Well, this is certainly surprising. All the way through the development of The Wolverine, it has been said and thought that the movie would be a prequel – but a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Hell, the first stuff they shot was set in WWII. Now, speaking with Empire, director James Mangold revealed that the movie is in fact set AFTER all X-Men films, which means it will follow Logan’s life after the mutant cure and the disbanding of the team in X-Men: The Last Stand. Read what Mangold had to say about it below:
“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.”
“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.”
To me this makes perfect sense, and is an even better direction than it being a prequel. Last week there was a rumour that Famke Janssen was in Australia to shoot a cameo of the movie, and that might well be true if it’s part of a nightmare sequence experienced by Logan. Plus, there’s a chance that the ending of this movie could lead directly into the start of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is Fox’s attempt at cleaning up their timeline. Although this new still might leave you a little confused towards the plot of the film…
Yes, Wolvie has BONE CLAWS, in a sequel. The explanation is fairly obvious though. Our first look at the film was concept art and set photos of Logan in Japan, World War 2 and we saw concept art of him being kept in a giant pit, so it’s likely this is just a flashback sequence. What do you think about this big revelation, anyway? Share your thoughts below.
SOURCE: Empire Magazine via CBM