For those of you thinking The Wolverine would be a prequel to Marvel’s X-Men trilogy, director James Mangold has revealed that the new movie takes place after the events in X-Men: The Last Stand.
Hugh Jackman is back once again as Logan, the adamantium-enhanced hero, in a story adapted from Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s 1982 mini-series. Like the book, the action will be set in Japan, with Wolverine battling an assortment of ninjas.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mangold explained how the new film fits into the whole X-Men film chronology.
“It’s set after X-Men 3, but I wouldn’t call it a sequel to X-Men 3,” he said. “It was only to my advantage to set it after the X-Men films because the X-Men had effectively ended at that point. A lot of the key characters had died. There was a sense if I’m locating this film not five minutes after the other movie, but a period of time after that last X-Men movie, I can find a Logan who is living separate from the world. He is no longer a member of some superhero team.”
Mangold also revealed that while the film will retain story elements from Claremont and Miller’s story arc, the new film will have shades of the Western added in as well.
“One of the models I used working on the film was The Outlaw Josey Wales. You find Logan and his love is gone, his mentors are gone, many of his friends are gone, his own sense of purpose – what am I doing, why do I bother – and his exhaustion is high. He has lived a long time, and he’s tired. He’s tired of the pain.”
He’s also happier that Wolverine is operating pretty much solo in this instalment.
“With the X-Men movies he’s part of a team, so he gets little scenelets, but they’re essentially team movies,” Mangold says. “The liberty I have making a film like this is I can find him… It’s his emotional experience, his trajectory, his sense of loss, and his own ambivalence about his powers and talents.”
The Wolverine has had a bit of arduous journey getting to the big screen. It was originally supposed to be directed by Darren Aronofsky. After he dropped out, the film was further delayed after the 2011 Japan earthquake.
What do you think? Are you miffed The Wolverine isn’t a sequel to Origins, or are you happy things are starting “fresh” for Logan?