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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."

To find out more, be sure to track down and pick up the issue featuring five different covers for The Hobbit.

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Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I am pretty excited for this movie, I hope it doesn't let us down

Posted by ltbrd

They should have done with this film what was done with the Hulk and not connected it to Wolverine: Origins or the previous X-Men trilogy, use the opening sequence to set the origin and then go from there. If it ties back into X-Men: First Class fine, but it shouldn't tie into the previous films and risk getting continuity and facts mixed up.

Posted by Chaos Burn

well that didn't clear up anythin?!

Posted by Roldan

If this isn't a prequel, then what's up with the bone claws?

Posted by kennybaese

Huh. Interesting.

Posted by The_Roman

Because we didn't have enough Wolverine films....

Posted by SHAZAM117

Wow...I'm completely lost on FOX's XMEN timeline continuity

Posted by EdwardWindsor

This intreques me greatly. I was hoping for patch Logan though

Posted by Rumble Man

dafuq

Posted by Smart_Dork_Dude

@Roldan said:

If this isn't a prequel, then what's up with the bone claws?

Flash back maybe?

Edited by Vulshock

@Roldan: It's a sequel. The movie can still have flashbacks.

I like that they still are moving the X-men franchise forward, instead of only looking backward. It can steal some of the movies suspense away, when you know that certain characters will have to survive.

Posted by Spidermac17

Im hoping the Storyline/feel will be like Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's original Wolverine graphic novel

would be awesome..

Posted by Lvenger

@Roldan said:

If this isn't a prequel, then what's up with the bone claws?

My thoughts exactly. Maybe this is a flashback or something?

Posted by Jean_Luc_LeBeau

@Spidermac17 said:

Im hoping the Storyline/feel will be like Chris Claremont and Frank Miller's original Wolverine graphic novel

would be awesome..

Co-Signed

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

Alright then...

Posted by Spidermac17

Although a Shadowcat/ Wolverine team-up would be excellent too (not gonna happen) but I feel she was under-used in the movies

Posted by Spideycap

I have to say that I'm relieved a bit by this news. I was thinking it was going to be set after Origins. Hopefully they will use the fact that its the newest story in the X-movie continuity to kind of revitalize the franchise afterwards. Sure, alot of the best X-men are gone/dead, but imagine a movie after this where Wolvie forms a new team of X-Men and a new school. Jean Grey Institute anyone? "Wolverine and the X-men" anyone? Yes please for me.

Posted by RedQueen

Got the copy of empire sitting next to me; Famke Jannsen, very ambiguously, hinted that Jean could possibly come back (due to the nature of the character) though this was in relation to a question about the next First Class film not the next Wolverine one.

According to Empire, and to Mangold, Wolverine takes place after any of the X-men films. They also confirm that the pic with the claws is a flashback scene.

Posted by Inverno

@Roldan said:

If this isn't a prequel, then what's up with the bone claws?

I thought the same thing. Continuity is all over the damn place in these X-Men movies.

Posted by SupremeHyperion

so they are making a movie that will follow the other movies and screw up timelines even more (why do movies have to take what comics have done by making pointless changes in movies)

Posted by xmentas

Booooooooooooo!

Posted by Vermoot

This pic of the set of the Wolverine CLEARLY show the logo of the Jean Grey school for Higher Learning. How could this be before de other X-Movies ? :) (I'm glad the school is involved, the Wolverine and the X-Men series is great !)

Posted by LoganRogue24

i was hopeing Rogue would be in a cameo with Logan but i guess Jean works to i have little hope cause fox fucked up x-3 and wolverine so iam not to excited for x-men films anymore. i did love x-1 2 and first class though.

Posted by Bobsjonjon

The whole series is terrible! I wanna see Deadpool!!!!

Posted by Mr_Athrilla

So its a sequel to a movie whose continuity is slowly being erased/altered by the prequel movies already in existence?

Posted by CRTrobinson

So they are going to ruin the best Wolverine Story line that took place in the past by making it take place in the future? Why won't they just reboot? Ugh I think I would forgive it all though if Hugh put on a mask for just a few seconds... I have mad first world problems right now.

Posted by GR2Blackout

So... it's basically X-Men 4?

AWESOME!

Posted by LaserLambert

This makes no sense.

Posted by BlueLantern1995

@LaserLambert said:

This makes no sense.

While that is true and I agree with this statement I have to say AWESOME!!!!

Posted by TheMess1428

Perhaps this will help towards making the third Wolverine movie be about his relationships with Daken and X-23.

Posted by Vermoot

@Vermoot said:

This pic of the set of the Wolverine CLEARLY show the logo of the Jean Grey school for Higher Learning. How could this be before de other X-Movies ? :) (I'm glad the school is involved, the Wolverine and the X-Men series is great !)

Of course I had to forget the link : http://blogs.coventrytelegraph.net/thegeekfiles/the-wolverine-leaked-set-picture.jpg

Posted by howlettgrowl

@CaioTrubat said:

@Roldan said:

If this isn't a prequel, then what's up with the bone claws?

I thought the same thing. Continuity is all over the damn place in these X-Men movies.

most people say that its a flash back when Wolverine was in WW2 Japan

Posted by Inverno

@howlettgrowl said:

@CaioTrubat said:

@Roldan said:

If this isn't a prequel, then what's up with the bone claws?

I thought the same thing. Continuity is all over the damn place in these X-Men movies.

most people say that its a flash back when Wolverine was in WW2 Japan

Oh... that makes sense. They have to pull the adamantium claws to show this isn't a prequel.

Posted by sora_thekey

Famke Jensen... Alright, my interest is peaked.

Posted by dreamfall31

All of this make it seem like it's not going to turn out well at all...

Posted by jakijako29

this movie does seem to be going okay so far we just need a trailer to make our minds up however im sure iron man 3 will be alot better then this

Posted by howlettgrowl

in bad news Matthew Vaughn not directing First Class sequel, but like the fact that The Wolverine is a sequl...so I feel very mixed today!!!

Posted by nrgb2814

Maybe Days of Future Past will be like Flashpoint and change the confusing continuity! Hahaha!

Posted by BatWatch

I can't decide if this feels like a move in the right direction or a confusing clusterf***. I think I am inclined to go with the latter. X-Men 3 pretty much killed that franchise for me, and I would rather the new movies stay completely separate.

Posted by LordRequiem

Why use Famke Jansen? She's terrible as Jean Grey. And Jackman is equally as poor as Howlett.

Posted by Mega_spidey01

@haydenclaireheroes said:

I am pretty excited for this movie, I hope it doesn't let us down

Posted by Cancer the Conqueror

Is it just me or do his bone claws look incredibly puny?

Posted by Smurfboy

" 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."

Huh? I don't remember that part? I watched that movie million of times and I do not recall him being in Japan. I think you were preferring to X-Men First Class, correct?

Posted by Dead_Man_Dann

@Vermoot

This pic of the set of the Wolverine CLEARLY show the logo of the Jean Grey school for Higher Learning. How could this be before de other X-Movies ? :) (I'm glad the school is involved, the Wolverine and the X-Men series is great !)

Actually, the 'JG' logo had nothing to do with The Wolverine. It was a leftover from the set of The Great Gatsby.

Posted by Smart_Dork_Dude

I think they're just gonna ignore Origins. I mean it's not like they can really tie anything from it into this movie since Origins took place in America/Canada(toward the end I couldn't tell WHERE they were) and this one is in Japan. They COULD, but since this is taking place after The Last Stand which probably took place the year it came out and Origins took place in the mid or late 70's it won't happen.

I don't HATE Origins, it's just the fact they kept having cameos of mutants and did NOTHING with them!! They brought in Team X just to kill them off.

They messed up Blob's powers because he's only invulnerable and strong BECAUSE he's fat hence his name,

The whole thing of shooting Wolverine in the head, TWICE, thus making too bullet holes in the adamantium which WEREN'T in the first X-Men movie when they x-rayed him makes a pretty big plot hole.

Honestly the whole idea of him escaping BEFORE they can wipe his memory was a bad idea. They could've played it like a mystery, like he's being hunted down and he has to figure out why and while doing so uncovers things even WE didn't know before hand about why Stryker is doing what he's doing, and accidentally frees Wade Wilson AKA Deadpool who has gone crazy and gained a faster healing factor due to Stryker's experiments that Wolverine has to fight. That would've been a good origin movie for Wolverine.

Posted by Smurfboy

I double-checked the ends for Origin Wolverine. STILL don't see him being in Japan. (All I see is deadpool's hand reaching the head.) Um, anyone help me where you see that? Thanks.

Posted by Ama_Sama

@Roldan said:

If this isn't a prequel, then what's up with the bone claws?

That's the first thing I wondered when I noticed the picture after reading it's post-everything. Confusing... unless they're jumping back and forth between trips to Japan [past trip and current trip maybe]? :/

Posted by sesquipedalophobe

@Smurfboy said:

I double-checked the ends for Origin Wolverine. STILL don't see him being in Japan. (All I see is deadpool's hand reaching the head.) Um, anyone help me where you see that? Thanks.

I'm not exactly sure when, but during the credits or something. It's there. You have to believe it's there or the X-Universe will collapse.

Posted by TheCrowbar

Only way this movie will be worth it for me, is if Cyclop shoots his head off in the end of the movie, turns to the camera and does the X cross arm thing.

Posted by MexFaletti

@SHAZAM117 said:

Wow...I'm completely lost on FOX's XMEN timeline continuity

That was before or after they featured a young Emma Frost on X-Men Origins Wolverine and then as a smokin-hot woman on X-Men First Class?

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