We were told in Wolverine: Origins #5 that Wolvy had a son.....guess
what? It's freakin' true...
When Wolverine began probing his dark and violent past in search of
truth and vengeance, he thought it might be a simple task of clawing
his way through all his adversaries, but then in issue #5 (which
concluded the first storyline "Born in Blood") of Marvel Comics'
"Wolverine: Origins" things got complicated as they often do when
children are involved. In this case, the child involved was Wolverine's.
Now, if Wolverine continues his crusade it will launch him on a violent
collision course with the son he never knew he had. CBR News spoke
with "Origins" writer Daniel Way about the revelation of Wolverine being
a father and what it means for Logan's quest.
The idea that a character as long lived as Wolverine might have
fathered a child isn't a new one. "It's something that has been kind of
put forward before and then kind of pulled back and wiped out," Way
told CBR News. "So we decided to make it concrete and real.
"I pitched a story to my editor probably about two years ago," Way
continued. "That story was about Logan discovering that he had a son
and that son had basically been following in dear old dad's footsteps.
None of the good stuff just all the bad. So, Logan feels responsible for
this kid, as he should, for both his existence and his actions. So he
goes on this quest to save his son, but his son didn't want to be saved.
All he wanted was to kill his dad, whom he hated for basically making
him what he was."
Way's editor liked the story when it was originally pitched, but thought
it was too big of a story to do without following it up with another
large story. "When we started laying out 'Origins,' it just made a lot of
sense that this was the place to tell that story," Way explained. "We've
seen in the first five issues of 'Origins' and the previous 'Origins and
Endings' storyline that somebody is ultimately responsible for Logan
being what he is and we've also learned that whoever it is has tried to
recreate these results with experiments like Nuke. So it made sense;
they wanted another Logan so they took one and raised the kid inside
this system. When this kid finally shows up good and proper in the
Marvel Universe we're going to have a new bad ass on the block."
Way promised that Logan's son will be making his proper Marvel
Universe debut very soon. "We know this kid inherited Logan's healing
ability," Way said. "So the big questions are, 'What else has he
inherited? What else does he have? How does this character operate?'"
The fact that Wolverine has a son out there operating in the shadows
helps to define the larger, continuing story that is "Origins." "This
series is about Wolverine confronting the sins of his past and the son is
those sins incarnate," Way explained. "So it gives things a form. This is
what Logan needs to make right. He needs to get his kid straightened
out and be a dad.
"There's going to be repercussions because of this," Way continued.
"You know the saying, 'Keep your friends close and your enemies
closer?' That's pretty much the situation Logan operates in. Most
people act like his friend because they don't want to be considered his
enemy. The guy is not stable - you don't want to be on his bad side.
But Logan, he wants to belong to something. He's always trying to fight
those savage impulses. He's trying to be the good guy. His son doesn't
have any of those characteristics. He doesn't know right from wrong.
All he knows is what he's been fed his entire life, which is a diet of
violence and pain."
Learning about his son and his aggressive proclivities has a
tremendous impact on Logan emotionally. "This is an unexpected
turn," Way stated. "This whole quest that he's been on thus far, it's
been solely for him. It's been his quest for revenge and now it's kind of
been brought to a screeching halt. He now knows that if he goes any
further on his question that he's going to run into his own son. That's
going to result in Logan going fucking crazy if he kills his own son; he
can't deal with that, or he's going to killed or cut to pieces and buried
somewhere. They've got him."