It was late in 2014 when James Johnson, then on the Raptors, compared himself to the popular Marvel Comics character Wolverine. He had bounced back quickly from injury; we thought nothing of it at the time. Fast forward two plus years and now Kyle Lowry, undisputed leader of the Raptors, had this to say while he too recovered fast from hurt:
Kyle Lowry, asked about his ankle: "I'm Wolverine, man. You know Wolverine? I'm Wolverine, except for when I die, I'mma just die"— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) January 6, 2017
Folks, not everyone can be Wolverine.
Much like the long and largely convoluted X-verse timeline, we need to sort this out once and for all. For if everyone on the Raptors is Wolverine, then no one on the Raptors is Wolverine.
For this week’s Question of the Week, we get to the important matter at hand: who is each Raptors’ X-Men character analogue? (We’ll stick with the X-verse here to keep things focused, which is obviously necessary.) Sure the team is reeling right now — they’ve lost four in a row, DeMar DeRozan is hurt — but this is important.
To the list!
Fred VanVleet — Maggott
Can exert power in two places at once; may not be around for long.
Bruno Caboclo — Skin
Able to stretch limbs way, way out; something of a fringe character.
Delon Wright — Iceman
Constant little brother; unsure of the full extent of powers; likeable.
Brainy and digressive; perhaps overly thoughtful when simple aggression will suffice.
Pascal Siakam — Strong Guy
Absorbs energy which he can convert into strength; also a bit of a joker.
Norman Powell — Chamber
Contains seemingly unlimited power; mostly quiet.
Jared Sullinger — Bishop
A large, strong man found in the wrong time.
Terrence Ross — Gambit
Charming; takes huge chances; can only be counted on at certain times.
Small, relentless, Canadian.
Lucas Nogueira — Legion
Noticeable hair, and a wild, inconsistent take on reality.
Jonas Valanciunas — Joseph
Powerful but derivative; tries to be a good guy; undone by his superiors.
Patrick Patterson — Forge
Consummate behind-the-scenes warrior; inventive; hard to describe what he does.
DeMarre Carroll — Longshot
Dimensional wanderer; marksman who creates his own luck; known for his accessories.
DeMar DeRozan — Cyclops
Leads by example; dependable but also kind of boring.
Kyle Lowry — Wolverine
Diminutive in stature but not heart; tough; just should really not mess with him.
So yes, one of the Raptors can be Wolverine and it was never really a question that it would be Lowry.