The Wolverine’s Svetlana Khodchenkova teases Viper

Tinker Tailer star Svetlana Khodchenkova on The Wolverine and playing Viper again

Svetlana Khodchenkova in The Wolverine

From Tinker Tailer Soldier Spy‘s tragic defector to the mysterious mutant Viper, Svetlana Khodchenkova brings appropriate Cold War class to the role of the serpentine supervillain created by the super-stylish Jim Steranko in 1969’s Captain America #110.

Khodchenkova spoke exclusively to SciFiNow about working with Hugh Jackman, and how Viper’s story is just beginning….

How did you get involved with The Wolverine?

The casting for the movie took place in Russia. I’d been invited to the auditions in Moscow where we recorded some videos. Honestly, I didn’t expect a positive result but when I was confirmed in the part I was over the moon!

This role wasn’t typical for me and definitely varies from what I’ve done before. Just look at Viper’s costume – it is so stunning!

What can you tell us about Viper?

She’s amazing and very diverse. James [Mangold] has always been experimental with her character, from her manners to her overall appearance. So Viper is not the ordinary comic-book character.

Khodchenkova opposite Hugh Jackman's Logan
Khodchenkova opposite Hugh Jackman’s Logan



In terms of the themes – love and betrayal etc – does The Wolverine feel closer to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy than a superhero film?

I wouldn’t compare the two movies and I don’t see anything in common. My characters’ motives are different, the circumstances are different and the characters different from each other greatly

How was Hugh Jackman to work with?

He is one of the best partners whom I have ever worked with. He is incredibly friendly, hospitable and super professional.

Viper has a pretty long history in the comics, is she a character you can see having more stories?

Of course. At the very least because she is endowed with qualities such as love and hate. She is not a reflective character, so her story can last longer.

The Wolverine is released in UK cinemas on 25 July 2013. You can buy X-Men: The Ultimate Collection on Blu-ray for £32.68 at