X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
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Wolverine is one of most mysterious mutants in the X-Men universe. Now, the origin story of the man now known as Logan is finally told. James Howlett is a young boy living in the Canadian Rockies when a family tragedy triggers his mutation, giving him bone claws that extend from his knuckles and an accelerated healing factor. With his mutant powers and his half-brother Victor Creed at his side, James spends decades fighting in various wars and conflicts. But when James wants to set aside the violence and live a quiet life, will his past allow him the peace he desires, or will the Wolverine have to fight again?
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The two boys grow up to be men and spend the next century fighting in wars together. During the Vietnam War, Victor (Liev Schreiber) attempts to rape a Vietnamese woman and kills an officer who attempts to stop him. James (Hugh Jackman) rushes to his brother’s defense when other soldiers attempt to take him into custody, ignorant as to what Victor has done. The two are arrested and sentenced to be executed by firing squad, which they survive. They are approached by Major William Stryker (Danny Huston) and recruited to be a part of a special team. Team X is made up of a group of mutants including Agent Zero (Daniel Henney), John Wraith (Will.I.am), Fred “Blob” Dukes (Kevin Durand), Chris Bradley (Dominic Monaghan), and Wade “Not Quite Deadpool Yet” Wilson (Ryan Reynolds). James adopts the codename of Logan and works several assignments with Victor and Team X. However, James begins to question the purpose of the missions, specifically concerning indiscriminate killing, and leaves the group.
Six years later, James works as a logger in Canada where he lives with his girlfriend Kayla Silverfox (Lynn Collins). One day, Stryker and Zero show up at James’ worksite and report that Wade and Bradley have been killed. Stryker believes that the team is being targeted and seeks James’ help in tracking down the killer. James refuses the offer. Meanwhile, Kayla encounters Victor in the woods on her way home. James comes across Kayla’s abandoned car on the road and finds her dead body is short distance away. James realizes that Victor is responsible for her death. James tracks Victor down at a local bar, and the two mutants fight. Victor easily defeats James but leaves his younger half-brother alive.
James agrees to undergo a procedure that Stryker is developing to make him stronger and near invulnerable so that he can kill Victor. The painful operation will reinforce James’ skeleton with the virtually indestructible metal known as adamantium. Only James’ accelerated healing factor will allow him to survive. James undergoes the procedure at an unground facility near Alkali Lake in Canada and barely survives. Once the procedure is complete, Stryker orders that James’ memory be erased so he can used as Stryker’s personal weapon. James overhears the comment and escapes from the facility. At a nearby farm, an elderly couple, Travis and Heather Hudson (Max Cullen and Julia Blake), take James in and provide him with some clothes. Zero shows up with a helicopter the next day and tries to kill James, killing the Hudsons during the process. James takes down the helicopter and kills Zero. James vows to kill both Stryker and Victor.
First, James must track down Stryker and Victor. He contacts John, who leads him to Blob. After Blob and James get into a fight, Blob explains that Victor works for Stryker and has always worked for Stryker. Blob explains that Victor has been tracking down mutants for Stryker to be put into some kind of experiment on a place called “the island”. Blob informs James that he knows of only one mutant who has ever escaped from the island and that is Remy “Gambit” LeBeau (Taylor Kitsch). Meanwhile, Victor has been sent out to collect another mutant for Stryker. He locates Scott “Cyclops” Summers (Tim Pocock) at his high school. He abducts the young mutant and takes him back to Stryker.
James and John track down Gambit in New Orleans to ask him where the island is. Victor shows up and kills John and extracts his DNA for the experiment. Gambit fights James initially, but both men combine forces to fight Victor before the older brother escapes. Gambit agrees to take James to Stryker’s facility on Three Mile Island.
Once on the island, James learns that Kayla is alive and was actually a spy for Stryker the entire time. Kayla reveals that she was forced to spy by Stryker who held her sister Emma (Tahyna Tozzi) hostage on the island. Kayla admits that she eventually fell in love with James. Victor shows up and fights James, envious that his younger brother received the adamantium that he hoped to get. Striker activates Weapon XI, the dead Wade Wilson who has been turned into a mutant killer with the powers of multiple mutants.
James and Victor team up to fight Weapon XI. Kayla frees the other captive mutants, including her sister and Cyclops. Kayla returns to help James and directs Emma and Cyclops to lead the freed mutants away from the facility. The freed mutants encounter Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) outside the facility who takes them to safety in his helicopter. James and Victor beat Weapon XI together, with James decapitating the experimental mutant. Victor says goodbye to his brother and runs off. James and Kayla reunite, but Kayla is shot by Stryker and mortally wounded. James rushes at Stryker, but the Major shoots James in the head with an adamantium bullet, which penetrates his skull. James survives, but he has lost his memory.
Stryker walks over to Kayla and prepares to shoot her at point blank range, but she uses her mutant power of mind control to tell the Major to continue to walk until his feet bleed. Kayla dies, and James regains consciousness when Gambit wakes him. James has no memory as to why he is there, and his only clue to his identity is his dog tags with his codename Logan on it. He even has no memory of Kayla, the woman he loved who lies dead nearby. Gambit helps James escape from the island before authorities arrive.
In a mid-credits scene, Stryker is detained for questioning by military police in connection with the death of General Munson (Stephen Leeder), whom Stryker murdered to protect his experiment on James at Alkali Lake. In two post-credits scenes, the hand of Weapon XI is seen crawling out of the rumble of Three Mile Island and touches the decapitated head of Weapon XI, which awakens and shushes the screen. Another scene shows James drinking in a bar in Japan.
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20th Century Fox released X-Men Origins: Wolverine on May 1, 2009. Gavin Hood directed the film starring Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, and Ryan Reynolds.