When 'X-Men' hit in 2000, mutton-chopped Wolverine strolled into the the moviegoing public consciousness, and by 2003, his adamantium claws ripped through any remaining genre barriers, freeing him to rise to the top tiers of mainstream superheroes. Hugh Jackman's Wolverine was the bee's kneescat's pajamas ... he was James Dean meets Sean Connery -- troubled, yet charismatically unstoppable.

By becoming such an important figure in the first trio of films -- so much that he launched the first X-Men solo film with X-Men Origins: Wolverine back in 2009 -- Wolverine became a distinct part of the public X-Men consciousness. Removing his snickety snitch from the proceedings seems unfathomable, but that's precisely what's happening with 'X-Men: First Class.' Sticking to the roots of the story (those pre-Logan years), 20th Century Fox is daring a reboot without even a cameo from its most popular member.
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