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Wolverine & Hulk’s First Fight Had a Mind-Blowing Secret Purpose

While Wolverine and Hulk’s first fight is one that won’t be soon forgotten, it wasn’t as it seemed as it had a mind-blowing secret purpose all along.

The first battle between the Hulk and Wolverine has gone down in history, not just because it is one of the most epic fights between two of Marvel’s deadliest heroes, but because it also marked Wolverine’s very first appearance in Marvel Comics. However, while the battle was one that won’t be soon forgotten, it wasn’t exactly as it seemed. There was a secret purpose behind the fight that is absolutely mind-blowing– one that redefines Wolverine’s history as both a solo hero and a member of the X-Men.

James “Logan” Howlett aka Wolverine first joined the X-Men in Giant-Size X-Men #1 by Len Wein and Dave Cockrum. In that story, the original X-Men find themselves in perilous danger so Professor X travels the globe recruiting other mutants to save them with the hope that afterwards they will permanently join the team themselves. Among those Xavier approaches is Wolverine, who debuted in Incredible Hulk #180 and #181 by Len Wein and Herb Trimpe. In that story, Wolverine is sent by the Canadian military to take down the Hulk, who is engaged in a fight with the monstrous Wendigo. While Wolverine loses that fight, the fact that he is able to go toe-to-toe with the beast at all is massively impressive and certainly gets Xavier’s attention. Professor X issues him an invitation to join the team of mutant heroes, and Logan quickly accepts.


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In Wolverine: Origins #28 by Daniel Way and Mike Deodato, Wolverine and his son, Daken, are on the run from the villain Romulus who has been secretly controlling Wolverine’s life since Logan’s days with Weapon X–using Logan as his own personal murderous puppet without Wolverine even realizing it. Now, Romulus wants to use Daken in the same manner, but Wolverine is not going to allow that to happen. In an effort to save his son and free his mind of the suffering Romulus has put him through, Wolverine decides to bring Daken to the X-Men so that Charles Xavier can heal him the same way the professor healed Wolverine so many years ago. However, while driving back to the X-Mansion, Wolverine recalls the situation surrounding his first meeting with Xavier–revealing that his fight with the Hulk was secretly all a ruse orchestrated by Romulus to get Wolverine close enough to Charles to assassinate him.

Wolverine and Hulk's first fight wasn't as it seemed.

The whole reason Professor X recruits Wolverine to begin with in Giant-Size X-Men #1 is because of Logan’s first fight with the Hulk. While Wolverine isn’t given the specifics by his commanding officer (as he is a Canadian spec-ops soldier when he battles the Hulk) he knows that the mission to battle Mean Green isn’t for its own sake. It is really a way to get his foot in the door with another target, he just doesn’t know who that target is. However, when Xavier comes knocking, everything became clear and Wolverine goes with the professor without much convincing, despite being someone who works better alone.

The explanation given in Wolverine: Origins is truly jaw-dropping as it reveals that Wolverine’s introduction was just a means to an end, with the end being the death of Charles Xavier. Wolverine’s inclusion on the X-Men was under the darkest of false pretenses and his first fight with the Hulk was just to get Professor X’s attention–revealing that Wolverine‘s debut had a mind-blowing secret purpose.

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