Wolverine: Marvel’s Favorite Cannuckle-Head is Coming Soon!

How many fanboys (and girls) ever thought they’d see the day when Wolverine would host the Academy Awards and an actor portraying the Joker would receive an Oscar? Last night at the 81st annual Academy Awards, Aussie actor Hugh Jackman (AKA – the man behind Wolvie’s extra-bushy sideburns in the X-Men series of films) hosted the ceremonies and Heath Ledger deservedly received only the second posthumus award in Academy history for his Supporting Actor turn as the Joker in The Dark Knight.

Comic book characters have come a long way. Once relegated to the fringe of comic book shops and hidden underneath mattresses, “true believers” are as out-and-proud as Harvey Milk about their fandom of choice. And it seems that movieland approves, given the slew of comic book properties transformed into films.

The latest in the X-Men film franchise, X-Men Origins: Wolverine takes a look at Logan’s life before the X-Men… Specifically, his involvement in the clandestine Weapon X project that led to his skeleton and claws being coated with unbreakable adamantium and his centuries-long relationship with his frenemy, Sabretooth. Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Wolverine and Liev Schrieber tackles the part of Sabretooth. Ryan Reynolds also has a part in the film as Marvel fan-favorite Deadpool, the “Merc with a Mouth.” Check out the action-packed trailer for the film here. The film is due in theatres on May 1, 2009.

Get in on the action early to snap up some Wolverine costumes or make your own Sabretooth and Deadpool costumes in time for the film. As always, Wolverine is a popular character at cosplay or comic cons, but this year, it looks like he and his pals Sabretooth, Gambit, and Deapool will also be hot on the list!

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