X-23: An Alternative to Recasting Wolverine in the X-Men Franchise

So by now it has been confirmed that Wolverine 3 will be Hugh Jackman’s last X-Men movie, so what should happen next? Should we get some Wolverine-free movies? Should a new actor be cast to take over Jackman’s role as Wolverine right away? I would recommend Fox to introduce a fan favorite character who will become Wolverine in the All New Marvel Universe, and that character is Laura Kinney a.k.a. X-23.


Who is X-23?

X-23 is a female clone of Wolverine and she sees him as a father figure, and while Wolverine is very paternal of her, he sees her more as a sister.

What are X-23 Powers?

Since she is a clone of Wolverine, Laura possesses most of his mutant powers like:

  • Healing Factor.
  • Superhuman Senses, Stamina, Agility, Reflexes and Durability.
  • Bone Claws, 2 in each arm and 1 in each foot.
  • Longevity a.k.a. an extended lifespan

What are X-23 Origins?

In order to explain Laura’s origins I’m going to post one of the best explanations of her origins I’ve seen thanks to YouTube user Comicstorian.

How could she be introduced to the X-Men cinematic universe?

The good thing about Days of Future Past is that the prequel films don’t have to end up in the original trilogy, Wolverine changed the X-Men history, so why not introduce Laura in the prequel films? She could be introduced in a X-Men film with her looking for Wolverine at the Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters and the X-Men convincing her to stay, and we could later get her own solo film exploring her origin story or have small bits of her origin in a X-Men film.

Who Could Play X-23?

My choice to play Laura Kinney would be Hailee Steinfeild.


Steinfield is an 18 year old Oscar nominee who has already had her chance in action movies with 2013’s Ender’s Game, movies like 2010’s True Grit and this year’s Pitch Perfect 2 have shown Steinfield’s acting range. Steinfield may very likely have a bright career ahead of her, and I think the X-Men franchise may benefit from having another talented young actor join the franchise alongside Game of Throne’s Sophie Turner and Let Me In’s Kodi Smit-McPhee.

Would you like to see X-23 join the X-Men franchise? Who do you think should play her? Should we get a new actor for Wolverine right away? Who could lead the X-Men franchise once Jackman is gone and with Hoult and Lawrence definitely not returning? Please comment below.


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