When the final trailer for Logan hit the internet last month, fans were flabbergasted to find that the X-Men comic book series now officially exists in the cinematic universe. Logan even finds an issue with his trademark canary yellow jumpsuit on it, and scoffs at it for not being very realistic.
So does that mean we’re going to finally see Hugh Jackman in the suit (which did almost gets its premiere at the end of Wolverine before that scene was cut)? Yeah, not so much. As Director James Mangold told Screen Rant recently, he just doesn’t buy that Wolverine would wear a costume at all, let alone one so ridiculous:
“Who puts a special branded outfit on when they do good deeds? And why? The only reason you do it is so you can have some sort of trademarked claim and get credit for what you did. Nothing seems less Wolverine-like than the desire to put on a trademarked outfit, particularly canary yellow, and kind of prance about doing good deeds and have people go, ‘Oh my God! It’s The Wolverine!’”
It’s a valid and interesting interpretation of the character, who’s obviously very different from his comic counterpart. But let’s be real: we all like to complain and joke about how nonsensical that yellow jumpsuit is, but is it, really? I put it to you that it’s one of the least weird uniforms an X-Men character has ever donned, when you take a look at some of the other bonkers outfits in the series.
Take Colossus, whose style is pretty cool looking until you realize that all the metal up his side is exposed skin. Isn’t it just easier not to wear a shirt at that point, Peter?
There’s also Havok, who has the dopiest helmet of all time.
Or Kitty Pryde, who should not be allowed to dress herself.
The X-Men’s enemies aren’t exempt, either. Look at Erik the Red, for Chrissake. Are you really looking? Look.
And who could forget the New Mutants’ graduation outfits.
You can’t even argue that it’s the yellow specifically that makes Wolverine stand out because look at what Boomer used to wear:
And Archangel too, while we’re making fun of day-glo. Warren was supposed to be menacing in this costume. Really take that idea in.
Finally, we can’t make fun of X-Men costumes without bringing up the human utility pouch that is ’90s Cable.
Really, Wolverine is lucky in comparison.