This is not a duplicate of In X-Men Origins: Wolverine, why did Stryker want to apply adamantium to Logan?; in this question, it was discussed why Stryker applied adamantium to Logan before Weapon X. But my question is not this.

Stryker needed to test adamantium for Weapon XI/"The Deadpool". So, he tricked Wolverine to the test using Sabretooth.

This Wiki clearly says that Sabretooth also has a super healing factor.

If the main motive of Stryker is to test adamantium on a mutant with a super healing factor, why didnt he use Sabretooth?

Please correct me if I am missing anything?

  • I was under the impression that Sabretooth's healing powers weren't as pronounced as Wolverine's. I've no idea where I got that from though, possibly a throwaway line in one of the films?
    – Valorum
    Commented Dec 28, 2014 at 18:58
  • @richard I have no clue about the comics but I'm pretty sure you are correct that THAT was mentioned in the film
    – Thomas
    Commented Dec 28, 2014 at 19:55
  • As said in the film. Sabertooth's healing factor wouldn't have kept him alive as it wasn't as 'powerful' as Logan's
    – Robert
    Commented Dec 29, 2014 at 2:50

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Comic Wolverine has received (and lost, and regained and ad nauseam) boosts to his healing factor and adamantium lacing to his skeletal structure though not as complete as Wolverine's (Typically the joints and ligaments are not covered). Various retcons over decades of writing, Sabretooth is generally considered to always be an equal match to Logan, neither having the upper hand aside from moral differences.

The same can be said for 19999 MCU Sabretooth. Origins (which mind you, may or may not be canon anymore due to the events of Days of Future Past) shows Sabretooth and Logan equally matched.

There are four logical, practical reasons Stryker would want Wolverine for the project over Sabretooth.

  1. Adamantium is rare and in limited supply. Wolverine has an overall lower stature and body mass. In the movie, then entire reserve of adamantium for the procedure is used (a continuity error with X1-X3). Smaller size, less adamantium needed, more adamantium to use for Weapon XI.
  2. The bonding process is considered highly risky. There is a significant chance of death. Why risk losing a useful asset like Sabretooth when you can use some schmuck that deserted you instead?
  3. He believed, rightly, that he could trick Wolverine into the experiment.
  4. Risk Management. Sabretooth is a basically an amoral mercenary willing to kidnap and murder other mutants, and Striker is not a complete idiot. He knows that Sabretooth will betray him if given a reason to, so no need to make him essentially invincible. Again, see 3. (Bonus, Creed already showed signs of instability at the start of the movie, not following orders)

Note, the movie does have Sabretooth angry with Stryker, demanding the Adamantium because they had a deal. Stryker says that the tests came back, and that Sabretooth would never survive the procedure. As to why or if its the truth is not known. Kayla (Silver-Fox) also says that Stryker is using them, as he also hasn't held up his end of the deal to release her sister, right after Stryker tells Victor he wouldn't survive.

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