Wolverine is in the rather unique situation where he is recognizable by his skeleton! Yes, if you strip away all of the excess flesh, muscle and tissue, Wolverine’s skeleton is still so distinct that he is easily identifiable. What’s interesting, though, is that for as popular and as famous as Wolverine’s adamantium skeleton is, there are still a lot of things that are a bit of a mystery about how it all works. For instance, it’s been over 40 years and we still don’t know for sure who was behind Wolverine getting the adamantium skeleton in the first place! It had been around for almost two decades before someone said, “Hey, how does this actually work with his bones breathing?” And, of course, it wasn’t until 1993 that we got to see what Wolverine would be like without the famous skeleton, and boy, were we in for a shock when we saw what he was like without the adamantium. so here at animatedtimes we’ll let u know 12 weird secrets about Wolverine’s Adamantium Skeleton…………
12.WAS WOLVERINE BEHIND WEAPON X?
Wolverine received his adamantium skeleton. He worked for the government, they called him Weapon X, it was pretty much implied that the government gave him the metal. He never acted like it was a mystery. Then, sometime in the mid-1980s, he revealed that he did not actually remember anything that happened to him before he showed up at the home of James and Heather Hudson.
That led to Barry Windsor Smith writing the storyline “Weapon X” in the pages of Marvel Comics Presents, where he showed how a government project kidnapped Wolverine and experimented on him, giving him his adamantium skeleton. The story, though, left it a mystery as to who was actually behind the project. It was later revealed that it was this mysterious clawed mutant known as Romulus. Romulus, though, shocked the world when he said that he was told to do the project by Wolverine himself! That has since been forgotten about, so it is unlikely that it is still part of continuity. It seems like it would be a rather major deal if Wolverine had been the person behind the Weapon X project!
11.THE SKELETON WAS ORIGINALLY SOLID ADAMANTIUK
Something that made sense when it was first introduced might soon turn out to be based on iffy reasoning, and people had to come back in and alter things to make them work out. A notable example of this is when the writers on X-Men revealed that Cyclops could only open his visor by clicking on a button on the side of his visor. The problem there, of course, was that numerous artists over the years had drawn Cyclops opening his visor without touching his visor at all. So it was revealed that Cyclops also had a button on his glove that he imperceptibly pushes on other occasions. Similarly, when Wolverine’s adamantium skeleton was introduced, the idea was that he literally had a skeleton made out of adamantium. That fact lasted for a while until people started to wonder, “Wait, how could that possibly work? Wouldn’t that mess with all of the traditional functions of bones?” So it was then revealed that his skeleton was instead coated with adamantium instead of just being made out of adamantium.
10. It’s a Heavy Stuff
People rarely give Wolverine credit for is just how strong he is. This is evident because the adamantium used to bond with his skeleton is extremely heavy. You might notice that there are not a whole lot of comic book stories involving Wolverine going swimming, because one of his greatest fears is drowning, because he has to swim with all the weight of his adamantium skeleton on his back and it is difficult process and if it ever dragged him down, he could die that way. So when you see how acrobatic and agile Wolverine is, it is amazing that he can pull that off with all of the weight that he is dragging around. His ability to become such an amazing hand to hand combat fighter has got to be given more applause. His reflexes must be off the charts to keep up with fast swordsmen when he is lifting that much weight around. An amusing demonstration of how heavy he was took place when he met Ms. Marvel for the first time and she was forced to carry him and she was shocked to see how heavy he was for her to lift up.
9. THE ADAMANTIUM HALTED WOLVERINE’S MUTATION
Once the adamantium was out of Wolverine’s body, he discovered something else shocking besides the whole “Oh, hey, I have bone claws!” thing, which is that the adamantium was apparently halting Wolverine’s body from further mutating. You see, Wolverine, like other mutants, was set to undergo a secondary mutation. In the case of the Beast, it saw him transform into a giant feline creature. In the case of Wolverine, his secondary mutation was that his body was going to transform him into a sort of feral creature. With the adamantium on his skeleton, however, the mutation was halted and he was able to remain in his human form. Once it was removed, Wolverine got more and more feral. The bottom of the barrel for the hero occurred when he actually licked Cyclops’ face like a puppy dog! Luckily, he was able to get training from Elektra and Daredevil’s mentor, Stick, that helped him at least recapture his humanity on a spiritual level, if not on a physical one. So he was not going to do stuff like lick Cyclops’ face to wake him up, but he would still look like he might be the type of creature to do something like that.
8. CONSTANTLY POISONING HIM
Soon after Wolverine returned to normal, all of Earth was affected by a strange ray designed by the High Evolutionary, which he blasted from a satellite orbiting the planet. The ray removed the mutant abilities of everyone on Earth. In a lot of cases, this was a cause for celebration (Rogue, for instance, could finally make physical contact with other people, but in other cases, it was a really bad turn of events. One of the unluckiest mutants around was Wolverine, who learned that his mutant healing factor was the only thing keeping him from dying from adamantium poisoning. His entire body was affected by the metal, so it was slowly killing him. Do note, however, that “adamantium poisoning” has been very haphazardly applied over the years. It only seems to affect people when the writers decide that it should, as there have been a lot of people who have had adamantium implants without it ever being a problem before this point. Eventually, the former mutant heroes teamed up and used the other skills that they had learned over the years (they still received combat training at Xavier’s, after all) to storm the proverbial castle and attack the High Evolutionary’s base, reversing the effects of the ray. Wolverine’s life was just barely saved.
7. Slowing down his healing factor.
The issue with the adamantium poisoning, it appears as though Wolverine’s healing factor is working overtime when it deals with the adamantium within his body. Therefore, as it turns out, Wolverine’s healing factor, which is clearly very good, would be even stronger if it were not for his adamantium skeleton. For instance, his clone, Laura Kinney (X-23), has a much faster healing factor because only parts of her body have adamantium coating in her (specifically her claws). Her skeleton doesn’t protect her from, say, having an arm cut off, but her healing factor is so strong that if she had an arm cut off, she could probably just grow it back in a short period of time. If Wolverine did not have his healing factor constantly having to deal with the adamantium poisoning or just the problems from having a metal-coated skeleton, his healing powers would be next level. However, as we have established, the adamantium is also the only thing that is keeping Wolverine from devolving into a feral creature as part of what appears to be a secondary mutation. So, it is probably worth the trade-off to not having as good of a healing factor as he possibly could.
6. ULTIMATE ADAMANITUM IS NOT THE ULTIMATE
In 2000, Marvel decided to try a bold, new publishing initiative called the Ultimate Universe. The theory behind the line was to pair its most popular artists with up-and-coming writers new to Marvel to tell stories featuring Marvel’s classic characters, but in brand-new continuity stories without the baggage of almost 40 years worth of older stories. They wanted to make changes that would have occurred to the original writers had they known that these characters were going to still be famous decades later. For instance, Spider-Man remained in high school much longer than he did in the original comics and Wolverine was now part of the X-Men from the get go. However, not all of the changes were intuitive ones. One of the major differences between the Ultimate Wolverine and the Marvel Universe Wolverine is that in the Ultimate Universe, adamantium really wasn’t that big of a deal. Don’t get us wrong, it was still a stronger-than-normal metal, but not even close to being unbreakable, like in the Marvel Universe. A perfect example would be how each universe’s Hulk handled the metal. In the Marvel Universe, the Hulk could barely dent the metal, while in the Ultimate Universe, the Hulk literally tore Wolverine to pieces.
5. DOESN’T PROTECT HIS BRAIN
Wolverine made his debut in Incredible Hulk #181, jumping into a fight between the Hulk and the cursed beast known as the Wendigo. Over the years, Wolverine has surprisingly held his own against the Hulk in fights, with his best showing occurring in the late 1980s when the Hulk was in his slightly weaker grey form. However, whatever their record against each other was in the past, it was nothing compared to how their match-up went when they met each other in World War Hulk. World War Hulk was the name of the storyline that occurred when the superhero Illuminati (including Professor X of the X-Men) decided to send Hulk to another planet to keep him from rampaging on Earth anymore. However, they were distracted by their own superhero Civil War and they did not realize that Hulk’s ship was sent off course and he landed on a warrior planet instead of the peaceful planet where they intended him to land. He came back for revenge and he tore through the X-Men on his way to Professor X. In his fight with Wolverine, the Hulk revealed that yes, Wolverine’s skeleton is unbreakable, but his brain isn’t impervious, so he just pummeled Wolverine and gave him a brutal concussion.
4. WOLVERINE MUTATED THE ADAMANTIUM
The original plan for adamantium did not make sense because Wolverine’s bone structure would not be maintained if they were literally removed and replaced with pieces of adamantium metal. However, people also began to note over the years that even coating his bones in adamantium would be too much, as bones need to get oxygen to work; if they are coated in metal, they would not be receiving oxygen, and that would be very bad, even for a guy like Wolverine. Thus, a few different facts were revealed in subsequent issues during Larry Hama’s run on Wolverine. Hama famously doesn’t plot that much of his stories out ahead of time, so someone must have just told him about this issue before he started writing Wolverine. Rather than coating the skeleton with adamantium, the adamantium was revealed to have bonded with the bones to form a new sort of substance that was different than just metal-covered bone. Secondly, this new substance was revealed to be a new form of adamantium, known as beta adamantium. Beta adamantium allowed for bones to breathe like they would in nature while still having the other properties of adamantium, such as the practically indestructible nature of the metal.
3. APOCALYPSE GIVES IT BACK TO WOLVERINE
Death was a new member of Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen. The X-Men fought back and Wolverine took on Death. Shockingly, Death killed Wolverine! The X-Men were relieved to learn that the Wolverine who died was actually a Skrull impostor. They were less than relieved to learn that Death was actually the real Wolverine! As it turned out, Apocalypse had captured Sabretooth and taken his adamantium skeleton out, putting it back into Wolverine’s system. This was all designed to make Wolverine the most dominant Death that he could be. This, of course, suggests that might have been Apocalypse’s motivation in the first place if he was, in fact, behind Wolverine getting the adamantium. Eventually, the X-Men broke Wolverine free of Apocalypse’s control and Logan was back to normal, only now his secondary mutation was halted again due to his adamantium skeleton returning. It was also a big help for his claws, as he kept breaking his bone ones.
2. CAN SOMEHOW HEAL AROUND IT?
Even in a world that is filled with fantastical events literally on a daily basis, there is a certain oddity involved with Wolverine and his healing powers that does not seem to make much sense. We just got finished noting how his healing abilities are constrained by his metal skeleton, but at the same time, Wolverine has had some shocking recoveries over the years with his healing powers. One of the most shocking of these took place during Civil War, when the villainous Nitro essentially dropped a bomb on Wolverine, with Logan being ground zero of the explosion. The explosion tore all of his flesh and tissue off of Wolverine’s skeleton, and yet, somehow, he was able to heal himself to return to normal. Later, it turned out to be a supernatural thing involving the literal angel of death, but that’s another story. However, what is even more surprising than his ability to heal from the explosion is the fact that he specifically healed from the explosion over his adamantium skeleton. Isn’t that fascinating? If he was going to heal, why would it be over the adamantium skeleton? Wouldn’t this be an opportunity to essentially grow a new body, sans adamantium? However, his healing is apparently somehow linked to his adamantium skeleton.
1. ADAMANTIUM KILLED WOLVERINE
After years of defying death, Wolverine ultimately met his maker in 2014. Oddly enough, it involved the metal that gave him his unbreakable skeleton. First, Wolverine’s body was taken over by a sentient virus that canceled out his healing factor. They were trying to blackmail him into doing their bidding in exchange for returning his healing powers, but he refused and ended up without any healing abilities. He began wearing a suit of armor to protect himself. However, at the same time, Doctor Cornelius, from the original Weapon X project, was planning on doing a new batch of Weapon X projects on a new group of captured mutants and needed Wolverine’s healing powers to allow him to add adamantium. He planned on siphoning it off from Wolverine, but he was shocked to learn that Wolverine no longer had the powers. Wolverine then murdered him, but not before Cornelius unleashed a vat of molten adamantium that covered Wolverine and smothered him to death. Death by the very metal that had helped keep him alive for so many years — how ironic. Kitty Pryde later phased Wolverine out of the metal tomb and they buried him.