In this question: What happens when Wolverine's head is removed? the following panel appears:

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Does it imply that that Wolverine can speak without lungs. Is this a super power or some other method of communication?

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    It doesn't look like he'd have vocal chords there, either, though IANAL (I Am Not A Laryngologist) Commented Feb 28, 2015 at 7:36
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    It looks like there's some kind of support technology behind and beside his head.
    – Joe L.
    Commented Feb 28, 2015 at 12:40
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    I wonder just what type of research he does in the closet ... Commented Feb 28, 2015 at 13:48
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    Is comic rule of funny. Don't over think it
    – user16696
    Commented Mar 1, 2015 at 15:59
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    maybe Wolverine is simply moving his mouth, and Fury is just reading his lips?
    – Petersaber
    Commented Aug 12, 2015 at 8:46

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The panel in your question is from Ultimate Wolverine vs Hulk #5. There are a couple of facts to be kept in mind before drawing conclusions:

  • There is some machinery attached to his head:

    This machinery may or may not be providing him with air to speak.

  • His lungs are away. How does he breathe? With his skin.

I think it's most likely that the machinery (all the tubes) is feeding him air that allows him to speak, and maybe keeps his blood circulating for him.

One other possibility is that those headphone-like things are reading his mind and feeding it to speakers, but that wouldn't explain why Nick Fury had to interrogate him to learn something, instead of just extracting what he needed.

Yet another possibility is that somehow, Logan was able to adapt and speak without lungs, but that wouldn't explain the need for all the machinery.


Probably by the same mechanisms used to keep him alive in the movies. In the movies, Wolverine lives for centuries because his body is able to regenerate itself after every possible trauma. We get to watch the cellular regeneration in the movies as bullets are removed and tissues are created to replace what was destroyed. He also has super human strength. So it is reasonable to assume that the same mechanism works in the comics. So the likely answer is that he grew new vocal cords along with the strength to use air that his severed trachea is able to pull from below outside his body.

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    The trachea doesn't pull air. The diaphragm pushes it up. The diaphragm is below the lungs.
    – DCShannon
    Commented May 25, 2017 at 23:27
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    @dcshannon Only if yer head has not been severed.
    – CodeMed
    Commented May 26, 2017 at 2:46

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