As far as my research has turned up, and given that I'm not very good at research, Gambit is the only mutant to kill Wolverine, with Wolverine not being able to regenerate.

I was wondering if there was another instance, or another generation of X-Men, that this has happened.

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Unless there was a major shift in the Marvel Universe (which their soft reboot may allow since Wolverine is supposed to be weaker than he was previously) Gambit has no chance of effectively killing Wolverine.

  • Previously, Wolverine's powers of regeneration were so great he could recover from almost any injury which didn't completely atomize his entire physical structure.

  • Gambit's mutant power allows him to energize normal matter causing it to explode. It takes some time for Gambit's power to energize matter so even if he could affect Wolverine's skeleton he wouldn't just sit still and allow Gambit to use his powers. Wolverine's fighting ability in the past should make him easily the equal of Gambit.

  • If Wolverine's skeleton were still coated with Adamantium, it would be beyond Gambit's power to affect. Adamantium isn't normal matter and is completely proof against almost all mutant powers except those which can alter reality (Franklin Richards), alter sub-molecular structures (the Phoenix Force) or Omega-level magnetic powers (such as Magneto's).

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  • This graphic indicates Gambit believes his power could affect Wolverine but we have no knowledge if he has ever tried to use his power on Adamantium before. If canon is to be believe, Wolverine would be unaffected unless Gambit were able to penetrate Wolverine's body with a piece of metal affected by his power.

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  • I like your answer but doesn't your image contradict it? Wolverines claws are glowing like they are charged and you can see it spreading inside him. This means this is proof it would work as the bones are not organic. Nevertheless, Woverine might be able to survive though his skeleton might not.
    – kaine
    Commented Oct 26, 2015 at 18:10
  • Glowing and exploding are two entirely different things. By Marvel canon, Adamantium cannot be affect by anything unable to affect the underlying matrix of the material. Adamantium IS INDESTRUCTIBLE (except under the right conditions) which Gambit is NOT one of them. Making it glow may have been all he was able to do. Even he doesn't know for certain. Commented Oct 26, 2015 at 20:28
  • "I got the power to charge up anything....long as its not organic....I'm heating 'em up as we speak". He doesn't sound unsure even if he is bluffing. He may be wrong and the intent of the author of this particular comic might not jive with canon. I just mean this scene definitely seems to imply he can. Oh and glow != explode but glow != unaffected/"completely proof". As I said though, I think you are right but this scene muddies the waters.
    – kaine
    Commented Oct 26, 2015 at 20:48
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    But this is likely where the OP got the idea Gambit COULD affect Adamantium. And given the quality of the writers today who are unfamiliar with previous continuity, I would not be surprised if the writer was completely unfamiliar with both characters... Commented Oct 26, 2015 at 21:23
  • Wonderful answer. :-)
    – Praxis
    Commented Nov 14, 2015 at 7:36

Wolverine has been killed and unable to heal on several occasions. Here are some of the most prominent instances:

Death of Wolverine (2014)

In this aptly titled 2014 comic book series, Wolverine's healing factor was deactivated by a virus from the Microverse. Even though Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic) offered to try reactivating his powers, Wolverine resigned himself to living out his remaining mortal life.

He traced the source of a bounty placed on his head to Dr. Abraham Cornelius, the founder of the Weapon X program. In their final confrontation, Wolverine was covered in molten adamantium, which quickly hardened, suffocating him.

Wolverine covered in molten adamantium

Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe (1995)

In this gritty one-shot, Frank Castle (the Punisher)... well, kills the Marvel Universe (not really, just most of the Earth-based characters), taking out Earth's mightiest heroes, including most of the X-Men. Wolverine, depressed over losing his friends, became a target for the unrelenting Punisher.

Frank, who had been "saving [Wolverine] for a special occasion," appeared and taunted Wolverine about killing his friends. During the brutal fight, Frank noted that he wanted Wolverine to "feel what's coming." Castle then impaled Wolverine with his own claws and then threw Wolverine through a chain-link fence and into a power generator, where the mutant was electrocuted beyond his body's ability to regenerate.

The Punisher kills Wolverine

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe (2012)

In this similarly titled series, Deadpool… well, you can probably guess. In issue #3, he'd already trapped the X-Men in a deadly maze designed by Arcade and offed several of them.

Deciding to take on Wolverine himself, Deadpool revealed his sword was made of carbonadium (the same metal as Omega Red's coils), which can nullify Logan's healing factor. He impaled Wolverine with it and, breaking the fourth wall as usual, noted that Wolverine's tendency to return from the dead had nothing to do with his healing factor, but was actually because of his popularity.

Deadpool then decapitated Wolverine, saying this time he "got big plans" and popularity wouldn't save Wolverine. Classic Deadpool.

Deadpool kills Wolverine

While Wolverine's healing factor is impressive, it's not infallible. When writers want to raise the stakes or show just how dangerous a particular threat is, they've found ways to take him down.

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