For years, Wolverine's character was shrouded in mystery. He was simply referred to as "Logan" and all the reader knew was that he was an old mutant whose healing factor gave him a longer than average life span, and that he had a deep, secretive, complicated origin that spanned decades and had spawned different aliases for him in different eras and different corners of the world. And for most fans like myself, that's all we needed, because we liked the allure of his mysterious, deep and ever changing origin, and the fact that his "real name" wasn't even known. And then about 10 years ago, Marvel screwed all that up by giving him a silly origin involving a man named "dog" and the name "James Howlett." It seemed even more convoluted an origin than having a half-origin, and definitely a lot less cool.
So, Agree or disagree: Marvel finally gave Wolverine a "real name" to try to make him more marketable to the general public? After all, for most comic book characters who are icons outside of comics, the general public has ONE secret identity to connect them to.
The average person on the street could tell you that Batman's secret identity is Bruce Wayne.
Most people's grandmothers know that Superman's alter ego is Clark Kent.
A lot of people these days even know that Tony Stark is Iron Man and Peter Parker is Spider-Man.
But even comic fans can't even seem to agree on whether the primary Green Lantern should be Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, Guy Garnder, or a weird looking alien from another planet. That's why when a GL movie was announced, most of the few casual fans who had heard of GL before went, "Hey---I thought Green Lantern was a Black guy?!?" Along with that weak movie, that DEFINITELY hurts Green Lantern and keeps it/him from becoming as popular in the general public as other comic book heroes.
So with all that being said, do you agree or disagree that Marvel finally gave Wolverine the name "James Howlett" after years of simply being referred to as "Logan" or different secret aliases to try to make him appeal more to the casual fan/non-comic fan?