable blades in his arms. He is
referred to by Stryker as the Deadpool because the compatible powers of the other mutants have been
'pooled' together into one being.
Ryan Reynolds portrays Weapon
XI for close-ups, standing shots,
and simple stunts while Scott Adkins is used for the more complicated and dangerous stunt work.[29]

PRODUCTION

3 Production
3.1 Development

David Benio, a comic book fan, pursued the project for


almost three years before he was hired to write the script
in October 2004.[41][42] In preparing to write the script,
he reread Barry Windsor-Smith's "Weapon X" story, as
well as Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's 1982 limited
series on the character (his favorite storyline).[41][43] Also
serving as inspiration was the 2001 limited series Origin,
which reveals Wolverines life before Weapon X.[44] Jackman collaborated on the script, which he wanted to be
more of a character piece compared with the previous
X-Men lms.[45] Skip Woods, who had written Hitman
for Fox, was later hired to revise and rewrite Benios
Additionally, Tim Pocock portrays a young Scott Sum- script.[46] Benio had aimed for a darker and a bit more
mers / Cyclops. Max Cullen and Julia Blake portrayed brutal story, writing it with an R rating in mind, although
Travis and Heather Hudson, an elderly couple who take he acknowledged the lms nal tone would rest with the
care of Wolverine after his adamantium bonding. The producers and director.[41]
Hudsons are heavily adapted from the comics James
MacDonald and Heather Hudson. Tahyna Tozzi por- Deadpool had been developed for his own lm by
trays Emma, a mutant with the power to turn her skin Reynolds and David S. Goyer at New Line Cinema in
they focused on Blade:
into diamond, who in the lm is Silverfoxs sister.[30] The 2003, but the project fell apart as [26]
Trinity
and
an
aborted
spin-o.
Benio wrote the
lm depiction of Emma was originally assumed to be
character
into
the
script
in
a
manner
Jackman
described
Emma Frost. However it was noted that she does not
as
fun,
but
would
also
deviate
from
some
of
his traits.
exhibit the characters traditional telepathic abilities. It
Similarly,
Gambit
was
a
character
who
the
lmmakers
is later revealed by Bryan Singer that is character is actually not Emma Frost, but instead a mutant with simi- had tried to put in the previous X-Men lms. Jackman
liked Gambit because he is a loose cannon like Wolverlar abilities.[31] Wolverines parents also appeared in the
echoes that of Wolverine
lm; Aaron Jeery portrayed Thomas Logan while Alice ine, stating their relationship [5]
and Pyro in the original trilogy. David Ayer contributed
Parkinson portrayed Elizabeth Howlett. Peter O'Brien
[47]
Benio nished his draft in October
appeared as John Howlett, James alleged father. The to the script.
2006, and Jackman stated there would be a year before
lm includes numerous cameo appearances of younger
[48]
he was scheduled to start lming Australia
versions of characters from the previous lms, including shooting, as
during 2007.[49] Before the 20072008 Writers Guild of
Jason Stryker (William Strykers lobotomized telepathic
and Scott Silver
son whom he keeps in cryogenic suspension).[32] There America strike began, James Vanderbilt
[50]
were
hired
for
a
last-minute
rewrite.
was a cameo for a young Storm, which can be seen in
the trailer, but it was removed from the released lm.[33] Gavin Hood was announced as director of the project in
A digitally rejuvenated Patrick Stewart also makes an July 2007 for a 2008 release.[51] Previously, X-Men and
uncredited cameo as a younger Charles Xavier who ap- X2 director Bryan Singer and X-Men: The Last Stand
peared to not yet lose the use of his legs.[34] However, director Brett Ratner were interested in returning to the
with timeline and story inconsistencies within the lm se- franchise,[52][53] while Alexandre Aja and Len Wiseman
ries, Singer developed an idea to tie all the lms together also wanted the job.[54][55] Zack Snyder, who was apand x the continuity. In X-Men: First Class Xavier loses proached for The Last Stand, turned down this lm bethe use of his legs at a much younger age, than he ap- cause he was directing Watchmen.[56] Jackman saw parpears in Origins. As an explanation, Xavier can be seen allels between Logan and the main character in Hoods
walking in X-Men: Days of Future Past (which chrono- previous lm Tsotsi.[11] Hood explained that while he was
logically takes place prior to the events of this lm), by not a comic book fan, he realized that the character of
creating the illusion that he is standing in various scenes, Wolverine, I think his great appeal lies in the fact that hes
when in reality the character is only present by tele- someone who in some ways, is lled with a great deal of
pathic projection.[35][36] Asher Keddie played Dr. Carol self-loathing by his own nature and hes constantly at war
Frost.[37] Poker player Daniel Negreanu has a cameo. with his own nature.[57] The director described the lms
Phil Hellmuth wanted to join him but was unable be- themes as focusing on Wolverines inner struggle between
cause he committed to an event in Toronto.[38] X-Men co- his animalistic savagery and noble human qualities. Hood
creator Stan Lee said he would cameo, but Lee ended up enjoyed the previous lms, but set out to give the spinnot appearing in the lm as he could not attend lming in o a dierent feel.[58] Hood also suggested to make the
implied blood relation of Wolverine and Sabretooth into
Australia.[39][40]

3.3

Eects

them explicitly being half brothers, as it would help build


up the emotional power of the lm.[59] In October, Fox
announced a May 1, 2009, release date and the X-Men
Origins prex.[13]

3.2

Filming

Preliminary shooting took place at the Fox Studios Australia in Sydney, during late 2007.[60] Principal photography began on January 2008 in New Zealand.[61] One of
the lming locations that was selected was Dunedin.[62]
Controversy arose as the Queenstown Lakes District
Council disputed the Department of Labours decision to
allow Fox to store explosives in the local ice skating rink.
Fox moved some of the explosives to another area.[63] The
explosives were used for a shot of the exploding Hudson
Farm, a scene which required thirteen cameras.[64] Jackman and Palermos Woz Productions reached an agreement with the council to allow recycling specialists on
set to advise the production on being environmentally
friendly.[65] According to Hood, the screenplay was still
incomplete as lming begun, with the production in Australia receiving regularly new script pages from Los Angeles, at times in the night before shooting.[66]

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Gavin Hood has announced that multiple secret endings
exist for the lm and that the endings will dier from
print to print of the lm.[76] One version shows Wolverine drinking in a Japanese bar. The bartender asked if
he is drinking to forget, Logan replies that he is drinking to remember.[77] The other shows Weapon XI on the
rubble of the destroyed tower, trying to touch his severed
head.[78]

3.3 Eects

More than 1,000 shots of Wolverine have visual eects in


them, which required three eects supervisors and seventeen dierent companies to work on the lm.[79] The
most prominent was Hydraulx, who had also worked in
the X-Men trilogy and was responsible for the battle in
Three Mile Island and Gambits powers. Many elements
were totally generated through computer-generated imagery, such as the adamantium injection machine, the
scene with Gambits plane and Wolverine tearing through
a door with his newly enhanced claws.[79] CG bone claws
were also created for some scenes because the props did
not look good in close-ups.[80] Extensive usage of matte
paintings was also made, with Matte World Digital creatFilming continued at Fox (where most of the shooting ing ve dierent mattes for the nal scene of the lma
was done) and New Orleans, Louisiana.[13] Cockatoo Is- pullback depicting the destroyed Three Mile Islandand
land was used for Strykers facility; the enormous build- Gavin Hood handing company Hatch Productions pic[79][80]
ings there saved money on digitally expanding a set.[11] tures of favelas as reference for the Africa scenes.
Production of the lm was predicted to generate A$60
million for Sydneys economy.[67] Principal photography
ended by May 23. The second unit continued lm- 4 Music
ing in New Zealand until March 23, and were scheduled to continue lming for two weeks following the rst
units wrap.[68] This included a ashback to Logan during Composed by Harry Gregson-Williams, the score for Xthe Normandy Landings, which was shot at Blacksmiths, Men Origins: Wolverine was mixed by Malcolm Luker,
engineered by Costa Kotselas, and featured Martin TillNew South Wales.[69]
man on the electric cello.[82]
Hood and Fox were in dispute on the lms direction.
One of the disputes involved the depiction of Wolver- In a 2008 interview with Christopher Coleman of Trackine as an Army veteran with post-traumatic stress dis- sounds.com, Gregson-Williams said that Hood attracted
order, with the executives arguing that audiences would him to the project, adding: I happened to meet him at
not be interested in such heavy themes.[70] The studio the Golden Globes dinner about three years ago. That
had two replacements lined up before Richard Donner, night we were both nominees, but both losers. He had
husband of producer Lauren Shuler Donner, ew to Aus- been nominated for Tsotsi and during the dinner I had
tralia to ease on-set tensions.[71] Hood remarked, Out spoken to him and he seemed like a really smart and creof healthy and sometimes very rigorous debate, things ative guy...and into music. So I was really delighted when
to meet him and discuss the possibilities for
get better. [...] I hope the lms better because of I got a call [83]
Wolverine.
the debates. If nobody were talking about us, we'd be
in trouble!"[11] Hood added he and Thomas Rothman In late March 2009, Jon Burlingame of Variety was at
were both forceful personalities in creative meetings the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th century-Fox to lisbut they had never had a stand-up argument.[72] In Jan- ten and report on the recording of the score.[84] Gregsonuary 2009, after delays due to weather and scheduling Williams conducted a 78-piece orchestra and a 40-voice
conicts, such as Hugh Jackmans publicity commitments choir (20 male, 20 female)" to achieve the sound.[84] At
for Australia, production moved to Vancouver, mostly at the time of his visit, Burlingame noted that the choir was
Lord Byng Secondary School and in University of British singing stanzas from an ancient Norse poem in Old IceColumbia.[73][74] Work there included nishing scenes landic to underscore what would be rst track, Logan
with Ryan Reynolds, who had been working on two other Through Time.[84] Director Gavin Hood commented on
Gregson-Williams style, saying: Harrys challenge is to
lms during principal photography.[75]

5 RELEASE

give us operatic scale, but also keep it intimate and human. Harrys music has a kind of muscular condence
and strength that is very useful for the action, but he also
has tremendous soul.[84] Hood also called the recording
performance frigging brilliant!"[84]

lm, was written considering people who would get interested in Wolverine comics after watching the lm.[102]

5.3 Video game

Release

In December 2009, Hot Toys released the 12 inch highly


detailed gure of Wolverine based on the movie with
Hugh Jackmans likeness.

Main article: X-Men Origins: Wolverine (video game)

5.1

Leaked workprint

On March 31, 2009, a full-length DVD-quality workprint


of the lm without a timecode or watermark, with
some unnished eects shots, a dierent typeface for titles and casting, and alternate sound eects was leaked
online.[85][86][87] The studio said it would be able to determine the source of the leak using forensic marks in the
workprint. The FBI and MPAA began investigating the
illegal posting.[86] Fox estimated the workprint was downloaded roughly 4.5 million times by the time Wolverine
was released in theaters.[88] As of 2014, Fox estimates
that a minimum of 15 million people downloaded it.[89]
The print contained a reference to Rising Sun Pictures, an
Australian visual eects company working on the lm.[85]
The company denied that they ever had a full copy of
the lm.[90] Executive producer Thomas Rothman noted
the leaked version lacked the ten minutes added during
pick-ups in January 2009.[87][90] However, the theatrical version of the lm has no extra scenes that were not
included in the leaked workprint.[91] Both versions run
exactly 107 minutes, but director Gavin Hood said another ending exists that features the lms villain.[87] The
leak was traced down to a Bronx man named Gilberto
Sanchez, who had bought an unlicensed DVD copy from
a Korean man and later uploaded it under the name
SkillyGilly.[92][93]
Roger Friedman, a gossip reporter for Fox Newsa
channel also owned by Foxs parent company News Corporationwas red for writing a review of the lm using
the leaked copy he downloaded from the Internet.[94] He
described how easy it was to nd and download the lm
even if the original source of the leak was no longer available on the web. The article he wrote for his column on
the Fox News website was immediately removed.[95]

5.2

Raven Software developed a video game based on the


lm with the same name, which Activision Blizzard
published.[103] Marc Guggenheim wrote the script,[104]
while Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber,[105] and will.i.am
voiced their characters from the lm.[106] The storyline goes beyond the one from the lm, including other
villains from the comics such as the Sentinels and the
Wendigo,[107] as well as the appearance of Mystique, who
was in the other three X-Men lms.[108]

5.4 Theatrical run


X-Men Origins: Wolverine was released on April 29,
2009, in the UK, Denmark, South Africa, and Australia;
April 30, 2009 in the Philippines and in the Dominican Republic; and May 1, 2009 in the United States and
Canada. A contest was held on the ocial website to
determine the location of the world premiere on April
27. In the end, the Harkins at the Tempe Marketplace
in Tempe, Arizona won the premiere.[109] The release in
Mexico was delayed until the end of May due to an outbreak of H1N1 u in the country.[110] On April 22, nine
days before the release of the lm, it was reported that XMen Origins: Wolverine was outselling Iron Man 3-to-1
at the same point in the sales cycle (nine days prior to the
lms release).[111]

Marketing

Among the companies which provided tie-in merchandising were 7-Eleven,[96] Papa Johns Pizza,[97][98] and
Schick.[99] Hugh Jackman also posed as Wolverine for the
Got Milk? campaign.[100] In February 2009, Hasbro released a lm-related toyline, featuring action gures and a
glove with retractable claws.[101] In April, Marvel debuted
a new comic series, Wolverine: Weapon X, which writer
Jason Aaron said that while not directly inuenced by the

Hugh Jackman at the Tempe Premiere.

During its rst day of wide release, Wolverine took in an


estimated $35 million,[112] with almost $5 million of that
from midnight showings.[113] The earnings placed the lm

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as the 16th highest-grossing opening day ever (22nd with
ticket-price ination).[112] It went on to be number one
lm at the box oce with a total of $85 million.[114][115]
Among summer kick-os, it ranked fth behind SpiderMan, X2, Spider-Man 3, and Iron Man and it was in the
top ten of comic book adaptations.[115] The opening was
lower than the last lm in the franchise, X-Men: The Last
Stand, as well as X2, but higher than X-Men, the rst lm
in the series.[115]
The worldwide opening was over $158.1 million, but Fox
stated that some markets underperformed, mostly due to
the leaked workprint in countries with illegal downloading problems.[88] However, in an article for the piracy
issue of Screen International magazine, lm critic John
Hazelton was doubtful of this explanation, writing that
the lms initial performance was uncertain as the outbreak of swine u in territories with the worst copyright
infringement problems means that other territories did
not compare at all.[116]
While it has received mixed reviews from critics, the lm
has been a nancial success at the box oce. According
to Box Oce Mojo Wolverine has grossed approximately
$179,883,157 in the United States and Canada. It took
in another $193,179,707 in other territories, giving it a
worldwide total of $373,062,864.[3]

5.5

Home media

On September 15, 2009, Fox Home Entertainment released X-Men Origins: Wolverine on DVD and Blu-ray
disc. The two-disc Blu-ray includes commentary by
Hood, another commentary by producers Lauren Shuler
Donner and Ralph Winter, the featurette The Roots
of Wolverine: A Conversation with X-Men creators
Stan Lee and Len Wein, the featurette Wolverine Unleashed: The Complete Origins, 10 character chronicles, two more featurettes, a trivia track, deleted scenes
with commentary from Hood, two alternate sequences,
a Fox Movie Channel premiere featurette and imdb BD
Live technology. Disc two of the set includes a digital
copy.[117] In addition, a Wal-Mart exclusive 3-disc set,
which includes a standard DVD copy of the lm was also
released.[118] The two-DVD special edition includes the
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6 Reception
The review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reported 38% positive reviews based on 252 reviews, with
an average rating of 5.1/10. The sites consensus is,
Though Hugh Jackman gives his all, he can't help X-Men
Origins: Wolverine overcome a cliche-ridden script and
familiar narrative.[122]
Richard Corliss of TIME commented on the lms standing among other Marvel lms, saying that it is an O.K.,
not great, Marvel movie that tells the early story of the
prime X-Man, and attempts to make it climax in a perfect
coupling with the start of the known trilogy. He also said
that superhero mythologies can be so complicated, only
a lonely comic-book-reading kid could make sense of it
all.[123] James Mullinger of GQ also commented on the
structure of the story in saying that the lm clumsily tries
to explain the origins of James [Howlett], AKA Wolverine, which had wisely only ever been briey referred to
in the original X-Men saga. In doing so, it creates a fairly
bland plot which is full of holes.[124] Lou Lumenick of
the New York Post was generally more favorable towards
Origins, stating Fortunately, Jackman is well-matched
with Schreiber, who can sneer with the best of them and
wears fangs well. The two have three spectacular battles
together before squaring o against a formidable enemy
atop a nuclear reactor.[125] Peter Rainer of The Christian Science Monitor also praised Jackmans performance,
saying that Hugh Jackman demonstrates that you can
segue eortlessly from a tuxedoed song-and-dance man
at the Oscars to a feral gent with adamantium claws and
berserker rage."[126] Claudia Puig of USA Today considered the movie well-acted, with spectacular action and
witty one-liners.[127]

Roger Ebert gave the lm two stars out of four and expressed his views on the title character: Why should
I care about this guy? He feels no pain and nothing
can kill him, so therefore hes essentially a story device for action sequences.[128] James Berardinelli gave
Wolverine two and a half stars out of four, calling the
action scenes competently executed but not memorable,
and considering that when dealing with Wolverines past
theres little creativity evident in the way those blanks are
lled in, and that the revelations made Wolverine less
compelling.[129] Comparatively, Bill Gibron of AMC's
Filmcritic.com website gave the lm a positive 4.0 out
of 5 stars, saying that although Hugh Jackman is capable of carrying even the most mediocre eort, he singlehandedly makes X-Men Origins: Wolverine an excellent
start to the summer 2009 season. He predicted there
will be purists who balk at how Hood and his screenwriters mangle and manipulate the mythology;" and further
Wolverine was the highest selling and most rented DVD said that any ending which leaves several characters unfor can't really seal the full
release of the week, selling over three million copies,[119] explained and unaccounted
[130]
entertainment
deal.
[120]
850,000 of them on Blu-ray.
Through its rst six
weeks the DVD has sold 3.79 million copies, generating Regarding Wolverine within the context of the X-Men lm
series, Tom Charity of CNN commented: Serviceable
$64.27 million in sales.[121]

but inescapably redundant, this Wolverine movie does just


enough to keep the X-Men franchise on life support, but
the lmmakers will have to come up with some evolutionary changes soon if its going to escape X-tinction.[131]
Similarly, A. O. Scott of The New York Times expressed
that "X-Men Origins: Wolverine will most likely manage
to cash in on the popularity of the earlier episodes, but
it is the latest evidence that the superhero movie is suffering from serious imaginative fatigue.[132] On a more
negative note, Philip French of The Observer said that the
lms dull, bone-crushing, special-eects stu is of interest only to hardcore fans who've probably read it all in
Marvel comics.[133]

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