James Mangold Talks The Wolverine After-Credits Scene
The latest installment in the X-Men franchise opened this weekend and the results were rather so-so. At last count, The Wolverine brought in about $55 million, which is actually about $10 million short of what was initially predicted and about $30 million less than X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which was a lesser film, in this geek’s opinion. During the filming of James Mangold’s project, Fox brought on comics guru Mark Millar to create a cohesive universe for the Marvel characters that the studio owns, which is also expected to include the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot being helmed by Josh Trank. One of the first things that helps tie them together is an after-credits scene attached to The Wolverine. Before I go on, let me issue the usual SPOILER WARNING. If you do not want this scene spoiled for you, please stop reading now.
As you may know now, the scene features Wolverine being confronted by an old enemy in Ian McKellen’s Magneto, who asks Logan to join him in a fight against a serious human threat, which is also revealed to be Trask Industries. Naturally, Wolverine is hesitant to join up, but things change when Patrick Stewart’s Professor Xavier comes rolling up. Mangold discusses how he and Bryan Singer came up with the idea as well as his thoughts on other after-credits scenes.
“I had finished the movie and Future Past had started shooting, a couple months ago, and we had been talking about what to do, if anything, in the tail credits of this movie. It’s something I had been talking about with Simon Kinberg (Simon Kinberg producer) and Bryan Singer at that point about what we might do to kind of feed into it. My only stipulation that was important to me was just that I really didn’t want it to be tongue-in-cheek. I feel like a lot of these bonus things almost make the film into a joke, and that wasn’t interesting to me.”
“I thought it would be more interesting to try and actually do something quite promising, actually say something and promise something and give people a piece of a story. The whole sequence was built around the shot where we’d unveil Patrick, and I created this shot where he’s weaving through all these frozen airport patrons and that is Patrick Stewart with a joystick and electric wheelchair and that isn’t easy. He’s doing a kind of Olympic slalom through all these extras and uh, he’s a badass on that thing.”
As this leads into the next film in the franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past, it brings with it one major question. At the end of X-Men: The Last Stand, in which Prof. X is decimated by The Phoenix, it is revealed that the good professor is alive; at least his conscience remains. With this new scene, we see that Charles is alive and well and we can assume that will be answered next year when Days of Future Past releases. Mangold had a bit to say about that as well and is quite glad he’s not in charge of explaining it and that Bryan Singer has his hands full.
“Yes, it is his job and I know they have one, so I’ll leave it to them to unveil it.”
I am happy that they are going to explain how Xavier is alive and kicking and not just leaving it as some generic comment about having gifts. Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart will be joined by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Lucas Till, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Booboo Stewart, Daniel Cudmore, Peter Dicnklage, Ellen Page and Aaron Ashmore next year when Days of Future Past hits theaters. The Wolverine is in theaters now, in both 3D and 2D format.
Source : Digital Spy