X-Men Origins: Wolverine
X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a 2009 film directed by Gavin Hood and stars Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Liev Schreiber as Sabertooth. It acts as a spin-off prequel to the main X-Men film series and focuses on the origins of Wolverine and his brother Sabertooth.
Having a desire to escape his past, Logan seems to have found his love in Kayla Silverfox. However, after Logan's brother Victor Creed brutally murders Kayla, Logan, seeking revenge, goes to the Weapon X program, where a painful surgery bonding his bones with adamantium makes him more powerful than Victor.
- Absolutely no originality in the plot that botchers everything that made X-Men movies special.
- Poor computer-generated effects, for example, when Logan (Jimmy) gets his claws, they look like they been taken from the first film with no improvements.
- While the acting is pretty good, there is one error: Hugh Jackman sometimes forgets to use his Canadian accent at times.
- Logan's name is wrong in this film, as for some reason he is called Jimmy Howlett, despite not having that name in the comics.
- Deadpool is completely ruined and wasted in this film, as what was supposed to be the introduction of a badass wise-cracking Wade Wilson is instead a "Weapon XI" bastardization with unrelated powers and a mouth sewn shut.
- Gambit in this film is wasted, and barely has any screen-time. He also has his signature Cajun accent replaced by a Southern one.
- Most of the characters are dull, uninteresting and you really don't care about them with the exception of Wolverine and Sabertooth.
- Lackluster action scenes due to overuse of slow motion/fast motion and poor editing as well as shaky cam.
- The script is full of clichés that at time feel more like an action movie that was made in the 1990s.
- There is a lot of illogical scenes.
- When Logan receives his powers, he simply escapes with no trouble; completely throwing out the plot element of his rampaging Weapon X mindset and the pain his Adamantium claws caused him as teased in his flashbacks of the previous X-Men films.
- The Blob isn’t a mutant and is just a person who ate a lot. What a completely stupid change.
- Despite being called X-Men "Origins", there were no more "X-Men Origins" movies after this one.
- The ending is quite poor: Wolverine does not remember Kayla after waking up and seeing her body, which makes no sense as she was his girlfriend.
- This movie is pretty pointless. You can skip over this film and the timeline would be fine.
- Executive Medding: Originally Gavin Hood wants to make the film more darker and mature from the final project. However Tom Rothman who was the executive of Fox at the time did some rewrites behind the director's back. This leads to the following problems as shown above.
- Tom Rothman is also the reason why Deadpool is ruined by sewn his mouth shut.
- The acting, especially Hugh Jackman and Liev Schreiber, is very good, and the cast does the best they can with the poor script.
- The "Logan Through Time" montage at the beginning is arguably the high point of the entire film.
- A few inspired moments, such as the fights between Logan and Victor.
- The fight between Wolverine and Weapon XI is very epic.
- Ryan Reynolds was pretty good as Wade Wilson, and he'd return back with his own movie as Deadpool.
- It was later retconned out of existence from Wolverine's time-traveling along with X-Men: The Last Stand, after the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The movie was a box office hit but met with mixed to unfavorable reviews and fan reception. It currently has a 38% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the second lowest-rated X-Men film in the entire series. Hugh Jackman admitted that he was disappointed with how the film turned out, and Ryan Reynolds was angry that his character of Deadpool was completely butchered during production. The critics praised the cast's acting (particularly by Jackman and Schreiber), humor and the musical score but criticism due to the convoluted plot and inaccurate representation of characters, especially Deadpool. The movie was disliked by Hugh Jackman and Ryan Reynolds as well, leading to the development and release of better received proper movie adaptions of Wolverine and Deadpool, The Wolverine (2013), Deadpool (2016), and Logan (2017).
- Gambit was to get his own film (not related to the version in Origins) with Channing Tatum as the star and was to be released in 2019, but due to the Fox/Disney deal, it was canceled.
- The film's events, along with those of X-Men: The Last Stand, were retconned out of existence by Wolverine's time-traveling in 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past. Most elements, however, such as Logan's real name being James Howlett, appear in the other Wolverine solo movies.
- Speaking of time-traveling, in Deadpool 2, Deadpool goes back in time and shoots the X-Men Origins: Wolverine Deadpool, telling the Logan in this movie that he's "cleaning up the timelines."
- There were going to be further prequels, with the next one titled X-Men Origins: Magneto, but got canceled due to the abysmal reception of this atrocity, causing 20th Century Fox and Marvel to scrap any plans for this failed franchise. However, audiences did get to see Magneto's origin being modernized in 2011's X-Men: First Class, which got the whole franchise recovered.
- The film was intended to be the start of the X-Men Origins film series, with the second film being about Magneto. The poor reviews resulted in the film being scrapped and integrated into X-Men First Class.