SPOILER WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Marc Guggenheim and German Peralta’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” #3.
In Marc Guggenheim and German Peralta’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” #3, S.H.I.E.L.D. continues to butt heads with the Department of Defense, but the D.o.D. has an ace up their sleeve that’s sure to turn heads: Wolverine?!
Over the course of the issue, Phil Coulson learns more about his ex-girlfriend Lola (who he may or may not have named his car after) and discovers she is working with General Strakofsky, a mysterious higher up at the D.o.D. However, he’s got bigger fish to fry: the Axiom, which contains methods to kill every known superhero, is about to hit the black market. In order to obtain it, he sends Agents May and Mockingbird to the site of the auction.
Coulson warns them both that Strakofsky likely has an agent there as well, and so it would seem, as the issue then cuts to a full-page look at Wolverine. The issue sets Wolverine’s appearance up to make it appear as though the D.o.D. has the clawed mutant working on their side.
There’s a catch, though: Wolverine died in the aptly titled “Death of Wolverine” miniseries from 2014. While it’s entirely possible that Wolverine has been brought back to life (there are few X-Men who haven’t been), the D.o.D. likely used an alternative method to enlist Wolverine.
Earlier in the issue, Coulson caught Lola speaking to an LMD — that is, a life model decoy — with the intention of conveying what she had learned to Strakofsky. Coulson then made short work of the LMD, and Lola revealed the D.o.D. had reverse-engineered the technology in order to create LMDs of their own. As such, Wolverine could be one of Strakofsky’s LMDs.
“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” #3 is now on sale.