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Left Unresolved – What’s in the Box, Wolverine? What’s in the Box?!?

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In this feature, I spotlight storylines that have been, well, left unresolved. Click here for an archive of all storylines featured so far.

Today, we take a look at a mysterious box that a bunch of villains fought Wolverine over possession of it. As Brad Pitt would say, What’s in the box, Wolverine? What’s in the box?!?

In Wolverine #111 (by Larry Hama, Anthony Winn and Dan Green), during Iceman’s going away party (he was taking a leave of absence to take care of his dad), Wolverine receives a mysterious box (lots of people are after it, but sure, sending it by FedEx should be safe)…



Later that issue, someone mysterious attacks Wolverine in the Danger Room.

Later on, in Wolverine #113 (by Hama, Leinil Francis Yu and Edgar Tadeo), that same mysterious person has possessed this mime and is trying to get a hold of the box…




Wolverine realizes that it is his old foe, Ogun, possessing the mime. Jean Grey and Storm show up and Ogun possesses Jean, as well…


They free Jean, but then Ogun possesses Wolverine’s foreman at his side job as a construction worker…


(I love how she is talking about how dumpy she looks compared to Storm and Jean…ah…comic book depictions of women)

At the end of the issue, we see that Daimon Hellstrom is ALSO interested in the box…


Go to the next page to see how the story ended (but not resolved)…

Okay, so Hellstrom stops by just to tell Wolverine that he needs to protect the box, but I think Wolverine already sort of got that. So thanks for nothing, Son of Satan!

Then Lady Deathstrike shows up, claiming that the box belongs to her family. She and Wolverine begin to fight. Meanwhile, Jean Grey and Storm guard the box and decide to look inside of it…



Wolverine and Deathstrike actually come to a truce about the box..



But then that jerk Ogun ruins everything by showing up in his possessed body…


And after seemingly being defeated by Jean Grey’s powerful telepathy, he possess Lady Deathstrike and then skedaddles…


What was in the box was never revealed. The next issue was part of a crossover and then Hama’s long and awesome run on the book was over. I asked Larry Hama if he knew what was in the box, and he gave me an awesome answer about how he never knew what was on page three of a story until he wrote page two. Something like the box, in his mind, was a destination, something to drive the characters to. So no, he did not have an explanation for what was in the box exactly.

Thanks a lot for the very interesting answer, Larry!

If anyone else has a suggestion for an unresolved comic book plot, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com