With the recent critical and commercial success of Logan, as well as Hugh Jackman's insistence that the movie will indeed be his final turn as the iconic claw-laden Canuck, it appears comic book fans may have to say goodbye to the character that's propelled Fox's X-Men franchise to greatness over the past 17 years.
Luckily for anyone fearing the departure will be permanent, the comic book world has already set several precedents suggesting that it's often only "so long" to the berserker.
You'd be forgiven for assuming that given his potent healing factor, Adamantium-fused skeleton and impressive combat skills, Wolverine would sit among Marvel's most invincible characters, but that actually isn't the case. In fact, Wolverine stands as one of Marvel's most prolifically slaughtered superheroes, perhaps due to the temptation of writers to come up with increasingly creative methods to dispatch the poor guy.
Given the nature of comic books though, death is an often frustratingly fickle concept, with alternate universes, life model decoys, complete retcons and questionable science often used to brush away the deaths of major characters.