Wolverine has said he's "afraid" of swimming because he's vulnerable in the water and can drown, but why is he afraid of flying? Is it an unexplained phobia or is it explained in any comic? We all know why Indy's afraid of snakes.

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    Can you cite a reference to where he's said he is afraid of flying? I don't seem to recall him saying that. In fact I seem to remember him being a qualified pilot in a few different aircraft.
    – Monty129
    Jan 16, 2015 at 10:49
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    Earth is 70% covered in water. Most of time when you fly, it's going to be over oceans. Then there's the fact that, even if he's effectively invincible, it sill hurts... most people don't survive plane crashes, after all. Maybe the impact from a crash would be enough to knock one of his bones out of position? Or perhaps he actually did have to make a non-voluntary, un-assisted fall from an airplane... and of course survived. Jan 16, 2015 at 11:45
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    He's secretly a child of Poseidon. Like Percy Jackson. Flying bad. Jan 16, 2015 at 14:23
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    @DVK Percy Jackson reference ftw. Have an upvote!
    – Y.G.
    Jan 17, 2015 at 7:53
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    It's worth noting that "fear of flying" isn't always a cerebral fear of something bad happening. Some people's inner ears have trouble with various aspects of flight, similar to sea-sickness or the way dogs sometimes get sick in cars. Wolverine may just be intensely uncomfortable on planes, and thus have a Pavlovian "fear" of them.
    – Nerrolken
    Jun 29, 2015 at 19:30

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There's no mention of this fear of flying in the comics, the film scripts, the film's novelisations or the various graphic novelisations. As far as Wolverine's evident fear of flying is concerned, it seems that that was purely an invention of the actor Hugh Jackman.

The 45-year-old Hollywood star admits he even incorporated a fear into his X-Men character Wolverine because he didn’t want to play someone who isn’t capable of feeling scared.

I put a fear of flying into Wolverine that wasn’t in the script. I thought, ‘I can’t like somebody who isn’t scared of anything.’”
Bang Showbiz


Wolverine is afraid of flying. Are you?

No, I love it. I never get scared. But I came up with the idea that it would be kind of interesting if Wolverine hated flying because it’s unnatural for an animal to fly.
Daily Mirror

Interestingly Wolverine director James Mangold specifically spoke to your suggestion that Wolverine's fear of flying could be related to his known (and canonical) fear of water but he seemed unaware that the fear of flying was actually Jackman's invention!

What about - Logan on the plane - he's so nervous. It occured to me when I was watching this the first time that if he falls into the ocean that he will drown and come back drown and come back - is that why he doesn't want to get on planes?

I don't know. They told me--everyone who's really knowledgeable about Wolverine has always told me--he hates flying. And Hugh was like "I hate flying"--I mean, as Wolverine. I love the idiosyncrasy of it - that's the beauty of him, I think, the beauty of Wolverine. It does separate him from the kind of Batman, indestructible because of my gizmos or Superman indestructible because I'm indestructible.

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    God I love me some Hugh Jackman!
    – Möoz
    Feb 17, 2016 at 2:52

There were several references in the comic book series, he never specifically said why other than that flying was unnatural. As for water, he was in the water a lot in the original comic series. The movies have several flaws when compared with the original comic series.

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    Welcome to SFFSE! This answer is quite vague and likely to get downvoted. If you could provide specific instances of such references it would greatly improve your answer! Jun 20, 2016 at 6:06

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