Writer Tom Taylor ushers Laura into the big leagues to take on some heavy hitters!
Would you stop a crime before it happens if you could? Civil War II revolves around that very question as every hero in the Marvel Universe decides which side of the debate they fall on. For Laura Kinney, otherwise known as Wolverine, the matter comes with even more complications as someone trying to make good on past wrongdoings.
As ALL-NEW WOLVERINE writer Tom Taylor explains, Laura finds herself not necessarily choosing a team or being recruited by Iron Man or Captain Marvel, but still considering which side she falls on as the conflict boils on. A great deal of her indecision stems from the appearance of the time traveling Old Man Logan in her book starting with issue #9 on June 1.
We talked with Taylor about the meeting of the Wolverines, the responsibility of being Wolverine in an event like this, and more.
Marvel.com: Would you say there are different expectations of Laura now that she’s Wolverine as opposed to what there would be if she was still X-23?
Tom Taylor: Definitely. Being Wolverine comes with certain demands and, I feel, automatically leads to a larger involvement in the wider Marvel Universe. Everyone in the world knows the name Wolverine. Laura is having to grow into the role, in her own way, very quickly. Logan has left big shoes to fill but Laura’s first steps in those shoes have shown she is capable of filling them. She also added claws to those shoes. That helps.
Marvel.com: Laura’s no stranger to the Marvel Universe, but many wonder where her allegiances might lie between Iron Man and Captain Marvel. Are they lobbying for her and if so, how?
Tom Taylor: Laura’s Civil War story is a little different. While we will see Captain Marvel and Iron Man along our road to Civil War, Laura’s personal war story will kick off through her first interaction with Old Man Logan. This Civil War stems from predictions of the future and the repercussions of these predictions. Old Man Logan has already lived and lost so much to a possible future, so he has a unique perspective, whereas Laura has escaped the future others had planned for her and has been actively fighting against any sort of “destiny.” Both may question their views with what’s coming.
Marvel.com: There’s mention of a prophecy that plays into her decision. What can you tell us about that?
Tom Taylor: We can tell you that a prophecy is in play. It personally involves Laura and Old Man Logan, and it possibly involves a significant death. We can’t say too much other than it will definitely push Laura in ways many won’t be expecting. Relationships will be forged and torn apart, and there will be pain and loss before our story is done. Don’t worry. There will still be jokes.
Marvel.com: Heroic accountability seems to play a big part in this event. How does Laura feel about a hero’s role in that respect?
Tom Taylor: Part of Wolverine’s reasons to do the right thing stems from the wrong things she did, and the things she was forced to do, in her past. In a way, her drive to do the right thing is a way of holding herself to account for the sins of her past.
Laura feels a strong sense of responsibility. This is clear in everything she does. It’s one of the things that makes her such a good hero. And she may have a different kind of responsibility in her young clone, Gabby.
Marvel.com: As you mentioned, Old Man Logan’s also appearing in the book. How does Laura react to this older version of her mentor/father and how does that play into whatever decisions she makes about choosing sides
Tom Taylor: To talk about this would be to give a bit too much away. Editor Mark Paniccia and I went back-and-forth about how she would react, and it’s far from straight-forward. There are a lot of emotions at play and this is a very, very strange situation.
See how Laura answers the call to Civil War II in ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #9 .