Wolverine Press Notes


Sep 17, 2005
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30 pages. Haven't read it entirerly yet.

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The film also introduces a team of mutants, including several whose appearances in the movie series have been long anticipated. Movie audiences will meet Team X, a covert military cadre comprised entirely of mutants. Its members are: Wolverine; his brother Victor Creed, aka Sabretooth, a feral being of unimaginable power; Wade Wilson, later to be known as Deadpool, a high-tech mercenary skilled at swordplay; Agent Zero, an expert tracker and lethal marksman; Wraith, a teleporter; Fred J. Dukes, also known as The Blob, a morbidly obese and super-strong behemoth; and Bradley, who can manipulate electricity. Leading them is William Stryker, a figure introduced in “X2” but whose origins and motives are now fully explored, for it is Stryker’s complex relationship with Wolverine that defines much of Logan’s past …and future.

X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE also explores Logan’s tragic romance with Kayla Silverfox. Kayla’s fate triggers Logan’s involvement with the ominous Weapon X program, a top secret, billion-dollar military experiment, in which Wolverine and other mutants are key players. They include Gambit, a young Scott Summers (later to be known as Cyclops); a beautiful young mutant named Emma Frost; and the aforementioned Deadpool, against whom Wolverine faces his ultimate challenge.

A key member of Team X is Wade Wilson, later to be known as Deadpool. Wade is a highly-efficient killing machine nicknamed the “Merc with the Mouth,” for his endless stream of wisecracks. Ryan Reynolds seemed destined to take on the role; the actor is a longtime fan of Marvel’s Deadpool comics, and was even mentioned in one issue. “I’ve wanted to play Deadpool most of my adult life,” says Reynolds. “It’s a beloved character with comics fans, so it’s not a responsibility I take lightly.” Wade/Deadpool’s weapon of choice are katana swords, and Reynolds trained extensively to make his swordplay convincing. “I lived, ate and breathed swords,” he recalls.

Another Team X member is Bradley, portrayed by Dominic Monaghan (“Lost,” “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy). Bradley, who can control and manipulate electricity, is a haunting figure, having gone into hiding as a circus sideshow attraction. “When we meet Bradley in the film, he’s kind of fallen off the grid,” says Monaghan. “With Team X, he was a guerrilla soldier, but when things got out of hand, and he saw things he didn’t want to see, he left the unit.”

It is Victor’s brutal murder of Kayla that triggers Logan’s quest for revenge. When they are reunited, Logan and Victor fight, leaving Logan battered and wounded. Stryker, again entering Logan’s life and again forever changing it, offers what he calls the only solution: the top-secret Weapon X program (“X” denoting the Roman numeral for ten). In the procedure, Logan’s entire skeleton will be bonded to adamantium, an impenetrable metal alloy that will make Logan virtually indestructible –turning him into the Wolverine we know from the previous X-Men movies. “To beat Victor,” Stryker tells Logan, “you’re going to have to embrace the other side of you. Become the animal.”
But to undergo this transformation, Logan has to suffer more pain than any man could ever endure. Audiences had seen tantalizing flashes of the Weapon X procedure in “X2,” but here its full power – and horror – is fully unveiled. As Logan lies in a water-filled plexiglass tank the size of a lidless coffin, robotic arms that taper into foot-long needles spin at high speeds, entering his body, bonding his bones to the adamantium. Wolverine has suffered and survived gunshots, knife wounds, car crashes, executions and explosions – but he’s never suffered like this.

Wolverine emerges from the ordeal to face yet another betrayal and an epic showdown with Victor and with the next generation of Stryker’s military experiments. Undeterred by Logan’s escape from Alkali Lake as the now indestructible Wolverine, Stryker has abducted mutants to fulfill his twisted mandate of turning them into weapons. The unwilling participants in this work are teenagers Scott Summers (Tim Pocock) and Emma Frost (Tahyna Tozzi). Scott, who can emit a powerful beam from his eyes, grows up to be Cyclops, a leader of the X-Men; Emma, another major figure in X-Men comics lore, is telepathic and possesses a diamond-like skin that is indestructible.

Together, the mutants face off against an enemy who has sworn to see them destroyed, in a battle – a revolution – that will set the course of the epic war that lies ahead.
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OHHHHHHHH veryyyy interesting. Nice to hear something about Dominic Monoghan's character.
A lot of elements in that press note lead me to believe that that fake review wasn't so fake after all. That's weird.
Not much in there about Gambit. :(
Anything intersting about Gambit, I can't seem to download the link.
Rac, how come you have these press notes? I don't have them yet and I work for the press. :huh:
Here's the part you were all clamoring for...

The mutant known as Gambit was not a member of Team X – Logan encounters him much later in his journey – but he plays a key role in Logan’s revenge-fueled quest. Beloved by fans of the X-Men comics who have long awaited the character’s debut in the film franchise, Gambit, who also goes by the name Remy LeBeau, has the ability to charge matter with volatile kinetic energy, causing the object in question to explosively release its charge on impact. Gambit’s favorite things on which to direct his special talents are a deck of playing cards and a simple bö staff – both of which he turns into powerful weapons when the occasion dictates.
Gambit’s presence in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE will certainly be celebrated and discussed by fans, a fact not lost on the filmmakers. Says producer Ralph Winter, who’s been involved in all the X-Men movies: “Before the start of each [X-Men] film, people would ask me, ‘Is Gambit in the movie? Is he going to throw cards? And I’d say, ‘Hang on, we’ll get to him.’”

Actor Taylor Kitsch, who nabbed the role after wrapping work for the season on the acclaimed series “Friday Night Lights,” says he understands that “the fans have been waiting [for Gambit’s appearance in an X-Men film],” and reports that he worked hard to live up to their expectations. “When I arrived in Sydney, to begin work on the film, I told the producers I was here to train and to work,” says Kitsch. His training included long sessions with the bö staff and fighting sticks – as well as interminable hours going through packs and packs of trading cards, learning the character’s signature moves. “By the time cameras rolled, I could do quite a bit with a deck of cards,” he says.
Ugh, how did i know that our boy would NOT disappoint when it came to doing his research when it come to monsieur lebeau.
There are folks who do wing things. I think that maybe Taylor was concerned he'd get creamed by the fans if he didn't. :p Plus being an athelete by nature, the training probably interested him from the start.
So Wade will be called "The Merc with a Mouth" in this movie...... Awesome.
Well those were the answers I was waiting for...good or bad, eat em up kids.

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