James Mangold reveals The Wolverine is not a prequel

News Glen Chapman 26 Oct 2012 - 06:36

Director James Mangold has revealed just where The Wolverine sits in the X-Men movie franchise...

It's been made clear for some time that the upcoming The Wolverine is not a sequel as such to the disappointing X-Men Origins: Wolverine. But it does beg the question just where does it fit into the timeline of the established X-Men cinematic universe. The signs seemed to be point to it at least being a continuation of the story of Origins, given how it ties into the post-credits sequence from that film.

In a recent interview with Empire, director James Mangold has cleared matters up. “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.”

He continued by stating that there would be prequel elements in the form of flashbacks. “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 handling 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 heavy 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.”

Mangold also offers up a rather fantastic description of the films genre: “Japanese noir picture with tentpole action in it”

More on The Wolverine when we get it. You can read the full story at Empire.

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It sounds like he has a good handle on it and confirms it is in the modern day rather than a period piece.

I think my expectations for the film are growing ever so cautiously,

Sounds like it will be stand-alone, avoiding the messy time timeline of the existing films.

So that kills off the idea of a Jean Grey cameo! Unless she's in flashbacks or 'visions'. (that would SUCK.)

Hopefully the flashbacks with bridge Origins with X-men and then us the present setting to bridge X3 with X4 and try and clear up some on the continuity. It's been a while since X3 so using The Wolverine and their most popular character as a kind of general re-introduction and to generate a bit of hype following X3 is a good idea

Rumours are that she filmed a cameo a couple of weeks ago. Also the fact she is mentioned by Mangold makes me believe that she is going to be in it somewhere

It'll be a crappy 'Vision' of her at best. Unless they have her 'reappearing' right at the end... Cliffhanger for The Wolverine 2 (3) or the next generation of X-Men or something... either way, if she isn't in it, i'll be disappointed. But just having her as a 'dream' cameo won't be great. She's too good an actress. I was MONUMENTALLY frustrated with the crappy way they did The Dark Phoenix. Famke's Femme Fetal acting skills could have been the definition of T.D.P on screen. Instead it was just glimpses of her full potential. So yes, it wasn't a 'god i hope she's not in it' complaint. It was a... 'CRAP i really hope she is in it, but NOT just as 'flash back/dreams/visions' complaint... Wow... that was roundabout!

Don't know why, but this makes me a little bit more interested.

For a film predominantly set in the 70s, the first film didn't even try to capture the period. No 70s music, fashion, design, or even passing references. So it's probably just as well they're going back to the future...

That's true. X-men first class did so much better in that regard. It just goes to show how completely pointless Origins was.

Agreed, Origins wasn't even interesting enough to be terrible. It was just... Useless...

I have zero hope or expectations for this film... each time one of these flicks comes out, the directors, producers, and actors get out there like some druggie or alcoholic family member who absolutely swears they're finally clean but soon enough, you wake up to find your laptop and phone are gone...

Be very cautious, the last attempt at a Wolverine film was one of the dullest films I've seen in the last ten years. I really can't remember anything except:
1 - there was some kind of farm house in it maybe?
2 - I was bored by it.
I'm not the only one, the wife swears she didn't watch it with me but she really did.

It'll be nice if the next film is more memorable with more than a basic a-b-c story to it. The best X-men character for me and he deserves a good solo film.

I was so excited for this film when Darren Aronofsky was set to direct, but now this just looks like X-Men Origins Version 2. *Sigh*

Hugh Jackman is still the perfect choice for Wolverine though... If the script is as good as the story it's based on, and everyone does a slightly above average job, this film will be good enough for me.

Very interesting, glad they cleared that up to be honest! although on a side note, I can't be the only one who thought X-Men Origins: Wolverine was a great film.....can I?

i enjoyed it and im not sure why people hate it but then ive not read the comics, only seen some of the cartoons back in the 90s

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