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'The Wolverine' is NOT a Prequel Movie

James Mangold clears up a few things about the next Wolverine film.

As much as we dig Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, there were some big problems with X-Men Origins: Wolverine. With the follow up movie, The Wolverine, we're all hoping for better things. In one of the endings for Origins, Wolverine is drinking in a bar in Japan. This seemed to be the lead in to the next movie.

Earlier this week, word spread that Famke Janssen was in Australia last week to film a cameo as Jean Grey for the movie. How could that be if this is set before the X-Men trilogy of movies? It turns out The Wolverine will take place after X-Men: The Last Stand.

But what about this image from Empire magazine CBM posted?

James Mangold spoke to Empire magazine and an image of Wolverine with his bone claws appears. Obviously this has to be a flashback. That could also mean that if Famke Janssen was reprising her role as Jean, it would be another flashback.

Empire Online did reveal one statement from Mangold in the interview in the magazine:

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.

It's also mentioned that most of the action takes place in Tokyo where Wolverine falls for Mariko and gets involved in a gang war which will all take place "outside of all previous X-film continuity."

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Posted by Crom-Cruach

I smell the funk of suck approaching.

Posted by God_Spawn

@Crom-Cruach said:

I smell the funk of suck approaching.

Nah. That's just Logan coming in from the rain.

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Posted by Crom-Cruach

This is the studio that gave us Elektra, Ghost Rider and Origins. Not holding my breath.

Posted by tensixteen

not so excited about this movie, but who knows maybe i'll watch it

Posted by lykopis

@god_spawn said:

@Crom-Cruach said:

I smell the funk of suck approaching.

Nah. That's just Logan coming in from the rain.

-_- ...take that back...

I expect nothing from this movie outside of Jackman getting really physical, hopefully some awesome fight scenes and cohesive dialogue.

Famke is doing a cameo as Jean? Bad decision. Their lack of chemistry onscreen was cringe-worthy.

Anyway -- my Hugh can do no wrong. I will still be seeing this.

Posted by God_Spawn

@lykopis: Fine, I take it back :P.

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Posted by lykopis

@god_spawn: <3 You are a gentleman.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

If this was meant to make things clearer, I think the explanations failed. Just muddles the waters of continuity more to say this takes place after Last Stand and yet show us an image of bone claws. If its a flashback fine, but if its otherwise it just creates a big headache. Gosh, and just when I was starting to get psyched again. Oh well, maybe I'm just making a mountain out of a molehill here...

Posted by nerfherderIV

Even though origins sucked really bad, there was something about it that made me watch it. I almost liked the X-men trilogoy except for the last stand. However this seems like a brilliant idea! Finally wolverine just might have a great storyline and possibly be part one of a new trilogy. Also the great silver samurai is in this one, so if that doesn't get you excited then I don't know what will. Lol

Posted by Galactic_Man

I think they're going to use Jean as some sort of nightmare or whatever - she did play a big role in Logan's life at the mansion, so I guess she could appear alive or as an hallucination for motivation perhaps.

Posted by nappystr8

Unexpected but cool twist to see the modern day X-Men era brought back into focus after being ignored for so long. Hopefully the team here will be able to salvage that universe from the onslaught of crap that happened as a result of Last Stand. This also makes me think that future presented in Days of Future Past, although the future to the First Class characters, might be the present to us. Hope both of these films can get a lot of the returning cast of the early X-Movies back.

Posted by Eyz

so the film is simply going to be all over the places.

:/

Posted by DeusVult

This sounds super cool!!!

Posted by Walker696

As long as they don't make it another kid movie I'm fine. I'm going to be honest I want the gory Wolverine, I want to see him ripping into people, wounding them. You know how mad it made me when my students came and told me the movie was boring (I'm a pre-k teacher and yes my parents took their kids to see Wolverine lol). No blood and guts Marvel no glory, give us the Logan/James we've grown to love to see kill and get killed.

Posted by InnerVenom123

I love how people say "these X-men movies" in their posts about the franchise, as if any of the X-trilogy movies weren't just "Wolverine and the X-men."

Props to First Class for not having him aside from a hilarious cameo.

Posted by Baron_Emo

Setting it "current" makes way more sense to me. If the First Class series is supposed to be its own thing, that's fine. Throw the rest of the film continuity out the window and go with it. This film can be more-or-less standalone without the continuity problems of Origins and First Class, and they can set their own tone. Continuity-wise The Wolverine ties to the original three movies, but it's definitely not X-Men 4. I'm cool with that.

Edited by Ashra

The continuity is these X-Movies (particularly with First Class & Origins) is absolutely chaotic and confusing. Probably my biggest issue with these movies in general.

It's like they said, "Eff the two 'C's' - continuity and canon."

Most of the X-Men are disbanded or gone? WTF? SMH in frustration and annoyance.

Posted by They Killed Cap!

Im not gonna get my hopes up but it sounds good.

Posted by Wylde_Tales

@SupremeHyperion: They do all of these needless changes because they donot believe in the characters. So Hollywood's Ego constantly thinks it can write a better story than anyone else ever.

Posted by Bitchgurl

@RedheadedAtrocitus said:

If this was meant to make things clearer, I think the explanations failed. Just muddles the waters of continuity more to say this takes place after Last Stand and yet show us an image of bone claws. If its a flashback fine, but if its otherwise it just creates a big headache. Gosh, and just when I was starting to get psyched again. Oh well, maybe I'm just making a mountain out of a molehill here...

I don't think you are. The whole thing sounds very head scratching to me as well

Posted by asIsuspected

I hope this movie would lead Wolverine to join the Avengers in 2015

Posted by LoganRogue24

i hope this film dose not suck. i wish Rogue had a cameo instead of jean cause Logan in my opion was closer to her then Jean Grey ik he had the hots for Jean but i think he got along better with Rogue in the x-men films. my one friend told me he heard a rumor that in the first x-men they were gonna make Rogue a little older and maybe have her as his love interest in the films but they decided to do the logan jean scott think and stuck Rogue with icekid. now idk if what i just described was rumor or if it was fact so don"t jump down my throat.

Posted by bob agent of agency x

"As much as we dig Hugh Jackman as Wolverine"

Please speak only for yourself, because the only way I 'dig' Hugh Jackman as Wolverine is when a X-men movie comes out and I dig a small hole in the ground to hide my head in.

Posted by LoganRogue24

@ApatheticAvenger: i agree with you 100%. last stand was stupid it did not feel like it was conected to 1 and 2 at all in my opion.

Posted by azza04

Sounds stupid to me.

Posted by ThomasElliot

"continuity" and "Xmen movies" are not terms that are compatible.

WTF not... with the continuity all messed up already, no reason to try to establish any at all.

They should make another spin-off starring an adult Iceman teaming up with a hairless Beast that takes place during Vietnam.... lol... would it matter at this point?

Posted by Queso6p4

Hmmm. I'm cautiously hopeful for this one.

Posted by PurpleCandy

Those Bone claws actually look better than the old ones