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Super Power Explained: How Do Wolverine’s Powers Work?

 

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IN SUPER POWER EXPLAINED

In Super Power Explained: How Do Doomsday’s Powers Work?, we attempted to explain Doomsday’s powers within Superman’s rogues and due to natural forces. Now, in our latest #ComicScience, we attempt to answer a popular #pregunta about the strangest of them all, Wolverine.

PHYSIOLOGICALLY, WOLVERINE IS A HUMAN-ANIMAL HYBRID

In 'Wolverine' (1982) #1, is Logan's first solo series. Marvel Comics.
Wolverine (1982) #2. Marvel Comics.

FIRST APPEARANCE

Perhaps, the most entertaining question in all of comicdom: How do #LosPoderesdeWolverine work? Though there have been few explanations for Wolverine’s uncanny super powers, the general idea is that they are due to mutations in the X-gene.

When Wolverine first appeared in Incredible Hulk (1974) #180, he debuted with a cameo and a bang. To begin, Hulk was on a rampage on the Canadian border and the Canadian Air Force deployed their secret weapon: Weapon X!

During a clash between Hulk and Wendigo in the forest, a third player makes his surprise appearance. Originally known as Weapon X, we later learn his name is… Wolverine. In the following issue, we learn of the foe’s ferocity and brutality, a match for Hulk and perhaps, #TheMostPowerfulHero.

WOLVERINE IS A HUMAN-ANIMAL HYBRID

During the 1960s, James Howlett (his real name) was enrolled in the Canadian Weapon X program. With his archnemesis Sabretooth, Silver Fox, Maverick, Kestrel and Mastodon they formed Team X. Weapon X was started in order to combat the mutant menace.

Early on, it was found that Wolverine’s unique genetic signature made him a mutant. In fact, his enhanced physiology, claws, senses, speed and strength added to his ferocity. After Wolverine becomes Weapon X, his skeleton is laced with indestructible Adamantium making him nearly invincible.

Particularly, with his enhanced physiology, retractable claws and animal senses it is clear that Wolverine’s evolution displays a hybridization of human DNA and animal DNA granting him various attributes.

For instance, Wolverine is at least as strong as a gorilla. Indeed, he is able to lift an elevator with two human occupants in it, weighing at minimum 2100 pounds or 454 kilograms. At a base level, Wolverine has Peak Human-Level of Super-Strength.

Since Wolverine is a mutant, we theorize that his unique abilities are each endowed from a different animal hybrid DNA, making Wolverine hypothetically able to transcribe and translate part of his junk DNA.

HOW WOLVERINE’S POWERS WORK

WHY WOLVERINE IS A GRIZZLY BEAR

1. WOLVERINE IS STRONGER THAN TEN GRIZZLY BEARS
Wolverine breaks the hardest steel chains. Marvel Comics.

In one issue, Wolverine is imprisoned by Mesmero in a circus lot. With Wolverine and the X-Men shackled, Logan’s survival instincts rise. Summoning his ferocious super-strength, Wolverine buckles one steel chain. Then, in one overwhelming effort, he destroys the chains.

According to Lifting Safety, a Grade 8/80 with chain size 7mm to 32mm has a mean stress of 800 newtons per squared milliiters. When we calculate, we assume the chains are hollow spheres of 50 millimiters and 30 millimiters outer radius and inner radius respectively.

With over 84446010.5285 Newtons of shear stress, Wolverine is able to exert more than 11000 pounds per square inch of pressure. In comparison, he is stronger than more than 15 grizzly bear that can exert 783 pounds per square inch of swipe force.

Certainly, the genetic composition of Wolverine’s DNA remains unknown. At the same time, it is possible that his evolution is both the product of mutation and genetic drift.

Particularly, with genetic combinations, Wolverine’s genome has inherited rare alleles from distant ancestors. Perhaps, transcribing and translating noncoding genes inherited from prior speciating events.

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WHY WOLVERINE IS A BIG FELINE

2. WOLVERINE POSSESSES RETRACTABLE CLAWS
Wolverine vs Hulk. Marvel Comics.

In Incredible Hulk (1988) #340, we have a Hulk vs Wolverine deadly battle. After an accident, Wolverine is on the hunt for Hulk. Suddenly, Hulk sneaks up on him on the crash site and the battle is on!

Certainly, the hype factor about Wolverine is the defining feature of the anti-hero: his foot-long adamantium-laced claws! Let’s talk about why Wolverine may have inherited DNA from a distant prehistoric feline.

Currently, the candidate family of species that possesses retractable claws are the family of felines. These include the big cats like the tiger, the lion, the jaguar or the leopard. Particularly, their claws extend when they contract their paws and retract passively.

Certainly, claws are weapons and indicate predation like hunting, killing and feeding. Though Wolverine may or may not be a predator, he certainly has inherited a predator’s ferocity and their blood lust.

Moreover, Wolverine’s Adamantium claws can slice practically through anything. And Joe Fixit’s skin is durable enough to withstand incendiary missiles. Per our calculations, that’s 6459831520 calories of energy!

 

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WHY WOLVERINE IS AN ALLIGATOR

WOLVERINE CAN REGENERATE LIMBS
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In the X-Men movie, we learn about Wolverine’s remarkable abilities. Particularly, Logan’s mutation grants him a remarkable healing factor and an uncanny ability to regenerate limbs upon injury.

Although there are multiple animals that display this uncanny ability, it seems the closest ancestor to Wolverine’s genetic mutation is the alligator. Let’s explain.

In fact, other mammal species such as the Pliny mouse have demonstrated this ability. However, in Wolverine’s case, it is tied to his animalistic behavior and his violence. Certainly, the alligator is a choice because as an amphibian he is a close ancestor of vertebrates.

At the same time, it also explains Wolverine’s remarkable ferocity and berserker rage. Definitely, Wolverine is also an alligator, can survive 15 minutes without air and can swim.

Other super powers of Wolverine’s include his enhanced senses, his super speed and his mysterious healing factors. Though explanations are lacking, it is possible that they are all the results of the process of genetic hybridization. In the end, Wolverine is more animal than man.

ANSWER:

Wolverine’s mutation activates noncoding DNA inherited in the human genome through evolution. His remarkable animal mutations make him a human-animal hybrid displaying incredible adaptations.

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LINKS

Grade 8 / 80 Lifting Chain, Chain Size 7mm to 32mm in Lifting Safety.
Incredible Hulk Vol 1 340 in Marvel Database.
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Fan Theory: In The Ultimate Universe, Weapon X And The New Mutant Species Are A Super-Soldier Arms Race

 

FAN THEORY

Writer(s)

Brian Michael Bendis


Penciler(s)

Jackson Guice


Publisher

Marvel Comics


Publication Date

August, 2008

IN GOVERNMENT CONSPIRACY

ON EARTH-1610, A BLACK NICK FURY IS THE FIRST SUPER-SOLDIER

In Ultimate Origins (2008) #1, we learn about the conspiracies in the Ultimate Universe. At the start of the issue, we learn of the origins of the Super-Soldier Serum. To begin, Bruce Banner tells Spider-Man a secret. In fact, the Super-Soldier and Weapon X programs are all connected. However, General Thaddeus Ross and the U.S. Army are hunting down Banner. When Ross storms in, Banner Hulks out. Then, he escapes with the Army in hot pursuit. Fast backward in time, we meet Corporal James Howlett, Nick Fury and Private Fisk. During WWII, the trio is attempting to loot a house in Sicily.

The American Military Police arrives and arrests them. Without due process, they lock Fury at an unknown location. At the prison, there are other black men. There, Dr. Abraham Erskine, the lead on Project Rebirth, meets him. Against his will, Erskine enrolls Fury into the program. Sinisterly, he is Subject 22. Immediately, the army personnel straps Fury to a chair. Then, he is injected with the Super-Soldier Serum. Incredibly, the Super-Soldier experiment succeeds. Amazingly, Fury develops superhuman abilities. Heroically, the Super-Soldier busts out of his restraints and frees the prisoners.

Ultimate Spider-Man #1. Marvel Comics.

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WITH WEAPON X CANADA STARTED A SUPER-SOLDIER ARMS RACE

For his part, Canadian paratrooper Howlett was enrolled into the Weapon X program. In 1943, in Alberta, Canada, Dr. Abraham Cornelius successfully created the first mutant. In fact, Howlett was dubbed Mutant Zero. On awakening, James’ animality rose and he attempted to escape. Reaching the top of the snowy mountain, he was shot in the head. Amazingly, he survived as his wounds healed. Later, they brought him back to base. In fact, it was in response to the development of the Super-Soldier Serum. After, Canada created its own variants.

Indeed, Dr. Cornelius discovered the mutant gene. Incredibly, the Weapon X program managed to activate the mutant gene. Hence, Mutant Zero would develop super powers. Intently, they planned on spreading the gene creating the mutant race. In the 2000s, Weapon X became a counter-terrorism subdivision of S.H.I.E.L.D. Tragically, mutants were captured and sent on missions. Effectively, mutants were considered Super-Soldiers by governments. In fact, they participated to fight wars across the world. Particularly, the Super-Soldier vs mutant war erupted in Ultimate War (2003).

In Ultimate Origins (2008) #1, James Howlett is riddled with bullets.
In Ultimate Origins (2008) #1, James Howlett is riddled with bullets. Marvel Comics.

 


LINKS

Ultimate Origins #1 in Comic Vine.
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 1 1 in Marvel Database.
Ultimate War Vol 1 (2003) in Marvel Database.
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Metropolis Battles: Hulk vs Wolverine (Hero vs Hero)

 

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SYNOPSIS FOR “VICIOUS CIRCLE”

There is a blizzard and Wolverine and the Hulk are on a collision course. While attempting to land their plane at Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the X-Men Blackbird is intercepted by a familiar intruder.

Wolverine, the leader of the X-Men, must gather his team and investigate a forest fire. As Wolverine is puzzled by the fire and his new leadership, a monster lurks.

In one of the most emotional fights yet, Wolverine fights Hulk!

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THE WOLVERINE HUNTS GREY HULK!
In 'Incredible Hulk' #340, Wolverine hunts down the Hulk who sneaks up behind him.
In ‘Incredible Hulk’ (1988) #340, Wolverine hunts down the Hulk who sneaks up behind him. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

Enter the two contestants at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport. On the left side is Grey Hulk and on the right side is Wolverine, leader of the X-Men.

Let’s look at the stats.

HULK – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: CITY
SUPER SPEED: METAHUMAN
DURABILITY: CITY
ENERGY PROJECTION: METAHUMAN
FIGHTING SKILLS: COMBATANT
INTELLIGENCE: CIVILIAN
PARAPHERNALIA
  • BannerTech PDA.
  • BannerTech Shield/Gamma Dome Generator.
  • BannerTech Wrist-Watch Teleporter.
WEAKNESSES
  • Gamma Radiation Draining.
  • Radiation Bombardment.
  • Gas Inhalation.
  • Adamantium and Vibranium Blades.
  • Magic.
WOLVERINE – EARTH-616
SUPER-STRENGTH: METAHUMAN
SUPER-SPEED: WARRIOR
DURABILITY: STELLAR
ENERGY PROJECTION: METAHUMAN
FIGHTING SKILLS: WARRIOR
INTELLIGENCE: LEADER
PARAPHERNALIA
  • Adamantium.
  • Wolverine’s Suit.
  • Motorcycle.
  • X-Men Blackbird.
WEAKNESSES
  • Amnesia.
  • Sensory Overload.
  • Adamantium Allotropes.
  • Drowning.
  • Muramasa Blade.

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THE FIGHT

As Wolverine investigates a fire at Dallas/Forth Worth Airport, Hulk sneaks up on him and attacks him. It turns out the Army had attacked Hulk after the X-Men‘s plane crash. Now, the battle is on.

The battle to decide who is the ferocious animal!

DAMAGE SCALE

In 'Incredible Hulk' #340, Wolverine hunts down the Hulk who sneaks up behind him.

The fight starts out with Wolverine investigating a forest fire at the site of the remains of a truck on fire where Hulk sneaks up on Wolverine and attacks. Wolverine draws first blood and slashes Hulk’s right arm.

WOLVERINE INTERNAL BLEEDING ATTACK: 4 DAMAGE PTS.




On the following page, Hulk hits Wolverine’s sensitive hearing with a thunderclap. Wolverine has a concussion and from there, the fight becomes serious.

HULK CONCUSSION ATTACK: 3 DAMAGE PTS.




Wolverine then goes into Berserker rage and deals Hulk a vicious attack to the thorax, near the heart. Still, Hulk using his healing factors, gets up and keeps fighting. Hulk beats down on Wolverine. Then, Wolverine deals two more attacks to the chest followed with three additional attacks on Hulk’s back. Then, Hulk throws Wolverine into a tree.

WOLVERINE INTERNAL BLEEDING ATTACKS: 20 DAMAGE PTS – 3 PTS HULK HEALING FACTOR (x2) = 14 DAMAGE PTS.
HULK BLUNT FORCE + CONCUSSION ATTACKS = 1 PT + 3 PTS = 4 DAMAGE PTS.


At the end of the battle, Hulk deals Wolverine another Concussion attack. However, the battle ends in a draw when Clay, Hulk’s friend intervenes.

TOTAL


HULK’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-19 DAMAGE PTS.

-(19 DAMAGE PTS * 22290000 cal * 4.184 J * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -0.42 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: METAHUMAN

WOLVERINE’S NEGATIVE DAMAGE:

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-10 DAMAGE PTS.

-(10 DAMAGE PTS * 10^11 N * 5 m * 1 Ton of TNT)/(4.2*10^9 J) = -1190 PTS * Ton of TNT.

DURABILITY: STELLAR

WINNER: DRAW

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WOLVERINE IN COMICS

‘The Incredible Hulk’ (1974) #180, titled “And the Wind Howls… Wendigo!”, marks the first cameo appearance of Wolverine in Marvel continuity. As Hulk faces Wendigo, the Canadian Army activates Weapon X to take him down.

The issue was created by Len Wein and Herb Trimpe.

In 'Incredible Hulk' (1974) #180, Hulk faces Wendigo and Weapon X.
‘The Incredible Hulk’ (1974) #180 marks the first cameo appearance of Wolverine in Marvel continuity. AP Photo/Marvel Comics

LINKS

Incredible Hulk Vol 1 340 in Marvel Database.
James Howlett (Earth-616) in Marvel Database.
Incredible Hulk Vol 1 180 in Marvel Database.