Marvel is getting ready to kill off one of its most iconic characters – Wolverine.
The century-old X-Man whose mutant healing capabilities make him virtually unkillable will meet his end in a four-issue miniseries, Death of Wolverine. The arc will be written by Charles Soule, with art by Steve McNiven (Civil War).
The Canadian hero made his first appearance 40 years ago in The Incredible Hulk #180. He was introduced to the X-Men universe in 1975.
Marvel executive editor Michael Marts talked about the decision to kill off Wolverine in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“For a long time, no matter who Wolverine was battling, he’s been the eternal victor,” says Marts. “He almost always comes out on top. Now he finally comes up against an adversary that he cannot win against, he cannot fight. What does that mean for this character who’s been around for 100 years?”
How Wolverine meets his end is still TBD, but Marts tells EW that the character’s death will be teased this summer in the storyline, 3 Months to Die.
Mark Millar (Wanted, Supercrooks, The Secret Service) penned an alternative ending for Wolverine in 2008 with Old Man Logan, but that book didn’t end with the character’s death.
Wolverine is arguably one of Marvel’s most popular characters – in 2012 Sun readers picked him to square off against Hulk in our Ultimate Avenger Throwdown (Hulk won).
Of course, in comics, no one ever really dies. DC’s Superman died in 1992 after a battle with Doomsday, while Marvel killed off Captain America in 2008. Last year, comic book fans got to see how Daredevil met his end in End of Days.
But Marts says that Wolverine’s death will have ramifications throughout Marvel’s entire line of comics.
“You’re gonna be entering into a world without Wolverine. That affects not only his teammates, but also the Marvel Universe at large. We’ve got a lot of things in the works already.”
Death of Wolverine #1 will be in stores September 3, with ensuing issues following every week for four weeks. Wolverine will be killed off in issue #4 on September 24.