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The Real Reason Wolverine Never Wore His Classic Costume

Way back in the first X-Men movie, director Bryan Singer put Marvel’s mutant heroes in black leather outfits instead of their traditional superhero costumes. Singer even kept Cyclops’ line about “yellow spandex” as a way to throw some shade on the comics. But then, The Wolverine gave us a ray of hope! In an alternate ending, Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine was finally given a costume that looked a lot like his comic book outfit. Unfortunately, Wolverine never got to put on that costume before Days of Future Past changed the timeline and Logan definitely doesn’t go there. In today’s Nerdist News, director James Mangold explains the reason that Wolverine isn’t going full comic book for Jackman’s final appearance in the role.

Join host—and mutant ninja—Jessica Chobot, as she breaks down Mangold’s comments from a recent interview with ScreenRant. When asked about never using the Wolverine costume onscreen, Mangold said, “Logan is the least narcissistic of all the superheroes, any kind I can think of—Marvel, DC or anywhere else. What I mean by that is, who puts a special branded outfit on when they do good deeds? And why? The only reason you do it is so you can have some sort of trademarked claim and get credit for what you did. Nothing seems less Wolverine-like than the desire to put on a trademarked outfit, particularly canary yellow, and kind of prance about doing good deeds and have people go, ‘Oh my God! It’s The Wolverine!'”

Damn, that’s harsh, bro! We get that Wolverine’s comic costume might not always work on screen. But didn’t Deadpool prove that even the most ridiculous outfit can look good? These are comic book movies, and sometimes it’s fun to see them embrace the source material instead of running away from it.

Where do you fall on the great Wolverine costume debate? Pop your claws and let’s discuss in the comment section below!

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