Wolverine X's Out Competition as Top Franchise Character

Wolverine, the blade-bearing "X-Men" superhero played by Hugh Jackman, ranks as the top fictional power player, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The magazine lists the top 10 franchise characters in its new issue, on newsstands Monday. Wolverine beat out Harry Potter, Spider-Man and Bart Simpson, among others.

"Wolverine is our pick for Hollywood's top character based on a devoted, built-in audience and early excitement over his planned solo flick, which could be out as soon as 2008," writes Tim Stack.

The mutant with mutton chops stars in "X-Men: The Last Stand," which opened last week with a four-day domestic gross of $122.9 million (euro95.9 million). Wolverine is expected to get his own spin-off film, but no details have been announced.

Following Wolverine, in order, are Harry Potter, Spider-Man, Shrek, Robert Langdon (the main character of "The Da Vinci Code"), Jason Bourne ("The Bourne Identity" and "The Bourne Supremacy"), James Bond, Jigsaw (the villain of the "Saw" horror films), Bart Simpson and Madea (Tyler Perry's trash-talking grandmother).