The James Mangold directed Wolverine is well under way and star Hugh Jackman and the previously stated director have been talking about the next outing for the indestructible Canadian. Today we have a new image from the film and some information about where it fits in the X-Men timeline.
Talking with Empire, Mangold revaled that The Wolverine is not in fact a sequel to Wolverine: Origins as many expected, but a sequel to all of the X-Men movies. The events of The Wolverine will take place after X-Men: The Last Stand.
Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all. Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him.
This is a bit of an odd revelation since the set pictures we’ve seen all take place in what would be Wolverine’s pre X-Men days. The story itself is based on Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s Wolverine which is way before he donned the yellow costume for Prof. X. Mangold touched on how he wants to let the movie be free from being pigeonholed by movie continuity:
That’s something that for me was very important, that I land in a very specific place in his timeline. I wanted to be able to tell the story without the burden of handing it off to a film that already exists and having to conform to it. The ideas of immortality reign very heavily in this story and the burden of immortality weighs heavily on Logan. For me that’s such an interesting part of Logan’s character that is nearly impossible to explore if you have a kind of league or team movie.
Also from Empire is a new image of Hugh Jackman in action, via Collider. You may notice he has bone claws. There was no explanation for that, but seeing some WWII set photos this could well be a flashback. Mangold certainly blew a lot of people’s minds with statement about where the movie fell in the X-Men timeline. With the rumor about Framke Janssen filming a cameo, that could well be a flashback or dream sequence. What do you think about this big news? Are you glad it’s post Last Stand?
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Source : Empire