X-Men Family of Titles
Though introduced in a Hulk 2-parter, Wolverine’s popularity came while he was a member of the X-Men. There were many months where he’d show up in titles like Uncanny X-Men, X-Men and Astonishing X-Men, not to mention his own solo series. In short, the man made a habit of getting around. Since Wolverine’s alive again, it’s only a matter of time before he comes knocking on the door of the new Xavier Institute for Mutant Education and Outreach. Wolverine may be on a personal secret mission with the Space Stone, but surely he’ll want to let his friends in the X-Men know he’s alive right?
Maybe... or maybe not. It’s possible Logan is trying to stay off the grid, and the fewer people (i.e. a school full of mutants) that know his whereabouts the better. Whatever mission he’s on is a dangerous one, and he may prefer not to put the X-Men in the line of fire after what they went through during his final storyline, "Death of Wolverine." Either way, the chances of seeing Wolverine in prominent role an upcoming issue of X-Men Gold or X-Men Blue is probably a long shot, at least for now. Though if he did, it would make for an uncomfortable introduction meeting an older version of himself (Old Man Logan) in X-Men Gold, or his cloned son from another universe (Jimmy Hudson) in X-Men Blue.
But how about the idea of Wolverine and his older counterpart having a face-to-face meeting away from prying eyes? The latter is currently kicking around in a self-titled series called Old Man Logan, and Marvel is assuredly looking for the right opportunity to have these characters on a comic page at the same time. The headline almost writes itself: “For the first time ever, Wolverine makes his triumphant return alongside his older self, Old Man Logan!” Toss in a splash page with the two Wolverines, claws extended, and you have an eye-catching image, guaranteed to move sales.
And then there's the other Wolverine: Logan’s cloned daughter, Laura Kinney, aka the All-New Wolverine. Laura was so inspired by the passing of her father that she took up the mantle of Wolverine in honor of him. An after-credits scene of Wolverine in Laura’s solo series just makes sense. Sales-wise, it could be a big boon for the book, especially if Logan recruits his daughter for whatever his secret mission is. There’s also the added bonus that Laura is currently teaming with her brother, and Wolverine’s son, Daken, for an adventure, not to mention her little sister Gabby. If the original Wolverine showed up, it would truly be a family affair.
Thanks to writer Brian Michael Bendis’ time crafting stories for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the early 2000’s, Wolverine added “Avenger” to his already impressive resume. Up until that point, characters like Wolverine and Spider-Man were considered off-limits as Avengers, so his addition to the Avengers roster made national headlines. Bendis challenged that way of thinking, and Wolverine would go on to become a prominent member of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
If Marvel has a big story arc planned involving Infinity Stones and Wolverine’s return, there’s no better place to spotlight it than the publisher’s highest profile book, which is arguably Avengers. Writer Jason Aaron has promised that many of the subplots introduced in Marvel Legacy #1 will be picked up in various series going forward, so it stands to reason that Wolverine’s appearance should be addressed by the Avengers at some point. Who knows -- it could even involve the prehistoric Avengers of 1,000,000 BC.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel Legacy #1 isn’t the only place we’ve seen an Infinity Stone make an impact recently. The Guardians of the Galaxy are conducting their own Infinity quest, after the Collector and Grandmaster informed the cosmic team that the stones had gone missing. Most recently, while investigatng a group of rogue Novas, Star-Lord and Richard Rider Nova found an oversized Power Stone in Guardians of the Galaxy #147.
If the Guardians are searching for the six stones, and Wolverine already has one of them, it doesn’t take a genius to see the two crossing paths eventually; in fact, Marvel's teaser all but guaranteed that happening sooner than later. The Guardians already added an Avenger to its roster with Ant-Man, so why not include another? After al, with the Space Stone in his possession, Wolverine can travel to anywhere in the cosmos to meet up with the Guardians.
We’re connecting a few dots with this theory, but it merits a mention nonetheless. We know the cover of January’s Captain Marvel #128 shows Carol Danvers and Peter Quill fighting over the Reality Stone, and the stone is also featured floating over Carol’s hand on the aforementioned Infinity Countdown teaser. The turn of the new year will see three of the Infinity Stones in circulation, with the countdown beginning in February. With Carol securing the Reality Stone in January, what’s the likelihood of her teaming with Wolverine (Space Stone) and Star-Lord (Power Stone) in her series, or in the relaunching Guardians of the Galaxy title while they search for the remaining stones come February? The three of them have a better chance of pooling their resources to look for the last three stones together than separately.
If the three heroes decide to go it alone, that leaves one last logical option for where we'll see Wolverine's return to the Marvel U dealt with: A self-titled miniseries. Marvel may choose to put a spotlight solely on the original Wolverine, and there’s no better way to do that than making him the star of his own comic. All Marvel would have to do is add an A-list creative team and a story focused on Wolverine tracking the Infinity Stones while the likes of Loki and other villains chase. The saga in the Wolverine miniseries can tie-in to the Infinity countdown, culminating just in time for another Infinity Stone story in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.
We may not know exactly where Wolverine will show his face next, but Marvel has no shortage of options in deciding which titles it wants to reintroduce him in.