Wolf was a Yautja Veteran and relentless Xenomorph hunter who arrived on Earth to contain a Xenomorph outbreak in Gunnison, Colorado in 2004. Wolf is also the main protagonist in the Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem PSP video game, though this game is just an alternative story and is not canon.
The final Hunt
Responding to a distress signal, Wolf arrived on Earth, discovering the remains of a crashed Yautja Scout Ship and its dead crew. Accessing the Bio-Mask recording of one of his dead brethren, Wolf discovered the existence of the Predalien and several Facehuggers that had escaped the crash. Armed with two Shurikens, Wristblades, Dissolving Liquid, which appears to enzymatically destroy biomass, and an extra Plasmacaster, Wolf used the Self-Destruct Device on his backpack to destroy the ship and began the pursuit of the Xenomorphs.
Wolf killed Deputy Ray as he caught sight of the Predator melting Buddy and Sam Benson's dead bodies at night while the police are looking for them and the dead facehuggers that infected them. As Ray tried to run away, Wolf killed him and hung his skinned corpse by a tree. He tracked the residue of the Facehuggers to the town sewers. He set three laser nets to contain the Xenomorphs. As soon as he was in the center of the sewers, he baited the Xenomorphs to his location. Once the Xenomorphs were contained, he activated the nets, trapping the Xenomorphs inside. He killed two Xenomorphs before the Predalien attacked him. While preparing to kill another two, the Predalien hit him with its tail which caused Wolf to misfire and collapse a part of the sewer, leaving a hole to the streets. He got up, but too late to stop the Xenomorphs and the Predalien from escaping into the town. Wolf used his Power Punch Glove in his gauntlet to break out of the sewers and continued to pursue the Xenomorphs.
Wolf tracked one of the Xenomorphs to the Gunnison power plant, where he tried to use his Plasmacaster to kill it. Due to the electro-magnetic interference from the power plant, his targeting systems malfunctioned and he fired on the power plant generators, knocking out all the power to the town. The Xenomorph spotted Wolf and crawled beneath him before climbing up and whacking the Predator off the walkway. Wolf attempted to kill the deadly life form but missed and the Xenomorph escaped into the town. Relentless in his mission, Wolf continued to search the town for Xenomorphs and destroyed the one located in the swimming pool of a local school.
He healed his wound and followed Kelly O'Brien and her daughter Molly to the town gun store, where he captured Dallas Howard to use as bait for the Xenomorphs. Dallas escaped, but the bait was enough to draw the Xenomorphs out. A fight followed as Wolf killed all the five Xenomorphs in the store. During the fight, one of Wolf's Plasmacasters was damaged. After leaving the gun store, he integrated his two Plasmacasters into a custom-built, handheld Plasma Pistol.
Wolf then followed the Xenomorphs to the hospital, where they were making a Hive. He entered the hospital and was attacked from behind by the Predalien, but he injured the Predalien with his wristblades prompting it to send three Xenomorph Warriors against him. He destroyed the three and struck down another two Xenomorphs with Shurikens, accidentally killing Ricky Howard's love interest Jesse Salinger. After that, a Xenomorph managed to push Wolf down an elevator shaft as he was being distracted by the enraged Ricky and lost his Plasma Pistol. He killed the Xenomorph, climbed back up to the roof of the hospital and destroyed another Xenomorph that was about to kill Dallas Howard.
On the roof, Wolf dueled the Predalien in a one-on-one fight, fighting it with only his bare hands but only to minimum effect as Wolf was physically outmatched by the Predalien. After his Wrist Gauntlet and Self-Destruct Device gets damaged, Wolf removed his remaining equipment and Bio-mask. He tore off the Predalien's inner jaw, unsheathed his Wristblades and impaled the Predalien's head, but was wounded by the Predalien's tail stabbing him, resulting in a standoff.
At that moment, a Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor sent by the US Government dropped a tactical nuclear bomb onto the city. Wolf was killed along with the Predalien, the other Xenomorphs, and the remaining humans in the resulting blast.
Wolf is distinguished by a missing mandible, an acid-scarred face, a white (presumably blinded) eye, a large collection of trophies from many different species, a large arsenal of weapons, a large collection of masks, and a throne overlooking a valley which appears to be a Yautja settlement. He is shown to have been in many battles and being a participant in many Hunts. This is evident by the many signs, or rune type markings upon his chosen mask, and also by the damaged mandible tusk/tooth of his upper-left jaw.
Wolf has also been equipped with weapons not seen in other Predator theatrical releases, such as the Whip he used in his final battle where he fought the Predalien. These, and many other aspects, show that he was a formidable warrior and fearsome hunter. Moreover, The Wolf was firm enough to overpower two Xenomorph Warriors at once and to hold his ground against a far more powerful adversary such as the Predalien.
List of Notable Victims
Weapons and Equipment
Wolf used a wide variety of weapons such as:
- Plasma Pistol (custom-built)
- Laser Mines
- Wrist Gauntlet
- Cleaner case
Behind the Scenes
In Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, the new Predator was labeled by the directors as Wolf — after the homonim character in Pulp Fiction, due to his function of 'cleaner'. Played again by Ian Whyte, it was supposed to be an elite, extremely experienced hunter, who has underwent many missions before the events of the film.
Following the directors’ specific instructions, Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc. (ADI) once again redesigned the Predator. As opposed to the muscular, comic-inspired Predators of the first film, Alien vs. Predator, Wolf returned to a slimmer configuration — more akin to the original Stan Winston design. "We were adamant about creating a new, unique Predator," the Strause brothers said. "With a physique and features that reflected the original films — and the Wolf achieved that in spades." The directors found the Predators from the previous film too disproportioned, and tried to use Whyte as a performer as much as possible; with only one main Predator, its proportions were based strictly on the performer's. The Predator's head features, however, a new configuration: a flatter face, proportionally bigger mouth and mandibles, as well as two single upper canines. "We wanted to re-proportion the face," said Tom Woodruff, Jr. in AVPR: Inside the Monster Shop, "giving the brow a more cunning, sweptback angle, like a predatory cat." To add a visual clue of the Predator’s past fights with Aliens, the left side of its face is plagued by a considerable acid burn, which has almost completely consumed the creature's upper left mandible, and blinded its left eye (which was re-colored in post-production). This aspect was inspired by "Broken Tusk", the Predator character from the original Aliens vs. Predator comic book series. Colin Strause explained the connection: "One of the cool things was — we wanted, y’know — to give a little throwback to the comic book fans, so that’s why we kind of did the Broken-Tusk type of idea, with the melted off mandible."
The Predator's mask was heavily inspired by the City Hunter from Predator 2's. Added to that basic outline were a grey, stone-like color scheme and texture, as well as thorns and marks on its forehead plate; it is unknown whether those marks have any ritual or religious meaning akin to the Alien symbol drawn by the Predators of the first film. As Wolf is an experienced hunter — to the point where it tries to shoot Aliens at point blank — the directors wanted his Wristblades to be shorter, and his body to be less covered in armor. In addition to dual Plasmacasters, the Combistick, the collapsible buzz saws and said Wristblades, the Predator came with a new paraphernalia: a 'Power Gauntlet' — housed in the left forearm — that allows enhanced strength packed in a single punch, mines, the Dissolving Liquid (all designed by Chris Howe), and the Whip. The last was in particular the key weapon of Wolf — who wraps it around enemies to slice parts of them off. It was not originally scripted; Colin Strause said: "the whip was actually… that was one of the really cool surprises that ADI brought to the table. In one of the first meetings, all of us started looking at this one design at the same time, which was a Predator whip. All of us, the light bulb went on, ‘We gotta have that. This has to be in our movie’; and we wrote it into the film after just seeing it on that design."
ADI built a hero suit and a stunt suit, composed of the body and all the armor parts, which could be put on and taken off. As per the precedent film, this Predator is never shown with the original mandible closure. In a manner similar to the insert 'talking' Predator bust from Predator 2, the Wolf Predator's eyes were not contact lenses, but rather fully animatronic elements, in order to give the character a more beast-like, and less humanoid vibe. This mechanical design choice was also dictated by the outline of the Predator's head. Alec Gillis, in his commentary for the film, stated that the intention was also to make them more visible in the darkness — like a predatory cat's.
- The name "Wolf" is a reference to the character Winston Wolfe from the film Pulp Fiction; both characters are described as "cleaners" who cover up murders and/or other messy situations to protect those responsible.
- Another Predator that shares its name and appearance with Wolf appears in the 2010 video game Aliens vs. Predator. It is also a multiplayer skin in the game, unlocked when players reach Rank 25.
- Wolf is the first on-screen Predator to battle a Predalien. Many of Wolf's weapons also made their debut with him, and he is the first Predator to wield dual Plasmacasters.
Behind the scenes
- ↑ Shane Salerno (writer), The Brothers Strause (directors). Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
- ↑ Paul W. S. Anderson (writer and director). Alien vs. Predator (2004), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
- ↑ Greg Strause, Colin Strause, John Davis, Tom Woodruff, Jr.. The Making of AVPR (2008), 20th Century Fox [DVD].
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 "Monster Legacy - Predator Metamorphosis – Part IV: Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem". Retrieved on 2014-01-20.