[Spoiler] Is Coming Back From the Dead in MARVEL LEGACY #1
Fair Warning: This story is all about the major revelation from today's Marvel Legacy #1, which Marvel itself has already spoiled. If you don’t want to know which character is making their comeback, then stop reading now.
Marvel has been hyping up Marvel Legacy #1 for months, but the company just couldn’t wait to spoil the surprise return of a major character. Still, it was only two days early, so that counts as restraint! As reported at ComicBook.com, the one and only (but definitely not the only) Wolverine is back from the dead, and he is now the holder of one of the Infinity Stones. Because even the Infinity Gems must MCU in the Marvel Universe.
"Yes, Logan is back from the dead," said Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso while speaking to ComicBook.com. "After three years of a Logan-free Marvel Universe, Logan is back, claws popped and ready for action. How he came back, why he came back, and just how he came into possession of that Infinity Stone are part of a fascinating story that's going to unveil soon, and in some unusual places."
Has it really only been three years since a sentient space flu killed one of Marvel’s iconic heroes? That may be a simplification of it, but it’s true: a virus from the Microverse took away Wolverine’s healing factor and allowed him to die. Although getting dumped in molten adamantium may have also had something to do with it. Either way, Wolverine is dead, and at Marvel, “dead means dead!”
At least that was the message when Marvel released Death of Wolverine, an event miniseries by Charles Soule and Steve McNiven. (Sidebar: this was an awesomely rendered comic by McNiven). Soule and McNiven gave Logan a pretty good note to go out on when he saved a few individuals from being turned into adamantium laced weapons like himself. Although it was kind of darkly funny that Wolverine essentially became an adamantium popsicle after getting coated with the molten metal. But it's less funny to know that he suffocated to death.
Death of Wolverine was released in 2014, and to be fair, three years is like forever in comics. When it takes three decades for Franklin Richards to have a tenth birthday, it’s almost impossible to say how long Wolverine has actually been gone. A few months? A few years? Who can tell? I mean really, who can tell? Because we’ve had Old Man Logan take Wolverine's place, followed by X-23 as the All-New Wolverine, and Kid Wolverine (Jimmy Hudson) in X-Men Blue. There are so many guys and gals with claws that there could be a Wolverine family comic, just like the Silver Age Superman comics! Come to think of it, that's pretty much what the new Weapon X series is all about.
Marvel Legacy #1 is noticeably missing an explanation about Wolverine’s resurrection and who gave him an Infinity Stone. The real question is whether the X-Men will realize that their favorite lawn ornament has gone missing. That excess adamantium had to go somewhere!
Also, now that Wolverine is officially back, there’s no longer a need for a “good” Sabretooth to be hanging around. So it should just be a matter of time before we another battle of the claws. Truthfully, we’ll totally be fine with that.