During the assault on the X-Mansion Colonel William Stryker meets Wolverine and says '...me on the other hand, nature.' while his face looks weird and distorted and it appears as if he's done something to himself. He proceeds to correct the distortion with an adjustment of the cheek and looks slightly more normal. Has he done something to himself or is this simply a cinematic effect?

This is a very brief moment, almost of a few frames which could be missed if not carefully looked at.

This GIF might clarify a little bit more:

Stryker adjusting

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    Can you share some pic or explain more ?
    – Panther
    Dec 19, 2016 at 17:30
  • Very sorry for the unclarity. I've added a GIF and a video that hopefully might explain.
    – groundjet
    Jan 2, 2017 at 7:17
  • Both the video and the GIF are now unavailable.
    – F1Krazy
    Jul 2, 2021 at 10:59

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while his face looks weird and distorted and it appears as if he's done something to himself

No...it's not distorted

He's smiling, somewhat wryly I will admit, but he's just indicating that nature has taken it's toll on him. His face doesn't look the way it did 15 years before...which is when he last saw Logan.

You also have to bear in mind that he moves from shadow (where we can't see his face) into the light during this brief speech...perhaps you're seeing the transition of that, plus the start of the smile, as a distortion.

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No, he didn't do anything to himself. It is never mentioned or hinted that he was doing something to himself. He had mostly experimented on Mutants only.


Wolverine is hallucinating or having a flashback, causing him to see a younger Stryker face instead of his old face. Strikers line on the other hand, is to point out yet again that Wolverine doesn't age unlike natural humans like Stryker.

As shown in almost every movie, Wolverine has PTSD triggers surrounding Stryker and Weapon X project.

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    This particular scene is not flashback or hallucination
    – Panther
    Dec 21, 2016 at 9:27

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