Wolverine as a zombie?!?
I’ve seen this picture multiple times but I’ve never really thought about it till now. (Picture courtesy of My Confined Space).
Take a look at the character in the lower right corner of the picture. Can Wolverine become a zombie?
Let’s take a look at this:
According to the Marvel Wiki page for Wolverine:
Wolverine is a mutant who possesses the ability to regenerate damaged or destroyed areas of his cellular structure at a rate far greater than that of an ordinary human. The speed at which this healing factor works varies in direct proportion with the severity of the damage Wolverine suffers. For example, he can fully recover from an ordinary gunshot wound in a non-vital area of his body within minutes, but it took him almost two months to fully recover from injuries sustained in a duel with Lord Shingen, which included one from a sword that went all the way through his trunk.
Wolverine’s natural healing also affords him virtual immunity to poisons and most drugs, as well as an enhanced resistance to diseases. For example, it is nearly impossible for him to become intoxicated from drinking alcohol. He also has a limited immunity to the fatigue poisons generated by bodily activity, and hence he has greater endurance than an ordinary human. His agility and reflexes are similarly enhanced.
In addition, Wolverine’s healing factor provides him with an extended lifespan by slowing the effects of the aging process. Although over a century old, Wolverine is as healthy and physically fit as a man in his prime.
Wolverine also possesses superhumanly acute senses, making him capable of seeing things at a maximum distance greater than a normal human’s. His hearing is enhanced in a similar manner, and he is able to recognize people and objects by scent, even if that person or object is hidden. Wolverine can use these enhanced senses to track any creature with an impressive degree of success.
Wolverine’s skeleton includes six retractable one-foot long bone claws, three in each arm, that are housed beneath the skin and muscle of his forearms. Wolverine can, at will, release these slightly curved claws through his skin beneath the knuckles on each hand. The skin between the knuckles tears and bleeds, but the blood loss is quickly halted by his healing factor. Wolverine can unsheathe any number of his claws at once, although he must keep his wrists straight at the moment his claws shoot from his forearms into his hands. When unsheathed, the claws are fully within his hands, and thus Wolverine can still bend his wrists. The claws are naturally sharp and tougher than that of normal human bone structure, allowing Wolverine to cut through most types of flesh and natural materials.
Despite the extent of his healing factor, Wolverine is not immortal. If the injuries are extensive enough, especially if they result in the loss of vital organs, large amounts of blood, and/or loss of physical form, such as having flesh burned away by fire or acid, Wolverine can die.
Now, based on the above information, we have several bullet points:
- He is not immortal
- Able to regenerate damaged or destroyed areas
- Speed of healing varies with severity of damage
- Virtual immunity to poisons and most drugs
- Enhanced resistance to disease
- Practically impossible to become intoxicated
- Immunity to fatigue poisons generated by body
- Greater endurance
- Enhanced agility and reflexes
- Extended lifespan
- Super-humanly acute senses
- If injuries are extensive enough, if he loses vital organs, large amounts of blood and/or loss of physical form, he can die.
That last statement right there is the key to everything. I remember one of the Wolverine comics where he was battling someone (not sure whom) but something happened where he was caught in essentially a nuclear blast. The only thing that was left of him was his adamantium skeleton and a few scraps of DNA. According to that last bullet point, this would mean that he would have been dead. But he ended up regenerating and coming back.
But according to everything else listed, he would be able to fight off the infection to keep going. He’d have to literally be trapped with thousands of them before would be over run by them and fall.
On the other hand, if he were attacked and got caught unable to fight of hordes of zombies, he could possibly become one, but, I personally don’t see a scenario in which he would be unable to at least get away from them till he was able to regenerate.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying it couldn’t happen, just not very likely unless he was turned into a zombie and infected from the bite of another ‘super zombie’ that had previously fallen. I could possibly see the strain of ‘super zombie’ being able to fight off Wolverine’s healing abilities.
It would be interesting to see just how exactly it would play out, and one another note, how would his body react once he’s turned? How do you stop him? Burn him? Riddle him with adamantium bullets till there’s nothing left of his skull? Even that may not do it as in the movie Wolverine, he was shot in the head with an adamantium .357 round and he was still able to come back.
I can see this going all kinds of sideways.
What are your thoughts on this one? Which side do you stand on?