The Marvel multiverse is known for presenting new and different versions of Marvel’s greatest heroes. This includes seeing all the dark paths that the heroes could have taken, as well as the twisted destinies that befell them in different realities. One of the most common characters to be portrayed is Wolverine, who has a wealth of heroic (and terrifying) endings across the multiverse.
One of the most surprising variants of Wolverine was the one that appeared in Mutant X series. This version of Logan, which takes place in the dark world of Earth-1298, was separated from his family and crushed by Weapon X. Although he may eventually have a happy ending, this Wolverine proves how dangerous an unsolved Logan can be.
On Earth-1298, like many others, Wolverine was captured by Weapon X and subjected to inhuman experiments. But in this reality, Weapon X had extra ammunition to hold over Logan. Having already married Mariko and had two children, the program had a means of coercion to convince Logan to abide by their work. When Logan was experimented on, his family was threatened, which eventually led to the mutant giving up and allowing the brainwashing to overtake him in return for their safety. Along with Sabretooth and Wild Child, Logan was subjected to brutal conditioning that shattered his mind. The newly wild Logan escaped and murdered his merchants along with Sabretooth and Wild Child. Logan fled into the desert and surrendered to his wild side, remaining a wild killer.
He became the alpha of his group, which eventually became known as the Pack. They became refugees from the Canadian authorities until the six inadvertently helped lead to their recapture. Logan’s mind was brought back to the remnants of Weapon X, again targeted. But this time, Logan regained control long enough to escape, kill his prison guards, and escape. When he returned to his family, Logan was soon hit by a restored and murderous Sabertooth, but was able to escape and finish the assassin with the help of Havok and Jean Gray. Unfortunately, they were quickly drawn into a conflict between Weapon X and the Canadian government, as well as the U.S. military and the Avengers. Logan was close to sacrificing himself in battle against the Super-Soldiers, who with difficulty and barely escaped the ensuing chaos.
Logan eventually got a happy ending and escaped the chaos Mutant X’er finale with his family. But Wolverine’s fate had a particularly tragic edge. As in other variants of realities, this version of Wolverine lost control of who he was and eventually became more expensive than humans. Given how regaining his humanity and controlling his instincts has always been an important factor in character, it’s always a tragedy to see a wild Wolverine. For a long period in this world, Wolverine left his loved ones and became an animal killer. As leader of the herd, he rebuilt a bond with Sabertooth and probably killed dozens of people who were so unlucky to cross his path.
Wolverine brutally cut through the Super-Soldiers, reminding both sides of how vicious he could be. Fortunately, Logan was able to regain control of himself and remained free of control of Weapon X. Mutant X variant of Wolverine eventually found love, but it came at the expense of turning its back on its allies and running away from a fight, leaving many of them to die. It’s another sign that Wolverine, regardless of reality, seems to be unable to get everything he wants in any life.
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