For years we’ve all been under the impression that The Wolverine would be another prequel to the X-Men franchise but according to director James Mangold, it ISN’T!
“Where this film sits in the universe of the films is after them all,” Mangold tells Empire Magazine. “Jean Grey is gone, most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone, so there’s a tremendous sense of isolation for him.”
Adding more fuel to the fire is that Famke Janssen was spotted on set shooting a short cameo for the film. With Mangold saying “Jean is gone” this could just be a flashback, dream sequence or maybe even some weird part of the Phoenix powers. But even more confusing is the latest image below that shows Wolverine sporting his bone claws and military fatigue pants which insinuated that there may be scenes set during a war prior to Wolverine going through the admantium process.
So is The Wolverine a prequel? Sequel or something else all together? Mangold says “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 where Logan fights ninjas, the tokyo underworld and falls in love with 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.