SDCC 2011: Hugh Jackman Reveals ‘The Wolverine’ Villian

The actor unveiled a big scoop about Wolverine’s nemesis in the upcoming sequel.

Hugh Jackman confirms Silver Samurai for The Wolverine
Hugh Jackman confirms Silver Samurai for The Wolverine
When Hugh Jackman showed up at Comic-Con today, he revealed who the villian for The Wolverine sequel will be when he travels to Japan: Silver Samurai

"Chris McQuarrie has written a fantastic script." He added that he will fight the Silver Samurai in the new film and "that should be exciting."

According to Marvel, Silver Samurai is described as:

Keniuchio Harada is the mutant son of the former Japanese crimelord Shingen Harada. As a youth, Harada mastered the attendant disciplines of the medieval samurai and sought employment as a warrior for hire. He first worked for the criminal Mandrill and clashed with the blind hero Daredevil. Harada then served the Viper, an agent of the terrorist organization Hydra, as her bodyguard. In that capacity, Harada battled opponents such as the costumed crimefighter Spider-Man, the martial arts master Shang-Chi, and the team of mutant trainee heroes the New Mutants.

Following his father's death, Harada sought the leadership of Shingen's Clan Yashida from his half-sister Mariko Yashida, but was opposed by the ronin Yukio and Mariko's lover, the mutant adventurer Wolverine. Later, Harada worked with Wolverine to free American private investigator Jessica Drew from the influence of Black Blade of Muramasa, a sword mystically imbued with its creator's madness. Wolverine himself fell under the sword's spell, but managed to overcome his possession after which Harada took up the sword, finding himself worthy of its power.

After Mariko's death, Harada claimed leadership of Clan Yashida and was briefly employed by the Japanese government as leader of their fledgling super-team Big Hero 6. Ultimately, his inability to lead Clan Yashida allowed the Mongolian crimelord Haan Kaishek to take control, and he allied with Wolverine to defeat the Kaishek's. However, the disgrace of losing leadership was too great for Harada, and he returned to his mercenary ways.

Eventually falling into the service of Hydra once more, Harada was dispatched to battle the female ninja Elektra and was seemingly killed. Revealed to have survived, the Silver Samurai resumed his criminal career following an encounter with the mutant Blindspot. Allied with known terrorist Lady Deathstrike, Harada attempted to establish himself as the "Silver Shogun," leader of the Yakuza. He was also briefly a prisoner in The Raft as part of a super-villain stockpiling conspiracy, but he escaped and returned to Japan. Harada subsequently became a member of the Japanese Prime Minister's security cadre. During the course of his duties, Harada faced Wolverine, who cut off his hand in search of information on the Muramasa Blade.

The Wolverine was released July 26th, 2013 and stars Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Brian Tee, Hal Yamanouchi, Will Yun Lee. The film is directed by James Mangold.

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Comments (19)

  1. T.Clark

    We pretty much figured this.

    4 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  2. Salem6777

    hope it is better then the last movie...

    4 years agoby @Salem6777Flag

  3. Justhim_sir

    Hopefully that's not the only mutant will be seeing in the film.

    4 years agoby @justhim-sirFlag


    About time we get to see Silver Samurai on the big screen.

    4 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  5. Bane5000

    Pretty much a give in, no big surprise, lets see how this turns out

    Also i think Logan should wear some kind of Samurai armor or padding during his fight with Silver Samurai that resembles his comic book costume, mask and all

    4 years agoby @bane5000Flag

  6. Josh

    This has been a given all along. Now get the film rolling. ;)

    4 years agoby @shuabertFlag

  7. K-Man

    Awesome! I dont know anyone who couldn't see that one coming.....but it's still very cool to have it confirmed!!! I still wish it was Aronofsky directing this but I can make due with James Mangold.

    Wish they would hurry up get this under way! I would love to know who else, in terms of mutants, will make an appearance in this installment. Looking forward to finding out next year!

    4 years agoby @k-manFlag

  8. SomethingMore

    This is good for X series

    4 years agoby @SomethingMoreFlag

  9. Rumesh Tharanga Hettiarachchi

    I would watch anything Huge Jackman casts.

    4 years agoby @Rumesh-Tharanga-HettiarachchiFlag

  10. ROFLitschristian

    If I had known about Silver Samurai, I would've called this. Kind of stereotypical huh? But he seems like a bit of a bad-ass.

    4 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  11. ChiRep_1

    Never got into the X-Men universe but based on general reaction this seems like a good thing. So wooo!!

    4 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  12. Brizzy

    hoooly sh*t YES! I kind of felt like this was allready given but confirmation just feels great and this villain is so damn good... damn!

    4 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  13. Xybernetic

    MW shouldve used another description for Silver Samurai since some characters mentioned cant get even near the story's timeline

    4 years agoby @xyberneticFlag

  14. Dan

    Well dur, I think a lot of us guessed this quite a while ago.

    4 years agoby @dan1Flag

  15. JMP

    i new he is going to be the villain good job

    4 years agoby @jmpFlag

  16. thrashnasty190

    Good, what I was hoping for.

    4 years agoby @thrashnasty190Flag

  17. ejk1

    Good stuff. Sounds more engaging than Man of Steel, anyways.

    4 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  18. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    Good to know. Let's hope that script sticks to the story :p

    4 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  19. Monkeyiron 2.0

    No sh*t seeing the movie is dealing with Japan

    4 years agoby @Monkey-ironFlag

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