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X-Men Origins Inspired by Source Material

Comic book fans are highly critical of comic book-inspired movies, so how will X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE stack up? Director Gavin Hood backs his film by referencing two of the most popular Wolverine stories in Marvel Comics history.
Gavin Hood, director of the upcoming X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie from 20th Century Fox, was aware of the criticism aimed at him by fans, so he used two of the most acclaimed stories in Marvel Comics' Wolverine mythos for inspiration. In a recent interview with Wizard magazine, Hood director said:

"The two [comics] that most inform our movie are the Origin story and the Weapon X [story]. But I think we [could have spent] and entire movie just on that first Origin series, so I think that it would be fair to say that our movie's inspired by those two series rather than absolutely true to them."

When dealing with a character that has lived an exceedingly long life, the healthy use of flashback sequences is essential. When asked what criteria was used to select the important moments in Wolverine's development, Hood said:

"We needed to move [Wolverine] through from about 1860 when he's born as James Howlett through the late '70s, early '80s, when our story principally takes place. So it's certainly not an endless "Logan Through Time" story by no means. We had a story set in the not too distant the bulk of our story...happens between him and his brother and Striker. But we do meet him in the roginal moment of getting his claws, which I thought was exciting."

X-Men Origins: Wolverine stars Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine, Liev Schreiber as Victor Creed/Sabretooth, Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson/Deadpool and Taylor Kitsch as Remy LeBeau/Gambit.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine slashes into theaters May 1st!

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