So Who Is the Mysterious Clawed Mutant Marvel Is Teasing in X-Men: Blue?

Image: Marvel Comics. Art by Arthur Adams.
Image: Marvel Comics. Art by Arthur Adams.

Sadly, it’s probably not Wild Thing.

Today’s Marvel solicits didn’t just give us a new look at Doctor Octopus’ return to Amazing Spider-Man. We also have one hell of a tease for something to come in one of the new X-Men comics, X-Men: Blue—one that Marvel is very much wanting you to think involves a potential return for Wolverine to the Marvel comicsverse.

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Yes, while there’s Laura Kinney as the All-New Wolverine running around, and even Old Man Logan in the X-Books, the “original” Logan has been absent since he died in 2014's Death of Wolverine story arc, encased in a draping of Adamantium after his healing factor gave out for good. But the two newly revealed covers for X-Men: Blue’s fifth and sixth issues both feature a blurred out mysterious clawed character with the young X-Team, now lead by Jean Grey.

X-Men: Blue #6 cover art by Arthur Adams.
X-Men: Blue #6 cover art by Arthur Adams.
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The intent here is clear—the pixellation strong enough to obscure the identity, but not quite strong enough to hide the fact that it’s a character with Wolverine-style retractable claws. Given that Wolverine is resurgent within the public consciousness again thanks to Logan’s success, it’s easy to assume Marvel is not-so-subtly teasing a revival of one its most beloved fallen mutants.

But here’s the thing: Wolverine ain’t the only hero around in the Marvelverse with claws like that. Beyond the obvious ones like X-23, there’s Daken, Romulus, hell, even myriad other alternate-universe Wolverines that could be potential candidates. The solicitation for X-Men: Blue #5 even states that Ms. Sinister, the female clone of long time X-Men foe Mr. Sinister, is in the issue, and the Sinisters are well known for creating clones of other mutants. It could be a clone of the original Wolverine, or Old Man Logan, and nothing else.

But for now, we’ll have to wait and see what the issue cooks up. X-Men: Blue #5 is set to hit shelves in June.

[CBR]

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thekeith82
thekeith82

It has been suggested it is Jimmy Hudson, Logan’s son from the Ultimate universe. When asked on twitter, Cullen Bunn replied “who?”. Considering he has written the character before? Yeah, it’s Jimmy Hudson