Don’t Expect Wolverine Back From the Dead Until 2016

As comics fans, we’re all so jaded now about super hero death that the first thing we start wondering is when said hero will be back. Almost always, we figure it’s going to be sooner rather than later. That’s not even cynicism as much as it’s programmed behavior based on what we’ve seen from Marvel and DC over the past 20 or 30 years of comic book history.

When Wolverine dies next month, though, maybe he won’t be back quite so soon. ComicBookMovie caught writer Charles Soule, the scribe responsible for the upcoming Death of Wolverine series, at a Fan Expo panel, and he says we shouldn’t Logan in any books that come out during the next calendar year:

This isn’t one of those stories where he’s back in two weeks. The point is to tell an awesome ending story for Wolverine. I’m not gonna say he will never be brought back. I will say for sure that I’m very involved in all the Wolverine related discussions at Marvel right now and the thing we have not talked about at all is how to bring him back and I’m involved in discussions for stuff out into 2016 at this point.

You know what? I believe him. There are a lot of stories to be told about a world without Wolverine, and we’re talking about a character who had lost some of his coolness factor because Marvel insisted on squeezing him onto every team. If there was ever a super hero suffering from overexposure, it was Logan.

This could definitely turn into an “absence makes the heart grow fonder” deal for Marvel fans. Even if, say, there’s a reboot on the way next year, I’d like to see Marvel stick to what Soule lays out here. The longer we go before Wolverine returns from the great beyond, the more excited everyone will be to see him come back.