The Wolverine is here, topping the US box office in its opening week, and Hugh Jackman is reprising the role of Logan, otherwise known as the Wolverine, a mutant who has the power to regenerate any injury. A military experiment coated his bones with adamantium, the strongest metal known to man, rendering him incredibly powerful and virtually immortal.
Wolverine’s special powers have always been the object of envy and the latest X-Men movie sees an old acquaintance attempt to steal his healing ability. Although his gift is just as much a curse as a blessing, it’s easy to see why people would like to be like Wolverine.
However, there’ve been many other superhero movies featuring superheroes with powers that aren’t quite as enviable. Here’s five of the strangest super powers in movies.
Emma Frost – X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Featuring in The Wolverine is Emma Frost (Tahyna Tozzi/January Jones), who first made her debut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. She is only a small character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, important mainly because she is the sister of Kayla, Logan’s girlfriend. Stryker is using Emma as leverage to ensure that Kayla keeps Logan under control while Stryker gathers mutants to experiment on.
In the comics, Emma has telepathic abilities, but these didn’t make their way to the big screen. Instead, she simply can turn her skin into organic diamond. Very pretty and useful if someone’s firing bullets at you, but not really in the same league as immortality, flight or being able to shoot lasers from your eyes.
Fortunately, the scriptwriters recognised that being able to read minds is far more useful than sparkling, so she’s managed to regain her telepathic skills just in time for The Wolverine.