Wolverine is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. He's a mutant possessing animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities, retracting bone claws, and a healing factor that allows him to quickly recover from virtually any wound, disease, or toxin. The character became the clear favorite for fans of the increasingly popular X-Men franchise. Wolverine has been featured in his own solo comic since 1988 and as a central character in every X-Men adaptation, including animated television series, video games, and the live-action 20th Century Fox X-Men film series, in which he is played by Hugh Jackman. 2009 saw the release of the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine that focuses on the violent past of the popular mutant, and the 2013 movie based on a classic comic story finds Wolvie in Japan fighting ninjas.