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12 Things You Never Knew About The Wolverine

July is the month to get psyched about The Wolverine. Hugh Jackman’s latest incarnation of your favorite mutant comes out July 26th so get ready. Maybe you’ll see this movie with your kids. Maybe you’ll see this movie because you’re a big Hugh Jackman fan and it’s been way too long since your last Les Mis fix. And maybe you’re dying to see The Wolverine because you are an actual mutant yourself. In which case, JEALOUS.

Whatever your reasons, you’re going to want a refresher course on all things Wolverine. What is his power? Where did he come from? Who is Jean Grey?

So here’s a quick run through of 12 things you never knew about The Wolverine.

  • 12 Things You Never Knew About The Wolverine 1 of 13
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  • Hugh Jackman Achieved Perfect Buffness 2 of 13
    Hugh Jackman jogging and working out at the gym, where he was reportedly assaulted by a stalker, in New York City

    Hugh Jackman said that he finally achieved the physique for this movie that he always envisioned in his mind for Wolverine. He finally had enough time to get his body exactly the way he wanted it to look. In fact, he got tips from The Rock himself. Dwayne Johnson suggested Jackman could gain a pound a week over six months by eating 6,000 calories a day of an awful lot of chicken, steak, and brown rice. So there's your Wolverine diet. 

    Photo Courtesy of Pacific Coast News

  • Japanese Saga 3 of 13
    A hairy looking Hugh Jackman is seen leaving the set of 'The Wolverine' with son Oscar in Sydney

    The newest Wolverine movie is set in Japan and will, presumably, be based on the Wolverine comic book mini-series which came out in the '80s and followed Logan through Tokyo where he met and married, learned martial arts, and was confronted with/instructed in the Samurai Code of Honor. Based on this shot taken during filming, he goes through a grizzled, hairy phase. I, for one, can't wait for the makeover scene. 

    Photo Courtesy of Pacific Coast News

  • Takes Place After The Last Stand 4 of 13
    Hugh Jackman takes advantage of the nice spring weather as he takes a walk with his French Bulldog Peaches in New York City

    The Wolverine takes place after the X-Men movie, The Last Stand.  Stay with me. It also takes place after the most recent X-Men movie (yes, it's the one you liked so much with Michael Fassbender as a young Magneto) called First Class, which is the origin story for all the X-Men movies which preceded it. Wolverine also has his own origin story, but don't worry yourself about the timeline. It all makes sense. Wolverine hardly ages anyway so it doesn't matter too much. Suffice it to say, this is Hugh Jackman's 6th time (!) playing Wolvie. (That's a term of endearment for Wolverine.)

    Photo Courtesy of Pacific Coast News

  • Jean Grey 5 of 13
    Famke Janssen attending the "Persol Magnificent Obsessions: 30 Stories of Craftsmanship in Film" in New York

    The incomparable Famke Janssen plays Jean Grey in the X-Men and Wolverine movies. A powerful psychic and telepath, Jean Grey takes on the name Phoenix when her mutant-powers are operating at full strength. She and Wolverine have a deep and abiding friendship that effects and shapes Wolverine.

    Hugh Jackman explains: "There's no doubt that the most important relationship in his life is — we've seen through the movies — is his relationship with Jean Grey. Yes, we saw her die at the end of X-Men: The Last Stand, but in this movie, she has a presence which I think is vital to the movie, particularly for him confronting the most difficult thing within himself." 

    Photo Courtesy of Pacific Coast News

  • Skeleton Enforced with Adamantium 6 of 13
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    Wolverine is extra strong (and extra special) because he has adamantium bonded to his skeleton. The metal alloy was invented by American metallurgist Myron MacLain when he was trying to recreate the vibranium that Captain America's shield is made out of. Adamantium is partially magnetic, so Magneto can maneuver it. So that's kind of a drawback. On the plus side, adamantium can protect your mind from probing telepathic attacks. 

    One other drawback is that Wolverine is constantly being poisoned by the adamantium in his system but his enhanced healing mutation is constantly counteracting the poison. So there are a lot of pros and cons involved with the adamantium. 

    Photo Source: TheWolverineMovie.com

  • Who is The Wolverine? 7 of 13
    Hugh Jackman walks the red carpet for the premiere of the highly anticipated 'Les Miserables,' held at the Ziegfeld in New York City

    The handsome Hugh Jackman has been playing Woverine in movies for the last 13 years. But Wolverine first appeared as a side-character in comic books with The Hulk in 1974. He got his own comic book in 1982 and he's been a mutant favorite ever since. He was born James Howlett, but took on the name "Logan" when he was older and learned that he was actually the illegitimate son of the Howlett's groundskeeper, Thomas Logan.  

    Photo Courtesy of Pacific Coast News

  • Hair and Cigar 8 of 13
    Actor Hugh Jackman who was suffering from a nasty eye injury seen with the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard attending a press conference in Australia

    Wolverine's trademarks are his sticking up hair, extreme sideburns, and a fat cigar. None of these things have anything to do with his power. They just make him look cool. 

    Photo Courtesy of Pacific Coast News

  • Canadian 9 of 13
    Hugh Jackman seen at the LaGuardia Airport in New York

    You might be surprised to find out that although he is played by a famous Australian, The Wolverine is Canadian. He was born in Alberta, Canada. Way to represent, Canada!

    Photo Courtesy of Pacific Coast News

  • Teamed Up With Cap 10 of 13
    Chris Evans walks to set of "The Avengers" filming in Central Park, NYC

    The Wolverine was born in the 1880s. He's almost immortal because of his healing ability. And what you might not know is that he fought side but side with Captain American in World War II. Coupla old vets, those two. I thank them for their service. 

    Photo Courtesy of Pacific Coast News

  • Powers 11 of 13
    Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness take their french bulldog for a walk in New York City

    Hugh Jackman is wearing some mutant-like shoes in this photo, but they have nothing to do with his character's mutations and powers. Wolverine has a keen canine-like sense of smell and acute sight and hearing. His great power is healing, but it still hurts him when he is injured. Poor Wolvie. He has the capacity to endure so much. 

    Photo Courtesy of Pacific Coast News

  • Claws 12 of 13
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    The most distinctive piece of Wolverine's physique are his retractable claws. They are made of dense bone and got coated with adamantium with the rest of his skeleton. He extrudes them through his skin when he needs them. They cut his skin each time they come out. They are good for fighting, but can also be use to climb up walls and slow falls. Adamantium is one of the toughest metal alloys in the world. 

    Photo Source: TheWolverineMovie.com

  • Berserker Rages 13 of 13
    Actor Hugh Jackman makes an appearance on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' in New York

    You wouldn't know it from this photo of the peace-loving Jackman, but Wolverine is capable of going into a berserker rage. This trance-like fury, while hard to control, has saved Wolverine from time to time. Sometimes he regrets his actions after he comes out of the rage, but usually it gets the job done with unbridled ferocity. Don't get him angry. You won't like him when he's angry. 

    Photo Courtesy of Pacific Coast News

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