The X-Men franchise has had three films focusing on Marvel’s popular comic book series, now with X-Men: Origins – Wolverine there is the first of several proposed spin-offs. While touched upon in X-Men 2, this movie expands the Canadian mutant’s back-story. Since Wolverine is among (if not the top) the most popular of The X-Men, it makes sense he would be the first to get a solo film.
The movie starts in Canada in the 1800s where young James Howlett manifests his bone claws for the first time. We then get a taste of Wolverine’s life through the years as he and his older brother Victor (Liev Schreiber) survive wars — (Civil, World and Vietnam) and more due to their healing factors which give them an elongated life. They eventually get recruited to a team of mercenaries containing other mutants which is known as Team X by William Stryker. The team include the teleporter John Wraith (will.i.am), mercenary Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) marksman Agent Zero (Daniel Henney) and more, the team does a lot of dirty work for the U.S. government. James gets tired of this life and eventually quits, but Victor feels betrayed and starts killing the members of the group to draw James out.
James is living in the Canadian mountains as a lumberjack (now known as Logan) with his girlfriend Kayla Silverfox (Lynn Collins) he’s warned by Stryker about Victor and ignores him, this leads to Victor killing Kayla and getting into a brawl with James. Logan can’t beat Victor but Stryker offers him a way to beat him, we then see the process which bound the adamantium to his bones making them unbreakable.
Stryker then orders his memory erased but Logan now going by the name Wolverine (based on an old story Kayla told him) hears this and breaks out before the memory wipe can happen. He then learns Stryker is killing other mutants to create the ultimate mutant and Victor is working for him, in fact Kayla’s death was orchestrated by Stryker because Wolverine’s healing factor made him the only mutant to have a possibility of surviving the bonding process.