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If The Wolverine Isn’t a Prequel, What Do We Make of New Image?

Contrary to speculation, director James Mangold insists that The Wolverine isn’t another prequel to Fox’s original X-Men trilogy. (Warning: Potential spoilers follow.)

Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all,” he tells Empire. “Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him.”

That naturally raises a couple of major questions, not the least of which is the movie still in the magazine (below, via ComicBookMovie) depicting Hugh Jackman as Logan sporting bone claws and military fatigue pants, suggesting some scenes may be set in World War II. The other is the new rumor that Famke Janssen would make a cameo appearance in The Wolverine as Jean Grey. Of course, Mangold’s statement that “Jean Grey is gone” doesn’t mean Janssen couldn’t still be seen in a flashback or dream/nightmare sequence.

Still, the director underscores that his “Japanese noir picture with tentpole action in it” takes place outside the continuity established in the previous X-Men movies, saying, “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 film is based in part on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, which found Logan battling ninjas and the politics of the Tokyo criminal underworld for the heart of his ex-lover, the daughter of a Japanese crime lord.

Jackman is joined by Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee. The Wolverine opens July 26, 2013.


  • Richard Casey

    Ehhhhh, after the train wreck that was the last flick, they’re gonna have to show some pretty impressive trailers before i’ll see this one.

  • kalorama

    “Spoiler-filled”? Really? Please.

    The internet’s insatiable hunger for manufactured controversy and speculation has reached epic proportions.

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  • Anthony Schultz

    I know everyone dislikes “Wolverine: Origins,” but I really liked it.  It was kickass and carnal just like Wolverine.  Hearing that “The Wolverine” was going to be based off of the original miniseries that started it all–was all I needed to hear.  I will most-definitely be in theaters opening weekend.

  • percane

    this headline is kind of silly. flashbacks are pretty common in movies, the image doesn’t have any relevance to whether or not it’s a prequel.

  • Kutc

    Its called a flashback, der der der.

  • Caesar Pacheco

    ok this is what i got from reading this:

    so its going to take place in the time that most of the xmen are “disbanded or gone” with a “Japanese noir picture with tentpole action in it” and Jean Grey “flashback or dream/nightmare sequence”? 
    so is this movie just going to be full of flashbacks and wolverine roaming around in his loneliness?

    please dont make him emo, because if thats they case then i strongly feel like they will try to kill him off in this movie.  

  • GLJeremy

    Even if this was a prequel to x-men and a sequel to Orgins, the bone claws would still need to be a flashback to make sense, so no idea how the fact this is post last-stand would effect anything or make the image above confusing. By having boneclaws in the pic it has to be a flashback no matter where it is placed. Not sure why article writer is confused.

  • kalorama

    Oh, he’s not confused. Far from it. He knew exactly what he was doing when h wrote that headline.

  • Sloughbear

    Why would the photos of bone claws make this a prequel? In the first Wolverine movie, we already saw him get the adamantium so this image HAS to be some kind of flashback.

  • Joseph O.G. Amyotte

    So camo pants = WW2? You do know he sported the bone claws after magneto ripped his Adamantium out, right? In the comics…not in his origin, but after a long time being with the X-men. This is an unnecessary article. cool pic though.

  • Glenn West

    They said that parts of it take place in WWII.

  • Jimmy

    He’s got bone claws in this pic and adamantium ones in the other.  It’s pretty fucking obvious that his adventures situated in WW2 (flashback or not – they may start the film in WW2 and leap forward in time) bear a direct impact on his adventures in the present.  How fucking hard is that to figure out?

    Whiile I can see that Miller and Claremont’s miniseries is being heavily used, it also looks like they’re dipping into one of Wolverine’s other stories – can’t remember the name of the arc, but it’s about a relationship he has with a japanese girl in WW2, who gets murdered by an American GI who is also a mutant.  Wolverine kills this GI in revenge, but 70 yrs later realises he’s still around and goes back to Japan to finish him off.  Sounds like they’re borrowing from this arc as well.

  • Alex

    James Howlett origin <—– BAD!

  • Badly Drawn Cartoons

    They’ve said there is a WWII scene…

  • Mr_Wayne

    A fan boy complaining about a spoiler alert? What has the internet come to?

  • T.

    wow, those bone claws appear to be thicker than his metal claws. Did they cover his metal skeleton with bone in this movie, instead of the other way around?

  • ME24601

    Maybe a flashback scene? 

  • Matches Malone

    If indeed it is a true adaptation of the ’82 as your article would suggest, then the movie should be able to standalone apart from any/all X-Men movies that will come before or since.

  • Matches Malone

    If I’m reading the dates right, that’s Comic Con weekend, and I’ll probably have to wait a week or two to see this one….