Who is Marvel's All-New, All-Different Wolverine?

by Russ Burlingame

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When Marvel debuted a poster this evening showing off some of the cast of their all-new, all-different universe following the events of Secret Wars, it raised a lot of questions.

One of which? Who the heck is that in the Wolverine suit?

Marvel has confirmed to ComicBook.com that the new Wolverine is indeed, X-23. She's had her own title before, has been regularly appearing in the Marvel Universe for some time and even having a relationship with Wolverine, her "father," before his death.

wallpaper largeHere's how Marvel describes her:

When a top-secret program attempted to recreate the original Weapon X experiment that involved the feral mutant Wolverine, they failed to secure a test subject that could survive the bonding of the virtually unbreakable metal Adamantium to their skeleton. Seeking to take the project in a new direction, the project's director, Doctor Martin Sutter, recruited renowned mutant geneticist Doctor Sarah Kinney and tasked her with creating a clone. Using the only available genetic sample from Weapon X, which was damaged, they were unable to salvage the Y chromosome after 22 attempts. Kinney then proposed they create a female clone, and though her request was initially denied, she still went ahead and produced a viable female subject, prompting Sutter to reconsider. Despite resistance from his protégé Doctor Zander Rice, whom he had raised after Rice's father was killed by a bestial Wolverine at the original Weapon X Project, Sutter allowed Kinney to proceed. As revenge for her insubordination, Rice forced Kinney to act as the surrogate mother for the clone, and she gave birth to "X-23."

She has a long and complicated history, but ultimately she falls on the side of good -- and even attended Xavier's School. She's always been an odds-on favorite to replace Logan if he didn't come back right away, but the real giveaway is the two (rather than three) claws seen on the Wolverine in the All-New, All-Different poster.

So what do you think ComicBook.com readers? Ready for someone new to take the Wolverine mantle? Let us know.

By Russ Burlingame

Russ Burlingame has been covering comics and pop culture since 1999. He has written for WIZARD: THE COMICS MAGAZINE, Comic Related, Newsarama, and more before settling in for the long haul at ComicBook.com back in 2011.