Wolverine is easily the most prominent Marvel Comics superhero created after the 1960s “Silver Age” that produced Spider-Man, Iron Man, and most of the company’s other franchise heavyweights. He’s a deceptively complicated character, all hardness and berserker tendencies at a glance, but also given to some timely displays of honor and loyalty. Hugh Jackman’s screen version is just as vital, an incarnation whose popularity increasingly turned the original “X-Men” trilogy into a personal showcase, never mind the group dynamic or the way certain storylines had transpired on the comics page.
In short, it felt as though there was still plenty of potential when the X-franchise was spun off into “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” four years ago. Lone wolf time for old Logan at last. And then the filmmakers had to go and squander the opportunity by making things overly busy, shoehorning a whole gaggle of mutant characters into what was ostensibly a solo vehicle.