Wolverine's whole body has an Adamantium layer underneath his skin. Adamantium is an indestructible metal, as shown in X-Men: The Last Stand but in X-Men 2 a policeman shoots Wolverine in the face, outside Bobby's house. The bullet appears to pass through the Adamantium skeleton and kill Wolverine (at least for a couple of minutes).

How did the bullet pass through the Adamantium layer?

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    "Wolverine's whole body has a Adamantium layer underneath his skin" Arent his bones covered resp. didnt his bones react with the adamantium? The skull is a large bone more or less directly under the skin, that´s why in ths case it`s nearly the same, but the rest is another story.
    – Julian
    Commented May 2, 2017 at 10:41
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    "Wolverine's whole body has a Adamantium layer underneath his skin." No, it doesn't. His bones are covered.
    – phantom42
    Commented May 2, 2017 at 10:48
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    @phantom42: I believe, at least in the comics, that most of his bones aren’t even covered with adamantium; rather, they’re infused with it. Commented May 2, 2017 at 11:54
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    -1, because this question is based on not one but two false premises: Firstly, that Wolverine has an "adamantium layer under his skin", and secondly that the bullet in X2 passed through his skeleton. Did the OP even watch the scene in question? The bullet clearly pops out of his forehead skin as it heals.
    – Omegacron
    Commented May 2, 2017 at 14:12
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    Wolverine is not "dead" in that scene, he is just unconscious due to the impact of a bullet to his forehead. I'm sorry but this question is so poorly formed as to be un-salvageable.
    – user47739
    Commented May 2, 2017 at 15:52

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Wolverine was shot in the head and he is knocked out, but to me it clearly looks like the bullet is sitting in his head in the video in your question. As his skin heals, the bullet pops out. (Valorum's answer confirms this with a quote from the novelization.)

So the bullet does not look like it passed through his Adamantium-bonded skull. And if it had, and his brain was damaged by the bullet, he would have suffered memory loss after the brain regenerated. This happened in X-Men Origins: Wolverine when Stryker shot him with two Adamantium bullets (or Vibranium, possibly). In X2, there is no memory loss because the bullet did not damage his brain.

Wolverine's Adamantium skull could have two bullet holes in it from Stryker's Adamantium bullets (see this answer), so he could perhaps get damaged by a regular bullet at the exact same spot now, if he was extremely unlucky. However, according to this answer the Adamantium plating on his skull could have regenerated as well. In any case, the regular bullet in X2 clearly did not hit the same spot. Compare the Adamantium bullet holes in the first picture with the regular bullet "hole" in the second:

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Anyway, the answer to the title of your question is "no". Normal bullets do not go through Adamantium.

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    Watched True Blood recently and was really confused why Sookie was looking at Logan, then thought it was photoshopped because the difference in skin color... Jeez, the X-Men movies were long ago.
    – Nick T
    Commented May 3, 2017 at 22:24
  • @NickT Made my day :D Commented May 5, 2017 at 12:21

Read the first couple paragraphs here.

TL;DR: The bullet did not penetrate the adamantium layer, he's just been hit in the skull by a lump of metal traveling at probably something over 1,000 feet per second, which is why he got knocked out which seems the most plausible explanation. The bullet was just embedded in the flesh that's around his skull.

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    he's just been hit in the skull by a lump of metal traveling at probably something over 1,000 feet per second - there's a good chance he got a nasty concussion, too.
    – flith
    Commented May 3, 2017 at 6:15
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    a normal person would have one, but i think his healing factor would negate that Commented May 3, 2017 at 7:13
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    He probably got a concussion, then healed from it. Healing an injury =/= not receiving the injury Commented May 3, 2017 at 16:35
  • @fyrepenguin. Wolverine doesn't scar when his healing factor closes an open wound. By that same logic, I wouldn't expect a concussion to leave a lasting effect. On an unrelated note, the newest Logan movie (which I haven't seen) would probably be terrible Wolverine did suffer any long term effects from TBI's.
    – A Bailey
    Commented May 3, 2017 at 19:08
  • @ABailey I wouldn't expect it to last too long, but there are immediate effects of concussions as well (like a headache or loss of consciousness). Commented May 3, 2017 at 20:58

The film's official novelisation confirms that the bullet, although penetrating the skin and breaking into pieces, didn't (and couldn't) penetrate his impenetrable adamantium skull. He's not dead, merely unconscious.

She yelled at him some more, partly to purge her own terror, but most of all to keep attention away from Logan. She knew the adamantium interlaced with his skeletal structure meant that his bones couldn’t be broken. All that bullet had likely done, aside from breaking the skin—which was decidedly messy—was give him a royal headache. More importantly, though, his healing factor would be speedily dealing with both the wound and the headache. She didn’t know what he could do once he recovered, but it would be one more asset than the kids had right now.


Logan’s eyes fluttered as the shattered remains of the officer’s bullet fell from the healing wound. Rogue was right; his head was murder. This was a great power, no argument there.

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