Marvel's Wolverine is the next superhero getting the video game treatment by Insomniac Games, and it sounds very promising.
Brought to us by the studio behind the critically acclaimed Marvel's Spider-Man and Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Marvel’s Wolverine is expected to have a more “mature” tone than the Spider-Man games. That isn’t surprising given it stars the grizzly, adamantium-clawed Mutant James "Logan" Howlett, who isn't known for his gentle approach.
Like the Spider-Man games, though, Insomniac has said in a PlayStation Blog that it wants to “respect the DNA of what makes the character so popular”. That's while looking "for opportunities to make it feel fresh and truly reflect the Insomniac spirit.”
Marvel’s Wolverine was confirmed to be in “very early development” when revealed in late 2021, so details are pretty scant right now. We’re still awaiting confirmation of a release window, but we're hoping Sony will provide more solid details in the near future.
In the meantime, we’re speculating on what Insomniac could do with the character of Logan and we’ve gathered together all the latest news and rumors around the game. Read on for everything we know about Marvel's Wolverine so far and what we want to see.
Marvel's Wolverine: cut to the chase
- What is it? A Wolverine game from the makers of Marvel's Spider-Man
- When can I play it? TBC
- What can I play it on? PS5
Marvel's Wolverine release date and platforms
Marvel's Wolverine game currently doesn't have a release date and, unfortunately, it will likely be a while before we get our claws on it. Insomniac Games stated that the game is in "very early development" when it was announced in late 2021 so we wouldn't expect to see it until at least 2023 - especially given that Insomniac Games is currently working on Marvel's Spider-Man 2, which is due for release in 2023.
Marvel's Wolverine is set to be a PS5 console exclusive, much like Spider-Man, so it won't be available to Xbox Series X/S. This shouldn't be too surprising, given how Sony acquired Insomniac Games back in 2019. It's also skipping last-gen consoles, so PS4 owners are also out of luck.
However, there's a good chance it'll arrive on PC. We're witnessing a carefully considered PC strategy from Sony and back in June 2022, it advised both Marvel's Spider-Man and Marvel's Spider-Man: Miles Morales are launching on PC. As such, it wouldn't be surprising to see Marvel's Wolverine eventually join them.
Marvel's Wolverine trailer
PlayStation Showcase 2021
Marvel's Wolverine was announced during Sony's PlayStation Showcase in September 2021, with a brief teaser trailer giving us our first look at Insomniac's take on Logan.
The teaser trailer shows a destroyed bar, with injured men lying on the floor, before cutting to a back view of a man in a cowboy hat and checkered shirt drinking at the bar - his knuckles and surrounding area covered in blood. In the background, we see one of the injured men getting up and pulling out a knife. Sensing the assailant, the man at the bar, the man at the bar clenches his fist, resulting in long metallic claws appearing from them. Yep, it's Wolverine.
The trailer may not give us a look at gameplay or at Logan himself, but it does set the tone of Marvel's Wolverine game - which at first glance appears to be a more bloody, mature alternative to Insomniac Games' Spider-Man game. You can check out the trailer below:
Marvel's Wolverine news and rumors
Hugh Jackman's back as Wolverine in Deadpool 3
After retiring from the role back in 2017's Logan, Hugh Jackman is back as Wolverine once again in Deadpool 3, scheduled to release in 2024. Confirmed via a new video on co-star Ryan Reynolds' Twitter, it's left fans wondering whether he'll return for Marvel's Wolverine, too. While that remains unconfirmed, you can watch this announcement video below.
Hard keeping my mouth sewn shut about this one. ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/OdV7JmAkEuSeptember 27, 2022
Easter Eggs in the trailer
The Wolverine announcement trailer seems to contain a few Easter Eggs which could hint at the game's story and setting.
Firstly, the trailer's setting seems to drop a big clue about when and where Marvel's Wolverine is set. Logan is drinking in the Princess Bar, located in Madripoor (which you may recognize from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier), which we see from the bar sign and the Madipoor tourist poster.
In Marvel Comics Presents Volume 1 #1 (1988), Wolverine visits the Princess Bar while hunting down crime lord called Roche. After wiping the bar floor with Roche's enforcers - who are trying to get protection money off the bar's owner O'Donnell - Wolverine becomes a regular of the bar, under the name "Patch", and even co-owned it for a time. The bar was essentially Logan's home-away-from-home during a period when the X-Men were inactive. Is Insomniac Games hinting that this is the time period Marvel's wolverine is set to take place in? Will we see Logan taking on the criminal underworld?
Another possible Easter Egg is the Radio Lowtown 104.8 poster. Lowtown is a district in Madipoor, so Madipoor as a setting seems pretty likely. But the 104.8 seems to reference Marvel Earth-1048, the Marvel’s Spider-Man universe. This seems to suggest that Insomniac's Spider-Man games and Wolverine take place in the same universe, meaning we could see a Marvel Game Universe in the making.
But the Radio station isn't the only number that appears to reference a specific comic book. The license plate on the bar reads "HLK 181", which seems to reference The Incredible Hulk #18 - in which Wolverine makes an appearance. Does that mean we could see Hulk in Marvel's Wolverine? Again, we certainly hope so.
A "full-size" game with a "mature tone"
According to Marvel's Wolverine's Creative Director, Brian Horton, James 'Logan' Howlett's standalone adventure on PS5 will be a full-size game with a "mature tone". Horton confirmed this in response to a fan on Twitter (opens in new tab) asking whether Wolverine on PS5 will be "big or a 'miles morales' size game".
Being directed by Spider-Man: Miles Morales creative leads
In a PlayStation Blog post (opens in new tab), Insomniac Games revealed that Marvel's Wolverine is being directed by Brian Horton (creative director) and Cameron Christian (game director), who led the creative efforts on Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
Respecting the DNA, with a fresh take
Insomniac Games has said that, while it intends to honor the "DNA" of what makes Wolverine popular, it will be putting its own fresh spin on Weapon X.
"In the vein of our Spider-Man games, our goal here is to not only respect the DNA of what makes the character so popular, but also look for opportunities to make it feel fresh and truly reflect the Insomniac spirit," Insomniac Games wrote in a PlayStation blog post. According to the developer, despite being in early development, Marvel's Wolverine boasts an "emotional narrative and cutting-edge gameplay".
Marvel's Wolverine: what we want to see
Embracing Wolverine's dark side
While Marvel's Spider-Man and Miles Morales are critically acclaimed, there's no denying they're pretty family-friendly at times. After all, Spider-Man himself is your "friendly neighborhood Spidey". But Wolverine isn't all sunshine and rainbows, his backstory and character is pretty dark.
We're hoping that Insomniac explores that side of Logan in the Wolverine game, offering a more mature experience than Spider-Man did. We're not asking for gratuitous violence but, to really dig into Wolverine's backstory (depending on when this game is set), you can't shy away from the darker moments. Also, you can't slash up enemies without a bit of bloodshed.
The appearance of other Marvel heroes...
We don't want them hogging the spotlight, but it would be nice to see Insomniac's take on some other Marvel heroes popping up in the Wolverine game as side characters. Which characters would really depend on the story Insomniac wants to tell and which Marvel universe it's largely basing its narrative on. But we're hoping to see some of the X-Men make cameos, including Jean Grey, Professor X or maybe even Rogue.
...and infamous villains
We currently don't know who will serve as the main adversary in Marvel's Wolverine, but there are plenty of infamous villains to choose from - and we imagine some could appear as smaller roles. We're hoping we could see Logan battling Sabertooth, Lady Deathstrike, or even Silver Samurai. Or perhaps we'll see him simply battling to bring down the Weapon X program that turned him into a mutant.
A Marvel Game Universe
With Insomniac Games now working on another Marvel title for PS5, we're hoping that we could see a Marvel Game Universe in the future.
In our opinion, it could work pretty well. Like with the MCU, Insomniac has created standalone products allowing us to get to know individual superheroes within its universe, if we continue to see more Marvel heroes getting their own games, could we potentially see crossovers in the future? We're hoping so as Crystal Dynamic's Marvel's Avengers certainly left a lot to be desired.