In an exclusive interview with Empire, James Mangold has given some interesting updates on his next movie, The Wolverine.
What is the big news? The Wolverine is most definitely NOT a sequel.
Mangold revealed that Logan’s next big-screen adventure will take place in Japan AFTER the events of X-Men: The Last Stand. This may come as a surprise considering the after-credits clip of Logan sitting in a bar in Japan after X-Men Origins: Wolverine as well as the timeline set up in the First Class film. Now, there will definitely be flashbacks to Logan’s time in Japan during WWII, but the bulk of the story takes place in the present.
I’m actually glad that the movie will go in this direction. Mangold said in his interview with Empire, “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.” I agree completely with this decision because now we can watch an original film that will move Logan into a direction that we won’t be expecting or predicting the outcome. If it’s one thing that the disappointing Origins taught us, it’s that knowing the future can be a double-edged sword with the success of a prequel. Besides, if the film takes place after Jean Grey’s death, we can finally see how Logan is coping after mercifully killing the woman he loved.
What do you think? Will The Wolverine finally be the Wolverine movie fans have been dying to see? I’m hesitant after Origins, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t excited by the way that Mangold described the film himself as being a “Japanese noir picture with tentpole action in it”.
Sounds like my kind of Wolverine movie.