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Marvel Comics planning to kill off Wolverine

By Scott Tuttle     Apr 25, 2014 in Entertainment
Marvel Comics confirmed its plans Friday to kill off one of its most iconic characters. Following a series of comics set for release in June, a follow-up series will come out in September ultimately ending in Wolverine's death.
After having stripped Wolverine of his healing factor at the end of Wolverine Vol. 5, the power which has allowed him to remain young and survive numerous blows that would kill a lesser being, Marvel plans to release an appropriately titled series this summer called 3 Months to Die, which will end in a four-part miniseries simply called Death of Wolverine.
The Death of Wolverine series will be released on a weekly basis throughout September ending in Issue #4, in which one of comic books' most beloved heroes of all time will meet his doom.
After 40 years, why does Marvel suddenly want to kill of one of its best-known characters? According to Executive Editor Michael Marts, the idea was conceived during one of Marvel's semi-annual retreats in which writers and editors get together and exchange ideas.
“For a long time, no matter who Wolverine was battling, he’s been the eternal victor,” said Marts. “He almost always comes out on top. Now he finally comes up against an adversary that he cannot win against, he cannot fight. What does that mean for this character who’s been around for hundred years?”
Charles Soule, who is currently working on the Thunderbolts and Inhuman series, is contracted to write the Death of Wolverine series, and Steve McNiven will provide the artwork.
“[Wolverine] is reflecting on his own life as he’s reflecting on his own death," said Soule. "We wanted to have the reader do that at the same time. In each issue, we’re focusing on a different aspect, or a different quintessential Wolverine.”
Marvel has so far not disclosed any details as to how Wolverine will be killed off, but more teasers are set to be revealed at this weekend's C2E2 event in Chicago during a panel called “Wolverine: 3 Months to Die” Sunday at 1:15 p.m. CST.
“He’s basically been told, by his various genius buddies, to not get into any fights, because he can’t survive them,” said Soule to Entertainment Weekly. “Wolverine being Wolverine, violence tends to find him. ...I hope that when people finish [the series], they’ll feel like he died in a way that was true to him.”
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