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Insomniac’s ‘Wolverine’ Slices Up a First Look at the Uncanny Mutant in a Classic Bar Scene

While Insomniac’s ‘Wolverine’ gave fans very little in terms of concrete details, but it leans into an aspect the character has built up in recent years. With Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of the character, a unique way to show the character’s isolated nature comes in the form of his trips to (and fights in) small-town bars.

Ever since superheroes crashed onto the American scene, their identities incorporate comics, movies, and television. Spider-Man got his theme song from a 1967 animated show; a Black Nick Fury originated in Samuel L. Jackson, and Wolverine developed a habit for dive bar fights. In Insomniac’s ‘Wolverine’ trailer, the character’s trope retakes the center stage.

A wax figure of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
A wax figure of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine | Kris Connor/Getty Images

Hugh Jackman’s first appearance as Wolverine was in a dive bar

The gruff Mutant has long possessed a rough and rowdy attitude. Out of every X-Men member, Logan was the most likely to get in a bar fight. Loner and outcast, Wolverine often secluded himself from general society.

Insomniac’s Wolverine channels this aspect for their teaser trailer.

Bryan Singer, director of the 2000 X-Men film, considered how to portray these aspects of Logan’s character introduction. As they say, first impressions are everything.

In one of the film’s most memorable scenes, Anna Paquin’s Rogue met Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in a dive bar. When a debt collector tries to advance on Logan, he pins the man with his adamantium claws against the wall.

His last claw slides out, poised right above the man’s adam apple.

This initial introduction set the stage for Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of the character until his last performance as the Mutant in 2017.

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This trend of Jackman in bars continued throughout his run as the Wolverine. In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Wolverine battles Sabretooth in a bar.

X-Men: First Class saw a hilarious exchange between Jackman’s Wolverine, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender. Professor X (McAvoy) and Magneto (Fassbender) try to recruit Wolverine in a bar, but he promptly dismisses them with a “go f–k yourself.”

The last big-screen depiction of the Mutant in a rundown bar (so far) was in The Wolverine. In yet another violent confrontation, Logan jumping from one secluded bar to another has become something of a staple for the character in recent years.

ScreenRant notes the bar in the game trailer fits with other bars Wolverine has appeared in.

“The bar itself certainly fits the trope; it looks like little more than a pool hall, with handwritten, chalkboard signs and stickers all over the taps,” they said.

Insomniac’s ‘Wolverine’ leans into his self-isolating nature

The group revealed very little information about the actual game. However, based on Insomniac’s track record with Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Miles Morales, the game is likely to draw from comics, films, and shows.

Even if the teaser trailer bar does not appear in the final release, Wolverine in a dive bar is almost certain.

The September PlayStation Showcase gave fans the bare minimum of an announcement for the game. In fact, it didn’t even have a release date listed.


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However, that never stopped fans from rampantly theorizing.

And as a man approaches Logan with a knife at the end of the trailer, fans know that the fight is only just beginning.

Wolverine is sure to brandish those claws of his again soon.